DC/MD/NoVA Beer Updates (2022)

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  1. Beers-es

    Beers-es Meyvn (1,085) Oct 30, 2015 Virginia

    There are 4 Trillium IPAs languishing on tap at Dominion. They are very good.
     
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  2. Slack

    Slack Savant (993) Feb 14, 2012 Virginia
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    Is my thinking off here in that the Shelton Brothers inhibited beer distro in VA?

    *Edit - just noticed the 6th Peach at ArlBrew, sweet Jesus we are spoiled
     
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  3. MRN

    MRN Initiate (162) Jul 20, 2007 Virginia

    There will be multi-block long lines to get in for the Basilisk VIP Early Entry opening at noon and at 2 pm for the Kraken pass holders. But they move fast with fest staff going through the lines doing pre-entry ID checks. (Pro tip: bring your family and sail through the Family entrance.)

    In the festival, there will be some lines for the beers in high demand, like beers from Belgium not easy to find in the US and limited-release beers not distributed in the DMV region. But with over 350 brews on draft from 175+ breweries, you should have no problem finding new brews from breweries you've never tried with little or no lines.
     
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  4. Topease

    Topease Initiate (90) Nov 18, 2016 Maryland
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    +1 on bringing the family if it applies to you. The family entrance is a super express lane plus there are a bunch of activities for the kiddos.
     
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  5. beerman2017

    beerman2017 Initiate (121) Aug 18, 2017 Virginia
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    Thanks for the tips!
    Might trade in my teenage kids for some younger ones to get the easy line! Lol
     
  6. RKP1967

    RKP1967 Disciple (320) Sep 26, 2010 Virginia

    We've brought our kid to three of these and may do it again this year. Never knew about a family line. Kid is 15, with two parents. Would we qualify for family line?
     
  7. Topease

    Topease Initiate (90) Nov 18, 2016 Maryland
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    Can't answer that but the FAQs say that anyone 12 and under is free. Up to your discretion but from experience it's been pretty leniant
     
  8. MRN

    MRN Initiate (162) Jul 20, 2007 Virginia

    In 2019, the family entrance line was to the far left as you face the 7th Street entrance.

    My daughter and granddaughter couldn't join us last year. But my granddaughter remembered the "monster" bounce house and other kids' activities and insisted they join us this year.
     
  9. RKP1967

    RKP1967 Disciple (320) Sep 26, 2010 Virginia

    Thanks. Kid can more likely pass for 18 than 12, but don't mond paying the 10 bucks to get her in. Just wondering if we can get in the 7th Street family line. Guess we'll give it a shot this year.
     
  10. Beers-es

    Beers-es Meyvn (1,085) Oct 30, 2015 Virginia

    Something is afoot at Dominion. Tonight, a sixtel of Monkish 'Planets Gotta Roll' IIPA came and went. More Monkish in the queue, apparently. And right after the Trillium kegs. You've been placed on notice.
     
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  11. RKP1967

    RKP1967 Disciple (320) Sep 26, 2010 Virginia

    Shelter got the same six.
     
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  12. beerman2017

    beerman2017 Initiate (121) Aug 18, 2017 Virginia
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    Hit up both Aslin and Juicy Brewing over the weekend. Had an average Neutrino at Aslin and loved the Kolsch and IPA from Juicy. First time visiting the Juicy spot - might be making more visits in the future!
     
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  13. Beers-es

    Beers-es Meyvn (1,085) Oct 30, 2015 Virginia

    I'ma have to hit up Juicy Brewing like the old Aslin days.
     
  14. Slack

    Slack Savant (993) Feb 14, 2012 Virginia
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    Tons of Cycle bottles over at Dominion
     
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  15. coquet

    coquet Initiate (107) Aug 31, 2014 Virginia
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    Imperial stouts make up a pretty clear majority of my beer consumption, but 750s? No thank you.
     
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  16. montman

    montman Devotee (434) Mar 10, 2009 Virginia
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    Pretty sure Cycle BA stouts are all 22oz but yeah, agree, the - larger than I'd like - sentiment is understood. That being said, I've tried a few of those, and some were very good.
     
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  17. coquet

    coquet Initiate (107) Aug 31, 2014 Virginia
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    Dominion's website listed them all as 750s, though that could be an error on their part.

    Based on Cycle's reputation, I have no doubt their stuff is great, but it would have to be next-level amazing for me to go for a packaging format that's just so inconvenient and consumer unfriendly. It wasn't too long ago that I took more of a "beggars can't be choosers" mentality with this, but, with no shortage of great options on the shelf, it's a very nice time to be a beer fan in the DMV.
     
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  18. mrmsmith

    mrmsmith Aspirant (237) Apr 22, 2007 District of Columbia

    Looks like Basilisk vip tix for Snally are already sold out.
     
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  19. milkshakebeersucks

    milkshakebeersucks Meyvn (1,331) Feb 10, 2020 Maryland
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  20. coquet

    coquet Initiate (107) Aug 31, 2014 Virginia
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  21. Beers-es

    Beers-es Meyvn (1,085) Oct 30, 2015 Virginia

    If anybody likes IPAs anymore, there are several cases of Grimm's Lambo Door at Dominion as of 9:30 pm on Friday. Canned 9/12. Also several sours. FYI.
     
