NRGs Snallygaster Oktoberfest!
Named for a fearsome and toothy mythical beast said to terrorize the region at the turn of the century, we’re resurrecting the mighty Snallygaster as an unprecedented celebration of craft beer, fine food, music and more. For one day and one day only we’ll simultaneously unleash no fewer than 100 unique beers along with a cascade of great food against a scenic waterfront backdrop featuring a few of the area’s top toques, live music, entertainment and family fun and games.
Rodan Pass / Price $25
Get straight to the suds with a guaranteed entry through will-call, where 25 food + drink tickets and a beer mug will be conveniently waiting for you. This pass includes a $5 donation to Arcadia, Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture.
Gargantua Pass / Price $50
Get a jump on the crowd with a guaranteed VIP entry 1 hour before regular admission and unfettered access to all of the beers. This pass also includes 25 food + beer tickets, a limited edition inaugural Snallygaster tee and a $5 donation to Arcadia, Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture.
Admission at the door is $5 on the day of the event, 100% of which will be donated to Arcadia. Tickets for food and beverages will be sold throughout the venue. $1 = 1 ticket. This is a family friendly event and children will be admitted free. You must be at least 21 years of age and have a valid ID to consume alcohol, no exceptions. Please visit facebook.com/snallygasterdc for all the latest options.
All proceeds benefit Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture, a nonprofit organization created by Neighborhood Restaurant Group in cooperation with the National Trust for Historic Preservation to help bridge the farm-to-consumer gap.
Since it’s establishment in 2010, Arcadia’s mission has been to improve the health of our community, support the viability of local farmers, and preserve the environment for future generations.
Through our programs, we:
- Work to address issues of food access and food justice
- Raise awareness about healthy food and its sources
- Establish innovative connections between local, sustainable farms and consumers
Arcadia Farm is located on the historic grounds of Woodlawn Estate in Alexandria, Virginia, thanks to a landmark partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the support and vision of Arcadia’s Founder and Chairman, Michael Babin.
Get to know Neighborhood Restaurant Group
The Neighborhood Restaurant Group is already a sprawling restaurant group with locations dotting Alexandria and Arlington, plus Birch & Barley and ChurchKey stacked together on DC’s ever-growing 14th Street. But the year ahead is shaping up to be a big one, from a forthcoming craft brewery and accompanying restaurant out at The Yards to the Red Apron Butchery’s first brick-and-mortar locations. Plus, owner Michael Babin has hinted in interviews lately about a possible pop-up space at their new patio next door to Planet Wine, and another restaurant that could possibly turn up in Dupont Circle.
Sound like too much for keeping track? Well, here’s a guide to all of NRG’s forthcoming projects — including up-to-date projected opening dates — plus a map of existing concepts. -EaterDC
Red Apron — D Street
709 D Street NW
Yes, Red Apron Butchery is opening its first brick-and-mortar shop here in Penn Quarter, bringing the very products that have previously been available at local farmers’ markets or for pickup at Planet Wine. Per a release, they will have “raw cuts, roasts, traditional and original salumi, pates and rillettes, smoked meats, sausages and hot dogs, prepared foods, and provisions such as sauces and stocks.” Plus a lunch menu.
Projected Opening: Fall 2012.
Red Apron — Merrifield
8223 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA
Red Apron is also opening a location out in Merrifield at the Mosaic District development — which is full of all other kinds of local retail from Taylor Gourmet to an upcoming project from restaurateur Jeff Black. Of course, look for all the usual Red Apron signature items and charcuterie.
Projected Opening: Fall 2012.
300 Tingey Street SE
Construction is already underway over near Nationals Park for the Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s own craft brewery namedBluejacket. The brewmaster will be former Cambridge Brewing Company lead brewer Megan Parisi and the buzzword leading into this project is “innovation.” There’s going to be a full-scale production brewery and a tasting room.
Projected Opening: Early 2013
Unnamed Restaurant at Bluejacket
300 Tingey Street SE
There’s less information out there about the 200-seat restaurant that’s going to accompany Bluejacket out at The Yards, but it will be overseen by Birch & Barley’s Kyle Bailey. Also, they’re going to have a large outdoor patio and a pantry shared with the brewers filled with local herbs and spices.
Projected Opening: Early 2013
Buzz Bakery - The Yards
300 Tingey Street SE
Buzz Bakery is opening a third outpost near the brewery and restaurant out at The Yards. Just like its counterparts in Alexandria and Ballston, this Buzz outpost will have NRG pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac’s cakes, pies, cookies and other baked goods.
Projected Opening: Early 2013.
2006 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA
Now that NRG owns the patio next door to Planet Wine, they’re looking into obtaining permits to host pop-ups. Should the permits go through, there are all kinds of possibilities: goods from Red Apron, and various NRG chefs taking a spin at pet projects. So maybe BBQ or Tex-Mex from the group’s chefs who love the cuisine and never get to make it in their restaurants.
Projected Opening: Depending upon when permits go through, it could happen soon.
550 Penn Street NE
The Commissary will be a production space for Red Apron and Buzz Bakery, where the restaurant group will be making the charcuterie and all the rest of the magic happen. Located near the Union Market.
Projected Opening: The Commissary is under construction right now and should be completed before the two Red Apron locations open in the fall — indeed, it would be an important component in terms of getting those two locations open.
Unnamed Dupont Circle Restaurant
Babin has talked to the Post about a restaurant he’s hoping to open in Dupont Circle which would serve breakfast but would not be focused on breakfast. A rep says that the restaurant group is looking at a specific space in the neighborhood, but is exploring other neighborhoods as well just in case it falls through. There are zero other details on the restaurant that they’re willing to share at this time.
