Around Town: Opening Day Fest by Bluejacket, 4/6/15

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Teddy flys in for the Nationals’ Opening Day

Monday, April 6, marks the glorious return of Major League Baseball and the Washington Nationals.

Has it really been 5 months since Game 7 of the World Series? Did the damn Giants really win it all again?

The Nationals have bolstered their pitching staff to such a degree, they have to be the odds on favorite to make the World Series this year. Seriously; Strasburg, Zimmermann, Scherzer, Fister and Gonzalez…this will be a fun year. Especially if Bryce Harper finally comes into his own at the plate.

Let’s celebrate. On a school night.

Bluejacket is here to help. They are hosting a free Opening Day Fest from 11:00am-4:00pm at Lot O, next to Yards Park and the Trapeze school, on Monday, April 6. Note: The Nationals opener against the Mets starts at 4:05pm.

There will be a batting cage, a fast pitch booth, corn-hole, live music and some family friendly games.

Bluejacket will offer eight of their beers. This includes two new ones, Goldfinch (a hoppy Belgian blond ale) and Swirl (a sour strawberry brown ale). I don’t know how I feel about Swirl yet, it sound both amazing and unlikely at the same time. Let’s find out.

There will also be food, like burgers, sausages (from Red Apron Butcher), and brioche doughnuts and fried chicken sandwiches (from GBD). Okay!

It is free to enter, but the food, drinks and games will cost between $7-10. You can also buy a package deal in advance, which includes games, food and beer.

 

Opening Day Fest by Bluejacket
Lot O (next to Bluejacket and directly behind the Trapeze School at 4th & Tingey St. SE)
Monday, April 6
11:00am-4:00pm
Free admission (with $7-10 food and drink)
or the advance Triple Play Package ($30)
All ages (bring ID to consume alcohol)

Stars and Bars: Jim Beam Bonded Returns @ Harold Black — 3/23/15

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Theo Rutherford of Jim Beam

Bourbon lovers and media had a chance to taste Jim Beam’s new Pre-Prohibition Style Rye whiskey and the return of their Bonded bourbon at a most apt venue. Harold Black, a speakeasy-style bar tucked away in Eastern Market (above Acqua Al 2).

The friendly staff at Harold Black mixed four agreeable cocktails designed for this event, showcasing the two bourbons. The Gingerly brought out the best in the Rye and the Blueberry Hill, with mashed blueberries, proved to be a fine complement to the Bonded.

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Theo Rutherford, of Jim Beam, hosted a brief tutorial for guests to learn how to properly drink bourbon. It involves proper breathing and ample use of smell. Guests then were given the ingredients and tools to make their own ‘delicious’ cocktail. Mine was not Harold Black quality, but I was happy with it.

The overall old-timey, Prohibition theme was well done throughout the speakeasy; in the decor, the lighting, and the attire of the bartenders and organizers.

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Stars and Bars: Decide the Best Bar on Capitol Hill

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Kelly’s Irish Times, one of 64 Capitol Hill bars in Bar Madness

In the spirit of the March Madness that is the NCAA basketball tournament, everyone and their mother has created a bracket of some sort. Here at Parklife DC, we didn’t have time for that this year.

However, the Hill is Home has created one that I like.

Bar Madness. Pitting all the Capitol Hill bars against each other.

This year’s version has the requisite 64 entrants.

With upsets on everyone’s mind, who will wear the crown for 2015?

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Grapevine: Wunder Garten, a Pop-Up Beer Garden Coming to NoMa in April 2015

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Looks like the large vacant lot at 150 M Street, NE, in NoMa next to the future home of REI, is turning into a pop-up beer garden and park this spring, called Wunder Garten.

The owner hopes to open in mid-April, but the long-term future of the beer garden is still an open question.

 

District Cuisine reported:

‘Business partners, including the owner of L’Enfant Cafe in Adams Morgan, are planning a hybrid beer garden and park that will cater to guests of all ages (and will likely allow dogs as well). The fenced in lot will be leveled and landscaped in a way that maintains a large open area for recreational activities. The partners in Wunder Garten are working closely with the NoMa Business Improvement District on the design to maximize the park area as NoMa currently has a deficit of parks. There will be beer benches like one would find in a German beer garden and a significant portion of the space will have a tent over it for rain. They will have multiple beers on tap at the bar they will build on site that will mostly be German and Austrian, but they do plan on having a few local microbrews as well. The space will not have a kitchen (the nearby Harris Teeter that is technically on the same land restricts what kinds of food can be sold in the space); however, there will be 2-3 food trucks in the space that will rotate. High end portable restrooms will be available for customers. In all, the space will be designed to fit 200-300 people inside.

Wunder Garten will be open weekdays from early afternoon through 10 pm and on weekends from noon through midnight.’

