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Oktoberfest German Kick-Off: German & Belgium Beer & European Cocktails

Join us on Saturday, September 16th, for the official “tapping of the keg” flown all the way from Germany to kickoff Oktoberfest with us at Shipgarten! We will have a fantastic selection of over 50 biers from Germany, Belgium, Austria, and the US for everyone to enjoy. Representatives from several breweries will join us to showcase their biers!

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


1:15 PM – “Tapping of the Keg”

1:30 PM – Stein Hoisting Competition

2:30 PM – Sausage Eating Competition

5:15PM – Apple Bobbing Contest (Individual Buckets)

5:30 PM – Stein-to-Stein Competition


➳ 50+ Biers to Sample

➳ Meet and Greet Brewery Reps from Germany, Belgium, Austria & the US!

♫ Live Music (12:30 PM – 7:30 PM)

♫ 12:30 to 3:30pm: TBD

♫ 4:00 to 7:30pm: TBD

♫ Live DJ Khozz (8 PM – 2 AM)

➳ Bier & Samples

➳ Bratwurst, Pretzels, Wings, Specials of the Day

➳ Outdoor Games & Activities

➳ Pet Friendly

➳ Giveaways, Competitions, & Prizes

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

➳ Photo Booth

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✪ Featured Beers ✪

Alewerks Oktoberfest

Märzen / 5.6% ABV / 168 CAL / Williamsburg, VA

Alewerks Pumpkin Ale

Pumpkin / 7.3% ABV / 219 CAL / Williamsburg, VA
This amber colored ale is loaded with Pumpkin pie aroma and flavor. It actually does taste like Pumpkin pie! At 7.3% ABV, it will keep you warm on a cool…

Alewerks Pumpkin Latte

Pumpkin / 7.3% ABV / 219 CAL / Williamsburg, VA
Alewerks’ world-famous Pumpkin Ale brewed with coffee, vanilla, and lactose.

BarrieHaus Beer Oktoberfest

Märzen / 5.5% ABV / 165 CAL / Tampa, FL

Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan Weihenstephaner Festbier

Festbier / 5.8% ABV / 26 IBU / 174 CAL / Freising, Bayern
A full rich bodied, hoppy, seasonal lager. Especially brewed for the Festbier season. This beer truly represents the Bavarian way of celebrating. Deep gold color, great mouthfeel and lots of…

Bingo Beer Oktoberfest

Märzen / 5.7% ABV / 171 CAL / Richmond, VA

Brasserie Dubuisson Bush Caractère

Belgian Strong Golden Ale / 12% ABV / 25 IBU / 360 CAL / Pipaix, Wallonie
Introduced in 1933 under the name of “Bush Beer”, this is one of the oldest specialty beers in Belgium and the flagship brand of the Dubuisson Brasserie. The Bush Caractère is…

Brasserie Dubuisson Pêche Mel Scaldis

Fruit Beer / 8.5% ABV / 16 IBU / 255 CAL / Pipaix, Wallonie
The natural aromas of the peach extracts mingle well with the hoppy-bitterness of the Scaldis Amber. A sweet initial taste of peaches, soon developing with those characteristic Scaldis yeast flavours,…

Brasserie Dubuisson Scaldis Blond Triple

Belgian Strong Golden Ale / 10.5% ABV / 21 IBU / 315 CAL / Pipaix, Wallonie
In this tripel, the in-bottle re-fermentation has given an intense effervescence to the aromas of the Scaldis Blond. The re-fermentation has also sympathetically developed the Blond’s well-rounded, tender character.

Brouwerij De Halve Maan Brugse Zot

Belgian Blonde / 6% ABV / 23 IBU / 180 CAL / Bruges, Vlaanderen
Brugse Zot is a goldenblond beer with a rich froth and a fruity flavouring. The beer is brewed with four different kinds of malt and two aromatic varieties of hop…

Brouwerij De Halve Maan Straffe Hendrik Brugs Tripel Bier 9°

Belgian Tripel / 9% ABV / 35 IBU / 270 CAL / Bruges, Vlaanderen
Straffe Hendrik is a Bitter Tripel Ale of 9% abv. The beer was originally from Bruges and brewed in Bruges by brewery De Halve Maan. In 1981, Henri Maes and his…

Delirium – Huyghe Delirium Nocturnum

Belgian Strong Dark Ale / 8.5% ABV / 24 IBU / 255 CAL / Melle, Vlaanderen
Color and Sight: Dark Chocolate Brown with a compact foam, white-yellow, stable and creamy. Odor Touches of caramel, mocca and chocolate. Spices such as licorice and coriander are also present. Taste: Initially…

Delirium – Huyghe Delirium Red

Fruit Beer / 8% ABV / 10 IBU / 240 CAL / Melle, Vlaanderen
Colour and sight: Deep dark red colour, with a light pink, compact and lacing head. Scent: Soft fruity aroma, with hints of almond and mildly sour cherries. Flavour: Sweet and fruity, with…

Delirium – Huyghe Delirium Tremens

Belgian Strong Golden Ale / 8.5% ABV / 24 IBU / 255 CAL / Melle, Vlaanderen
The allusion to pink elephants and the choice of names is not due to chance. With a particular character, the unique taste results from triple fermentation and the use of…

Dortmunder Actien-Brauerei DAB Export / Dortmunder Export

Lager – Dortmunder / 5% ABV / 23 IBU / 150 CAL / Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Following the introduction of the bottom-fermented brewing process in the mid-19th century, a new beer type became popular and shaped the consumption habits of beer drinkers. The fresh, pale brew…

Hacker-Pschorr Münchner (Munich) Gold

Lager – Dortmunder / 5.5% ABV / 15 IBU / 165 CAL / Munich, Bayern
“Munich Gold” closely resembles our Münchner Hell in terms of taste and mainly owes its popularity to a slightly higher original gravity and the malty note. The result is a…

Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest Märzen

Märzen / 5.8% ABV / 174 CAL / Munich, Bayern The traditional Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest Märzen.

