/ The DC Traveler
Washington DC — By Jon Rochetti on June 14, 2010 at 7:00 am
Filed under: beer, festival, food

Summer Time Beer and Brewfest

The 3rd Annual Summer Brewfest is a celebration of American Beer and features over 50 of America’s best microbreweries. The numerous hand-crafted brewers will be pouring samples of their beers at this outdoor festival in the park. Beer glass

But it’s not just about beer.  There’ll be food, music and family-friendly fun at the festival at Morven Park in nearby Leesburg, Virginia.

The family fun area for children includes moonbounces, face-painters, and air-brush tattoos.  The marketplace offers vendors, artisans and crafters related to both beer and beer making as well as non-beer products.  And live music both days include a wide range of genres, from reggae to heavy rock, 90’s cover to acoustic guitars.

Beer is the world’s oldest alcoholic beverage dating back to 9000 BC and the 3rd most popular beverage only behind water and tea.

Here’s a few “Did You Know” Facts about Beer:

Did you know…

  • Cities like Pilzen in the Czech Republic, located on the Berounka River which has exceptionally soft water is an ideal ingredient for brewing pale lagers and Pilsner beers. While cities with hard water, such as Dublin, are more suited to being used in brewing Stouts, such as Guinness
  • The first consumer protection law ever written was to manage beer.  Duke Wilhelm IV of Bavaria limited the ingredients of beer to include only barley, hops and water, in 1516.
  • Pabst Blue Ribbon beer is so named  because it won a blue ribbon at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.
  • Pabst also introduced the first 6-pack in the 1940s . It was designed after market research studies that found 6 cans the ideal weight for an American housewife to easily carry home from the grocery store.
  • Brewers of pale ales will often add a small amount of gypsum to water used in brewing. Gypsum is also used in making drywall, plaster, tofu, and cement.
  • The oldest brewery in North America?  Not Budweiser, not Stroh’s, but Molson in Canada.
  • Beer is a rich source of B- complex vitamins.
  • Labeorphilists are people who collect beer bottles and cans.
  • Anheuser-Busch, which uses rice in its Budweiser and Bud Light formulas consume about 15% of the entire American annual rice crop.
  • The first six-pack of beer was produced by the Pabst Brewery in the 1940s. The brewery conducted numerous studies, which found six cans were the ideal average weight an American housewife could comfortably carry home from the store.
  • American annually consumes over 23 gallons of beer (246 cans each year.) That’s close to 5 cans a week!

Summer Brewfest – Morven Park, 41793 Tutt Lane, Leesburg, Virginia (map)

Dates & Times – Saturday & Sunday, June 26-27, 2010   Hours: Saturday – 11:00-9:00, Sunday 11:00-7:00. Sampling ends 1-hour prior to closing.

Tickets – Adults – $25.00, Designated drivers – $20.00. Advance tickets available online are discounted $5.00. Must be 21+ with valid ID.  Admission includes 6.75 oz. sampling glass and 4 beer tickets (1-2 tickets per beer), with additional tickets available for $1.00 each.  Children under 17 accompanied by an adult are free.

Nearest Metro Subway Station -  Fairfax / GMU – Orange line, then a 30-mile car ride.

Parking – Free on site parking, free shuttle buses from Spanky’s Shenanigans and Vintage 50 Restaurant & Brew Lounge in Leesburg.

Image – Flickrbeer glass

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    Morven Park
    17263 Southern Planter Lane, Leesburg, VA
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