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Are You A “Food Tourist”?

October 26th, 2015 • No Comments
A Little "Ooompah" at Loco Loudoun BrewFest at Lost Rhino Brewery - Visit Loudoun's 1st foray into all-local beer festival - http://www.tasteusa.com/event/17322/loco-loudoun-brewfest

A Little “Ooompah” at Loco Loudoun BrewFest at Lost Rhino Brewery – Visit Loudoun’s 1st foray into all-local beer festivals

Fantastic travel article covering food tourism by Skift

The first question – what’s the difference between a “Food Tourist” and simply a Foodie? It’s sort of like the Champagne question: all Champagnes are sparkling wines, but not all sparkling wines are Champagnes (Champagne is a regionally protected name in France that also restricts the type of sparkling wines produced..).

A Food Tourist (also known as a “Gastro-Tourist” – this name sounds a bit..flatulent??)  is:

-Defined by Gastrotourism.com:

“Gastro-tourists are foodies who want to go behind the scenes to taste and discuss the nuances of local region-specific foods and to learn about unique ingredients and cooking techniques from cultural experts.”

-Is more than just interested in going to fine-dining chef-driven restaurants – they want a “unique” experience around food and drink,

-Sees food, eating and drinking as more than just a necessity – it’s a form of experiential entertainment

After reading these lines, it may seem a bit high-falutin’ to be a food tourist, but it’s really just an extension of the realities of the modern world – people can afford to live and enjoy many of their fantasies, hopes and dreams – food and drink satisfy both a primal and an aspirational component of a Foodie’s life.


Taste of Georgetown packs them in with thousands of Foodies every year!

So what does this mean for the tourism industry and the companies that promote local food and drink? The key point is to focus on the “experience” – this is today’s “sell the sizzle, not the steak”:

-Since so much of initial information on a region is based on the web, consider adding or changing your website to expose and increase excitement level of your dining/drink experiences. For example, you could put the spotlight on a local brewery having a beer dinner at a local restaurant – this is much more interesting to the food tourist than simply listing restaurants/breweries on your site.

-Much of consumer tourism is focused on the weekend “escape” – a quick 2 or 3 day trip to escape the stress of working/urban lifestyle. This is generally a higher-income person or couple and they tend to eat out at finer restaurants and spend more money, so they are looking for a story to tell everyone – sort of the new “first on your block” to do something. This demographic has generally travelled and been to Europe, so consider emphasizing local “artisans” who make cider, distilled spirits, craft beer, or wine.

-Foodie experiences can include cooking classes, chef demonstrations, local food specialties (Georgia peanuts, Maryland crabs, Carolina BBQ, etc.) so give them an opportunity to try more than one: create a “Taste of <your city/town/county/region>” which showcases a mix of local food artisans, food trucks, restaurants, wineries, craft distilleries, breweries and other local foods.

-Give tourists an opportunity to explore and spend their money supporting “local” – the locavore/farm-to-table movement is still growing and resonates with the new Food Tourist – they want to both support local, be sustainable, and have a memorable experience. Support your local farms, and agri-businesses by listing them on your website and using social media to tell their story – you won’t regret it!

<<Addition: just found out about Asheville, NC’s “Foodtopia” concept on their site – Foodtopia – great way to discover their great chefs, distilleries, breweries and more – they even post a Discover Western North Carolina Cheese Tour >>

Korus Korean Festival Tysons Corner, VA 2015 - yes, serving American Eel! http://www.tasteusa.com/event/16526/13th-annual-korus-korean-festival

Korus Korean Festival Tysons Corner, VA 2015 – yes, serving American Eel!

I hope this opens up some new ideas for tourism in your region – the challenge is to look at what you already have in the way of food and drink businesses and to better position them for success with tourists. Sometimes the best marketing program is to simply let these businesses do what they do – it may seem weird, but the internet and social media have made stars out of little local businesses that may seem under the radar, but actually have been on the Food Network or other media vehicles and have distinct followings. One example that comes to mind in my local area is Georgetown Cupcake in Washington, D.C. Even though they have virtually no marketing budget or help telling their story, they’re TLC TV Show DC Cupcakes (and Facebook Page with over 1.3 million Likes) keeps them constantly with long lines down the street in Georgetown – the only business like this in all of DC!


Charlie “I Drink on the Job” Adler

DC Beer Festivals Kick In – 2015 Fall Issue

September 13th, 2015 • No Comments
A True Beer Connoisseur!

A True Beer Connoisseur!

DC Beer Festival season kicks in again – an amazing number of craft beer festivals – from 1-price all you can drink to the Mega Snallygaster “money is no obect” – there are festivals for the craft beer lover this Fall, 2015

As the head of TasteUSA, it’s my job to attend and cover as many food and drink festivals in the U.S. as possible – and since DC is my home base, here’s some upcoming events and maybe a recap or 2 to help you plan your Festival Season.

