Sunday, November 23, 2014

Photo Recap: DC Craft Beer Festival

William Tell: DC Outlook's Best Taste of the Night

Cider Rules

Color me impressed; and I'm not even a "beer drinker," per se. The DC Craft Beer Festival took over the Walter E. Washington Convention Center; and boy, was it fun. The festival was divided into two sessions (afternoon & evening.) Press has its perks, and I was able to slip in with the VIPs for the second session. That meant a full hour of unencumbered access to 2 oz. servings of 150 different ales, beers and ciders, before the doors opened to general admission at 7:00 PM.

I'm no stranger to grand tastings; but it's worth noting... the longest wait I had to "endure" took all of 30 seconds. Not exactly a Russian bread line, is it? Each vendor was anxious to provide details about their libations; but truth be told, I probably wouldn't have understood most of what they were saying. However after the first dozen or so tastings (I won't tell you how many I finished with) I was eager to learn. With all due respect to the showier Savor event (held each year at the National Building Museum) I'd gladly trade my suit & tie for easier access to drinks and information... both of which could be found in abundance yesterday. If you weren't able to attend this weekend, don't despair: You can still attend next year's Spring Seasonal (most likely in March.) We'll be sure to keep you posted.

The calm before the storm

Let the games begin!

The award for "Most Knowledgeable" goes to Potter's Craft Cider

Smuttynose Brewing Company

Atlas Brew Works 

Craft Concierge Center

Mr. DJ... responsible for "I Shot the Sheriff"

What's for dinner?

Grilled Maryland Cheese Sandwiches

Gigantic Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel, only $6

Top Taste: Pinot Grigio Hard Apple Cider 6.5% from Cider Brothers

On Display: 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe

... and Neo-Gaelic Kilts, courtesy of American Highlander

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