Second Annual Barleywine Festival

Beer/spirits tasting
Please note: This event has already occurred.
In the aftermath of holiday party season, many people cut down their drinking in January or give up altogether. But now that we're into February, it might be time to cut loose again. This weekend, Mad Fox Brewing Company in Falls Church is hosting its annual Barleywine Festival, celebrating the pumped-up beer style that goes over the top in terms of flavor, hops and alcohol level. (These beauties clock in between 9 and 15 percent alcohol by volume.) There will be about 30 barleywines to sample, including two from Mad Fox and others from Dogfish Head, Rogue, He'Brew and Heavy Seas, plus the famous Samichlaus from Austria's Schloss Eggenberg. Each will be sold for $3 for a four-ounce glass. The party runs all day, with a special food menu and music by local blues and funk band Pebble to Pearl between 5 and 9 p.m.