Food Park: Try a Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout and a Doughnut @ GBD, 2/4/15

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Tonight at GBD (1323 Connecticut Ave NW). A Flying Dog Brewhouse Rarity!

A full glass of Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout by Flying Dog and a Cinnamon Glazed Brioche doughnut all can be had for $7.

‘…a jalapeño-infused dark chocolate sold at Flying Dog’s local co-op, this brew combines sweet spice and roasted chocolate aromas, followed by flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon and a lingering chili finish.’

Umm, yes?

GBD will also have a few other Flying Dog beers on draft:

  • Flying Dog Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout
  • Flying Dog Kujo (Nitro)
  • Flying Dog Doppelbock
  • Flying Dog The Truth
  • Flying Dog Bloodline

 

Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout with a Cinnamon Glazed Brioche doughnut
@GBD
Wednesday, February 4
5-11pm
$7

Sports Park: Where to Watch Super Bowl XLIX in DC

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We are less than one week away from the greatest sporting event on Earth*.

Super Bowl XLIX pits the New England Patriots vs. the Seattle Seahawks in Glendale, Arizona. (Author’s note: Insert amazing joke about balls, deflated or otherwise, here.)

Where are you watching the game this year?

This match-up is no surprise. The two best teams in the NFL in their respective conferences took advantage of their home turf to advance to the big game. The Seahawks in a jaw-dropping comeback over the Packers. The Patriots in a ho-hum dismantling of the Colts.

The earthquake inducing Seahawks, as the defending champs, make their second straight Super Bowl appearance. The ‘potential’ cheating Patriots last made it in 2012, losing to the New York Giants.

None of that matters now. 60 minutes to decide the next champion.

Patriots and Seahawks’ fans have some choices to make on where to watch.

Fans of the New England Patriots in DC

Capitol Lounge (229 Pennsylvania SE, DC) http://capitolloungedc.com/

Cap Lounge on gamedays is a wall of jerseys, red/white/blue, with heads held high. Some of the more loyal Pats fans, they know how to party, cheer and support a team. It is expected to be busy and should be a blast.

Specials: Free Sam Adams Boston Lager, Cold Snap and Bud Light drafts with clam chowder from 5:30pm until kickoff.

Other places where Pats fans gather: Murphy’s of Alexandria.

Fans of the Seattle Seahawks in DC

Acre121 (1400 Irving Street NW, DC) http://www.acre121.com/

Acre121 transforms its bar into the official Hawks Nest on gamedays. See the flyer. They update their food and drink menu with Seahawks’ themed items, like the Beast Quake cocktail, the Hawks Nest (an epic burger) and The Largent Classic.

There is also a raffle giving away free swag during halftime. Come early, because it should be packed out.

Specials: Blue and green Skittles packs and Hawks-themed Mardi Gras beads for 12s during the Pregame. Free “Beast Mode” Skittles shots at halftime.

Other places where Hawks fans gather: Solly’s U St Tavern and Penn Quarter Sports Tavern.

Go (your team here)!!!**

Write in the comments where you plan on watching the game.
Super Bowl XLIX
February 1, 2015
6:30pm

* Yes, I said that.

** I say: Go Hawks!

Stars and Bars: The Return of The Passenger?, 2/8/15

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Update: Fritz Hahn, bar sage of the Washington Post, reports on Jan. 15 that the Passenger is holding a pop-up in its former neighbor Bar 7 (1015 Seventh St. NW, DC) on Sunday, Feb. 8 from 7pm-1am. Apparently, Tom Brown will hold a series of pop-ups.

“Brown promises live-band karaoke with the Hari Karaoke Band, a special cocktail menu and possibly tiki drinks in Bar 7’s lower-level lounge,” Fritz says.

Personally I don’t see the point. Tom could just go work at another joint and make his cocktails there while waiting for a new space for the Passenger?

The Twitter account of The Passenger, the popular DC cocktail bar that closed New Year’s Eve, suggests it may return to a new location faster than many anticipated.

Via Twitter, the afternoon of Tuesday, Jan. 13: “Mark Sunday, February 8th on your calendar! Deets forthcoming. #wemissyou”

Many mourned the passing of The Passenger, founded by DC mixologist Derek Brown, when it announced last fall it would close its old location (1021 7th St. NW, DC) on Dec. 31, 2014. For the previous five years, the bar sat on a block long-scheduled for demolition. Its inventive cocktails, dive bar atmosphere and gracious ambience appealed to a wide audience, including myself — and I’m a beer guy. I visited the bar on its last day around dinnertime and I found things as congenial and the cocktails as tasty as ever.

Derek Brown went on to co-found three new bars outside the Shaw metro station but vowed his brother Tom Brown, the popular and friendly face usually behind the bar at The Passenger, would reestablish the bar in a new location, hopefully in the Shaw neighboorhood.

It appears The Passenger may indeed already have found a new home?