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Virginia Is For Lovers (Of Beer): The Old Dominion State Is Oktoberfest Central

Get out your lederhosen and dirndls and polka on over the bridge! Over the next week, Northern Virginia will be the site of two immense Oktoberfest celebrations. This Saturday marks the 12th annual Capitol City Brewing Company Mid-Atlantic Oktoberfest in Shirlington. Next Saturday, Rustico in Alexandria will host its annual outdoor Oktoberfest block party. Both festivals will have over 50 draft beers and an interesting variety of food, both true to the theme and not.

Capitol City's fest will feature 65 different breweries pouring a variety of beer, primarily American crafts from near and far. Admission includes ten tickets for 4-ounce samples for $25, with additional drink tickets costing $1 each. The event is free for anyone to attend but not drink. (Sounds like torture!) The event features more than 30 local food and business vendors and an authentic German band. More details, including the full brewery list, after the jump.

Rustico's beer list is different from past Oktoberfests in that it includes about 100 Autumnal beers organized by type, including some pretty far-out rare offerings from Europe. (Check out the brewery list below but get the full beer details in my D.C. Beer Events Calendar). In addition to traditional American and German festbiers, there will be pumpkin ales, other fall seasonals, and American fresh-hop ales brewed with hops delivered within hours of harvest. Prices range from $3 to $9 for food and $4 to $10 for beer. One-dollar tickets will be sold at the door for beer, food, activities and other amusements.

Capitol City Oktoberfest Breweries:

  1. Capitol City
  2. Lost Rhino
  3. Port City
  4. Mad Fox
  5. Sweetwater Tavern
  6. DC Brau
  7. District Chophouse
  8. Gordon Biersch
  9. Southern Tier
  10. Fuller's/Hacker-Pschorr
  11. Rogue
  12. Climax
  13. Old Dominion
  14. Starr Hill
  15. Troegs
  16. RJ Rockers
  17. Laughing Dog Brewery
  18. Harpoon
  19. Sierra Nevada
  20. Yuengling
  21. Boston Beer (Samuel Adams)
  22. Legend
  23. Abita
  24. Allagash
  25. Brooklyn
  26. Heavy Seas
  27. Stoudts
  28. Alewerks
  29. Duck Rabbit
  30. Hebrew
  31. Dogfish Head
  32. Epic
  33. Oskar Blues
  34. Lagunitas
  35. Delirium Tremens/St. Louis Framboise
  36. New Holland
  37. Victory
  38. Hofbrau/Weihenstephaner/ErdingerAvery
  39. Stone
  40. Founders
  41. Bell's
  42. Timmermans
  43. Thirsty Dog
  44. Terrapin
  45. Schlafly
  46. St. George
  47. Smuttynose
  48. Otter Creek
  49. Corsendonk
  50. Liefmans
  51. Uinta
  52. Long Trail
  53. Lost Coast
  54. Left Hand
  55. Green Flash
  56. Firestone Walker
  57. Clown Shoes
  58. Boulder
  59. Blue Point
  60. Bitburger/Kostrizer
  61. Blue Grass Brewing
  62. Ballast Point
  63. Crispin Cider
  64. Woodchuck Cider
  65. Original Sin Cider

Rustico Oktoberfest Breweries:

  1. Blue Mountain Brewery
  2. St. George Brewing Company
  3. Heavy Seas Brewing Company
  4. Port City Brewing Company
  5. Lost Rhino Brewing Company
  6. Flying Dog Brewery
  7. The Bruery
  8. Stillwater Artisanal (Brewed at DOG Brewing Company)
  9. Southern Tier Brewing Company
  10. New Belgium Brewing Company
  11. Starr Hill Brewery
  12. Brauerei Hofstetten-Krammer
  13. Brauerei Heller-Trum
  14. Brauerei Hofstetten-Krammer
  15. Kulmbacher Brauerei
  16. Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer
  17. Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
  18. Hacker Pschorr Bräu (Paulaner Brauerei)
  19. Klosterbrauerei Ettal
  20. Weyerbacher Brewing Company
  21. Founders Brewing Company
  22. Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
  23. Sixpoint Brewery
  24. Smuttynose Brewing Company
  25. Otter Creek Brewing Company
  26. Saint Louis Brewery
  27. New Holland Brewing Company
  28. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
  29. Evolution Craft Brewery
  30. Epic Brewing Company
  31. Old Dominion Brewing Company (Coastal Brewing Company)
  32. Saint Louis Brewery
  33. Brooklyn Brewery
  34. Rogue Ales
  35. Stoudt’s Brewing Company
  36. Bell’s Brewery
  37. The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
  38. Schmaltz Brewing Company (at Olde Saratoga Brewing)
  39. Weissbierbrauerei G. Schneider & Sohn
  40. Lion Brewery

The Capitol City event will be at The Village at Shirlington at 4001 Campbell Avenue in Arlington. Rustico is located at 827 Slaters Lane in Alexandria. Prost!

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  • Weiwen Ng

    Went to Rustico's Oktobeerfest - while nice in concept, this year it was much too crowded to enjoy, or even to actually get to a station and get some beer. A lot of stalls ran out.