Stars and Bars: First Look @ Columbia Room, 2/9/16

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The view from behind the bar in the Tasting Room at the Columbia Room (Photo by Jeff Elkins)

Over the weekend, DC cocktail mogul Derek Brown held a soft launch party for his new flagship spirits destination, the Columbia Room (124 Blagden Alley NW, DC).

Starting tomorrow, Feb. 9, the Columbia Room is open to the public! But before you go, Derek kindly provided pictures of the space so that you can orient yourself to the stylish surroundings, sure to inspire many long, intellectual conversations stimulated by the bar’s sophisticated drinks.

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Stars and Bars: Grand Opening @ Columbia Room, 2/9/16

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Columbia Room Owner Derek Brown and Head Bartender J.P. Fetherston. (Photo by Joy Asico)

Our favorite cocktail mogul has announced the return of his signature establishment, which he promises will be bigger and better than ever.

On Feb. 9, enterpreneur Derek Brown will reopen the Columbia Room in its new location in the Shaw neighborhood (124 Blagden Alley NW, DC). The original Columbia Room, once relocated within the Passenger cocktail bar for a five-year run, closed over a year ago after receiving widespread recognition, including two James Beard Award nominations.

“We’re so excited that we get to expand on our original idea,” said Derek in a press release. “It means that we get to add bells and whistles, but it also means that we get to bring a new perspective — a more confident perspective that I think, for guests, will translate into a richer experience with our service, drinks, and food.”

The new Columbia Room covers 2,400-square feet and consists of three areas — The Spirits Library, the Tasting Room, and the Punch Garden. The Spirits Library is the “main room,” which holds only 20 people, serving the specialty cocktails and spirits upon which Derek has crafted his repuation. He’s joined in the enterprise, of course, by Columbia Room head bartender J.P. Fetherston.

Customers will require tickets for the Tasting Room, which holds only 14 people. Inside the Tasting Room, patrons can enjoy three- and five-course tasting menus featuring specialty cocktails, punches, sodas, and light snacks curated by Derek and the team.

The Punch Garden is a seated outdoors terrace with a great view of the city, and it won’t open until later this spring.

For more information on the Columbia Room, visit its website at http://www.columbiaroomdc.com.

Of course, Derek also will continue to be the coproprieter of sister bars Mockingbird Hill (1843 7th St. NW, DC), Eat the Rich (1839 7th St. NW, DC), and Southern Efficiency (1841 7th St. NW, DC).

Below are pictures of a few of the Columbia Room signature cocktails.

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Iron Arm Grog: Scotch, brose (oatmeal, hay, faro), myrtle berry liqueur, honey, cranberry bitters, frozen cranberries, juniper sprig (Photo by Joy Asico)

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Give Me a Home: Bison grass vodka, fresh pressed apple juice, spiced apple foam, caramel lace (Photo by Joy Asico)

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Robert Frost Cocktail: Bourbon, amontillado sherry, white port, orange bitters, sugar maple charcoal filtered (Photo by Joy Asico)

Grapevine: Right Proper’s Tasting Room Opens in Brookland

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If you haven’t heard, Right Proper is expanding to the Brookland neighborhood. Their new production brewery and tasting room was meant to open this Thursday, December 3rd, as reported by the Washington Post.

But according to Right Proper’s Twitter, it opened early on Saturday, November 28th. Good news for beer lovers and fans of the trendy Brookland neighborhood!

 

The Washington Post reported:

“The tasting room will eventually offer charcuterie and other foods prepared offsite at the brewpub. Other plans in the works include a front patio with tables, bike racks, and planters that will be functional as well as decorative, letting Zeender grow herbs to use in his beers.

The brewery and tasting room will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and from 1 to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Right Proper Brewing Company, 920 Girard St. NE.”

Stars and Bars: Miracle on 7th Street @ Mockingbird Hill, 12/1-12/24/15

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Miracle on 7th Street’s Gretchen, Stop Trying to Make Fetch Happen, served in a frosted glass. (Photo by Joy Asico)

For the month of December, Mockingbird Hill owner Derek Brown will transform his sherry bar (1843 7th St. NW, DC) into a Christmas bar.

And Derek and company are really going all out to do it.

Borrowing the concept from Cocktail Kingdom and barman Nico de Soto of Mace and Miracle on 9th Street in New York City, Derek will introduce a line of 10 Christmas-themed cocktails and a shot from Tuesday, Dec. 1, to Thursday, Dec. 24.

Miracle on 7th Street bar will feature daily Christmas and Hanukkah-themed happy hours.

“Guests can expect to enjoy Christmas classic movie nights, Manischewitz Pong competitions, and cookie baking shenanigans. The holiday pop-up will serve up everything from live Christmas carolers to cocktails served in outrageous Santa mugs, adorned with frosty evergreen trees and gingerbread men,” according to a press release.

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Around Town: 2015 Hilly Award Winners

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The 2015 edition of the Hilly Awards took place last weekend, November 7th. This annual event celebrates Capitol Hill businesses. This year had 22 winning businesses.

Much like last year, Rose’s Luxury won Best Restaurant.

And a new edition to the Hill Center on Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Bayou Bakery, won Best Bakery. The space is great and the beignets and muffalettas are quite good.

