Snallygaster Craft Beer Festival Coming to Yards Park Sat. Oct. 13th


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From a press release:

The team behind acclaimed beer destinations such as Birch & Barley, ChurchKey, Rustico and Bluejacket will present Washingtonians with an unprecedented craft beer festival called Snallygaster. Named for the fearsome and mythical dragon-like beast said to terrorize the region at the turn of the century, this celebration of artisanal craft beers, fine food and fun is showcasing no fewer than 100 unique and exquisitely crafted beers all handpicked by famed beer director Greg Engert. Snallygaster is on Saturday, October 13 from 1 to 5PM at Yards Park (located at 3rd and Water St. SE) and is an event to benefit Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food &Agriculture.

Beer enthusiast can expect the absolute best in Oktoberfest style beers at the inaugural Snallygaster, including German style and German-inspired beers, exciting autumn seasonals, plus a bevy of coveted international finds, and unheard of rarities. Highlights include one-off beers brewed specifically for the event, an impressive collection of cask ales, assorted barrel-aged brews, and even a host of Franconian gravity-poured, rubber-clad kegs, hardly ever tasted stateside.

From a group that firmly believes beer and food are the happiest of pairs, comes a menu of fantasticfestival fare to tempt and delight the palates of Snallygaster attendees. Red Apron Butchery is offering their classic handmade hot dogs, a German-inspired bacon bratwurst, and their new Pork-strami sandwichwith bacon kraut and fontina cheese wiz. The team at Rustico is serving up a Heavenly Meatball Hero with red sauce, while Chef Kyle Bailey and his team at ChurchKey and Birch & Barley are shelling out sud-friendly snacks like Disco Fries, Tater Tots and Fried Piggy Tails. Arcadia will be offering a seasonal treat with a Fall Harvest Wrap, highlighting the bounty of fall produce sprouting up at the farm. Of course in the spirit of Oktoberfest, guests can also expect some classics like spit-roasted turkey legs & Tiffany MacIsaac’s pretzels. Buzz Bakery is providing sweets and pint-size offerings for the kids, while Dolcezza serves up scoops of their amazing artisanal gelato.

Live music, a mix of DJ’s, and recreational activities are providing the day’s entertainment. Special features include musical acts presented by One Love Massive such as Nappy Riddem and DJ John Jazz and recreational lawn games like corn hole and bocce from the DC Bocce League. A kid-friendly zone near Yards Park’s fountain will include face painting, bubble machines, entertainers, plus educational and farm & kid-friendly activities with Arcadia Farm & their Mobile Market.

Snallygaster is being held at The Yards Park (located at 3rd and Water St. SE) on October 13, 2012 from 1 PM to 5 PM. Guests will be asked to pay a $5 donation at the door to benefit Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture. Children under 21 that are accompanied by a parent will be admitted at no cost. Food and beverage tickets ($1 for 1 ticket) will be sold separately with items costing on average between 4 and 9 tickets. Advance ticket packages include the “Rodan Pass” including admission, entry through will-call, 25 food + drink tickets, and a customized mug, priced at $25 and the “Gargantuan Pass” offering 1 hour of VIP early access to the event at 12PM, 25 food + drink tickets, and a specialty Snallygaster t-shirt, priced at $50. To purchase tickets, see the full beer list or get ongoing updates about the event visit here.

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