Saturday, October 06, 2012

Oktoberfest in Shirlington, Va.

Today is the second-to-last day of Munich Oktoberfest.

Don't think that you'll be making it to Munich, Germany, by tomorrow? But you reside in northern Virginia? Try the Capitol City Brewing Company Oktoberfest, with beers from over 50 breweries (including the Festbiers of the six Munich breweries), held outdoors in the four blocks fronting the brewpub and the numerous shops of Shirlington, in Arlington County.

Oktoberfest lass

First organized in 2000 by Bill Madden —long time doyen of Washington, D.C.-area brewers— it's been run now for several years by Mike McCarthy, executive brewer for Capitol City.

The Details
  • More than 50 breweries.
  • Local food vendors, and "authentic Oktoberfest food."
  • "Authentic German" band.
  • Cost: $25 to sample the beer (includes: wristband, tasting glass, and 10 beer tickets. Additional tickets will be sold for $1 each with a 5 ticket minimum)
  • Free to attend without beer.
  • Where: Shirlington Village
    4001 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, Virginia.
  • When: Saturday, October 6, 2012
    Noon to 7pm (taps close at 6pm)

Today's weather forecast is 80% favorable.
Clouds should be streaming in by mid-morning if not prior, and they’ll continue to do so as a front nears the area. That front should pass through as soon as midday out west, and probably closer to early afternoon for D.C. and then points east. Along the front, we might see a few scattered showers (20% chance), though they’ll be quick moving and won’t amount to much if they happen. Skies may even clear out a bit late. Temperatures shoot for the mid-70s.
Capital Weather Gang (Washington Post)

Capitol City Oktoberfest: 6 October 2012

  • The Fraulein above (at the 2011 Shirlington Oktoberfest) is wearing a dirndl, a type of traditional dress worn in Germany – especially Bavaria – Liechtenstein, Austria, and South Tyrol, based on the historical costume of Alpine peasants.
  • Northern Virginia native —and good beer fan— Lee Hausman will not be in Shirlington, Virginia today. He's over there, in Munich, Bavaria, at Oktoberfest, and blogging on his adventures at The Occasionally-Examined Life.

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