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Oktoberfest American Kickoff: Beer & Cocktail Festival

October 7 @ 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Join us on Saturday, October 7th, for our American Kickoff Festival at Shipgarten! Adults and children of all ages are welcome as there will be activities involving apples, pies, and drinks going on throughout the day!


***Shipgarten opens at 11 AM & the festival runs from 1 PM until 6 PM. Restaurants close at 2 AM***


1:15 PM – Apple Bobbing Competition

2:00 PM – Apple Grabbing Race

3:00 PM – Apple Toss

4:00 PM – Pie Toss

5:00 PM – Pie Eating Competition







You can still buy wine, beer and cider by the glass and bottleAND MORE!!!…

➳ Variety of Hot Spiked Apple Ciders

➳ Bourbon Spiked Apple Cider

➳ Apple Pie Moonshines

➳ Apple Pie by the Slice

➳ Apple Sangrias

➳ Variety of Candy Apples

➳ Variety of Apple Donuts

➳ 50+ Beers, Wines and Ciders to sample (Jockey boxes will be set up with various types of beers for you to sample)

➳ Meet and Greet Winery, Brewery, and Cider Reps! Live Music (12:30 PM – 7:30 PM)

♫ Live DJ Khozz(8:00 PM – 2:00 AM)

➳ Bier, Wine, & Cider with 50+ Samples

➳ Apple Pie, Candy Apples, & Apple Donuts

➳ Bratwursts, Pretzels, Wings, Special of the Day➳ Outdoor Games & Activities

➳ Pet Friendly

➳ Giveaways, Competitions, & Prizes

➳ Kids’ Corner with Face Painting, Moon Bounce, Crafts, and More

➳ Photo Booth


✪ Featured Breweries ✪


Ale Werks

Pumpkin latte- 7.3% ABV- Alewerks’ world-famous Pumpkin Ale brewed with coffee, vanilla, and lactose.

Octoberfest- 5.6% ABV- Oktoberfest is a traditional, German-style Märzen. Prior to refrigeration, Märzens were brewed in the Spring and tucked away to be enjoyed after the weather cooled. Märzenbier is full-bodied, rich and toasty with a warm copper color, and ours is faithful to that tradition.


Calvert Brewery

Oktoberfest- 5.5% ABV- Made with German malts and Tettnang and Saaz hops, this Oktoberfest is crisp and clean, yet rich and layered, just like the first day of Autumn.

I Just Crush A lot- 5.5% ABV- This tart ale with plum and blackberry transforms during the drinking. From the initial burst of sour, through the rich, fruity middle, and into the bready malt finish, it sends the drinker on a dream vacation for the taste buds. The complexity tantalizes the palate with each sip. It’s so crushable that you’ll crave it.


Wetten Importers

Eggenberg Radler- 2.4% ABV- Waves of bright citrus aroma beckon you closer once this liquid hits the glass. Brewed with a mix of lemon, lime and elderberry lemonade.

TucherFestBier- 5% ABV- This Festbier is brewed as a fuller-bodied Helles lager with a slightly louder presence of old world hops instead of a Marzen and is available to festivals year-round!

Tucher Hefe- 5.35% ABV- A traditional, high fermented Bavarian yeast beer specialty with an accentuated wheat beer flavour and high vitamin B contents.

Tucker Rotbier- 5.5 ABV- Rich, very pleasant, with soft tones of roasted malt, notes of coffee, dark chocolate and spices. Light, tart hop notes develop closer to the finish line.


Bold Rock

Honey Crisp- 4.7% ABV- Crisp with a refreshing bite, Bold Rock Honeycrisp Cider is a vibrant apple-forward blend featuring a beautiful golden hue reminiscent of fall colors with a juicy and balanced finish.

Imperial- 8.2% ABV- Your favorite hard cider just got supercharged with Bold Rock Imperial Cider, a new blend featuring a flavorful apple-forward taste paired with Bold Rock’s trademark smooth and drinkable finish.



