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Speakeasy Ales & Lagers Butchertown Hoedown Anniversary Bash Tomorrow

It's the tail end of the dog days which means there's still time to squeeze in one more rocking summer party. The folks at Speakeasy Ales & Lagers just happen to be throwing a sudsy soiree this Saturday to mark 14 years of craft brewing and to launch a new addition to their lineup: Butchertown Black Ale.

 This black IPA-ish brew is the first release from Speakeasy’s newly christened Bootlegger Limited Series. It will be a two month release as will all subsequent offerings. Butchertown Black Ale is a light bodied but dark brew, paired with an aggressive hop bill of Amarillo, Chinook and Cascade. While the beer has a touch of roast character, black malt gives the beer color without adding the body or flavors familiar to a porter or stout. Scoreboard: 8.2% ABV and 60 IBUs.

Local Beers to Pair With Your Memorial Day BBQ Feasts

In addition lacing up your White Buck Oxfords, Memorial Day weekend is also the time to officially scrub down and fire up the grill. And while there is season enough to put a flame under eggplant slices, skewered tofu, marinated portabellas, and the like, for this weekend I want a slab of something substantial, sentient even. But what brew to serve? I went deep to some local experts and got the following beer pairing recommendations for 2011’s opening salvo in the war on underindulgence: 

If You're Grilling: Beef, Sausages, Ribs

Pair it With: 21st Amendment's North Star Red (an American Amber Ale) or Back in Black (a black IPA) or Magnolia Pub & Brewery's Spud Boy IPA

Work Up A Thirst at Oddball's Home Brewed Cinema

Capp Street's Oddball Films—home of the Film+Video stock film archive specializing in the rare and the bizarre–will present a beer-themed program of films titled "Home Brewed Cinema: From Popular Drink to Pop Culture" tomorrow at 8pm. Highlights include a 1973 documentary about the brewing process, filmed at Germany's Dortmund Brewery; a 1933 W.C. Fields parody film on the evils of drinking, using his son Chester as the comitragic boozer; and "The Cat Who Drank Too Much," the description of which sounds like LOLcats meets anti-drug PSA.

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