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ (September 19th, 2015 – Tyson’s Corner – but this festival visits many different cities during the season)- Trigger Agency’s series of over the top porkiness (?porkyness?) events that combine too much of what every hearty foodie wants: pigliciousness, Bourbon and of course craft brews! Expect more bacon too – it seems this is the current foodie draw to over-the-top events. Medium on the Beer Geek/Bourbon Geek scale, Trigger really specializes in a more laid-back vibe for the city slickers who want to just throw on some jeans and kick back a bit!

Arlington Backyard Beer Festival (September 19th, 2015 – Arlington Gateway, Rosslyn, VA) – although a first year event, the Organizers have put together multiple other local beer festivals including Drink the World Beer Festival and All-American Beer Festival . Expect a nice selection of craft beers and really great food trucks for food – the price is also right – you can save 30% off the ticket price at our site with promo code “tasteusa” and the VIP Tickets are only $45 before discount!

Das Best Oktoberfest (September 26th, 2015 – National Harbor, MD) – Hey, again you can get discounted tickets – only $29 for VIP all-you-can-drink – another Trigger Agency event that is very popular. You can do the German Oktoberfest thing, or simply enjoy lot’s of great beer – and since our discounted price is $29/per person (VIP) – you get a very affordable event to enjoy craft beers at!

All-American Beer Festival

All-American Beer Festival

Past Events (hey, they’ll be back next year!)

Snallygaster 2015 – Holy Smokes, this is one Great and expensive craft beer festival – Very High on the Beer Geek scale, maybe an 11 on a scale of 1 to 10! 300+ beers this year and many rare, cask, unique examples of hops, grain and yeast combined in an amazing array of choices. I actually tried a beer that

Annapolis Craft Beer & Music Festival – September 12th, 2015 – Outside the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, this event is always fun and has a nice selection of local beers including Jail Break, Oliver Breweries, and Heavy Seas.

Have fun at upcoming craft beer festivals – I’ll include an article soon on new food and drink events at TasteUSA – Cheer!

Charlie “I Drink on the Job” Adler

So You Want to Organize a Craft Beer Festival?

June 7th, 2015 • No Comments

We Feature literally hundreds of Beer Festivals at TasteUSA – So when a recent Report came out from Eventbrite about Millenials choices when it comes to Food and Beverage Festivals (Report here – it may be restricted..) it was no surprise that Millenials and frankly all ages over 21 prefer craft beer festivals to all other food and beverage events!

2015-05-16 14.02.22Since TasteUSA is the #1 Food and Drink Festival Website in the US, we have a special insight into what makes for a successful or not so successful event. Below are some observations/anecdotes on how you the craft beer festival organizer can improve the ticket sales and audience of your event.

2015-06-06 14.09.171)Always Go Local – today Foodies and craft beer lovers want to know what’s going on in their neighborhood when it comes to eating and drinking. You’ve probably heard it before – “locavore” but it means much more. Today’s craft beer audience is younger – Millennial if you prefer – and they want a story behind their craft beer experience. The best way to tell a story is to let the newest local breweries taste at your Festival. The good news is that craft breweries are popping up so quickly, this shouldn’t be a problem!

2015-04-25 15.59.072)Great Food Is a Necessity – Gone are the days when you could hold a craft beer festival and just have pretzels, jerky and fried foods to fill the stomachs of attendees. Today’s craft beer aficionados are generally “Foodies” and they want a culinary experience to boot! I’m often asked to define “Foodie” – The Eventbrite survey simply asked if Festival attendees were serious about food – and 50% said “yes” – that pretty much makes you a Foodie!

The key to delivering a positive food experience at a Festival is to have a variety of cuisines – and the easiest way to do this is to use local food trucks if available. I’ve been to events with as many as 60 food trucks, but you may only need a few – it really depends on the number of people who are attending and if you have other food vendors.

I recently helped an Organizer by suggesting that rather than use the venue’s food service, that they should consider using a local food incubator called Mess Hall. Since Mess Hall already curates local food producers, this was a win-win – a great variety of food items and local food producers! You may not have a food incubator in your Region, but there are literally thousands of food vendors – it can’t hurt to check out a few brew festivals in your region and see who’s selling food – do your homework!



3)Add a Second Theme – Simple – just add Bacon! Seriously, Bacon Festivals are Hot right now in the US – we should know, TasteUSA Features More Bacon Festivals than any other website! Here are some other themes – each is linked to an actual event we Featured:

-BBQ – Beer, Bourbon & BBQ – well that’s actually 3 themes!

-Food Trucks – West End Food Truck Rodeo – built in draw – food trucks represent American inventiveness, freedom and ingenuity – they also are catering kitchens on wheels!

-Seafood – multiple potential themes: Crab, Oyster, Lobster, Crawfish or regional themes like Chesapeake, Alaskan, etc. – Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival

-Cider – DC Craft Beer & Cider Festival – did you know that Cider is the fastest growing alcoholic beverage category? It’s also generally gluten-free – while few craft beers are free of gluten – so you’ve opened up a new marketing channel!

-Taste of <your town/city here> – Great Tastes of Tysons – why not – everybody loves to check out local restaurants and of course local beers!

