Next week, Monday, December 19 and Tuesday, December 20, celebrate the annual tradition of Festivus—the holiday occasion given to the world by the illustrious Frank Costanza. Both Rusticos (Arlington and Alexandria) are pleased to feature 12 amazing holiday ales on back-to-back nights. Local (Virginia, Pennsylvania) and international (Germany, Norway) holiday ales alike meet for two nights of bountiful recognition.

The Festivus celebration will kick off Monday, December 19 in Ballston with the first six holiday ales, followed by a party at Rustico in Alexandria, where six more seasonal beers will be poured with a slew of glassware giveaways.

For the overachiever who attends both Festivus celebrations, there will be a great raffle with prizes like Rustico gift cards, a full ride to Rustico’s 2012 Beer Academy with Greg Engert and some handpicked rarities from his secret holiday stash. Both events begin at 6 p.m. and beers will be priced by full pours. No entry fee.


The Bruery 4 Calling Birds (On Draft & On CASK!)
Mikkeller Santa’s Little Helper
Schlafly Christmas Ale
Corsendonk Christmas Ale
Brasserie des Géants Noël des Géants
New Holland Cabin Fever
Ridgeway Very Bad Elf
New Belgium Snow Day
Einbecker Winter-Bock
Great Divide Hibernation Ale
Oppigårds Winter Ale
St. Bernardus Christmas Ale


Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale
Ommegang Adoration
Nøgne Ø Winter Ale
Tröegs Mad Elf Holiday Ale
Bell’s Christmas Ale
Ridgeway Bad Elf
Port City Tidings
Mahr’s Christmas Bock
Lost Rhino Rhinoel
Scaldis Noël
Delirium Noël
Sierra Nevada Celebration