Raise a Glass for Shirlington’s 12th Annual Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest in Shirlington

Grin and beer it: Drinks (obviously) and food will be readily available, but you’ll have to bring your own lederhosen if you want to impress the ladies. (Bulldog Public Relations)

Do you like to drink beer? Check.

OK, I mean, do you really like to drink beer? Oh, ho, ho, ho, now you’re talkin’.

If you do, ApartmentShowcase.com has an event that’s right up your Suds Alley: the 12th Annual Oktoberfest at the Capitol City Brewing Company in the Village at Shirlington.

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On Saturday, October 8, from noon to 7 p.m., the Capitol City Brewing Company will host more than 40 breweries serving 120-plus types of beer in tidy, four-ounce samples. Expect a crowd of 8,000-10,000 German, vaguely German and totally non-German beer enthusiasts making their way around the festival’s 92 tents.

Aside from local food vendors (Luna Grill and Diner, Samuel Beckett’s, T.H.A.I. in Shirlington and the bar’s own grub itself), authentic Teutonic vittles like bratwurst will be provided by the Washington Sängerbund.

Now, before you go getting all bent out of shape, there doesn’t appear to be any truth to the Internet rumor that Rammstein or the Scorpions will be making guest appearances at Oktoberfest. To be honest, I hope the Scorps don’t show up in Shirlington, because the last thing I would want to hear when drinking a four-ounce microbrew is Rudolf Schenker warbling about Gorky Park and the wind of change.

I’ve been notified that German music will be pumped into the festival by way of speakers. So, you’ll be fine.

Now, it’s free to attend this event, but it costs $25 to drink the malted barley and hops wares. The $25 will get you a wristband, tasting glass and 10 drink tickets. For all you serious guzzlers out there, you can buy additional drink tickets for a dollar each, but you’ll need to purchase five of them at a time. Taps shut off at 6 p.m., so you better get there at a decent hour.

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The Capitol City Brewing Company is a pretty classy place, with the downtown location opening in 1992 as the capital’s first brewpub since prohibition. That’s right, they brew their own beer. Better yet, these days the only place they brew beer is at Shirlington. With the recent closure of the Postal Square brewpub in Capitol Hill, Shirlington is the only other Capitol City Brewing Company location.

The level of anticipation for Oktoberfest is so high that the restaurant’s site is counting down the days, hours, minutes and seconds to the event, so it must be a big deal. They claim it’s the area’s largest Oktoberfest beer festival, so it probably is.

Oktoberfest is conveniently located at the Village at Shirlington in Arlington, so find a designated driver, come on down here and enjoy yourself.

Heck, while wandering around this tidy little village, you may think about pulling up stakes and staying awhile.

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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