Monday, January 27
SCAVENGER HUNT: The Mansion on O Street has started up its Mustache Monday nights for the new year. Wear a mustache, or get a stick-on one when you show up, and you’ll get one Traveler Beer Company beer, a bowl of chips and salsa, popcorn, and a scavenger hunt through the mansion, which has countless rooms, a log cabin, 70 secret doors, and other crazy things. Tickets ($15) are available through LivingSocial. 5:30 PM.
Tuesday, January 28
TRIVIA: DC will be all about the State of the Union Tuesday—but if you’d rather just hear about it from your colleagues around the water cooler Wednesday, you can head to Sixth & I Historic Synagogue’s trivia night. Topics run the gamut from sports and tech to geography and politics, and admission gets you two free drinks (plus unlimited soft drinks all night). Tickets ($15) are available online. 6:30 PM.
Wednesday, January 29
BEER: Gordon Biersch has teamed up with Lost Rhino Brewing Company and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association to brew a brand new “bike beer,” and are launching it with a special happy hour. What makes it bike beer? All the yeast for the beer was picked up and delivered by two-wheelers, which probably took some serious legwork. Proceeds from the new beer—selling for $5 a pint during the event—go to WABA, and prizes such as bike jerseys, Lost Rhino swag, and gift certificates will be raffled off. Free. 5:30 to 8.
Thursday, January 30
SHIPWRECKS: New beers are cool, but how about really old ones? Heavy Seas and the Capitol Archaeological Institute will be at Georgetown’s Powerhouse to discuss “ancient ales”—the kinds pirates drank. Expert archaeologists will also talk about mysterious shipwrecks, both your run-of-the-mill ones and ones where ghost pirates started roaming the seven seas. You’ll get to try cask ales from Heavy Seas all night. Tickets ($40) are available online. 5:30 to 8:30 PM.
Know of something cool going on around town? E-mail Jason Koebler at firstname.lastname@example.org, or find him on Twitter.