SPONTANEOUS: THE ART OF NATURAL WINE & BEER
FRIDAY, AUGUST 14TH @ 5 PM
On Friday, September 14th, The Sovereign introduces you to the incredible world of spontaneously fermented wine & beer by showcasing 5 natural wines side-by-side with 5 wild ales!
As you know, The Sovereign proudly features a wide array of spontaneously fermented beers, from Belgian Lambic to American Wild Ales. However, we also offer a selection of natural wines from France, Italy & Austria. We truly love these one-of-a-kind beverages, and we can’t wait to show you why!
Don't miss some fantastic avant-garde winemakers like Heidi Schröck and Chapuis & Chapuis, showcasing rarely seen varietals such as Negrette and Grauburgunder.
Not to be outdone, we will feature some of our favorite classic Lambic producers, such as Drie Fonteinen and Cantillon, along with some American and Italian examples of spontaneously fermented ales.
There is no admission fee for this event. All featured beers and wines will be available in full and half pours.
THE SPONTANEOUS: THE ART OF NATURAL WINE & BEER LIST
- Camilo Donati "Il Mio Rosso" Lambrusco Seco
- Chapuis & Chapuis "La Follie Noir"
- Famey Malbec Cuvee "S"
- Heidi Schrock Grauburgunder
- La Derniere Goutte "Sang Nuef"
- Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic (Gueuze)
- Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek 2016 (Cherry Lambic)
- Hanssens Oudbeitje (Strawberry Lambic)
- Oxbow Native/Wild (Spontaneously-Fermented Saison)
- Panil Divina (Wild Ale)
CANTILLON ZWANZE DAY 2018
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH @ 10 AM
The Sovereign is incredibly honored to once again host Cantillon's Zwanze Day on Saturday, September 29th. One of our favorite days of the year, we are humbled to join 70 of the best beer bars and breweries from across the globe in pouring Zwanze 2018.
As in year’s past, we will open our doors at 10 AM to presell tickets for pours of Zwanze 2018. We will not tap the keg until 3 PM sharp, when we join the other Zwanze Day breweries, bars and bottle shops in a worldwide toast.
This year's Zwanze blend is an homage to Cantillon’s great friends from Italy, who were among the first in Europe to promote and protect traditional Lambic. The upcoming release was aged exclusively in Italian wine barrels – specifically Sangiovese, Amarone and Chianti. After two years of aging, each type of barrel produced a different Lambic. The Amarone barrels had birthed a delicate Lambic, the Sangiovese had a superb fruitiness, and the Chianti had developed a dry, tangy, vinous quality. Blended together, Zwanze 2018 is a fruity beer with notes of mango and citrus, with a fine, lingering mouthfeel. Its wine-like character is not only evident, but accentuated by a slight woodiness.
Beginning at 10 AM, we will presell tickets for pours of Zwanze 2018, which will not be served until 3 PM. All other Cantillon drafts will be tapped and available for purchase at 10 AM. There is no admission fee for this event. Tickets and seating will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
THE OFFICIAL CANTILLON ZWANZE DAY 2018 LIST:
**Tickets available at 10 AM; Tapping at 3pm**
- Zwanze 2018 (Lambic Aged in Italian Wine Barrels)
**Tapping at 10 AM**
- Bruocsella 1900 Grand Cru (Lambic)
- Gueuze 100% Lambic (Gueuze)
- Kriek (Lambic w/ Cherries)
- Nath (Lambic w/ Rhubarb)
- Rosé de Gambrinus (Lambic w/ Raspberries)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13TH @ 6TH & PENNSYLVANIA AVE NW
Snallygaster is the district's biggest and best one-day, outdoor beer festival featuring no fewer than 400 craft beers culled from around the globe, including a veritable sea of DC debuts, autumn seasonals, a monster collection of cask ales, assorted barrel-aged brews, craft cans and more. Our seventh installment of Snallygaster is brought to you by Beer Director Greg Engert & the minds behind Birch & Barley/ChurchKey, Bluejacket, Rustico, and The Sovereign (AKA, your favorite watering holes).
Advance ticket options include:
KRAKEN GA PASS: Kraken Pass includes 1:30 PM admission
($15 Value) + 30 food & drink tickets and easy-peasy, guaranteed entry
BASILISK VIP PASS: Basilisk Pass includes 12 PM admission
($15 value & 1.5 hour early access to all beers) + 30 food + drink tickets
THE BEER: 120+ of the world's finest breweries pouring 400 of the world's finest brews in one place for one day. Find the full brewery lineup at snallygasterdc.com.
THE FOOD: To compliment the very best beer, you need the best bites. We enlist DC's most popular and tasty food trucks and food artisans to provide a menu ranging from lobster rolls and BBQ to wood-fire pizza and haute dogs.
THE LOCATION: We've moved! With the Capitol building as our backdrop, our new home smack dab in the heart of DC on Pennsylvania Ave NW between 3rd & 6th allows us to greatly expand the footprint of Snally and will provide for quicker access to all of the delicious offerings - along with more seating, shaded areas and restroom access.
THE PEOPLE: That's you! Everyone is welcome to attend Snallygaster, but you must be 21+ with a valid ID to enjoy our craft brews. Children are A-OK (under 14, and they're free!). Be sure to snag your tickets in advance to guarantee admission, but there will be limited day-of admission tickets for $15 (proceeds go to Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture), with purchase of food + beverage tickets sold separetely.
FOR THE KIDS: We're psyched to make this year's Snally even more fun for the whole family by partnering with Kalamata's Kitchen and featuring some awesome activities built to connect kids to other cultures through food adventures. When you arrive, head on over to the Kalamata's tent and let the fun begin - kiddos will get a custom Food Adventure Passport to collect stamps by trying the different food vendors at Snally + more perks.
THE WHY: Snallygaster serves as the largest annual fundraiser for Arcadia, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a more equitable and sustainable local food system in our region. By attending Snallygaster you are supporting the demonstration farm in Alexandria (where they grow food using sustainable practices and host thousands of school kids to teach them about farming & healthy foods), two mobile farmer’s markets dedicated to under-served & low-income neighborhoods, a veteran's program and so much more.
MORE INFO: We'll be adding so many details and features
in the coming months - including this year's live acts,
food trucks, a sortable beer list, the 2018 snally app,
a detailed site map, monster merch & more!
Hit up our website - snallygasterdc.com - for the FAQs, volunteer signup and more event information.