“DC’s Epic Beer Fest Snallygaster Returns to Yards Park on September 13”

Photo of Yards Park by PoPville flickr user caroline.angelo

From a press release:

WHAT: The third installment of DC’s monstrous beer festival is returning to Yards Park this year. Snallygaster, named for the fearsome and toothy mythical beast said to terrorize the region at the turn of the century, is a beer festival that unleashes the most sought after selection of beers and benefits Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture. This year, Snallygaster is once again setting new heights tapping no fewer than 250 unique craft beers against a backdrop of fine foods from the area’s top toques and food trucks, music, entertainment, games, family-fun and more.

Beer Director Greg Engert, the man behind the beer programs at Bluejacket, Birch & Barley, ChurchKey, GBD, Rustico and more, will of course be curating the beer list once again for Snallygaster III, and each of his nearly 250 picks will be announced as we approach the big event. Guests can expect a sea of the scarcest and most delicious ales and lagers on draft, including a growing number of breweries and brews rarely–if ever–available in the District, all sourced from from the very best local, domestic and international craft breweries. In addition, we will feature an exciting array of autumn seasonals, German style and German-inspired beers, a huge collection of cask ales, assorted barrel-aged brews, craft cans, Franconian gravity-poured/rubber-clad kegs, brand-new Bluejacket small batch releases, and even an artisanal cider garden.

WHERE: The Yards at Capital Riverfront
The Lot located on First St SE & N St SE
Across from Nationals Park (1 block from the Navy Yard metro)

WHEN: September 13, 2014 from 1 PM to 6 PM

DETAILS: To ensure attendance & take advantage of these special offers, guests are encouraged to buy in advance. Two advance ticket packages are now available online. The Hydra at $30 includes 1PM entry through will-call, admission, 25 food + drink tickets, and a custom Snallygaster 2014 beer mug. The Goliath (the VIP ticket) is $50 and includes 1.5 hours of early access with a 11:30 AM entry through will-call, admission, 25 food + drink tickets, a custom Snallygaster 2014 beer mug, plus a discount to the merchandise tent. There are limited number of Goliath & Hyrdra tickets available. The Goliath pass is the best chance to experience some of the rare small batch brews that Engert is securing for the festival.

These ticket packages are only available online and in advance. Admission at the door is $10 on the day of the event, 100% of which will be donated to Arcadia. Tickets for food and beverages will be sold throughout the venue. $1 = 1 ticket. Full beers will be priced from 5-9 tickets on average, tasting portions from 3-6 on average. This is a family friendly event and children will be admitted free. You must be at least 21 years of age and have a valid ID to consume alcohol, no exceptions. Cash and credit will be accepted.”

16 Comment

  • Judging by how stupid expensive Rustico’s events are (Octoberfest, primarily) and the crowd who flocks to their restaurants, I’m gonna have to sit this one out.
    Would go to Max’s events over these any time.

    • +1. I have yet to attend a beer festival in DC that was worth the money.

      • Got free tickets to the first year of SAVOR. Would never pay for that one either!

        • justinbc

          SAVOR and Snallygaster are both fantastic, your loss.

          • Agree with Justin–this is a great event. Glad they’re moving it back to Yards Park this year after the one year detour to Union Market.

          • +10 Snallygaster was just unbelievable. Mind-blowing. I agree that most beer festivals are overpriced and not that exciting. “Oh boy, Sam Adams Summer and Flying Dog beers, super.”

            This is different. There was just *so much* stuff there that you simply can’t get anywhere else, including fresh-hop beers. Stuff that Church Key even doesn’t normally buy. Really, if you’re serious about beer, you’re truly missing out if you don’t go. I truly cannot imagine a better beer festival.

            My favorites were the German ones last year, actually – great to see that country finally innovating a bit after a few hundred years of riding out their early (and delicious) successes.

    • I’m pretty stingy about this kind of stuff, but found Snallygaster to be a decent value. Rare beers for a price equal to or lower than what you’d find at a bar/restaurant here in DC.

  • Snallygaster is great for those who are really interested in trying some very unique beers that you won’t find elsewhere. They fly in kegs from Europe specifically for this event. It’s in sharp contrast with the all-you-can-drink livingsocial type events, which are generally a shitshow of young 20s ragers. I’m also very happy to see it move back to Yards Park – it was a MUCH better event there than in the caged blacktop of Union Market.

  • i went to the first year at yards park but missed last year. i thought it was a ton of fun, looking forward to it!

  • Went last year. Most tastings were on the higher end of the “price” range, meaning you were likely to get only 4-5 tastings for $30. That’s about as much as 4-5 whole beers will cost you at most bars in D.C. And many of them were nothing special. I would not go again.

    • justinbc

      There were definitely some that weren’t great, but that’s always going to be the case when you’ve got a lineup of 150-250 beers. We found some that we had never seen in this market (and some I had never seen in any market) that made it well worth it.

    • There were some things there that were nothing special. But seriously, please post a better beer festival list with more “special” beers than their list last year.

      Obviously a big part of this is personal taste – given that I drink everything, I’m excited by this list. But if you’re talking about “special” beers, that has less to do with taste and more to do with things being unique and hard to find. Things that make this beer list “special”:
      1) Many things poured for the first time ever in DC
      2) Fresh hop beers – I’d never seen these on the east coast, and they’re only available for a very short window every year
      3) Plenty of aged stuff, and not just the delicious-but-now-overdone bourbon barrel imperial stouts
      4) Lots of sour beers (special in mid-2013, at least)
      5) First big releases of some Bluejacket beers
      6) A few exciting twists on German styles by German brewers in a hybrid German-American tradition
      7) Lots of seasonal stuff and an entire spectrum of pumpkin beers

      You’re welcome, NRG, you can compensate me with free tickets. Thanks.

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