Snallygaster, the impetus for us to nigh-arbitrarily power rank hundreds of excellent beers from across the country and globe, will return to First and N Streets SE on September 23, 2017 from 1pm to 6pm. Before you ask, yes it's rain or shine. Yes, it'll probably rain, if past is prologue (note: this is not how meteorology works, probably). No, it shouldn't stop you, regardless. 

Anyway, Snallygaster, or "Snally" is D.C.’s biggest craft beer festival and it brings no fewer than 350 unique craft beers and ciders Yards Park. It's returning for the sixth year. Beyond the beers, there will be local food trucks, two stages of live music, games and more. Beer Director Greg Engert curates each and every selection at this unique festival (and we rank them). The sixth annual Snallygaster will be the biggest yet, with classic seasonal brews alongside little-known imports, rare and exotic ales in addition to the best of American craft drafts, as well as cask ales and gravity-kegs of Franconian lager.  

All ticket sales will benefit Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a more equitable and sustainable local food system in the Washington, D.C. area.

Admission is $10 at the door. Once inside, Snallybucks are available for $1 per ticket. Full beers (14 ounces) will be priced from 5-9 tickets (on average) and tasting portions (6 ounces) will cost 3-6 tickets on average, tax included. Food is priced individually depending on the item. Advance tickets with special pricing are now on-sale at


Snallygaster is named for the fearsome and toothy mythical beast said to terrorize the region at the turn of the century, Snallygaster is a rollicking celebration of craft beer, fine food, music and more. For one day and one day only, Beer Director Greg Engert simultaneously unleashes hundreds of incomparable craft beers and ciders, alongside the best of the best in food trucks, music, entertainment and family fun. Washington City Paper readers have deemed Snallygaster, “The Best Beer Festival in DC” in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Follow Snallygaster on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for news, beer list updates and much more at @SnallygasterDC. More information available at