Have a Drink at the Northern Virginia Summer BrewFest in Centreville

Wow, a beer festival we haven’t blogged about at Apartment Showcase: the Northern Virginia Summer BrewFest. The event takes place from June 20 to 21 at the Special Events Center at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville. Both days are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. affairs. It’s once again time for beer worship, with vigor.

This eighth-annual event will feature 40+ breweries, showing off “the spring and summer seasonal brews of local and regional craft breweries.” Participating breweries include DC Brau Brewing Company, Flying Dog Brewery and Old Bust Head Brewery.

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Northern Virginia Summer BrewFest (Joe Loong via Flickr)

All you can eat: If you look hard enough, you should be able to find some food at the event. One or two things at least. (Joe Loong via Flickr)

There will also be the Lone Winery on hand for fermented grape enthusiasts (though a brief search failed to turn up a website for this company).

Like a lot of festivals, the Northern Virginia Summer BrewFest tries to cut you a break. If you purchase tickets beforehand on the site, admission for adults is $25; if you buy them at the gate the day of, they’ll set you back $35. (I don’t know if there’s a service charge for the online purchase, so, as always, buyer beware.) Designated drivers get in for $10, and those 16 and under get in free when accompanied by an adult.

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For either price, you’ll receive six beer sampling tickets and a 4.75-ounce sampling glass. If that’s not enough for you, and it probably won’t be, you can buy additional tickets for $2 a shot. Remember, if you drive, you better watch your intake and give yourself plenty of time to metabolize the alcohol.

And what is beer without a little food? A quicker buzz. But when I drink, I want to eat. In fact, I turn into one of those Snickers commercials minus the physical metamorphosis. And there’ll be plenty of mashing and chomping of the teeth here too, with food vendors as varied as Ayoba-Yo (South African sausage), Blue Ridge Kettle Korn (kettle corn), DC Slices (pizza), ProShuckers (oysters on the half shell and steamed shrimp) and more.

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What goes great with beer and food, other than a (potential?) love interest and friends? Vendors and arts-and-crafts people hawking stuff. They know your inhibitions and reasoning abilities will likely suffer a drop, so this festival is well-stocked with things to buy. But seeing a vendor as ridiculous as Sharp Shirter might soften the ticket blow a bit, turning that overhand right with heat you took on the chin into a lazy, range-finder jab.

Check out the festival FAQ. The presenting sponsor this year is Mad Fox Brewing Company of Falls Church. Here are directions to the beery shindig. Come out and support your local beer maker and have a great time.

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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