2015-05-16 14.05.054)Add Buzz with Social Media – Ugghhh..Social Media – it’s too much work .. or is it? Keep it simple – setup a Facebook “Fan Page” (you’re on Facebook – right?), and put a link to it on your website (you have a website right? If not, email us Email TasteUSA we can help!). Twitter too – create a name on twitter that is simple and try to include “beerfestival” somewhere in the name. Instagram? Maybe.. Pinterest? The answer is we’re all evolving with Social Media – there are no easy answers. I’m only talking free marketing here – if you decide to advertise, market your event Give Us a Buzz or hire a marketing consultant. That may be overkill – maybe all your craft beer festival is a quick start?!


Charlie “I Drink on the Job” Adler – TasteUSA 

Bacon Festivals Are Back and TasteUSA Got ’em!

May 17th, 2015 • No Comments

America Loves Bacon..and So Does Washington, D.C.!

albhotdogsIt’s Bacon Festival Season again, and Washington, D.C. seems to be the Extreme Bacon Capitol! Coming up are 2 Bacon Festivals the same weekend in DC – First the amazing and popular Capitol Bacon Fest brought to you by America Loves Bacon. Believe it or not, TasteUSA now Feature more Bacon Festivals than any other website!

Capitol Bacon Festival, May 30, 2015, The Fairgrounds, Washington, D.C. (near the Yards Park)- 2nd Time in Washington, D.C. – Last year’s Bacon Eating Championship was a Feast for the Senses (not bad on the eyes either) and will again pit some of DC’s Best Bacon Eaters in a competitive format. I really enjoyed this event last year – Charm City Caterers, Food Trucks and some local food purveyors made the event a Smorgasbord of Bacon Goodness!

Jalapeno Bacon!

Jalapeno Bacon!


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918 F Streets Bacon Tasting – Alas, LivingSocial Closed this Facility!

I attended last year’s DC Bacon and Beer Festival in DC and it’s Back this year on Sunday, May 31st, 2015 – the day after Capitol Bacon Festival!! This was held at Penn Social and was quite good – there were quite a few chefs/restaurants and it Sold Out in literally a matter of minutes.

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ is June 19 and 20th, 2015 – We promote so many of these Festivals that we almost forget – this event includes a Huge Bacon Tasting! There are over 10+ Bacon tasting stations and of course this event comes with a great selection of Bourbons and Beers. The Trigger people produce this event all over the U.S. so they have special relationships with Pork Vendors – it’s Porky and Foodie!

Beer & Bacon Festival comes to Woodbridge, VA for the 2nd year on Saturday, August 29, 2015 and is presented by Trigger Agency again. There’s a Special Price for VIP Tickets on our site – and you get VIP Beer and Bacon Admission will host over 10 restaurant tasting stations featuring the BEST restaurants in the DC Metro area. They will be on-hand vying for the $500 Best Bacon Dish Prize. (VIP Beer & Bacon Session food tastings included, regular beer tasting session food is ala carte.)
• 2 tons of gourmet bacons will be griddled on-site (until 3pm). Save a Few Dollars on Beer & Bacon Festival Here


BAconey Deviled Eggs!

BAconey Deviled Eggs!
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Past: I attended Beer, Bacon & Music at the Frederick Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 16th, 2015 – this was my first time visiting this event and location – the 2 Tons of Bacon made it really fun (you could literally eat your hearts content of bacon – the Jalapeno was awesome!!) and beers were a penny once you paid the very reasonable cover charge. I was impressed as much with the quality of the craft breweries represented as I was with the Bacon choices. I met a farm/brewery owner – Henry Ruhlman of Ruhlman Brewery  in Hempstead, Maryland who told me the story of how he began growing Maryland Hops and went through all the regulatory hurdles to produce Farmhouse beers. Today, opening a brewery on a farm is much less of a struggle, but he said he would do it again!

Washington, D.C. 2014 Fall Craft Beer Festival Guide

September 14th, 2014 • No Comments

TasteUSA has the Beer Festival List.. The Fall Season in Washington, D.C. is kicking in with an amazing number and quality selection of Craft Beer Festivals. I saw the Washington Post Article: Drink up: A guide to local fall beer festivals and decided that TasteUSA simply had a more comprehensive list – then again we specialize in promoting, marketing and communicating on craft beer festivals, but wine festivals and foodie events too!

