Drink the District Beer Festival in NoMa


Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Top- Loft, Skirt- Loft, Shoes- Sam Edelman, Bag- Vintage, Earrings- LouLou, Sunglasses- Michael Kors

This Saturday Greg and I went to a Drink the District beerfest with some friends. We paid in advance ($35 per ticket) to drink unlimited from 4-8 pm. It was a great, affordable way to spend the afternoon, and we loved tasting beer from local breweries. Here are my thoughts from the event.  

It took place in Storey Park in NoMa, which I thought was a great locale, though it is completely uncovered and it did start raining near the end (we were lucky and grabbed an Uber right before it started pouring). The pavement was covered with all these really cool mural paintings, showing D.C’s often overlooked creative scene. I loved these murals, because they added such a cool edge to the event and are so inspiring artistically.

So you walk into the event and are handed a little Drink the District tasting cup (which you cannot lose because there are no FREE replacements). I clutch my drink cup and take in the scene. High-top tables and benches are set up around the space, but it’s completely open with food trucks and local vendor tents set up around the periphery. The centerpieces are the 4-6 main tents, all with local breweries waiting for you to approach them for a taste. I have to say that the beer options were great. I love tart beer, and there were two in particular I found that completely satisfied my sour cravings. Overall, there was a wide selection of craft brews, and as you can imagine, IPAs, pale ales, and ciders dominated the offering. Really, I think the organizers took into account their audience, from people who prefer beer that tastes like juice, to those who like the taste of a dark bitter beer on their tongues.

I love to people watch, especially people’s outfits, and the beerfest provided plenty of opportunity to do just that. There’s something about street style that is so interesting and completely one’s own. Since this was an outdoor, drinking event, there was a lot of festival style going on, long maxi dresses with loose hair and gladiator sandals, cut-offs with lacy tanks, and fun, sexy backless dresses.

A little about what I wore:

Last week I did an amazing shop at Loft and stocked up on tons of basics, all at an extra 60% off. I’m wearing this Loft denim skirt, and I am absolutely in love with it. I cannot stop wearing it. The buttons that go up the front might be my favorite part. My top is really delicate with thin straps and detailing in the pattern. It’s a bit sheer, so I slipped on a black bandeau underneath. My shoes are Sam Edelman, and the gold on the straps was the perfect accent color to make the look pop. I kept with the festival style in my accessories by wearing these pink drop earrings (which look great with white and gold), my usual oversized sunglasses, and my burgundy vintage bag with zipper detailing.

We had a great time at the beerfest; it was such a simple concept, but it was so much fun to walk around, taste local beers, and do some day drinking. I have definitely become a fan of summer festivals and will keep an eye out for more before fall comes around!