Left Hand Pumpkin Spice Latte Nitro

Pumpkin / 7% ABV / 210 CAL / Longmont, CO Pumpkin ale with spices and coffee

Lost Barrel Oktoberfest Bier

Festbier / 5.5% ABV / 24 IBU / 165 CAL / Middleburg, VA
This limited-release lager was brewed in the traditional Oktoberfest style for enjoyment by friends and family. A refreshing, malty, and smooth beverage. Prost!

Paulaner Brauerei Oktoberfest Märzen / Original Münchner Märzen

Märzen / 5.8% ABV / 20 IBU / 174 CAL / Munich, Bayern
Sold under the Oktoberfest name in the USA, and as Munich Marzen in Germany.

Paulaner Brauerei Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn

Festbier / 6% ABV / 180 CAL / Munich, Bayern
Brewed once a year, and only available while supplies last, Oktoberfest Wiesn is the pinnacle of German brewing: deep golden color, full-bodied and wonderfully mellow, with a balanced harmonious taste…

Radeberger Gruppe BraufactuM Progusta

IPA – Other / 6.8% ABV / 50 IBU / 204 CAL / Frankfurt am Main, Hessen
Hopfen: Hallertauer Mittelfrüh, Citra, Magnum. Malz: Pilsener, Wiener, Karamellmalz. With Progusta, the types of hops used come to the fore, and harmonize perfectly with…

Radeberger Gruppe Clausthaler Iso 0.0

Malt Beer / 29 IBU / 0 CAL / Frankfurt am Main, Hessen

Radeberger Gruppe Radeberger Pilsner

Pilsner – German / 4.8% ABV / 33 IBU / 144 CAL / Frankfurt am Main, Hessen
Crowned the official drink by King Friedrich August III of Saxony, Radeberger, a pilsner style beer brewed near Dresden, is characterized by its dazzling and refreshing taste and has long…

Radeberger Gruppe Schöfferhofer Grapefruit

Shandy / 2.5% ABV / 75 CAL / Frankfurt am Main, Hessen
Now that you’ve discovered the new unique taste of our beer, we salute your ways to keep it fresh. As an original – the first to combine Hefeweizen beer and…

Radeberger Gruppe Sion Kölsch

Kölsch / 4.8% ABV / 144 CAL / Frankfurt am Main, Hessen
http://www.sion.de Braukunst ist die Kunst, mit den wenigen Zutaten, die das Reinheitsgebot und die Kölschkonvention vorgeben, etwas Besonderes zu schaffen. Reines Wasser aus eigenem Brunnen, obergärige Hefe aus eigener Reinzucht,…

Southern Tier Pumking

Pumpkin / 8.6% ABV / 33 IBU / 258 CAL / Lakewood, NY
Pumpkin puree and pie spices, malty, bready; cinnamon dominates with nutmeg and vanilla in the background.

Southern Tier Warlock

Pumpkin / 8.6% ABV / 44 IBU / 258 CAL / Lakewood, NY
Warlock is dark and mysterious: flavors of pumpkin pie laced with coffee and dark chocolate meld together into something magical. Reignite your senses with Warlock’s huge roasted malt character and…

Spaten-Franziskaner-Löwenbräu-Gruppe Spaten Oktoberfestbier

Festbier / 5.9% ABV / 23 IBU / 177 CAL / Munich, Bayern
This golden strong lager (Festbier) is brewed for the Oktoberfest in Munich. It is not the same as the darker Ur-Märzen sold as Oktoberfest in the US and elsewhere.

Staatliches Hofbräuhaus München Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier

Festbier / 6.3% ABV / 23 IBU / 189 CAL / Munich, Bayern
The Munich Beer Festival, or Oktoberfest, is an event of superlatives – it’s the largest popular festival in the world, staging in the beer metropolis of Munich. Millions of visitors…

Staatliches Hofbräuhaus München Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier (2023)

Festbier / 6.3% ABV / 23 IBU / 189 CAL / Munich, Bayern

Tucher Bräu Tucher Festbier

Festbier / 6% ABV / 180 CAL / Fürth, Bayern

Tucher Bräu Tucher Kellerbier

Kellerbier / 5% ABV / 150 CAL / Fürth, Bayern

von Trapp Oktoberfest
Märzen / 5.6% ABV / 30 IBU / 168 CAL / Stowe, VT Our Oktoberfest is brewed with a blend of light and dark Munich Malts, which not only add to its depth but deliver a
residual sweetness. Caramel and toffee notes linger…


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…

History of Oktoberfest:

Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival. Held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, it is a folk festival running from mid or late September into October (this year it officially starts in Munich on September 17th), with more than 6 million people from around the world in attendance every year. Locally, it is often called the Wiesn, after the colloquial name for the fairgrounds (Theresienwiese). Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since 1810.

Kronprinz (Crown Prince) Ludwig (1786-1868), later King Ludwig I (reign: 1825-1848), married Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the royal event. The fields were named Theresienwiese (“Theresa’s Meadow”) in honour of the Crown Princess, and have kept that name ever since, although the locals have since abbreviated the name simply to the “Wiesn”. Horse races, in the tradition of the 15th century Scharlachrennen (Scarlet Race at Karlstor), were held on October 17 to honor the newlyweds. Every year since this tradition has been repeated and is now called “Oktoberfest”.

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 a $20 valet service.

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

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

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