Infrared Starfish – 5.7% ABV- Infrared Starfish features a new hop to the industry called Nectaron (sister to Waimea out of New Zealand). Big notes of juicy pineapple, peach, nectarines, lime, and tropical passionfruit in this beer!

VelociRabbit – 5.5% ABV- The ancient ancestor of the modern day Kangaroo, a VelociRabbit was notorious for herding large amounts of Beach Chickens to their demise. This lower ABV IPA is the little brother of Laser Raptors. Using the same amounts of Mosaic, Simcoe and Chinook as Laser Raptors, this beer has a powerful berry aroma and nice pine note. The oats and wheat maintain the creamy mouthfeel that Laser Raptors is known for lending the lower ABV the ability to make a crispy break just as the hops surprise your palate.


Brothers Craft Brewing

Proud And True – Dukes Lager – 4.9% ABV- A wonderfully executed craft light lager, Proud and True Dukes Lager is clean and refreshing with malty smooth flavor. Just a touch of hops gives balance to this sessionable beer, creating notes of slight sweetness with a crisp finish. An officially licensed product of JMU!


Charles Towne Fermentory

Claudia – 7.2% ABV- Dry-hopped exclusively with German hops – subtle Huell Melon hops & the newer and more expressive Diamant hops – this IPA features notes of bright, ripe melon and floral strawberries.


Crooked Run Fermentation

Spinning Circles – 6% ABV- Spinning Circles is an opaque, soft IPA with lots of Motueka and Strata for flavors of mango, Meyer lemon, and pithy lime.


Downeast Cider

Cider Donut – 5.2% ABV- Cinnamon, brown sugar, and vanilla with a fresh pressed cider backbone. Come for the apples stay for the donut.

Pumpkin Blend – 5.1% ABV- Apples pressed with Pumpkins, aged with chai tea spices. It’s balance makes it perfect for the pumpkin fan and cider drinker alike.


Fine Creek Brewing Company

Prince of Parties – 7.2% ABV- Prince of Parties is an IPA brewed as a celebration of New Zealand hops. The aroma leads with sweet lemon-lime notes as well as fresh apricot and underlying shortbread cookies. The flavor is much less sweet but still carries some of those aromas, displaying lemon peel, lime zest, and grapefruit. This IPA has a full juicy body thanks to Murphy & Rude rolled oats but its mild sweetness is quickly balanced by an assertive bitter finish.



Fightin’ Hokies – 5% ABV- Clean and crisp, with pleasant aromatics of fresh bread, a subtle underlying floral note from noble hops, and a touch of malt sweetness in the finish, this golden Munich-style helles lager is cold-conditioned for weeks, resulting in an exceptionally refreshing beer. We raise a glass to you, the remarkable people that make Virginia Tech what it is today. Go Hokies!!


Lost Boy Cider

Pumpkin Head – 6.9% ABV- Semi-dry cider with pumpkin, spices, and vanilla.


Three Notch’d Brewing

Apple Crumb – 5.5% ABV- Brewed with cinnamon, vanilla and Virginia-grown apples from Silver Creek & Seaman Orchards in Tyro.


We plan on adding another 25+ beers to this menu the week of the event.

We will also be serving samples of all our regular draft beers from Tysons Biergarten and Waffles & Tacos.

To see Tysons Biergarten’s list, click here…

To see Waffles & Tacos’ list, click here…


PARKING: 1700 Old Meadow Road, McLean, VA 22102.

Parking is conveniently located five minutes away by foot and we offer a completely free, pet friendly, and complimentary Shuttle Bus service that runs on a continuous loop to and from the venue and parking lot! Another alternative is our $20 valet service.

We are also conveniently located steps away from the McLean Metro Station.

Uber Drop Off: 7581 Colshire Dr., McLean, VA 22102


October 7
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM


7581 Colshire Dr
McLean, VA 22102
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