Beer calendar: Mar. 16 through Mar. 31

March winds will blow the calendar in to April, but not before the mid-Atlantic region throws its share of beer events.

March 16, 2011 — The beer events calendar for the second half of March will close out the month just as strongly as it was opened. Read on for some of the more interesting beer events from New Jersey through Virginia.

Are you a brewer, a bar owner, an event organizer, or promoter that would like to see your event listed here? Be sure to drop a note to the columnist, Bryan Kolesar, and provide all of the important details.

Beer and Food events

Emmaus, Pa.: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 29, The Bruery Beer Dinner at Tap and Table, 610-965-1009, $55

Newark, Del.: 7 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 31, Brewmaster’s Spring Beer Dinner, 302-266-9000, $60

Philadelphia, Pa.: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 17, Beer and Cheese Celebration with Dock Street at DiBruno Bros., 215-665-9220, $30/$40

Purcellville, Va.: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 17, Lagunitas Brewing Beer Dinner at Magnolias at the Mill, 540-338-9800, $80

Beer Education and Homebrewing

Annapolis, Md.: 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Mar. 27, Wheat Beer Class at Punk’s Backyard Grill, 410-571-7744, $30

Baltimore, Md.: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Mar. 20, History in the Ale House at The Star Spangled Banner Flag House, 410-837-1793, $5/$10

Cask-conditioned beer events

Allentown, Pa.: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 26, Great Allentown Brew Works Festival at Allentown Brew Works, 610-433-7777, $10/$20+

Metuchen, N.J.: 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. Saturday, Mar. 26, Spring Cask Festival at Uno’s Chicago Grill, 732-548-7979, PAYG

Philadelphia, Pa.: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Mar. 20, The Philadelphia Real Ale Invitational at Yards Brewing Company, 215-634-2600, $50

Not the typical beer events

Falls Church, Va.: 1 p.m. Sunday, Mar. 27 Cupcake Pairing and Face-Off at Red, White and Bleu, 703-533-9463, $20

Philadelphia, Pa.: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 19 Tsar Power Russian Imperial Stout Fest at Khyber Pass Pub, 215-238-5888, PAYG

Washington, D.C.: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, Mar. 21 Inaugural Whiskey & Beer Tasting at Birch and Barley, 202-567-2576, $35

Washington, D.C.: 7 p.m. Friday, Mar. 25 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 26 1st Annual District Beer Hunt at multiple locations, $20 entry fee, then PAYG

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Bryan Kolesar

Bryan Kolesar has been tracking down great beer for over twenty years. From the most hard-to-find delicately balanced low alcohol beer to the big monsters weighing in at over 10% ABV, he has yet to find a style that does not have a story to tell and a taste to share. Though, when pushed, Kolesar has historically staked a claim to the Saison style as one of the most versatile and his favorite.

In 2005, Bryan co-founded The Brew Lounge blog/website as a canvas to illustrate the best of the craft brewing industry and to document his own travels within it. Though he has lived in Philadelphia and is currently headquartered in the city's western suburbs, Kolesar shares a wealth of information and images that he collects from his travels around the world and some of the best beers that he has tasted along the way.

In 2010, Kolesar came aboard the Communities section of The Washington Times to contribute stories from across the craft brewing industry as it continues more than ever its explosive growth amongst increasingly more of the mainstream alcohol-consuming public. 

While the beer - its tastes, aromas, and incredible pairing opportunities with food - is often the beginning of a story, he often finds it more interesting to dive into the stories behind the people, places, and events associated with the final product. 

Locally around Philadelphia, he has been named a Beer Writer of the Year finalist multiple times, hosted beer/running events during each annual Philly Beer Week, served as a Philly Beer Geek judge, paneled local beers for submission into the Great American Beer Festival competition, judged beer and food competitions, been featured in local publications chronicling the beer scene, and been named the "Best Beer Guy" of 2008. 

In addition to his beer-y pursuits, Kolesar works a professional career in the business world by day and dabbles in distance running, cooking, homebrewing, gardening, photography, and is a staunch advocate for animal rescue/adoption. He lives with his wife, Patty, of fifteen years and has been a long time, mostly suffering, supporter of local Philadelphia sports.

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