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Shirlington Oktoberfest: Beer List

by ARLnow.com October 4, 2011 at 10:09 am 9,136 22 Comments

The Capital City Brewing Co. Oktoberfest in Shirlington is only four days away, but it’s never too early to stare in awe at the massive list of 60+ breweries that will be represented at the annual Teutonic suds celebration.

Adult beverages from the following manufacturers are expected to be available on Saturday: Capital City Brewing, Southern Tier, Woodchuck Cider, Fuller’s, Hacker-Pschorr, Rogue, Climax, Gordon Biersch, Old Dominion, Starr Hill, Tröegs, RJ Rockers, Laughing Dog, Harpoon, Sierra Nevada, Yuengling, Samuel Adams, Mad Fox, Legend, Abita, Allagash, Brooklyn, Heavy Seas, Stoudts, Alewerks, Duck Rabbit, Hebrew, Dogfish, Lost Rhino, DC Brau, Port City, Epic, Oskar Blues, Lagunitas, Delirium Tremens, St. Louis Framboise, New Holland, Victory, Hofbrau, Weihenstephaner, Erdinger, Avery, Stone, Foudners, Bells, Timmermans, Thirsty Dog, Terrapin, Shlafly, St. George, Smuttynose, Otter Creek, Olde Richmond, Trunstein, Corsendonk, Liefmans, Uinta, Original Sin, Long Trail, Lost Coast, Left Hand, Green Flash, Firestone Walker, Crispin, Clown Shoes, Boulder, Blue Point, Bitburger, Kostrizer, Blue Grass, Ballast Point, Sweetwater Tavern.

Of course, beer lovers will have to be choosy with their drinking plans. Each Oktoberfest attendee is only granted tickets for 10 beer samples. (At a cost of $25, which includes a souvenir tasting glass.)

In addition to beer, a number of local restaurants and groups will be offering food to the masses. And, as always, a German band will perform.

The Oktoberfest will take place on Campbell Avenue in Shirlington Village from noon to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Photo courtesy Amber Wilkie Photography

  • Crowded. Skimpy beer “samples”. (at $2.50 each, how do you call it a sample?) Pass.

    • CW

      Yeah. I’ve never gone because I hear these sorts of things.

      That said, I’ve gone to a couple of the events down at National Harbor that they have (Oyster & Beer Fest and Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ) and have had a great time. When they say “all you can sample”, they really mean it!!

      • metro

        Agreed, all of the National Harbor events are way better, despite the fact that National Harbor is basically inaccessible.

        • CW

          I take the metro to king street then split a $20 cab to NH. On a nice day the water taxi could be fun.

          • JamesE

            that involves switching lines, which is just excruciating.

          • metro

            Agreed. You really need someone to volunteer to be DD when you’re heading over there.

        • JamesE

          Rustico in Alexandria has a pretty good Oktoberfest, I just wish they would do it in Ballston except there is no room for it.

      • RealAle

        These aren’t local, but if you love real ales (cask-conditioned) I highly recommend attending a CAMRA sponsered beer festival.


        I went to one in Scotland and it changed my life.

  • asdf

    Didn’t Oktoberfest end this past weekend?

    • Steamboat Willie

      Yes. On Monday, which was German Reunification Day. Prost!

      And I’ll be skipping this Shirlington event for the reasons cited in the early comments.

  • bemused bystander

    No Moose Drool?

  • 10 samples doesn’t sound like much … until you’ve drank about 8 samples. It’s plenty, and if you’re still going strong after 10, there are always people looking to give away their last few.

  • JimPB

    The good old days weren’t always so good, but for Oktoberfest, the old was definitely better. Back then: Beer, yes, but close to incidental to the active socializing, the vigorous singing, and the aerobic dancing (and you can’t do that dancing all evening and drink much beer). Oh, I do miss those German beer gardens and halls of my childhood. For a return to a sample of the truly good old times of Oktoberfestat, do the jaunt to Blob’s Park in Jessup MD.

    • Steamboat Willie


      Thanks for the reminder about Blob’s, a place I’ve wanted to check out for a while. Didn’t it close for a time?

      • JimPB

        Yes, Blob’s did close. The land was sold for a big housing development, but the economic dive first delayed, then srubbed that plan. During the period of delay, a Blob family member leased the property and very nicely spruced up the facilities and reopened with a varied program of offerings. Unfortunately, the attendance has lagged. But that means there is plenty of room for the dancers.

        Eventually, the new owners of the property — the Catholic Church — will get unfettered possession, and Blob’s will close for good, to be replaced with a church and associated facilities.

        • Steamboat Willie

          But the Pope is Bavarian! Can’t he do something about that plan?

  • Beer

    Does anyone know how to get tickets in advance? Also, your $25 gets you 10 tickets, but you can purchase additional tickets – 5 for $5.

  • Rick

    Nice of DC brau to show up even though they don’t sell to VA stores..

  • No thanks

    This photo does not make the event look appealing at all. It looks crowded to the point where people can barely move around.

    • Me

      Yes, its pretty bad. I stopped going for that reason. Reston Oktoberfest I believe is the same day, much much better in terms of crowds and lines, although its not really sampling, just drinking pints.

  • Eric B

    It is a fun time and since the weather is nice, even better. Yes, 10 samples are plenty for most people. If you want to drink more, duck into Cap City or Bungalow. If want to get drunk and act stupid, go to to Clarendon.

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