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Snallygaster 2013: Magnificently Monstrous Merriment at Union Market

Snallygaster 2013: Magnificently Monstrous Merriment at Union Market

When I bought my ticket for Snallygaster a few months ago, I had a hard time believing that it could possibly beat its inaugural offering. However, as I watched the official Facebook page, which posted new beers that would be offered each week, my anticipation grew into full on excitement. It eventually culminated to a level of giddiness that is typically reserved for a teenaged girl getting tickets to see her favorite band. Because last year … Read entire article »

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Liter Steins and German Tradition at Munich’s Oktoberfest

Liter Steins and German Tradition at Munich’s Oktoberfest

After a quick stop in Belgium to investigate some traditional Belgian brewing practices, I hopped on a plane to Munich for the famed Oktoberfest. I got a sneak peak into Oktoberfest previously at J. Gilbert’s, but my sense was that the real thing would take it to the next level. The history is storied. Now the world’s largest fair held at Theresienwiese, die Weisn, to the locals, it got its start in 1810 as a celebration of … Read entire article »

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Stoudt’s Winter Brew Fest

Stoudt’s Winter Brew Fest

Yesterday, I attended Stoudt’s Winter Brew Fest. This annual event is held in Late February and is spread across the year with 3 other Brew Fests hosted in May, August and October. The Beer Circle visited the place before for samples of their own beer, but I decided to give the brewery another go, meet some new breweries and try some new beer. With the advantage of Stoudt’s being within walking distance from my host, we … Read entire article »

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Strong Ales on Saturday Afternoon: Rustico’s Novemberfest

Strong Ales on Saturday Afternoon: Rustico’s Novemberfest

Oktoberfests are so last month. On Saturday, November 11th, Rustico put on a show down in Alexandria, Virginia, hosting their second annual Novemberfest in the back parking lot. “It’s sorta like Oktoberfest, but way Novemberier,” the free mug states. Novemberfest’s planners apparently shared my ideas on improving Snallygaster (as both festivals were put on by bars owned by the same group) and gave everyone in attendance a mug and ten tickets for the $15 price of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Beer Festival, Catoctin Creek Peach, DC Brau Brewing Co., Saison, Stillwater Artisanal Ales

Snallygaster: The Gargantuan Beer Jamboree

Snallygaster: The Gargantuan Beer Jamboree

Last weekend, my drinking buddy Chase and I got our share of DC last weekend when we when to the now infamous Washington National’s NLDS Game 5 collapse and the Snallygaster beer festival. I’ve already talked about beer at Nats Park, and not a lot has changed since (for better or worse). Beer-wise, I was most excited about Churchkey guru Greg Engert’s newest project: Snallygaster. Why the weird name? There’s some history there. As early as … Read entire article »

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Great American Beer Festival 2012

Great American Beer Festival 2012

For the third consecutive year, I was fortunate enough to attend the Great American Beer Festival. I attended the Saturday evening session this year, and the medals had already been passed out by the time I got to the Convention Center. The highlight of my day was wearing a Tröegs shirt after they cleaned up with three gold medals (Dreamweaver Wheat, HopBack Amber Ale, and Sunshine Pilsner) and the 2012 Mid-Size Brewery of the Year. … Read entire article »

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