3rd Annual Brew & Bourbon Classic    Laurel Park RT 198 & Racetrack Road    09/13/2014 – 12:00pm
ChessieFest    Grapeseed    09/13/2014 – 12:00pm
Bands, Brews & BBQ    Manassas Museum Lawn    09/13/2014 – 12:00pm
Annapolis Craft Beer & Music Festival    Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium 550 Taylor Ave    09/13/2014 – 12:00pm
Snallygaster Beer Festival    Yards Park 355 Water St SE    09/13/2014 – 12:00pm
Taste of Georgetown    K Street NW between Wisconsin Avenue and Thomas Jefferson Street    09/13/2014 – 12:00pm
Beer and Bacon Festival    Heavy Seas Brewery, 4615 Hollins Ferry Rd    09/13/2014 – 12:00pm
District Oktoberfest Special Price VIP Tickets    RFD 810 7th St., NW    09/20/2014 – 11:00am
Virginia Cider Festival    Fredericksburg Fairgrounds 2400 Airport Avenue    09/20/2014 – 11:00am
Beer, Bourbon & BBQ -VIP Whole Hog Pig Pickin and Tasting Glass    Lerner Town Square at Tysons II    09/20/2014 – 11:00am
Capitol Bacon Festival    Fairgrounds    09/20/2014 – 11:30am
DC International Beer Festival (New Date and Location)    Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW    09/20/2014 – 12:00pm
Maryland Brewer’s Harvest    Bond Street Wharf    09/20/2014 – 12:00pm
Oktoberfest at Heurich House    Heurich House Museum    09/20/2014 – 1:00pm
Du Claw Real Ale Fest    DuClaw Brewing Company of BelAir    09/20/2014 – 2:00pm
Top of the Hops Charlottesville    nTelos Wireless Pavilion    09/20/2014 – 3:00pm
Sterling Volunteer Fire Company Oktoberfest    Patton Hall, 46700 Middlefield Dr. Sterling, VA    09/20/2014 – 5:00pm
Blues and Brews    2121 Crystal Drive Courtyard    09/24/2014 – 4:00pm
Maryland Microbrewery Festival    Union Mills Homestead    09/27/2014 – 11:00am
Frederick Oktoberfest    e-ventplex at the Frederick Fairgrounds 797 E Patrick St    09/27/2014 – 11:00am
Hoppy Oktoberfest    Mad Fox Brewing Company, 444 West Broad Street    09/27/2014 – 12:00pm
Lovettsville Oktoberfest    Town of Lovettsville    09/27/2014 – 12:00pm
Das Best Oktoberfest    DC Armory    09/27/2014 – 1:00pm
Cambridge Firkin Festival    Stoked    09/27/2014 – 2:00pm
Frederick Oktoberfest    e-ventplex at the Frederick Fairgrounds 797 E Patrick St    09/28/2014 – 11:00am
Cap City Oktoberfest    The Village at Shirlington 4001 Campbell Avenue    10/04/2014 – 12:00pm
Oktoberfest Reston    Reston Town Center    10/11/2014  and  10/12/2014 – 12:00pm
8th Annual Northern Virginia Fall BrewFest    Bull Run Regional Park    10/18/2014 – 11:00am
Fredericksburg BrewFest    Fredericksburg Fairgrounds 2400 Airport Avenue    10/18/2014 – 11:00am
Shuckeroo Oyster and Beer Festival    Fairgrounds    10/18/2014 – 11:00am
Tysons Fall Harvest Wine and Beer Festival    Lerner Town Square at Tysons II    10/18/2014 – 11:00am
Real Ale Festival    Pratt Street Ale House    10/18/2014 – 12:00pm
Shuck It! Beer & Oyster Festival    Tony and Joe’s    10/18/2014 – 2:00pm
8th Annual Northern Virginia Fall BrewFest    Bull Run Regional Park    10/19/2014 – 11:00am
DC Beer Festival    Nationals Ballpark    11/08/2014 – 12:00pm
DC Craft Beer Festival – Winter Harvest    Walter E. Washington Convention Center    11/22/2014 – 1:00pm

Yes I Can Jam – Beer Festival in DC Celebrates the Can!

June 23rd, 2013 • No Comments

This is a light news coverage of a recent event I attended called Can Jam Festival which was held on Saturday, June 22nd 2013 at Kastles Stadium in Washington, D.C. This event was organized and promoted by Ontaponline – I’m very familiar with this organization which promotes lifestyle for 20s and 30s somethings in the DC Area – we were both founded in 1997 on the same block on Dent Place, NW in Washington, D.C.!

2013-06-22 14.36.08The concept for this event was to promote breweries that serve beer in cans – the most obvious and early adapter of this sustainable beer storage container is Oskar Blues, but many other breweries have caught on including a local favorite Lost Rhino in Ashburn, VA. I’m including the blurb on what breweries and food trucks participated below (hey, sometimes the news IS just the content!), but do want to mention I had a “Boss Dog” at Top Dog – and there is NOTHING like a well dressed hot dog on a hot day when you are drinking WAY TOO MUCH Beer!2013-06-22 13.42.51

Breweries include:  Anderson Valley, Avery, Beck’s, Blue Moon, Budweiser, Cisco, Corona, DC Brau, Flying Dog, Genesee Cream Ale, Goose Island, Jack’s Cider, Kona, Leinenkugel, Lost Rhino, Modelo Especial, New Belgium, Old Speckled Hen, Oskar Blues, PBR, Pilsner Urquell, Redd’s, Redhook, Sam Adams, Shiner, Shock Top, Sierra Nevada, Starr Hill, Stiegl, Third Shift, Yuengling

Food trucks: Sol Mexican Grill, DC Slices, DC Ballers, Willie’s Po’ Boy, Top Dog, Goodies Frozen Custard2013-06-22 14.58.40

Overall, a really fun event – the crowd was just the right size, so lines weren’t too long..also the weather was pretty perfect – sunny and no clouds. One comment – lagers, pilsners and lighter beers tend to refresh and are better in the hot weather. So if you decide to pop one open, remember – keep it light (but not lite!) – Cheers!2013-06-22 13.40.39

Charlie “I Drink on the Job” Adler

Some upcoming Festivals on TasteDC:

Neighborfood H St. Foodie Tour – Saturday, June 29th, 2013 – H Street, NE in Washington, D.C. opens up a to a new food tour – 8 restaurants (click on link for details) each showcase different dishes that represent the culinary diversity and uniqueness of this area.

