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Beer/spirits tasting
Please note: This event has already occurred.
Oktoberfest is over, and beer fans are leaving behind crisp German lagers and sweet pumpkin ales in favor of dark, strong beers perfect for keeping a body warm on a cold autumn or winter night. Get a taste of the season at Rustico's Novemberfest in Alexandria, where dozens of taps will be pouring Christmas ales from St. Bernardus and Great Lakes, the rich, new Belgian-style quadruple from DC Brau, and a 2010-vintage keg of Dogfish Head's high-octane Olde School Barleywine. (Just remember to bundle up, as the festival is held in Rustico's parking lot.) The $15 admission includes a souvenir mug and 10 food and drink tickets; most beers will cost three to four tickets for a tasting pour, and six to eight for a full-size glass. Additional tickets will be on sale at the festival for $1 each.