Events

Garrett Peck often speaks about history and alcohol-related topics, in addition to leading the Temperance Tour and other tours. Join him at one of these events for his fifth book, Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C.


2014


Arlington Historical Society. You’ve always wanted to hear about local beer while sipping beer, haven’t you? Well, here’s your chance. Mad Fox Brewing in Falls Church will host the Arlington Historical Society’s monthly meeting, featuring Garrett Peck speaking about his book Capital Beer, along with brewer Bill Madden. One More Page Books will offer books for sale and signing. April 16, 7:00pm. 444 W. Broad Street, Falls Church, VA.

Capitol City Brewing - Shirlington. The VMI Potomac River alumni chapter has a private room reserved to network, sip some great beer and hear a brief talk from fellow alumnus Garrett Peck about Capital Beer. Even if you didn’t go to VMI, you’re welcome to join. April 17, 6:30pm. 4001 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA. Signed book copies will be available for purchase. The Virginia Military Institute will be heard from today!


Sunrise on Connecticut Avenue. Sunrise senior living will host Peck for a fun talk about local beer history, Prohibition, and of course a beer tasting! Family members are invited to attend. April 27, 3:00pm. 5111 Connecticut Avenue, NW. Books will be available for purchase and signing.


WAMU 88.5 YIP (Young Informed Professionals). WAMU’s discussion program for young adults will host Garrett Peck for “Hooch: The History of Prohibition in D.C.” and a cocktail tasting sponsored by Bloomery Sweetshine Distillery. April 30, 6:00 - 8:00pm. WAMU’s Media Center, 4101 Connecticut Avenue, NW. Copies of Capital Beer and Prohibition in Washington, D.C. will be available for purchase and signing. $30. Register here.


Phillips After 5. The Phillips Collection’s monthly Phillips After 5 event for May will be “The Rise and Fall of Prohibition,” and Garrett Peck will give a fun talk about the impact of Prohibition on the nation’s capital. The museum, by the way, was founded in 1921 during the Noble Experiment. Signed copies of Capital Beer and Prohibition in Washington, D.C.: How Dry We Weren’t will be available for purchase. May 1, 5:00pm - 8:00pm. 1600 21st Street, NW.


Literary Hill BookFest 2014. Capitol Hill’s Eastern Market hosts the annual Literary Hill BookFest, and Peck will be signing four of his titles, including his latest: Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C. May 4, 11:00am - 3:00pm. Peck will be giving a short talk in the Speaker’s Corner at 2:00pm. 225 7th Street, SE in our beautiful nation’s capital.

Smithsonian Capital Brews. The Smithsonian Associates will host a beer history talk with author Garrett Peck, and a beer tasting with Port City Brewing’s Bill Butcher at the Dillon Ripley Center’s Lecture Hall, 1100 Jefferson Drive, SW. Tickets can be purchased here. Copies of Capital Beer and Prohibition in Washington, D.C. will be on hand for purchase and signing. May 8 at 6:45pm.


Maibockfest at Congressional Cemetery. Congressional Cemetery will host a Maibockfest (Mai is May in German, and Bock is a German winter lager named after billy goats). Author Garrett Peck has documented the many historic DC brewers who have their final resting spot in the cemetery, and has created a “Brewers Tour” of these grave sites (look for the Red Solo beer cups by each!). Copies of Capital Beer will be available for purchase and signing. Saturday, May 10 at 3:00pm. Ticket details will follow soon. Pray for a sunny day!


Gaithersburg Book Festival. This is one of the premier book festivals of the mid-Atlantic, and Peck will be speaking about his most recent book, Capital Beer on Saturday, May 17, in a food-and-drink panel with author John DeFerrari at 4:15pm. A book signing will follow in the Politics & Prose Pavilion at 5:20pm. You can read an author Q&A with Peck - including meeting a teetotaler he called “The Crusader.” Gaithersburg City Hall Grounds, 31 S. Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD.


DCanter. This charming boutique wine store is hosting a beer talk with Garrett Peck and an intimate group of 16 people. Peck will lead a beer tasting and discuss Capitol Hill’s brewing history. Copies of Capital Beer will be on hand for purchase and signature. May 18, 4:00 - 5:30pm. Check back for registration. 545 8th Street, SE.


Beatley Central Library. Peck will speak about the African American experience during Prohibition. Signed copies of Prohibition in Washington, D.C.: How Dry We Weren’t will be available for purchase, as will copies of Peck’s other titles. May 21, 7:00 - 8:30pm. 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA.


Bicycle Brewing Tour. BicycleSPACE and author Garrett Peck are teaming up for a fun cycling tour of historic brewing sites in the nation’s capital. Details and ticketing will be forthcoming, but we’ll start at the bike store (1019 7th Street, NW), see a number of historic brewing sites, then end up at Right Proper Brewing (624 T Street, NW) in Shaw. May 24 , time TBD (but it’ll be in the afternoon). Signed book copies of Capital Beer will be available for purchase at Right Proper.


