Beer Buzz

Where Washington - - CONTENTS - BY BROOKE SABIN

Say “Cheers!”—or per­haps “Prost!”—to Ok­to­ber­fest­style rev­elry and the tasty pours of the city’s many lo­cal, small-batch brew­eries.


Each fall the mayor of Mu­nich opens Ok­to­ber­fest with “O’zapft is!” (“It is tapped!”), a call that echoes in this city as restau­rants, bars and brew­eries toast the fes­ti­val spirit. Ge­orge­town in­sti­tu­tion Old Europe (page 32) cel­e­brates all month with Spaten Ok­to­ber­fest Bier and spe­cial­ties like—deep breath— “Sch­weine­nack­en­braten,” roasted pork with beer gravy and sauer­kraut. Rev­el­ers hoist a mug at newer spots, too, like Dupont Cir­cle’s Sauf Haus, Shaw’s Dacha and H Street’s Biergarten Haus, whose court­yard holds 400 thirsty pa­trons. At res­tau­rant-brew­ery Gor­don Bier­sch, se­lec­tions made ac­cord­ing to the Ger­man Pu­rity Law in­clude Ok­to­ber­fest fave Märzen. Some of these also show up Oct. 1 at Capi­tol City Brewing Co.’ s Mid-At­lantic Ok­to­ber­fest, along with pours from Capi­tol City and 65 other beer makers (capc­i­ty­ Oct. 6-9, the Brook­lyn Brew­ery Mash Tour (brook­lyn­brew­ery brings a beer “man­sion” and a hops­fu­eled ex­plo­ration of Adams Mor­gan.—

Blue­jacket Brew­ery

Capi­tol City Brew­ing Co.’s Mid-At­lantic Ok­to­ber­fest

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