Wine Stock Festival – Saturday, July 13th, 2013 – Little Washington Winery, Sperryville, VA – Festival about 90 minutes from DC celebrating great American wines, food and lots of great music – the view is beautiful too!

Best of Washingtonian – Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 – National Building Museum, DC – Big Shindig which has all the the great chefs and restaurants and tons of great drinks and food – worth the $125 ticket price, or the VIP $175!

So You Wanna Throw a Beer Festival?

March 25th, 2013 • No Comments

Things don’t always go right when you plan a Big Event – especially in Washington, D.C..

Packed and Chilly..

Packed and Chilly..

So I had an “interesting” conversation with the organizer of the inaugural DC Beer Festival a few months before the event. The Organizer was frankly quite cocky about his ability to fill up the event (which he did – pretty unbelievable for a first year event without using Groupon/LivingSocial!) and when I mentioned that he “might not be the first and only beer festival ever”
Lots of Characters Pouring!

Lots of Characters Pouring!

here in our fair city, he didn’t seem to hear my words..but what caught my attention more than anything was the date and the fact that this was pretty much an outdoor event at Nat’s Stadium..he said “and end of March is a good time, we can expect better weather..” – HA – he doesn’t know DC!! Originally meant to be a one day event on Saturday, March 23rd, 2013, the Organizer added Sunday because sales were so strong – One Problem – the weather – snow was predicted for Sunday evening and that meant cancellation of that evening’s session, the one I had planned on going to..Thus, photos of the Saturday evening event..

Oliver's Cherry Blossom Ale..it was quite good!

Oliver’s Cherry Blossom Ale..it was quite good!

Doing Events in DC is Difficult – I spent 14 years organizing events here and I can tell you that it’s very tricky, especially pertaining to weather: rain, snow, hurricanes, you name it..oh, and let’s not forget post 9-11 Security..tough! I’ve been snowed out of a few events – the Israeli Embassy wine tasting comes to mind – and how do you cover your catering costs? I mean, I ordered $3,500 in food from a kosher caterer, do I expect them to keep the food? At the last second we both compromised and I paid them 50% – which probably covered their food costs and gave them a little extra. How about cancellation and refunds? Oh, and forgot to mention, that the freak snow storm that cancelled the Israeli Embassy event made it very difficult to confirm all the refunds..some people literally came to the event even though we tried every way to tell them it was cancelled..they ignored the blizzard, howling winds and impossible conditions!2013-03-23 18.20.33

Deciding when to limit ticket sales is the balance between profit and insanely crowded..As a promoter, I know how it is – you need to maximize profitability, but you need to consider the attendees experience. Overall, crowding is less desirable to attendees as they get older – they don’t want to be hassled, pushed, shoved or wait in line. The younger crowd actually desires “some” lines – just as in clubs/lounges, this suggests its the place to be!

Choosing the Right Beers Can Make a Statement-Everyone’s into local – Locavore, local beers, local chickens, on and on! DC Beer Festival had a very good mix of beers – Beer List DC Beer Festival. Unfortunately, I don’t have the Beer List, but there was a good selection of many craft beers – even Burley Oak, a relatively new craft beer from Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The trick with Beer Festivals is to promote the local craft beers like DC Brau, Chocolate City and 3 Stars with some of the nationals like Sam Adams and Harpoon..the trick is to include the bigger names without making the event seem like a pure marketing play for Big Beer – it’s really a “craft” beer festival an organizer should go for..

Make sure there is sufficient food Not a problem for this event – many of the Concessions like Ben’s Chili Bowl were open and serving the perfect food for the conditions – chili cheese fries and dogs! Food Costs usually aren’t an issue for Beer Festivals – they simply don’t include them in the price – but normally beer is unlimited or significant amount of tastings. Each jurisdiction has different laws (for example, Virginia does NOT allow unlimited beer tastings at festivals for a fixed price, so people are normally purchasing sampling tickets). Of course, unlimited beer samplings can create drunkenness issues – especially with today’s high alcohol craft beers – so having a small sample glass, and actually some wait for each beer is a good thing. I will say this – drinking beer in excess is somewhat easier to control than spirits – whiskey festivals can tricky to manage crowd control!
Hope this gives an overview of “some” of the issues pertaining to organizing beer festivals and events in general in the DC Area – Cheers!
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Charlie “I Drink on the Job” Adler

Upcoming Festivals:

Taste of Japan, Thursday April 4th, 801 K Street, NW , Washington DC
Washington City Paper’s Best Of 2013 Fete Presented by Verizon Wireless, Wednesday April 10th, 801 K Street, NW, Washington DC
Decanter: A Celebration of Maryland Wine and Racing, Saturday April 20th, Pimlico Race Course 5201 Park Heights Avenue , Baltimore MD

Snallygaster Beer Festival – an Important Moment in DC’s Craft Beer Revolution

October 12th, 2012 • No Comments

Snallygaster is Saturday, October 13th, 2012 at the Yards in DC – I just decided to list the beers here before the event, but I will cover the event as well, so come back after you see the Amazing Beer Selection below – Cheers!