Projected Opening: Pretty hard to say until a lease is signed.
Existing Neighborhood Restaurant Group Concepts
The Evening Star is a rollicking neighborhood gem located in the heart of Del Ray between Old Town and Crystal City. Opened in 1997, the Star is well known for its friendly vibe and convivial setting and continues to shine with fiercely loyal crowd committed to Chef Jim Jefford’s modern take on classic southern cooking and friendly, gracious service.
Vermilion offers deceptively simple modern American cooking in the heart of Old Town, Alexandria. From Chef Tony Chittum’s regional cuisine using local, farm-raised products whenever possible to the warmth of its ambiance and the gracious hospitality its staff brings to the table, Vermilion serves as an ideal location for a casual weekday dinner, a special occasion destination or simply a great gathering place for drinks.
Vermilion was selected as one of Washingtonian’s 100 Best Restaurants in 2012 and was named an Editor’s Pick in The Washington Post’s 2011 Dining Guide. The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington awarded Vermilion Best Upscale Casual Restaurant in 2010.
Select three courses from our Dinner menu for only $35. Available all night on Sunday and Monday. Also available from 5:30 to 6:30pm every Tuesday through.Thursday. So come out, take a well-deserved break on a school night and enjoy a delectable meal at a decent price.
Just behind the curtains of Tallula lies EatBar, a rollicking little gastropub, barroom and neighborhood haunt. Far different in tone and tenor from Tallula, EatBar delivers relaxed comfort in the form of simply prepared small plates and familiar classics, a slew of microbrews, clever cocktails and row upon row of wines on offer by the glass. Add to this a cozy lounge in the back made complete with a well stocked jukebox and you’ve the perfect setting for a night with friends over great drinks and honest food. Opens daily at 4:00 pm and Cartoon Brunch on Sundays beginning at 11 am. .
Rustico is an exuberant neighborhood restaurant driven to deliver one-two punch of honest, robust cooking against a backdrop of amazing beer. Warm, vivacious and adamantly unpretentious, Rustico was designed with good times in mind. With a cache of over 400 beers, a bustling bar scene and a passionate kitchen committed to its craft, Rustico is a restaurant to visit with family and friends time and time again. With two locations, one just off the parkway in Alexandria, the other in Arlington’s Ballston neighborhood, Rustico has never been easier to get to. Whether it’s Lunch, Brunch, Dinner or Carryout, we hope to have you as our guest soon.
The truth, the honest to goodness truth: ingredients matter, freshness matters and people matter.
Buzz begins its days well before sunrise, warming ovens, mixing batters and shaping doughs. All of our food is prepared with a reverence for great ingredients, a passion for careful baking and a steadfast dedication to serving only the freshest items.
Buzz Bakery – with shops in Alexandria and Ballston – allows you to enjoy terrific baked goods and desserts accompanied by a great beverage in a fun and welcoming setting. Our team is there to ensure that you always have an exceptional Buzz experience be it a quick fly-by visit to grab a latte and a brioche, a special order of cupcakes for your best friend’s birthday or a comfortable respite on one of our couches with a glass of wine and something sweet.
Built in 1883, Columbia Firehouse now stands as a historic, beautifully preserved American brasserie and bar in the heart of Alexandria’s Old Town. The sumptuous dining room, atrium and outdoor patio are devoted to familiar comfort foods, raw oysters and shellfish, steamed mussels, small plates for sharing, salads, steaks and nightly suppers, while the handsome barroom features regional craft beers, stylish wines and classic cocktails. Open daily for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, Columbia Firehouse is an essential neighborhood gathering place and timeless classic.
Located on 14th Street near Logan Circle, the restaurant delivers a completely unique food and beer experience celebrating a full spectrum of styles, traditions, regions and flavors.
Since opening in the fall of 2009, Birch & Barley has received praise from the Washington Post, The New York Times and Food & Wine Magazine.
One hundred bottles of beer on the wall? Try more than 500. If there’s another Washington restaurant that takes its suds as seriously as this Logan Circle establishment, I haven’t sipped there. Beer sommelier Greg Engert has a knack for casting a spell on aficionados and making converts out of skeptics. Dashing in brick and wood and car-size booths, my tavern of choice does solids as well as liquids. Chef Kyle Bailey’s pastas are prime and his ricotta cavatelli is a standout in combination with heavenly chunks of roast pork, melted provolone and crisp broccoli rabe. Luring me away from the excellent brat burger on occasion might be entrees of seared hake or honey-glazed duck, each delivered with a twist: orzo swirled with sugar snap peas for the fish; nutty wild rice and boozy cherries for the bird. If the grilled octopus is mushy in parts, its pickled eggplant and fried potato bits help right the wrong. Pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac, Bailey’s wife, is responsible for the generous bread board that threatens to spoil diners’ appetites and for the sweets that always keep me in my seat after the entrees have been cleared. You try saying no to her fried peach pie with sweet corn ice cream. Impossible. -Tom Sietsema
Planet Wine is a down-to-earth neighborhood wine shop with sky’s-the-limit ambition, right in the heart of Alexandria’s Del Ray neighborhood. We boast an impressive selection of nearly 2,000 wines and specialty beers, hand-selected by our staff of friendly and informed professionals on the basis of craftsmanship and quality. From rare wines to our 15 Under $15 selections, we have a bottle in mind for everyone.