Brewing for a Cure
Last Saturday the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation took over the National Building Museum to host the 10th Annual Brewer’s Ball. Thirty-five local and established craft breweries tapped the kegs while 25 of D.C.’s best restaurants dished out signature meals. While revelers enjoyed the finest suds and grub offered in the craft/artisan scene, they helped benefit the CF Foundation’s mission to find a cure for the respiratory disease that affects 70,000 people worldwide.
Along with old favorites (Sierra Nevada, Widmer Brothers and Flying Dog Brewery), the event featured new and soon to be new brews and restaurants. The under-a-year-old Bluejacket was pouring out its D.C. brewed stores while the forthcoming GCDC, a gourmet grilled cheese bar, amazed with their Blue Paradise Bite, a chocolate ganache served with blue cheese atop a pomegranate crisp. I’m going to be first in line when GCDC opens up!
Fast-talking Congressman Billy Long (R-Mo.) hosted a live auction which featured luxurious vacations and unique brewing experiences, officiating among competitive philanthropists who helped push the Ball’s haul over the top raising more than $275,000.
After the program, the Ball band, Odeon, brought the dancers out of the woodwork with rock classics and Top-40 favorites. Dance moves were, as imagined, loose.
The Brewer’s Ball is a first-rate event that kicks off the spring swing season of charity functions. Save Mar. 7, 2015, for the 11th Annual Brewer’s Ball.