 

BEST BAR/TAVERN
Tunnicliff’s

BEST COFFEE SHOP
Peregrine

BEST RESTAURANT
Rose’s Luxury

BEST BAKERY
Bayou Bakery

See all the Hilly Award winners.

Around Town: Hellbender’s One Year Anniversary Party, 11/14/15

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Congrats to Hellbender Brewing Company on a great first year!

They are celebrating one year in DC this Saturday, November 14th. Come out to the party!

Admission price gets you unlimited pours of 23 beers (12 Hellbender brews and 11 other local brews) and a souvenir glass.

There will also be music, DJs, games and a BBQ truck.

 

Hellbender’s One Year Anniversary Party
Hellbender Brewing Company
Saturday, November 14
2:00-6:00pm (VIP 1:00-6:00pm)
$45 (VIP $60)
21+

Stars and Bars: Second Anniversary Party @ Atlas Brew Works, 10/3/15

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Atlas Brew Works at Spring Beer Fest (Photo by Thomas Cizauskas)

This Saturday, Oct. 3, from 1-5pm, help Atlas Brew Works celebrate their second anniversary!

From Atlas Brew Works and On Tap magazine:

“Forget the rain, we’ll be partying inside and it will be pouring awesome beer and music at this party! We’ll have a beer trailer with nothing but fresh Atlas brews, Cap Mac and Carnivore BBQ will be serving up their specialties and Bumper Jacksons, South Rail and Justin Trawick & The Common Good will take the stage for an afternoon of great live music.”

Your $10 ticket includes admission to the fest, your first beer AND a donation to Lucky Dog Rescue. Additional beers can be purchased at the party. Saturday, October 3, from 1 to 5 pm at the brewery – 2052 West Virginia Ave. NE, Washington, DC. Must be 21+ with valid ID.

Get your tickets now at http://tickets.ontaponline.com. Tickets are limited, and last year the event sold out.

For more information on Atlas Brew Works, visit http://www.atlasbrewworks.com.

Atlas Brew Works Second Anniversary Party
2052 West Virginia Ave. NE, DC
Saturday, Oct. 3
1-5pm
$10
21+ (Valid ID required)

Stars and Bars: Second Anniversary Party @ 2 Birds 1 Stone — 8/24/15

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A simple sign marks the subterranean entrance to 2 Birds 1 Stone.

A modest crowd gathered for the second anniversary party of 2 Birds 1 Stone (Lower Level, 1800 14th St NW, DC), the approachable yet intimate cocktail bar established by Adam Bernbach in Shaw.

From 7pm-midnight on Monday evening, the bar served up $5 punches and $6 pina coladas and dark & stormys. There were consistent opportunities to get seats at the small bar, which holds seats perhaps a dozen people.

The crowd may have remained light due to the waning days of August in DC or due to the torrential rain then struck in the first 90 minutes of the party.

“If you like pina coladas, and getting caught in the rain, then the 2 Birds 1 Stone party is for you,” this blogger quipped after enjoying a pina colada special at the bar. IMG_8938
Do you like pina coladas? And rain? Then last night was for you.

2 Birds 1 Stone actually offered two $5 punch specials: one with peach, bourbon, sherry, and cava; a second with watermelon, tequila, Hefeweizen, and lime. Both were light and refreshing.

Cheers to Adam and two years of offering weary travelers a welcome respite in the quiet den of 2 Birds 1 Stone. Since its opening, the bar has operated with integrity and transparency, and it always just seems a little bit more pleasant than many other cocktail destinations.
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Peach and bourbon punch was a crowd-pleaser.

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Happy birthday, 2 Birds 1 Stone!

Stars and Bars: Grand Opening @ Mad Fox Taproom — 8/17/15

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Mad Fox Brewing Co. Taproom (2218 Wisconsin Ave., NW, DC) opened Monday in the Glover Park neighborhood of DC, offering beer from 10 different kegs and two casks.

The taproom also offered appetizers, salads, sandwiches and a few meals on opening day, showcasing a menu that featured nine “sociables” (apps) and six “handhelds” (sandwiches) as well as three plated meals.

A typical beer runs about $7 at the taproom, an extension of the main Mad Fox microbrewery in Falls Church, Va. (444 W Broad St., Falls Church, Va.). The taproom discounts beers by $2 each for happy hour, which runs Monday through Friday from 3-7pm.

The opening of the taproom came after roughly two years of renovations to the restaurant, which provides a cozy old-style pub space for visitors to drink beer and watch sports on flatscreens behind the bar.

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The timing of the opening seemed purposefully to come on a day when it would draw a lighter volume. DC Beer Week occurred last week, exhausting the beery revelries of many, while the latter half of August is traditionally a slow time in the city as many leave for extended vacations while Congress and other institutions are closed for a spell.

That said, the Mad Fox Taproom had moderate traffic as mostly local guests sampled both beer and food.

The beers offered yesterday included:

Draft tap
Kellerbier Kolsch
Defender American Pale Ale
Borad Street IPA
The Maneuver IPA
Big Chimney’s Porter
Orange Whip IPA
Cabernet Oaked Reynard Black Saison
Bacth 500
English Summer Ale
Oaked Wee Heavy 2014

Cask pump
Defender American Pale Ale
Big Chimney’s Porter

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