Here’s the list of beers – most impressive:

1.) Arcobräu Zwicklbier | Arcobräu Gräfliches Brauhaus | Germany | Draf
2.) Frog’s Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale | Hoppin’ Frog | Ohio | Draf
3.) Freigeist Pimock | Freigeist Bierkutur | Germany | Draf
4.) Spezial Rauchbier | Brauerei Spezial | Germany | Draf
5.) Kraus Hirschen-Trunk | Brauerei Kraus | Germany | Anstich Rubber-Clad Gravity Keg: USA Debut!
6.) Weißenoher Monk’s Fest | Klausterbrauerei Weißenohe | Germany | Anstich Rubber-Clad Gravity Keg
7.) Mahr’s E.T.A. Homann | Mahrs Bräu | Germany | Draf
8.) Founders Harvest Ale | Founders Brewing Company | Michigan | Cask
9.) Southern Tier Pumking | Southern Tier Brewing Company | Draf
10.) Avery Ale to the Chief | Avery Brewing Company | Colorado | Draf
11.) Etienne Dupont Cidre Bouche Brut | Domaine Familial Dupont | France | Cask
12.) Sünner Kölsch | Sünner | Germany | Draf
13.) DuClaw Mad Bishop | DuClaw Brewing Company | Maryland | Draf
14.) Lagunitas Daytime IPA | Lagunitas Brewing Company | California | Draf
15.) Schneider Wiesen Edel-Weisse | Weissbierbrauerie G. Schneider & Sohn | Germany | Wood-Clad Gravity Keg
16.) Hofstettner Hochzeitsbier von 1810 | Brauerei Hofstetten-Krammer | Austria | Draf
17.) Sixpoint Autumnation | Sixpoint Brewery | New York | Draf
18.) Peak Organic Fall Summit | Peak Organic Brewing Company | Maine | Draf
19.) Weihenstephaner Festbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan | Germany | Draf
20.) DC Brau | Epic Imperial Pumpkin Porter | DC Brau & Epic | Washington, DC & Utah | Draf
21.) Leipziger Gose | Bayerischer Bahnhof | Germany | Draf
22.) Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Company | California | Draf
23.) Allagash Hugh Malone | Allagash Brewing Company | Maine | Draf
24.) Boxcar Pumpkin Porter | Starr Hill Brewery | Virginia | Draf
25.) Mahr’s Ungespundet | Mahrs Bräu | Germany | Anstich Rubber-Clad Gravity Keg
26.) Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company | New Hampshire | Draf
27.) Schlafly Tasmanian IPA | TIPA | Saint Louis Brewery | Missouri | Draf
28.) Flying Dog Secret Stash 2012 | Flying Dog Brewery | Maryland | Draf
29.) Sierra Nevada Kolsch | Sierra Nevada Brewing Company | California | Draf
30.) Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale | Weyerbacher Brewing Company | Pennsylvania | Draf
31.) Otter Creek Oktoberfest | Otter Creek Brewing Company | Vermont | Draf
32.) Firestone Walker Wookey Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Company | California | Draf
33.) Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock | Brauerei Heller-Trum | Germany | Draf
34.) 1809: Zymatore Barrel-Aged | Professor Fritz Briem | Schlossbrauerei Au | Germany | Draf
35.) Berliner Weisse with Brettanomyces | Bayerischer Bahnhof | Germany | Draf
36.) The Kaiser | Avery Brewing Company | Colorado | Draf
37.) Bell’s Octoberfest | Bell’s Brewery | Michigan | Draf
38.) Hofbräu München Oktoberfestbier | Staatliches Hofbräuhaus München | Germany | Draf
39.) Fest Devious | Epic Brewing Company | Utah | Draf
40.) Mahr’s Hell | Mahrs Bräu | Germany | Anstich Rubber-Clad Gravity Keg
41.) Sauer Urbräu | Brauerei Sauer | Anstich Rubber-Clad Gravity Keg; USA Debut!
42.) Weißenoher Zwickelbier | Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe | Germany | Draf
43.) Kulmbacher Eisbock | Kulmbacher Brauerei | Germany | Draf
44.) Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen | Brauerei Aying | Germany | Draf
45.) Fluxus 2012 | Allagash Brewing Company | Maine | Draf
46.) Oktoberfish | Flying Fish Brewery | New Jersey | Draf
47.) Erdinger Oktoberfest Weizen | Erdinger Weissbräu | Germany | Draf
48.) Weißenoher Classic Export | Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe | Germany | Anstich Rubber-Clad Gravity Keg
49.) Strawberry Short Weisse | Smuttynose Brewing Company | New Hampshire | Draf
50.) Fiat Lux | Brooklyn Brewery | New York | Draf
