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  • National Building Museum 401 F St NW Washington, D.C. USA (map)

Deets: Esteemed breweries, top regional companies and delicious restaurants will join the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation for its 15th Annual Brewer’s Ball Served Up by Baker Tilly on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 7:00 pm at the stunning National Building Museum (401 F St NW). Guests will enjoy unlimited beer tastings and paired bites, interact with the region’s top brewers and chefs, bid on silent and live auction items all while dancing to the energetic sounds of 90’s cover band White Ford Bronco. Proceeds from the night will fund the CF Foundation’s mission to find a cure for cystic fibrosis and improve quality of life for people with the disease. Tickets are available at for $150 per person, of which $80 is tax-deductible.

“Brewer’s Ball Served Up by Baker Tilly is a highlight annually for those that love great beers and better causes,” says Dennis O'Leary, one of three co-chairs for the event. O'Leary's desire to help find a cure for CF is deeply personal – his son, Casey, was born with the disease.  “In our first year hosting Brewer’s Ball, we raised $40,000. Last year at the 14th annual Brewer’s Ball, we were able to raise an incredible $285,000. Those funds have contributed greatly towards research for new treatments, programs and care for those with cystic fibrosis like Casey. There’s no cure for cystic fibrosis yet, but we won’t stop hosting Brewer’s Ball until there is.”

Tickets to the event include unlimited pours from 40 incredible craft breweries as well as unlimited bites from 30 of the region’s most celebrated restaurants like Daikaya, Ambar and Ivy City Smokehouse. Featured local favorite breweries Port City Brewing Co., DC Brau, Brookeville Beer Farm, Denizens Brewing Co. and Old Ox Brewery all return to support the popular annual event, alongside renowned brands like Allagash Brewing Co. and Goose Island. As an added treat for beer enthusiasts, local breweries Adroit Theory and Belly Love Brewing Company will once again come together to make a special collaboration brew served exclusively at Brewer’s Ball. This exclusive annual brew honors four-year-old Brooke, a daughter of one of the event’s committee members who lives with CF. In between samplings, guests can hit the dance floor and groove to a live performance by White Ford Bronco. The evening will be co-emceed by WUSA9’s Ellen Bryan and Reese Waters.

While there is not yet a cure for CF, programs and support that have resulted from CFF’s work have greatly increased the quality of life for people with CF. CF is a rare, genetic, life-shortening disease that affects every organ in the body and makes breathing difficult. Some people with the disease say it’s like breathing through a narrow straw. In people with CF, a defective gene causes a thick buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. In the lungs, the mucus clogs the airways and traps bacteria, leading to life-threatening lung infections. Sixty years ago, most children did not live long enough to attend elementary school, but thanks to Foundation-based research and care, the median survival age of people with CF is now about 40.


Founded in 1955, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world's leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. The Foundation was started by parents desperate to save their children’s lives. Their relentless and impassioned determination to prolong life has resulted in tremendous strides over the past 60 years in accelerating innovative research and drug development, as well as advancing care and advocacy. Virtually every approved cystic fibrosis drug therapy available now was made possible because of the Foundation and its supporters. Still, the CF Foundation believes no one should have to die at a young age. We will not rest until there is a cure for all people living with CF.

Photos courtesy of Alive Coverage