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  22. hoppytobehere

    hoppytobehere Champion (862) Aug 10, 2012 District of Columbia

    I've had a handful of Ocelot IPAs in the past couple of months and it seems they are trending back to the kind of IPAs they originally made? Less hazy, kind of a west coast/NE IPA hybrid. This is a welcome change.
     
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  23. Beers-es

    Beers-es Meyvn (1,085) Oct 30, 2015 Virginia

    I had a couple of glasses of the Mystic Rationalizations on tap, and it was great. Definitely hazy, but not extremely so. IIRC their beer was pretty clear in the beginning. I loved the taste, but all the beers were kind of watery/thin. Not that that stopped me from having tons of them.
     
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  24. Auburn_tigers

    Auburn_tigers Initiate (54) Feb 28, 2015 Virginia

    I’ve had some really nice IPA’s and other beer lately from Sapwood
     
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  25. Auburn_tigers

    Auburn_tigers Initiate (54) Feb 28, 2015 Virginia

    On a separate note. I totally don’t get the fruited sour/smoothie craze. While some might be tasty. 1/2 a sip is more than enough for me. I just don’t get it.
     
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  26. Beers-es

    Beers-es Meyvn (1,085) Oct 30, 2015 Virginia

    The ones that have the texture of fruit puree literally make me gag, but maybe that's just me.
     
  27. RKP1967

    RKP1967 Disciple (320) Sep 26, 2010 Virginia

    It's probably not just you, but it's not everyone either. I like them. I love that there's so much variety within the style.
     
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  28. hoppytobehere

    hoppytobehere Champion (862) Aug 10, 2012 District of Columbia

    Having my first beer from Grimm, their New Toy IPA that i bought at Whole Foods. Really good stuff. Glad to have them distributing here now.
     
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  29. coquet

    coquet Initiate (107) Aug 31, 2014 Virginia
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    Based on their Instagram post today, it looks like Snallygaster is releasing the beer list bit-by-bit again. My guess is they'll release the whole list on Untappd in a few days, just like last year, if you'd rather avoid the daily trickle and get the full lineup in searchable and sortable fashion.
     
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  30. colty42

    colty42 Initiate (104) Nov 14, 2011 District of Columbia

    With Jack's Abbey popping up around the DMV has anyone seen "Smoke and Dagger" anywhere around? It's one of my favorite all time beers.

    For that matter if anyone has any local/locally available recommendations for rauchbiers please chime in!
     
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  31. ArlVABeerGuy

    ArlVABeerGuy Disciple (391) Feb 23, 2012 Virginia
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    Port City usually releases a Rauch Marzen around now.
     
  32. colty42

    colty42 Initiate (104) Nov 14, 2011 District of Columbia

    I actually had it on tap at the brewery several weeks ago and that was excellent. Haven’t seen it in stores either unfortunately
     
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  33. milkshakebeersucks

    milkshakebeersucks Meyvn (1,331) Feb 10, 2020 Maryland
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    Bought a 4pk of it a couple weeks ago at the TW in Laurel MD. Don't remember the exact price but it was reasonable.
     
  34. colty42

    colty42 Initiate (104) Nov 14, 2011 District of Columbia

    Very cool, good to know!
     
  35. coquet

    coquet Initiate (107) Aug 31, 2014 Virginia
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    Skimming through the first 100 beers announced, and speaking as someone who primarily drinks stouts, I can't help but feel this year's event is trending a bit weaker than prior years. Don't get me wrong, there are some enjoyable looking options among the brews they've posted, and I'm sure I'm going to drink a gut-busting volume of them. But part of what made Snally special, at least in my mind, is that it routinely offered a handful of straight-bonkers-out-of-this-world beers that you would never otherwise get in this area (e.g., BA Abraxas back in its glory years). I'm not seeing any whale stouts among the lineup they've announced to date. Hopefully NRG plants my foot firmly in my mouth with the rest of the list.
     
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  36. Topease

    Topease Initiate (90) Nov 18, 2016 Maryland
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    They may have? Lol.

    Today (as I'm sure you've seen) they revealed a fidens collab with 8th state, monkish txxth and like 3 hype north park stouts.

    Seems they are saving the best for last!
     
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  37. coquet

    coquet Initiate (107) Aug 31, 2014 Virginia
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    Yeah, saw that a few minutes ago, and it definitely improved my outlook for next weekend. Cheers!
     
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  38. Topease

    Topease Initiate (90) Nov 18, 2016 Maryland
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    Full Snallygaster beer listed released in sortable format and uploaded to Untappd!
     
  39. RKP1967

    RKP1967 Disciple (320) Sep 26, 2010 Virginia

    I wish there was a way to filter the list by fesitival location. So as I walk from the entrance, I would know what beers I want geographicallty as I walk to the other side.

    I think last year they had about 450 beers and this year 400? I wonder if that will mean the best wiill run out faster?
     
  40. MRN

    MRN Initiate (162) Jul 20, 2007 Virginia

    The Google Sheet is sortable by Festival location.

    https://snallygasterdc.us2.list-man...f766b935628a8d1295&id=ea1cd58404&e=ae72207c09

    Snallygaster 2021 had 443 beers, but they also reduced the number of passes sold because of the pandemic. I don't know if they sold the same number this year or more.
     
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