51.) Timmermans Pumpkin Lambicus | Brouwerij Timmermans/ John Martin | Belgium | Draf
52.) Dark O’ the Moon | Elyisian Brewing Company | Washington | Draf
53.) Bitter American | 21st Amendment | California | Draf
54.) Scratch #43: Oktoberfest | Tröegs Brewing Company | Pennsylvania | Draf
55.) Sierra Nevada Porter | Sierra Nevada Brewing Company | California | Cask
56.) Weißenoher Unfiltered Pils | Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe | Germany | Anstich Rubber-Clad Gravity Keg
57.) Lips of Faith: Cocoa Mole | New Belgium Brewing Company | Colorado | Draf
58.) Harpoon 100 Barrel Series: White IPA | Harpoon Brewery | Massachusetts | Draf
59.) Samuel Adams Hazel Brown | Boston Beer Company | Massachusetts | Draf
60.) Mahrs Bräu Kellerbier Ungespundet Hefetrüb | Mahrs Bräu | Germany | Draf
61.) The Great Pumpkin | Heavy Seas Brewing Company | Maryland | Draf
62.) Mönchshof Kellerbier | Kulmbacher Brauerei | Germany | Draf
63.) Beer of the Gods | High & Mighty Brewing Company | Massachusetts | Draf
64.) Ichabod | New Holland Brewing Company | Michigan | Draf
65.) Kapuziner Weissbier | Kulmbacher Brauerei | Germany | Draf
66.) Dominion Octoberfest | Coastal Brewing Company | Delaware | Draf
67.) Dogfish Head Punkin’ Ale | Dogfish Head Craf Brewery | Delaware | Draf
68.) Blackwing Schwarzbier | Union Craf Brewing | Maryland | Draf
69.) Long Trail Harvest Ale | Long Trail Brewing Company | Vermont | Draf
70.) Oxtoberfest | Oxbow Brewing Company | Maine | Draf
71.) Saphir Weisse | Mahrs Bräu – Germany | Draf
72.) Scythe & Sickel | Brewery Ommegang | New York | Draf
73.) Great Lakes Oktoberfest | Great Lakes Brewing Company | Ohio | Draf
74.) Chatoe Rogue: 19 Original Colonies Mead | Rogue Ales | Oregon | Draf
75.) Rocket Dog Rye IPA | Laughing Dog Brewing Company | Idaho | Draf
76.) Mad Jacket Weizenbock | Bluejacket & Mad Fox Brewing Company | Washington, DC & Virginia | Draf
77.) Schlafly Pumpkin Ale | Saint Louis Brewery | Missouri | Draf
78.) 3 Stars Harvest Ale | 3 Stars Brewing Company | Washington, DC | Draf
79.) Torpedo Extra IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Company | California | Cask
80.) Matilda | Goose Island | Illinois | Draf
81.) Night Owl Pumpkin Ale | Elysian Brewing Company | Washington | Draf
82.) Wet & Wild: Wet Hop Harvest Ale | Uinta Brewing Company | Utah | Draf
83.) Zambo Imperial Red Ale | 21st Amendment | California | Draf
84.) Brooklyn Oktoberfest | Brooklyn Brewery | New York | Draf
85.) Zeltbier | Victory Brewing Company | Pennsylvania | Draf
86.) Freestyle #10: Rye Session Saison | Bluejacket & Oxbow Brewing Company | Washington, DC & Maine | Draf
87.) Dead Reckoning Porter | Tröeg’s Brewing Company | Pennsylvania | Draf
88.) Coney Island Freaktoberfest | Schmaltz Brewing Company | New York | Draf
89.) Wild Dog: The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale | Flying Dog Brewery | Maryland | Draf
90.) Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale | Boulevard Brewing Company | Missouri | Draf
91.) The Great Pumpkin | Elysian Brewing Company | Washington | Draf
92.) 3 Stars Southern Belle (Cocoa Nibs) | 3 Stars Brewing Company | Washington, DC | Cask
93.) Blue Star Wheat | North Coast Brewing Company | California | Draf
94.) Minx Belgian Imperial IPA | Goose Island | Illinois | Draf
95.) Hofstettner Hochzeitsbier von 1810 | Brauerei Hofstetten-Krammer | Austria | Wood-Clad Gravity Keg
96.) Fordham Helles | Coastal Brewing Company | Delaware | Draf
97.) Hansel & Gretel Pumpkin Pils | Elysian Brewing Company | Washington | Draf
98.) Flying Dog Gose w/ Old Bay | Flying Dog Brewery | Maryland | Draf
99.) Victory Festbier | Victory Brewing Company | Pennsylvania | Draf
100.) Nikl-Bräu Michala | Brauerei Nikl | Germany | Anstich Rubber-Clad Gravity Keg
101.) Dark Cloud Dunkel | Mother Earth Brewing Company | North Carolina | Draf
102.) Adoration | Brewery Ommegang | New York | Draf
103.) Long Trail Pumpkin Ale | Long Trail Brewing Company | Vermont | Draf
