Crystal City Goes to the Dogs at the Pups & Pilsners Festival

Pups & Pilsners

Life on a leash: There’ll be plenty to see, drink and sniff in Crystal City this weekend. (madraban via Flickr)

Like dogs? Sure, you say, stroking your gray, six-year-old Great Dane Matty, who’s as tall as a pony.

How about beer? Well of course, you respond, hoisting your Corona Light and taking a swig.

Well, now, make sure you’re sitting down. Put the beer on the coaster and quietly move away from Matty.

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What if I told you there was a – get this – festival that featured both, two of your biggest loves: doggies and beer? It’s OK, breathe in, breathe out. Let the warmth dissipate through the chakras.

OK, now, unless your dog is easily frightened by mad howling, let out your joyous scream, because Pups & Pilsners is here.

On September 22, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Crystal Drive Green Space in Crystal City in Arlington, come out and enjoy “DC’s only dog-friendly … outdoor beer festival!” Sponsored by the Washington Wine Academy and Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, this second-annual event lists 20 craft beers, along with the old * caveat: “Subject to change based on availability.” (Kind of like those long-ago boxing pay-per-views that would say the same thing about the card you were ordering.)

View Larger Map Crystal Drive Green Space
1405 Crystal Dr.
Arlington, Va. 22202

Some of the beers listed: Devils Backbone Vienna Lager (a great beer), Fort Collins Brewing Red Banshee and Port City Brewing Company Optimal Wit. Sorry, no Corona Light, only snobby beers here. And I’m assuming you’ll have to keep your dog on a leash, less real mayhem might take place.

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There’ll be local restaurants selling snacks, pet-related businesses on hand trying to purloin your hard-earned dollar and even local animal rescue groups with dogs up for adoption.

Attendees receive six tasting tickets to sample beers and a token for a full beer of their choosing. It’s $20 if you register online, $25 if you walk up (cash-only, and these are based on availability). Bigger drinkers shouldn’t worry, as additional tasting tickets and beer tokens will be on sale as well. The site says there will also be refreshments for your dog, too, which I expect in the least to be water.

It’s only a short walk from Metrorail’s Crystal City stop on the system’s Blue/Yellow Line, so you owe it to yourself, and your mutt, to come out and have a beer. Maybe you can even adopt a friend or have a look around at a nice Crystal City apartment to rent? See apartments in Crystal City on

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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