Manassas Museum. Did you know that Alexandria beer baron Robert Portner built a 35-room mansion called Annaburg in Manassas and spent his final years there? The Manassas Museum will host Garrett Peck for a talk about local brewing history and sign copies of Capital Beer. June 1 at 2:00pm. 9101 Prince William Street, Manassas, VA


West End Library. Peck will speak about the extensive history of brewing in Foggy Bottom and the West End at the DC Public Library’s West End Branch. Copies of Capital Beer will be available for purchase and signing. June 5 at 7:00pm. 1101 24th Street, NW



Past Events - 2014


Politics & Prose. Washington’s proud independent bookstore will host a winter beer tasting. Peck will give a brief talk about brewing in Washington and sign copies of Prohibition in Washington, D.C.: How Dry We Weren’t. 5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW. Saturday, February 15 at 8:00pm. It’s only twenty bucks! Get your ticket here.


Speakeasy Bash. We’re turning Woodrow Wilson House into a speakeasy for one night. This is a fundraiser for Washington’s only presidential museum, a key site in Peck’s book, Prohibition in Washington, D.C. Postponed to February 20 because of snow at 7:00pm. Buy tickets here - and get your costume ready!


DC Craft Beer Festival. Peck’s fifth book, Capital Beer, is out in March 2014 - just in time for the DC Craft Beer Festival. The day-long celebration features 150 beers from 75 craft breweries, largely from the DC area. Author Garrett Peck will lead seminars on historic brewing in Washington and a three-beer tasting at 3:45pm and 8:45pm. Copies of Capital Beer and Prohibition in Washington, D.C. will be on hand for purchase and signing. March 8, 1:00pm - 9:30pm. 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW. Click here for tickets.


Ohio State University Alumni. The local OSU alumni chapter is gathering at Alexandria’s Port City Brewing to taste some great beer, tour the brewery, and hear about Peck’s new book Capital Beer. Sunday, March 9 at 2:30pm. 3950 Wheeler Avenue, Alexandria, VA. Signed copies of Capital City and Prohibition in Washington, D.C. will be on hand for purchase. Bring your growler!


Heurich House Publication Party. Peck’s fifth book, Capital Beer, is out in March 2014. The Heurich House Museum, the only brewer’s home open to the public and the last architectural remnant of brewing in DC, is opening its doors to for the Capital Beer publication party. And oh yes, there will be beer. Books will be available for purchase and signing. March 13 at 6:30pm. 1307 New Hampshire Avenue, NW. Buy your ticket here.


Port City Brewing Co. Come to Alexandria’s Port City Brewing on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day for a talk and book signing with author Garrett Peck. 3950 Wheeler Avenue, Alexandria, VA. Sunday, March 16 from 1:00 - 4:00pm. Signed copies of Capital City will be on hand for purchase.


WAMU 88.5 FM Metro Connection. Tune in to this fun Friday radio program with host Rebecca Sheir to hear about Washington’s brewing history, from its origins in 1770, to the Germans who brought us lager, to the recent craft beer renaissance. March 21 at 1:00pm, and repeating on March 22 at 7:00am. Can’t get to a radio? Then stream it!


Politics & Prose. Washington’s proud independent bookstore will host Peck for a talk about Capital Beer. 5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW. Saturday, March 22 at 1:00pm. Books will be available for purchase and signing.


City Tavern Club. This gorgeous private club in Georgetown was founded in 1796 - the same year as the Washington Brewery. Peck will give an entertaining talk about his latest book, Capital Beer. 3206 M Street, NW. March 26 at 6:30pm. Signed book copies will be available for purchase.


Right Proper Brewing. Shaw’s neighborhood brewpub, home of fun Flanders-style beers, is hosting a book signing for Capital Beer. March 27 from 6:00 - 8:00pm. 624 T Street, NW. Signed book copies will be available for purchase.


Friends of Alexandria Library. Peck will give a talk to the Friends group, followed by a short guided tour of historic brewing sites in Alexandria (including Andrew Wales’s brewery - the first in Alexandria and DC). A happy hour will follow the tour at Virtue Feed & Grain on Wales Alley. Books will be available for purchase and signing. March 29 at 1:00pm. 717 Queen Street, Alexandria, VA.


DC Public Library / Washingtoniana / Historical Society of Washington, D.C. Both HSW and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library were crucial for the research of Capital Beer. They’re hosting a joint event at Chinatown’s RFD for a fun, beer-filled evening. Did we mention there will be beer? 810 7th Street, NW. April 8 at 6:30pm. Signed book copies will be available for purchase.


Museum of the American Cocktail. Join Garrett Peck for a discussion of DC’s rich brewing history and how it collided with Prohibition in the monthly MOTAC education and tasting program. Enjoy appetizers, DC Brau and Port City beers, and beer cocktails in addition to a fully glass of history. April 10, 6:30pm. The Passenger/Warehouse Theatre, 1021 7th Street, NW. Copies of Capital Beer and Prohibition in Washington, D.C. will be available for purchase and signing. $35. Purchase tickets here.


Georgetown Neighborhood Library. Georgetown library will host Peck in the Peabody Room. He will speak about his new book, Capital Beer and Georgetown’s brewing history. April 12, 1:00pm. 3260 R Street, NW. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Celebrating the DC Council’s proclamation of the Rickey as our native cocktail in July 2011.

From left: author Garrett Peck; Derek Brown and Angie Salame (The Passenger); Mark Indre and Dana Pellicano (J.W. Marriott Hotel, home of the 1331 Bar and former site of Shoomaker’s where the Rickey was invented).