Events

Events

Join author Garrett Peck at his many book events and walking tours in 2017.
Watch this space - more events to come!

Capital Beer in Alexandria

January 28 at 2:00pm. Peck will give a talk about the origins of brewing in Alexandria at the James M. Duncan Branch Library (2501 Commonwealth Avenue) and will sign copies of Capital Beer afterward.

Capital Cheers

March 24, 2017 through the Smithsonian Associates. Washington has always been a thirsty town, with a brewing tradition stretching back centuries. Spend a day tracing its past and sampling its present as local historian Garrett Peck leads a bus tour of brew-related sites. Start with a taste of history on a docent-led tour of Dupont Circle’s Heurich House Museum, the imposing Gilded-Age mansion of brewer and philanthropist Christian Heurich. Then it’s on to the Navy Yard and one of the city’s newest beer makers, Bluejacket Brewery, for a sampling of their products and lunch at the Arsenal restaurant. The afternoon begins with a quick stop at Congressional Cemetery, where many of the city’s first brewers are buried. The itinerary stretches to include spirits at New Columbia Distillers, a family-owned craft maker located in a 90-year old warehouse on New York Avenue, NE, where local favorite Green Hat Gin is made. End the day at Atlas Brew Works with a tour and optional flight tasting. Peck is an author, historian and licensed Washington tour guide. He is the author of "Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C."

Alexandria's Historic Breweries

This tour turned out to be highly popular when it debuted in 2014, and Peck will lead it frequently in 2017, both for public and private groups. Dates include: March 26, June 18 (Father's Day), September 17 (Oktoberfest), and December 3 (Repeal Day) through Portner Brewhouse, which sponsors the tour. Purchase tickets on Eventbrite  (click on "Select a Date" for the full list of dates). Tour begins at Old Presbyterian Meeting House, 323 S. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA

George Washington's Alexandria

April 15, 21, 23 and 30. A two-hour walking tour through Old Town Alexandria of sites related to the Founding Father. Register through The Smithsonian Associates. Buy tickets here.

In addition, a preview date is being offered through Atlas Obscura on April 8. Register here.

New Market and Fisher's Hill

May 6 from 8am - 6pm. An all-day tour of two crucial 1864 Civil War battlefields in the Shenandoah Valley. This will be held through The Smithsonian Associates. Buy tickets here.

Literary Hill BookFest

Garrett Peck will sign copies of his books at this notable annual book festival in Eastern Market (225 7th Street, SE), Sunday, May 7 from 11am - 3pm. He'll give a short talk about his book "Capital Beer" with fellow author Kevin Kosar at 1:30pm.

Walt Whitman in Washington Tour

The Civil War-era poet lived in Washington, D.C. for ten years (1863 - 1873). This walking tour visits the many downtown sites associated with the Good Gray Poet. May 13 through Politics & Prose (buy tickets here); June 3 through Washington Walks (registration details to follow).

Walt Whitman in Washington Talk

June 8 at 6:00pm. Peck will speak about the poet’s decade in the DC area at the Clara Barton's Missing Soldiers Office. Copies of Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C. will be available for purchase and signing. 437 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC.

Jazz History Tour

One of Peck's most popular tours is back! The Jazz Nights in Shaw Tour visits numerous jazz clubs, concert halls, and speakeasies from the era when U Street was DC's "Black Broadway." Led through The Smithsonian Associates on July 6, 12 and 20. Registration details to follow. Also September 16 through Politics & Prose. Registration details to follow.

Cedar Creek and the Lost Cause

An all-day tour of the last major Civil War battle in the Shenandoah Valley in October 1864, one that forever lost the Shenandoah to the Confederacy. This will be held through The Smithsonian Associates on October 15, 2017. Registration details and date to follow.

The Temperance Tour - Centennial Edition

Garrett's original tour, established in 2006, examines the causes of national Prohibition and visits many fun, quirky sites that even most Washingtonians miss, such as the Cogswell Temperance Fountain. October 28 through Politics & Prose. Registration details to follow.

Prohibition in Washington, D.C.

A lecture to be held through The Smithsonian Associates to coincide with the start of Prohibition in the nation's capital on the centennial: November 1, 2017. It will be held at the Dillon Ripley Center. Registration details to follow.