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


National Press Club Book Fair. This spectacular annual book fair hosts dozens of authors, all happy to meet you and sign your books. One evening and you’ve got all your holiday shopping completed. Author Garrett Peck will be signing copies of Capital Beer. 529 14th Street, NW, 13th Floor. November 18 from 5:30 - 8:00pm.


DC Historical Studies Conference. Peck will be delivering a paper about discovering the historic Washington Brewery site near Navy Yard. He’ll have on hand signed copies of Capital Beer. 801 K Street, NW. November 21 from 2:00 - 3:30pm.


DC Craft Beer Festival. Peck will be one of the “beer concierges,” answering your questions about craft beer and enlightening you with stories of DC’s brewing past. He’ll have on hand signed copies of Capital Beer. 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW. November 22 from 1:00 - 9:30pm.


University Club Book Fair. This wonderful annual book fair hosts dozens of authors, all happy to meet you and sign your books. One evening and you’ve got all your holiday shopping completed. Author Garrett Peck will be signing copies of Capital Beer. 1135 16th Street, NW. December 3 from 5:30 - 8:00pm.



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.


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) with THREE local breweries providing the beer! 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 Cups by each). Copies of Capital Beer will be available for purchase and signing. Saturday, May 10, 3 - 6:00pm. Buy your ticket here. $25. Pray for a sunny day! And please take Metro: Bocks are strong beer.


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.


Beatley Central Library. Along with Catherine Portner of the Portner Brewhouse and Seth Kronemer of Howard University and a bitters enthusiast, Garrett Peck will be part of a panel that addresses the question of Prohibition in the Washington area. Signed copies of Prohibition in Washington, D.C.: How Dry We Weren’t and Capital Beer will be available for purchase. 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. It’s open to 100 people; registration is required. We’ll start at the bike store (1019 7th Street, NW) near Mount Vernon Square, and end up at Right Proper Brewing (624 T Street, NW) in Shaw for post-ride happy hour. May 24, 1:30pm. 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 at the DC Public Library’s West End Branch. Copies of Capital Beer will be available for purchase and signing. Happy hour follows at Burger Tap & Shake nearby, which is extending drink specials just for us! June 5 at 7:00pm. 1101 24th Street, NW


Temperance Tour. The Temperance Tour is back! A three-hour walking tour of Prohibition-related sites in DC led by author Garrett Peck transports you to another time when temperance forces tried to stop Americans from drinking. It starts at the Cogswell Temperance Fountain and ends with happy hour. The tour is hosted through Politics & Prose, and you can register here. $45 per person. June 7 at 1:00pm.

Southeast Library. Peck will speak about the extensive history of brewing on Capitol Hill at DC Public Library’s Southeast Branch. Copies of Capital Beer will be available for purchase and signing. July 17 at 7:00pm. 403 7th Street, SE


Jazzy Nights in Shaw: A Stroll Through 1920s Washington. A two-hour walking tour through the historic Shaw neighborhood, home of the Black Broadway and myriad jazz clubs during Prohibition. This is hosted by The Smithsonian Associates and begins at the Howard Theatre (620 T Street, NW). Happy hour follows. Register here (note the three dates to choose from). $45 general admission/$35 TSA members. July 10, 16, 24 at 6:00pm.

Burke Historical Society. This Northern Virginia historical society will host Peck for a fun illustrated presentation about the legacy of brewing in the DC area. Signed copies of Capital Beer will be available for purchase. July 27 at 4:30pm. Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, 6304 Lee Chapel Road, Burke, VA


“Arlington’s Brewery and Cherry Smash” Exhibit Reception. The Arlington Historical Society is inaugurating a new exhibit about the Arlington Brewing Company, closed by Prohibition, but reopened as a Cherry Smash soda company. Meet curator Dr. Mark Benbow and author Garrett Peck at a free public reception. Signed copies of Capital Beer will be available for purchase. August 15 from 6:00 - 8:00pm. Arlington Historical Museum at the Hume School, 1805 S. Arlington Ridge Road, Arlington, VA


DC Brewing Tour. DC Beer Week is upon us! And what better way to celebrate our local beer tradition than a guided bus tour of historic sites like the Heurich House and modern craft breweries like Atlas Brew Works? Happy hour follows! The tour is hosted through Politics & Prose; register here. August 23 at 1:00pm, starting at the bookstore. 5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW


Capitol Hill Restoration Society. An informal conversation about historic brewing on Capitol Hill. Signed copies of Capital Beer will be available for purchase. Ebenezer’s Coffee House (201 F Street, NE). Free. September 17 at 6:30pm.


Bicentennial of John Collet’s Death. John Collet was the owner of the Washington Brewery when the British burned Washington, DC on August 24, 1814. He died exactly four weeks later on September 21 and is buried in Congressional Cemetery. Join this informal gathering at Collet’s grave to celebrate Collet’s contribution to DC’s brewing culture - and feel free to bring beer. Author Garrett Peck will also take people around to other brewer’s graves. Signed copies of Capital Beer will be available. Congressional Cemetery (1801 E Street, SE). Free. September 21 at 2:30pm.


Politics & Prose. Washington’s proud independent bookstore will host a fall beer tasting of pumpkin ales and Oktoberfest lagers. Peck will give a brief talk about brewing in Washington and sign copies of Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C. 5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW. Saturday, October 18 at 8:00pm. It’s only twenty bucks! Get your ticket here.


Harpers Ferry: American History in Brilliant Color. A day-long walking tour of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, one of the most historic spots in America, and a dazzling spot to see the leaves turn colors. We’ll explore John Brown’s Raid, Civil War history, the C&O Canal, and hike up for the stunning view atop Maryland Heights (3-mile round trip). October 19. Register here on the Smithsonian Associates website.

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).