The Week in Food Events: Northern Virginia Brewfest, Two Oyster Festivals

Plus a pizza-making class at Graffiato.
The Week in Food Events: Northern Virginia Brewfest, Two Oyster Festivals
Get your fill of oysters this weekend from Rappahannock (pictured) or Hank's during their separate bivalve bashes. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Musical barrels: The Royal highlights craft brandy and absinthe from Louisville’s Copper & Kings distillery on Monday from 10 pm to 1 am. The spirits are “sonic-agedhttp://munchies.vice.com/articles/this-kentucky-distillery-is-blasting-david-bowie-songs-to-flavor-its-brandy”, and the playlists will be part of the tasting. Admission is free; eight specialty cocktails are served for $8.

Sherry pop-up: The team from sherry pop-up Redeye Menus comes to Bar Pilar on Monday at 6. The evening begins with a cocktail hour, followed by an Asian-inspired buffet upstairs. Tickets ($74) are available online.

Chefs on the move: Chef John Melfi of the Oval Room heads to Brabo by Robert Wiedmaier on Tuesday from 7 to 9 for a collaborative fall dinner. Seats for the dinner ($65) can be reserved by calling 703-894-3440.

America’s Test Kitchen in DC: Christopher Kimball of America’s Test Kitchen speaks at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium on Wednesday at 7:30, discussing the triumphs and failures of the show. The evening includes an audience participation component. Tickets ($55) are available by calling (202) 994-6800.

Museum drinking: Dupont’s Heurich House Museum is home to the History & Hops series, and partners with a different craft brewery every third Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30. This week’s guest: Evolution Craft Brewing Company, which will pour three fall ales. Tickets ($30) available online and include snacks, tastings, and a tour. Admission is 21+ only.

Beyond pumpkin beer: Zentan chef Yo Matsuzaki and bartender Matt Allred team up for a class centered around kabocha squash and fall beers on Saturday at 2. Learn how the Japanese pumpkin and autumnal brews can be matched (and even combined). Small bites are included. Tickets ($40) are available online.

Bivalve bash: Hank’s Oyster Bar in Old Town celebrates autumn an all-you-can-eat-and-drink Oysterfest on Saturday beginning at 11 am. Oysters are served in the half shell, shooters, fried, and grilled alongside onion rings, Old Bay spiced fries, and more. Free-flowing beverages accompany the food. Tickets ($80 )for 21+ only are available online.

Beer festival: The annual Northern Virginia Fall Brewfest goes down at Bull Run Park in Centreville on Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 7. Drink beer from over 50 local and regional breweries, play in a corn hole tournament, listen to live music, and try brew-friendly eats like grilled bratwurst and fried oysters. Tickets ($35) include a special BrewFest glass and six beer sample tickets; additional tickets are $2 each.

Brookland’s best: Join the merchants of Brookland on Saturday from 1 to 5 for live music and food from a number of local businesses. Participating restaurants include Halsa, Community Foodworks, Busboys and Poets, and more. Admission is free.

Pizza making class: Head to Graffiato on Sunday at 6 to work alongside chef de cuisine Jose Adorno creating delicious pizzas. A three-course meal and complimentary pizza kit are included in the event. Tickets ($55) are available by calling 202-289-3600.

Eat more oysters: Rappahannock Oyster Co. throws a fall Oyster Festival at Union Market’s Dock 5 on Sunday from noon to 5. Local breweries, distilleries, and vendors such as Pepe and Gordy’s Pickles will be in attendance for food and drinks beyond the oysters. Tickets ($35) include your first six oysters and a drink.

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