Spend Saturday outdoors drinking beer

April 11, 2013

This weekend won't be as warm as the last few days – temperatures should reach the upper 60s on Saturday and Sunday – but it should be perfect for two beer festivals.

Whether you're going to Saturday's Nationals game or not, make an effort to stop by the Justin's Cafe Block Party. The restaurant is shutting down First Street between K and L streets SE for a neighborhood gathering with live music, beer pong, a cornhole tournament and a wing-eating contest. DC Brau and Port City will each be pouring three beers, including the new DC Brau saison Seasons in the Field and Port City's Tartan Ale. Snacks come from Fojol Brothers, the Big Cheese and other food trucks. Doors open at 10 a.m. and the party runs until 9 p.m. Admission is free, and kids and pets are welcome.


Justin's Cafe, a traditional pre-game stop for Nationals fans, is closing First Street SE and taking the party outside on Saturday afternoon. (Photo by Evy Mages for The Washington Post)

In Falls Church, Mad Fox Brewing Company welcomes spring with a festival featuring 20 traditional, strong German bock beers, including three created at the brewpub. Sample versions by Virginia breweries including Devils Backbone, Blue Mountain and Legend, and as far away as North Carolina, Louisiana and Bavaria. Any four-ounce pour costs $1.50 while chefs will be whipping up German food, including bratwurst and soft pretzels. The festival will be held in front of Mad Fox's building from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and there's no admission charge.

Fritz Hahn has written about bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. A product of Prince George's County public schools, Fritz majored in journalism at the University of Maryland and lives in the District.
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