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Event Preview | Novemberfest (Washington D.C.)

Rustico Bar & Grill
Stacey Goers

Oktoberfest season is too short for many of us, with not enough time to savor the brews among the leaves and sweaters. Solution: Northern Virginia’s Rustico will host its fourth annual Novemberfest on Nov. 7.

Image courtesy of Rustico.

This was actually one of the first beer festivals I went to ever and of course, one of the first in the DC area, so it has a special place in my festival circuit. Rustico is a casual, American restaurant known for its pizzas and its beer list. Notably, its beer director is Greg Engert, known for driving national attention to the greater DC area’s beer pourings.

There will be food (fried chicken, BBQ pork sandwiches), bluegrass and even wine, from Virginia’s Barboursville Vineyards.

What’s exciting about Novemberfest is that is brings some of the greatest Virginia breweries up north, putting pours into the hands of an eager audience.

Here’s the most recent pour list from the organizers. The items with an * are making a debut in the Northern Virginia area.

Adroit Theory Death of CHUTULU (Imperial Stout w/Seaweed & Marshmallows)

Adroit Theory B/A/Y/S: Bourbon w/ Tart Cherries (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout w/Tart Cherries)

AleWerks Café Royale (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout w/Coffee)

Blue Mountain The Local D.O.P.A. (Wet Hop Imperial IPA)

Blue Mountain Vanilla Porter (Robust Porter w/ Vanilla Beans)

*Brothers Cutting Teeth (American Pale Ale)

Caboose Ghost Pepper Pale Ale (American Pale Ale w/ Ghost Peppers)

Caboose Vanilla Hobo (Imperial Stout w/ Vanilla Beans)

Champion Commoner (Sour Saison)

*Chaos Mountain Agents of Chaos (Quadrupel)

*Chaos Mountain Ultimate Warrior (Imperial IPA)

Devils Backbone Cuvée de Gooch (Saison w/ Brettanomyces)

*Devils Backbone Kabong (Imperial IPA)

Fair Winds Siren’s Lure (Hoppy Saison)

Hardywood Park Pineapple Great Return (American IPA w/ Pineapple)

Hardywood Park Rum Barrel-Aged Farmhouse Pumpkin Ale (Rum Barrel-Aged Pumpkin Saison w/ Spices)

Hardywood Park Trickery (Apple Brandy Barrel-Aged Imperial Sweet Stout)

Lickinghole Creek Bourbon Three Chop’t (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel)

Lickinghole Creek Redneck Soap Opera (Rum Barrel-Aged Quadrupel w/ 12 Spices)

Lickinghole Creek & Three Notch’d The Source (American IPA w/ Blueberries)

Lost Rhino Exesus Sanctum (Oak Barrel-Aged Sour Blond Ale w/ Peaches)

Lost Rhino Native Son (American Amber Ale w/ 100% Local Ingredients)

Mad Fox Headcracker (Blonde Barleywine) CASK

Midnight VA Midway (American Wheat Ale)

Ocelot Embrace The Loss (Imperial IPA)

Ocelot The Gallows (Imperial Red Ale)

Old Bust Head Virginia Hop Harvest 2015 (Wet Hop Amber Ale)

*Old Ox BigTasty: Hazelnut, Cocoa & Vanilla (Imperial Stout w/ Hazelnut, Cocoa Nibs & Vanilla)

Port City Maniacal (Imperial IPA)

*Rusty Beaver Roy’s Big Bad Brown (English Brown Ale)

South Street Slippery When Wit (Sour Witbier)

Starr Hill Hopfetti (Imperial IPA)

*Strangeways A-Bomb (Sour Blond Ale w/ Green Apples)

*Strangeways Rot-in-Hell (Sour Blond Ale w/ Pumpkin & Spices)

*Strangeways Rot-in-Hell (Sour Blond Ale w/ Pumpkin & Spices)

Three Notch’d Brettadocious (Wine Barrel-Aged Sour Blonde Ale w/ Brettanomyces)

Three Notch’d Brettadocious (Wine Barrel-Aged Sour Blonde Ale w/ Brettanomyces)

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