Mark It – Snallygaster Craft Beer Festival Returns to Navy Yard Sept. 12th

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From a press release:

“DC’s monstrous craft beer festival touches down on The Yards on Saturday, September 12, 2015. Now in its fourth year, Snallygaster, named for the fearsome and toothy mythical beast said to terrorize the region at the turn of the century, has cemented itself as the largest, highly curated beer festival in the area. A benefit for Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture, Snallygaster is once again setting new heights tapping no fewer than 300 unique craft beers, featuring more than 10 of DC’s finest food trucks & vendors, multiple musical acts, 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 be curating the beer list. True to form, Greg will once again go above and beyond last year’s list with no fewer than 300 brews all handpicked from the finest brewers around the world. Guests can expect to find a number of DC debuts, beers rarely–if ever–available in the District; an array of autumnal releases; German-styled and German-inspired beers; a collection of cask ales, barrel-aged brews; Franconian gravity-poured/rubber-clad kegs; a slew of craft cans; brand-new Bluejacket small batch releases, and an artisanal cider garden.

On the food side, a collection of DC’s most popular food trucks and vendors will be dishing up delicious eats for festival attendees. Participants include Red Apron Butcher, GBD, Big Cheese, DC Empanadas, DC Slices, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Lemongrass Truck, Tasty Kabob, Cajunators, Pork Barrel BBQ, Mess Hall​, ​Rappahannock Oyster Co. and more.

WHERE: The Yards at Capital Riverfront Lot H/I
Entrance is located at First St SE & N St SE
across from Nationals Park (1 block from the Navy Yard metro)

WHEN: September 12, 2015 from 1 PM to 6 PM (VIP entry at 11:30 AM)

DETAILS: Two advance ticket packages are available now online. Guests are encouraged to take advantage of the special offers to ensure entry.

· The Kraken (VIP): $60

Includes early entry at 11:30 AM for an extra 1 ½ hours of access to all the beers including many rare, small batch brews only available in limited quantities. Admission ($10 value) + 30 food and drink tickets + a custom Snallygaster beer mug

· The Gargoyle: $35

Includes 1 PM entry + Admission ($10 value) + 30 food & drink tickets + a custom Snallygaster beer mug

The 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 under will be 14 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.”

21 Comment

  • palisades

    Hopefully it doesn’t torrential downpour this time around

  • Not a race weekend! So excited my running problem won’t interfere with my favorite hobby.

  • justinbc

    Woop! Can’t wait, always a great time!

    • Is it worth it to do the VIP pass? I hate crowds at these types of events.

      • Only if it’s comped, in my opinion. They have some pretty unusual beers, but you’d have to drink way, way too much of it to get your money’s worth.

      • I’ve been 2 years and would say definitely get early entry. It’s really the only time it’s not crowded.

      • justinbc

        I do the VIP pass, it’s definitely worth it here IF you are a beer nerd and want to make sure you try specific things before they get tapped.

      • Mug of Glop

        Get early entry if you have a real desire to get the rarest beers. If you just want to go to have fun and wander around and drink, it’s not worth it.

  • From a drinking perspective, it’s more expensive than getting the same beers at Churchkey and comes with an admission fee (not to mention the ticketing system which always guarantees unspent $$$). From an event perspective, it’s jam-packed and in a parking lot. Pass.

    • A lot of these beers you’ll rarely if ever see on at Churchkey, and almost never at the same time. Think Fou Foune, Barrel Aged Abraxas, and Barrel Aged Sump for instance. I’m not upset to see you pass, more beer for the rest of us.

      • Another reason these events aren’t fun: The “more beer for the rest of us” crowd sampling two or three dozen 9% ABV beers and then behaving like they just sampled two or three dozen 9% ABV beers.

        • If I was there you’d find me camped out at the Franconian Gravity Kegs. I’d love nothing better than to crush a glass of say Mahr’s Brau Ungespundet Hefetrub which comes in at a whopping 5.2%.

      • justinbc

        Yep, exactly. Many of these beers only appear at Snallygaster. There might be other varieties sent to ChurchKey by the breweries, but if you want to taste some exclusive stuff then this is the event to do it at.

      • It’s a nice thought, but in order to get any of those “whales” you need to pay the extra early entry fee, stand in line to enter, and stand in line for whichever one of those pours you want; and by the time you’re done with that line, the other rarer beers are kicked. So after you get your one $42 6oz pour of Fou Foune, you’re drinking easy-to-find beers at high prices.

    • I feel like Churchkey is generally more crowded and harder to get a drink at than Snallygaster.

  • that should read Henny Youngman not Henry

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