1st Annual District Beer Hunt!

The 1st Annual District Beer Hunt is coming March 25th and 26th!

Clues and Answers are available HERE!


Below is the information you’ll need to participate in this exciting event!  Please check back often as this information will be updated frequently and finalized one week before the event begins.

Team Formation:

– Teams will consist of up to 4 members.
– $20 entry fee per team; don’t forget to come up with a creative team name!
– Teams must go to RFD between 7pm and 11pm on Friday March 25th to check in and receive the necessary materials (wristbands for team members, beer checklist, list of bars and directions).  Once you’re checked in, search out those beers!


– Teams must visit as many of the bars listed as possible. The checklist you received at the check-in has clues about the beers you are hunting for. Look at each bar’s beer list carefully. When you think you’ve figured out which beer is on your list, purchase it.
– To get credit for the beer on your checklist, only one member from the team needs to purchase the beer. For example, if you have a team of four, only one person on your team needs to buy the beer to have it marked off on your team checklist. With all the tasty offerings the participating bars are putting out, however, the allure of each team member purchasing a beer may be too great to overcome!
– Don’t forget to show bar staff your wristband in case they’re offering a special price for Beer Hunt participants!
– Once the beer has been purchased, bring your checklist and beer (as proof) to the Beer Hunt volunteer at the bar.  They’ll check off your beer and you can start your quest for the next one!
Please remember to travel from bar to bar responsibly!  Use cabs, buses, or metro, or consider using an alternative like http://www.bemydd.com.


Once you’ve had all the beers on the list (or as many as you can handle), bring your checklists to RFD on Saturday for the Post Beer Hunt Party for prizes and, of course, beer!  Party starts in the back room at RFD at 8pm!  Please have your checklists in by 10pm to be eligible for prizes.

Prizes will be rewarded on a variety of categories!  These include:

– Most beers found (1st prize and runner-up, ties to be settled by most bars visited/time finished)
– Most bars visited (1st prize and runner-up, ties to be settled by most beers found/time finished)
– Best team name
– Best team uniform

Participating Bars:

The Big Hunt – 1345 Connecticut Avenue NW
The Black Squirrel – 2427 18th Street NW
Bourbon (Adams Morgan) – 2321 18th Street NW
Iron Horse Taproom – 507 7th Street NW
Justin’s Cafe – 1025 First Street SE
Meridian Pint – 3400 11th Street NW
The Reef – 2446 18th Street NW
RFD – 810 7th Street NW
Scion – 2100 P Street NW
Smith Commons – 1245 H Street NE

Click here for a map of the bar locations.

Pre-register and save some time at the check-in table: email us at jstreetbeer@gmail.com and let us know that you’d like to participate.  We’ll send you a PayPal invoice for the $20 registration fee.

We hope to see you there!

23 responses

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  2. Brian

    Sounds like fun. How does one bring the beer to the finish line? Are they all bottled beers? I know the Reef doesn’t have any bottles, so I’m confused.

    February 25, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    • pyzocha

      There will be members of J Street, DC Beer, and/or Flying Dog (i.e. a Beer Hunt volunteer) at each bar that will check off your beer on the list when you present the beer. Your checklist is what you need to present at the finish line.

      February 25, 2011 at 3:30 pm

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  5. EJ

    What are the prizes?

    March 21, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    • Bill

      The prizes are some great swag and rare beers from Flying Dog and whatever else we can cook up between now and Saturday night!

      March 24, 2011 at 8:01 am

  6. Eric

    Couple Questions:

    1. Ballpark how many beers will be on this list?
    2. Any ideas as to what some of the prizes will be?
    3. Do we need to be at RFD on Saturday to claim said prizes?


    March 21, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    • Bill

      1. 20 beers
      2. Assorted prizes, including beers, Flying Dog swag, etc.
      3. Yes, ideally you do, because you’ll need to have turned in your checklist. If you can’t be there Saturday night but are the winner, we’ll make separate arrangements if need be.

      March 24, 2011 at 8:03 am

  7. EJ

    It says most bars visited with the time you finished…So if a team finishes Friday night where do they turn in their checklist…or do you have to wait to turn it in until the next day at 8PM??

    March 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    • Quick answers!
      Prizes are being provided by Flying Dog and many of the participating bars. So, it’ll be beer, clothing, and gift certificates for the most part.
      There are 20 beers on the list.
      It would be preferred that you’re at RFD to claim the prizes (my apartment is not Public Storage).
      You’ll be returning the checklist to RFD (to me, actually) and the time finished will be noted on the checklist. If you actually manage to visit all 10 bars and drink all 20 beers on Friday night, I’ll be very impressed.

      March 21, 2011 at 3:31 pm

      • Jessica

        20 beers? 5 beers a person?

        Definitely do-able in one night.

        Game on!

        March 23, 2011 at 8:38 pm

  8. Steve

    What time will the volunteers at the bar start checking off beer on Saturday?

    March 22, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    • Volunteers will be at the bar when they open on Saturday. Gonna be a looooong day!

      March 22, 2011 at 2:53 pm

  9. Kim

    Are we supposed to dress up Friday night, Saturday night, or both for the contest? I ideally would not like to wear the same clothes 2 nights in a row, please, thank you.

    March 25, 2011 at 10:15 am

  10. Kim

    Also if a team member will be late, will we be able to pick up wrist bands for that member or will he be able to get one at another bar? Do all 4 of our teammates need to be with us for it to count?

    March 25, 2011 at 10:59 am

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  12. Kyle

    Are we allowed to hinder other teams from entering bars and/or ordering the correct beer at the bar?

    Similar question, if our sheet is stolen or accidentally given to the homeless during the night, would that disqualify us from winning?

    March 25, 2011 at 3:29 pm

  13. Luke

    I only have two team members, am I allowed to bring my two cats, Brixy Bob and Purrtunia as our 3rd and 4th teammates?

    March 25, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    • Purrtunia


      March 25, 2011 at 3:37 pm

  14. Kyle

    Are any of the assorted prizes manufactured in Burma? I saw a special on Burmese child-labor practices and am not interested in attending an event that supports Burmese child slavery.


    If these prizes are NOT made in Burma and I choose to accept one, will they actually be “assorted” when we receive them or will we be responsible for assorting them ourselves?

    March 25, 2011 at 3:38 pm

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