Editors' pick

Mid-Atlantic SpringFest

Beer/spirits tasting

Editorial Review

Date: Saturday, April 26
Location: The Village of Shirlington
Ticket price: $30, sold at the gate only.
Number of breweries: At least 45 promised on the Web site.
Breweries to look out for: None announced yet, but the Mid-Atlantic Oktoberfest is always strong on local and regional beers rather than West Coast ales or European imports.
Hours of drinking included: Seven, beginning at noon.
Number of samples you get: Ticket includes 10 four-ounce samples; additional tastes are available for $1 with a five-ticket minimum.
Is there food? Yes, with stands from Shirlington restaurants, food trucks and other vendors.
Beer-geek level: Medium. Capitol City Brewing Company is attempting to capitalize on the ongoing success of its annual Oktoberfest, though this version loses the oompah bands and bratwurst. No breweries have been confirmed, but expect all of the Mid-Atlantic's heavy hitters to show up with a couple of beers each. The biggest complaint about Oktoberfest is long lines at beer stands; let's hope Cap City can help cut those down.

-- Fritz Hahn (March 14, 2014)