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August 12, 2013
Beer enthusiasts have a chance to taste history tonight at the Heurich House Museum.
At 7 p.m., the museum will host a ticketed Heurich’s Lager release party. The public is invited to toast with them, DC Brau and homebrewers Mike Stein, Pete Jones and Joshua Hubner, who created Heurich’s Lager. This is a historical re-creation of a pre-Prohibition beer from the iconic Heurich Brewing Co. Guests will be the first to taste Heurich’s Lager in at least 60 years.
The project is part of Heurich House Museum’s continuing efforts to honor the legacy of longtime D.C. brewer Christian Heurich, to preserve and maintain his historic home, and to promote local Washington, D.C., history and culture. Every third Thursday throughout the year, the museum hosts monthly local craft beer tastings and beer-centric house tours called History & Hops. Other programs presented this summer include free outdoor movies, local music concerts and public house tours. Full story
August 9, 2013
Remember “Wipeout” — the reality game show series in which contestants competed in the “world’s largest obstacle course”? Well, Washington has taken the concept to another level. ROC Race is a VAVi production that combines a 5K course with game show-inspired obstacles to give you the craziest run ever. Just like the show it will feature:
- World’s Largest Inflatable Slide
- Wrecking Ball
- World’s Largest Moon Bounce
- Belly Flop Drop
- Tarzan Swing
- Tight Rope Traverse
- Get It Up (And Over)
- Gorilla Bars
- Aqua Drag
- Tire Mile
The craziness will start up Saturday at RFK Stadium, with the first wave going out at 8 a.m. All the morning slots are full, but if you and your team still want to test your prowess, the afternoon slots, which start at noon, still have openings.
After the competition, the organizers have arranged for some music, a beer garden and some food.
The proceeds are going to Miriam’s Kitchen, an organization in the District that works to end chronic homelessness. Go out and have a good time, test your endurance and know you’re supporting a worthy organization.
Ellen Harvey: The Alien’s Guide to the Ruins of Washington, D.C., the tour of America’s capital city through alien eyes, has inspired the Corcoran Gallery of Art to host a one-day Community Pop-Up Gallery on Aug. 24.
Corcoran is inviting participants to bring unusual antiques, peculiar family heirlooms and curious collected objects from the past for a temporary display in its North Atrium. Participants and visitors are encouraged to discuss and examine the objects, make up a story about what they were used for, or just reflect on what the objects might tell us about society at the time.
Anyone interested in participating must submit an application, which includes a brief description of the object or objects to be displayed, and up to five high-resolution images.
Space is limited, and participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. The application deadline is Aug. 14, and notification of acceptance into the Community Pop-Up Gallery will be sent by Aug. 16.
The event will run from 11 a.m. until approximately 3 p.m. on Aug. 24 at 500 17th St. NW; get your free tickets here.
August 8, 2013
It’s not quite the weekend, but close enough! What do you do with your evening if you don’t want to get too crazy?
How about joining the C16 Collective at the Dunes in Columbia Heights for Art in the Heights? The night will be full of art, film and live music. It kicks off at 7 p.m.
C16 is a collective of emerging filmmakers and producers associated with the producing film and video graduate program at American University. Tonight they will be showing two short films, “Saving Mr. Yamamoto” and “Under the Bourbon Moon.” Full story
August 7, 2013
Washington’s beer scene is hopping, with brew crews such as DC Brau, 3 Stars and Chocolate City ramping up production for a thirsty city. But the first brewpub to open in the District since Prohibition, Capitol City Brewing Co., is celebrating its 21st anniversary tonight at its downtown location, 1100 New York Ave. NW, and in honor of hitting the legal drinking age, the downtown bar and restaurant is throwing a Birthday Beer Tapping Party for its anniversary wheat beer, Honey 21.
David von Storch, founder and president of Capitol City Brewing Co., crafted the anniversary beer during a daylong brewing tutorial alongside Kristi Griner, director of brewing operations.
The honey wheat beer combines von Storch’s personal favorite flavors of honey, coriander and orange peels. It has been fermenting for more than a month and will be honorably tapped and poured at tonight’s birthday celebration, which kicks off at 6 p.m. and is expected to run until about 9 p.m.
August 1, 2013
Aug. 1 — it’s not just the start of recess. It’s associated with so many national days you can take your pick of which one to celebrate.
It’s National India Pale Ale Day: a day to celebrate the hoppy deliciousness that is an IPA. Googling “IPA Day Washington D.C.” didn’t return many results for any particular specials, although Elephant & Castle at 1201 Pennsylvania Ave. NW has a special cask of Loose Cannon by Heavy Seas out of Maryland. The cask was expected to be tapped around 5 p.m. If you’ve never had cask beer, this one’s definitely worth a try.
The website Beer Advocate had the following statement to express the specialness of Aug. 1: “IPA Day is not the brainchild of a corporate marketing machine, nor is it meant to serve any particular beer brand. IPA Day is opportunity for all breweries, bloggers, businesses and consumers to connect and share their love of craft beer. It is an opportunity for the entire craft beer culture to combine forces and advocate craft beer through increased education and global awareness.”
For the teetotalers out there, Aug. 1 is also Play Ball Day, Girlfriends Day and Respect for Parents Day. It’s not clear if anyone is running specials for any of those.
July 30, 2013
The District is known for having unpredictable weather, as well as influxes of interns. With each passing semester, they descend upon Washington to fill a variety of paid and unpaid positions.
But how many interns come to the District with an already established circle of friends? Not many. And how many reach Washington and realize that their unpaid or poorly-paid position doesn’t fund much of a social life? Most, if not all.
But a new free website, aptly named internlocale.com, is set to launch Sept. 9th and aims to put best-for-budget events right at an intern’s fingertips while connecting them with fellow interns around the city. Full story
July 25, 2013
After a week of disgusting temperatures, the weather is finally nice and it’s safe to leave the office for a rooftop happy hour.
Art Soiree Sunset Rooftop Series at the Beacon Hotel’s Sky Bar (1615 Rhode Island Ave. NW) begins at 5 p.m., with happy hour running until 7 p.m.
Besides an excuse to drink in the Capitol’s skyline — and some tasty martinis — Art Soiree is five months of ultimate music experiences. A line-up of more than 20 bands will perform every Thursday until late October, with local bands of various genres from jazz to pop to rock.
Up tonight is an album release party for: IhsAn Bilal‘s TEAL album.
Classically trained at the Duke Ellington School of the Performing Arts, IhsAn Bilal has a good balance of class and sass.
Need another reason to enjoy the amazing weather today?
The event is free but you should RSVP here.
Keep it stylish. Dress code is fashionable/cocktail attire.
July 23, 2013
The third annual Eat Local First Week 2013 is under way, having officially kicked off at the Wooly Mammoth Theatre on Monday with a tasting party of local ingredients highlighted in both scrumptious sips and small bites.
“Food is a language we all speak,” said Stacey Price, executive director of Think Local First DC, the non-profit that works with independent businesses, consumers and policymakers in an effort to grow a sustainable local economy.
The conversation kept going all night, thanks to several restaurants that source locally and supplied the tasty morsels for the event. Full story