Disclosure: I received a free ticket to the Leesburg Beer Festival, however all opinions in this post are my own. Thanks Drink.Eat.Relax for sponsoring our afternoon of beer tasting!
The whole family had a free afternoon on Saturday and we were able to hit up the Leesburg Beer Festival! It was such a fun event with over 75 beer tastings. We really could have been tasting beer the entire day, but I’m not sure that would have been a great idea with Goldilocks in tow!
The event was held at the Village at Leesburg which is growing into a beautiful hub of stores and restaurants and also holds some amazing events. We love going out to eat at the restaurants in the Village. The festival spanned nearly the entire length of the complex, with far too many vendors to count!
Our first tasting was my absolute favorite by far at the event, the Allagash White, from Allagash Brewing Co. in Portland, Maine. I definitely prefer a lighter beer, but sometimes not too light, so this brew was perfect for me. It’s their interpretation of a Belgian wheat beer, and they do it very well!
We also got to try some ciders and malt beverages. I’ve been dying to try Not Your Father’s Ginger Ale and they had a booth! It was so good, tasted pretty close to ginger ale and really didn’t taste alcoholic at all which is dangerous!
We sampled bacon jam along the way which was awesome and then realized we needed to eat some lunch. So I got a sandwich at the Farm Effect food truck. It was made on local white bread with field greens and delicious fresh chicken. And of course I had to savor some local Route 11 chips. Papa Bear went a little less local with a BLT lobster roll.
We perused many other booths including a great tasting from the German brewery, “Fatti” by Stelzer. They import to multiple locations in the US and we were lucky enough to get a chance to taste them. They did a full menu tasting and then we got to choose our favorites for a full pour. Of course, I preferred their pilsner, the Bio-Perle.
Goldilocks fell asleep in her stroller somewhere in between lunch and our 5th tasting or so, so we decided to park the stroller and try our hands at corn hole. I happen to have HORRIBLE hand-eye coordination, so I played very badly and nearly hit a small child and other passersby during our game. But it was a fun break!
They also had an array of artisans and we even picked up a little Father’s Day gift for my dad from a local vendor!
I’m so glad we were able to attend this great event and it gave us just a tiny taste of what we have to look forward to at Oktoberfest in Berlin!
Have you been to any wine or beer festivals? How were your experiences?
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