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Nation's capital to celebrate D.C. Beer Week

Thursday - 8/9/2012, 7:03am  ET

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Granville Moore's chef Teddy Folkman co-founded the event with local beer distributor Jeff Wells. (AP)

Brennan Haselton, wtop.com

WASHINGTON - On any given day in the D.C. area, there's no trouble finding a tasty brew to quench your thirst.

But starting Sunday, the brew is truly taking over as the fourth annual D.C. Beer Week gets under way.

"Some of the things to look forward to this year a craft beer cruise on the Potomac," says Granville Moore's chef Teddy Folkman, who co-founded the event with local beer distributor Jeff Wells. "We're doubling the size this year, we're going to be doing the whole boat. Over 50 different beers, 40 different breweries."

There also will be events ranging from panel discussions to beer dinners and glassware giveaway happy hours.

"Teddy and I, four years ago, were very impressed with the culture of D.C. beer -- where it's going and how it's exploded," Wells says. "And we wanted to emphasize that and turn people on to it."

Both men laugh when asked if they had any experience putting on festivals before they launched this endeavor.

"Absolutely not," says Folkman. "Yes, we still are trying to do it. We get better every year."

"It does take up time, and we're all volunteering our time," he says. "But (we're) just dedicated to the craft beer movement in D.C. and dedicated to really showing other cities just how great the craft beer scene is in D.C., and inviting them to come and share what we get to enjoy every day."

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