Saturday, we went to the Capitol City Brewing Co's 17th annual Mid-Atlantic Oktoberfest at The Village at Shirlington.
We snapped Capitol City Brewing Co’s Matt Benkert and Olivier LeRu-Riboulot flanking their brewers: David Peeler, Barry Hansen, Dan Coon, Bo Elliott and Kristi Griner.
The celebration marked the finale of DC Beer Week, with more than 65 regional breweries and local restaurants serving up their best fare. Here, The Alpine Dancers.
Many of the festivalgoers dressed in traditional German garb and enjoyed Alpine music, authentic Bavarian brews, bratwurst and brezlen—the German-style pretzel. Notable breweries included Mad Fox, James River, Fair Winds, Port City, Starr Hill, Heritage, Hardywood, Pleasure House, Adventure, O’Connor, Brothers, Jailbreak, Gordon Biersch, Flying Dog, DuClaw, Union, Blue Mountain, Adroit Theory, New District and Chaos Mountain. Here, event volunteers Grant Thornton’s Michael Lee and Lauren Lee, Virginia Health Rehab’s Jessica Litman and Jackie Fendrock.
Capitol City offered samples of its three featured fall beers, including the newly named Cursed Gourd, the Smoketoberfest and the classic Oktoberfest Lager. Here, Jost Houk’s Craig Shireman, Ruesch Center’s Ricci Sheridan and Wythme’s Bryan Penn.
LMI Consulting’s Nathan Agent with his son Henry.
During the event, Capitol City Brewing Co held a Best Fest competition for Oktoberfest-style beers, where a panel of judges evaluated each beer. Here are the bronze, silver and gold medalists—O’Connor Brewery’s Richard Moore, Wortzburger Brewery’s Leah Golden and Fordham & Dominion’s Autumn Krebs.