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(Link for thread on last year's event) We'll be there again for the VIP session starting in the morning, and stay until the crowds get unmanageable. The list seems to be shaping up later than previous years, but some genuinely new-to-DC stuff to be had again (Jester King and Wicked Weed come to mind). As always, there will be more that I want to taste than is physically possible or financially prudent.
Who is heading down to Navy Yard for Snallygaster? It doesn't look like the weather will be a problem this year; we spent the last couple of hours a year ago defending our small patch of covered asphalt and darting out for beers. We splurged for the VIP passes again, in part to marvel at the people who will pay the extra $30 to spend all of their first hour lined up for a small taste of Cantillon, but mostly because said weather will make the place a complete madhouse around the 3:00 hour. It's nice to have an hour-and-a-half of relative peace to sample the ones high on my list. That would include: - Goses. I think 2015 is officially Year of the Gose. I remember at most 2 last year, there are at least 3x as many. I may taste them all. - Millstone ciders. I've overheard many surprised and positive comments about this local producer. Last year I was put off by the pricing (I recall some tasting portions were $8-9) - NO bourbon barrel/toasted pecan/chocolate/coffee stout/porter/scotch ales. I need to be wearing much warmer clothing before those sound appealing. - A few IPAs and Imperial IPAs that have escaped my attention or aren't normally distributed here. - Some cask and dry-hopped versions of beers I already really like - One or more of the German kellerbiers, because they are cool to see all lined up like that Waiting for them to release the event map this week, highlighter at the ready!