By Punch Pulse Correspondent Niki Clark
What is there to do when it’s nearly 90 degrees in October? Relax with a cold brewski at Octoberfest of course!
Capitol City Brewing CompanyÂ hosted the 14th AnnualÂ Mid-Atlantic OktoberfestÂ atÂ The Village at ShirlingtonÂ on Saturday and although the weather felt more like summer, the beer, food and festivities were pure October. Thousands of beer aficionados greeted some 50 area breweries and local restaurants to the festival, following in the footsteps of a century+ old tradition that first started in the early 1880s in Munich, Germany. Lederhosen and bratwurst were in full force as crowds danced to live Alpine folk music and sampled from a selection of 100 different ales and lagers.
Now celebrating 21 years in business, Capitol City debuted two of their own Oktoberfest additions—theÂ SmoketoberfestÂ andÂ Dr. PunkinsteinÂ —Â as well as the popularÂ Oktoberfest Lager. Â There was plenty of other pumpkin brews on site; I was even able to pick up a Bowser Brew for my dog (they have now OFFICIALLY thought of everything).
If you were unlucky enough to miss it, you can always stop by Capitol City Brewing and recreate your own Oktoberfest. I can’t promise that anyone will be wearing lederhosen though.Â