104.) Schneider Wiesen Edel-Weisse | Weissbierbrauerie G. Schneider & Sohn | Germany | Wood-Clad Gravity Keg
105.) Winter Storm | Heavy Seas Brewing Company | Maryland | Draf
106.) Tap 5 Meine Hopfen-Weisse: Zymatore Barrel-Aged | Weissbierbrauerie G. Schneider & Sohn | Germany | Draf
107.) Red Hoptober | New Belgium Brewing Company | Colorado | Draf
108.) Löwenbräu Buttenheim Kellerbier | Löwenbräu Buttenheim | Germany | Anstich Rubber-Clad Gravity Keg
109.) Anchor Small Beer | Anchor Brewing Company | California | Draf
110.) AleWerks Pumpkin Ale | Williamsburg AleWerks | Virginia | Draf
111.) Harpoon Octoberfest Beer | Harpoon Brewery | Massachusetts | Draf
112.) Jacques Au Lantern Pumpkin Ale | Evolution Craf Brewery | Maryland | Draf
113.) RhinO’fest | Lost Rhino Brewing Company | Virginia | Draf
114.) Dogfish Head India Brown Ale | Dogfish Head Craf Brewery | Delaware | Draf
115.) Aufsesser Festbier | Brauereigasthof Rothenbach | German | Anstich Rubber-Clad Gravity Keg
116.) Autumnal | Stillwater Artisanal (at DOG Brewing Company) | Maryland | Draf
117.) Samuel Adams Brewing Tasman Red IPA | Boston Beer Company | Massachusetts | Draf
118.) Heavy Seas Barrel-Aged Märzen Beer | Heavy Seas Brewing Company | Maryland | Cask
119.) 1809 | Professor Fritz Briem (Schlossbrauerei Au) | Germany | Draf
120.) Second Wind Pale Ale | Mother Earth Brewing Company | North Carolina | Draf
121.) Wolaver’s Will Stevens’ Organic Pumpkin Ale | Otter Creek Brewing Company | Vermont | Draf
122.) Zymaster Series #2: Mark’s Mild | Anchor Brewing Company | California | Draf
123.) Lips of Faith: Peach Porch Lounger | New Belgium Brewing Company | Colorado | Draf
124.) Port City Oktoberfest | Port City Brewing Company | Virginia | Draf
125.) Autumn Maple | The Bruery | California | Draf
126.) Alpha Dog Imperial IPA | Laughing Dog Brewing Company | Idaho | Draf
127.) Jakobi Weißbier Hell | Brauerei Hacklberg | Germany | Draf
128.) Uncle Jacob’s Stout | Avery Brewing Company | Colorado | Draf
129.) Mahrs Bräu Hell | Mahrs Bräu | Germany | Draf
130.) Schlägl Doppel Bock | Stifsbrauerei Schlägl | Germany | Draf
131.) Weißenoher Monk’s Fest | Klausterbrauerei Weißenohe | Germany | Draf
132.) Innstadt Extra Schwarze | Innstadt Brauerei | Germany | Draf
133.) Tumbler | Sierra Nevada Brewing Company | California | Cask
134.) Hoppeditz | Freigeist Bierkutur | Germany | Draf
135.) Mönchshof Schwarzbier | Kulmbacher Brauerei | Germany | Draf
136.) Bonator Doppelbock | Klausterbrauerei Weißenohe | Germany | Draf
137.) Lilikoi Kepolo Wit | Avery Brewing Company | Colorado | Draf
138.) Mahr’s Unfiltered Pilsner | Mahrs Bräu | Germany | Anstich Rubber-Clad Gravity Keg
139.) Weißenoher Export Dunkel | Klausterbrauerei Weißenohe | Germany | Draf
140.) Fumata Nera | High & Mighty Brewing Company | Massachusetts | Draf
141.) Mad Fox Saison | Mad Fox Brewing Company | Virginia | Draf
142.) Punkinator | Mad Fox Brewing Company | Virginia | Draf
143.) Smuttynose Red Wine Barrel Scotch Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company | New Hampshire | Draf
144.) The Duck-Rabbit Märzen | The Duck-Rabbit Craf Brewery | North Carolina | Draf
145.) La Parcela No. 1 Pumpkin Ale | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales | Michigan | Draf
146.) Bitches Brew | Dogfish Head Craf Brewery | Delaware | Draf
147.) Skull Crushing Ape | Devils Backbone Brewing Company | Virginia | Draf
148.) Hardywood Singel | Hardywood Park Craf Brewery | Virginia | Draf
149.) Le Canard | The Brewer’s Art | Maryland | Draf
150.) Woodchuck Amber Cider | Vermont Hard Cider Company | Vermont | Draf
151.) Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider | Boston Beer Company | Massachusetts | Draf
152.) Raging Bitch (Habanero & Mango) | Flying Dog Brewery | Maryland | Cask
153.) Underdog (Dry-Hopped) | Flying Dog Brewery | Maryland | Cask

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