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Rustico Novemberfest

Apparently, Snallygaster wasn't enough, so the Neighborhood Restaurant Group went ahead and planned another beer festival. On November 10 from 12pm to 5pm, Rustico Alexandria is hosting Novemberfest.

Novemberfest is, according to Beer Director Greg Engert, "based loosely on the German tradition dating back to the 1300's where villagers would stock up onprovisions and seek shelter in their local churches for the wintery weather ahead." Rustico's version will be "an outdoor block party that plans to prepare and celebrate the move to cooler temperatures replete with at least 40 sensational and seasonal craft brews playing center stage to an arena of good food and good fun."

Strong ales like DC Brau's Ghouls Night Out Quadrupel and Mikkeller Black Hole Imperial Stout; festive holiday brews like Great Lakes Christmas Ale and St. Bernardus Christmas Ale; Fresh-Hop Harvest Ales from Rogue Chatoe and Lost Rhino and of course some esoteric novelties like the Bluejacket, Lost Rhino, Vintage 50 & Hardwood Park Pretty in Pink Saison & DC Brau & Stillwater Middle Name Danger: Catoctin Creek Peach Brandy Barrel-Aged are just some of the beers that will be featured.

Rustico's chefs have prepared a menu of hearty dishes to pair with the selection of brews. At Novemberfest, they will be offering Grilled Oysters with Charred Herbs, Winter Ale Stew with Beef Cheeks and Sunchokes, Turkey Sausage Pie with Currants, Chestnuts and Sage and Chopped Pork Shoulder Sandwiches. Additionally, Red Apron will be serving their sublime Hot Dogs, Sausages, and other pork specialties along, Buzz Bakery  will sling treats to satisfy the sweet tooth.

Entrance passes for Novemberfest are only available in advance due to capacity restrictions. For $25 guests will receive admission, 10 tickets to spend onfood + beer as well as a souvenir beer mug.  Additional food + drink tickets will be available for purchase throughout the venue on the day of the event. $1 = 1 ticket. Most full beers will average 6-8 tickets. 6 ounce tasting portions will be available for approximately half the price. Food will be 6-10 tickets on average depending on the dish. To purchase tickets visit http://rustico.ticketleap.com/novemberfest/.

The beer list:

Strong Ales:

Dogfish Head Olde School Barleywine Vintage 2010
DC Brau Ghouls Night Out Quadrupel
Lagunitas Brown Shugga Barleywine
Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout
Mikkeller Black Hole Imperial Stout
Avery Ale to the Chief Hoppy Strong Ale
Sierra Nevada Narwhal Imperial Stout
Boulevard Harvest Dance Oak-Aged Wheat Wine
Smuttynose Red Wine Barrel-Aged Scotch Ale
Œt Smisje Wostyntje
Rogue Batch 15000 Ale: Imperial Stout
Heavy Seas Bourbon Barrel-Aged Below Decks (Cask)
Heavy Seas Below Decks Vintage 2011
Heavy Seas Below Decks (Cask)
Terrapin Oak-Aged Big Hoppy Monster
Stone, Ken Schmidt & Iron Fist Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout
Founders Backwoods Bastard
Devils Backbone Danzig Baltic Porter
Devils Backbone Kilt Flasher Wee Heavy
Bell's Bourbon Barrel-Aged Batch 9000 Imperial Stout
Left Hand Oak-Aged Imperial Stout

Fresh-Hop Harvest Ales:

Founders Harvest Ale
Smuttynose Short Batch #17: Herbaceous
Lost Rhino Hop Harvest
New Holland Hopivore
Sierra Nevada Estate Harvest Ale
Laughing Dog Wet Hop Ale
Laughing Dog Wet Hop Ale (Cask)
Troeg's Scratch #78: Fresh Hop Ale
Rogue Chatoe Wet Hop

Holiday Ales:

Great Lakes Christmas Ale
St. Bernardus Christmas Ale
Blue Mountain Barrel House Long Winter's Nap


Bluejacket, Lost Rhino, Vintage 50 & Hardywood Park Pretty in Pink Saison
DC Brau & Stillwater Middle Name Danger: Catoctin Creek Peach Brandy
St. George Remmus XL
Stillwater Why Can't IBU?
Bell's Bourbon Barrel-Aged Bell's Cherry Stout
Bold Rock Virginia Draft Cider

827 Slaters Lane
Alexandria, VA
United States
Saturday, November 10, 2012 -
12:00pm to 5:00pm