Stars and Bars: 2014 Hilly Award Winners

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Peregrine Espresso – Winner of Cafe/Coffee Shop of the Year

The 2014 Hilly Awards are in the books. There were no real surprises from the list of winners of this annual event celebrating Capitol Hill businesses.

The biggest winner was Rose’s Luxury, winning three awards including Restaurant of the Year (as predicted).

Beuchert’s Saloon won Bar/Tavern of the Year for the second year in a row. The last time I went there was in 2013, so I need to make a point to visit again.

Here is a sampling of the 2014 Hill Award winners and runners-up.

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Don’t Miss: The Head and the Heart @ DAR Constitution Hall, 12/9/14

The Head and the Heart at the Columbia City Theater.

In 2010, Sub Pop Records signed the folk rock band The Head and the Heart and shortly after re-released their previously self-released album, The Head and the Heart.

The band formed in Seattle, Washington in 2009 from a collection of transplanted musicians, including Jonathan Russell (vocals, guitars) from Richmond, Virginia.

I had an opportunity to see them at the Firefly Music Festival in Delaware in 2012, but declined in favor of going to the beach. I had not listened to much of their music until their second album, Let’s Be Still, and now I’m looking forward to seeing them live.

Tickets are still available. Don’t be left out.

 

The Head and the Heart
DAR Constitution Hall
Tuesday, December 9
7pm doors
$36

Don’t Miss: Flying V’s Batman: The Long Halloween @ The Writer’s Center, Bethesda, Md., 12/8/14

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A local indie theater company tonight is hosting a staged reading of Batman: The Long Halloween—an inspired concept!

Flying V Theatre will host the reading of the 13-issue comic book series at The Writer’s Center (4508 Walsh St., Bethesda, Md.). It’s a good choice for comic book aficionados and novices alike. The story features a murder mystery that tours through the entire Batman rogues gallery from Joker to Catwoman to Poison Ivy to The Riddler and beyond, and it looks like Flying V has assembled an entertaining cast to tackle the story.

“Taking place during Batman’s early days of crime fighting, The Long Halloween tells the story of a mysterious killer named Holiday, who murders people on holidays, one each month. Working with District Attorney Harvey Dent and Captain James Gordon, Batman races against the calendar as he tries to discover who Holiday is before he claims his next victim each month, while attempting to stop the crime war between two of Gotham’s most powerful families, Maroni and Falcone,” according to Wikipedia.

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Stars and Bars: DC Embraces Hellbender Brewing Co.

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Glen’s Garden Market (2001 S St NW, DC) today began offering Red Line Ale from the Hellbender Brewing Co. (5788 2nd St NE, DC).

Named after the popular transit line of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, the Red Line Ale has been quickly popping up around town in places that I’ve visited like Pizzeria Paradiso and Maddy’s Bar and Grille, generally distinguishing itself as a very quaffable and visible offering from the newest DC brewery. (You can visit the brewery’s website for a full list of where Hellbender beers are currently on tap.)

I paid a visit recently to Hellbender Brewing, which barely sits within the District line in a quiet office park not too far from the Fort Totten Metro Station. The brewery is clean, new and pleasant, and its tasting room is large although it feels a bit like a campground cafeteria or a snack bar on a suburban college campus somewhere.

When I was there last week, Hellbender was offering three of its beers — Red Line Ale, EFT IPA and Grampus Smoked Nut Brown. All three of them were pretty darn good, and this is coming from a fellow who doesn’t enjoy too many brown ales.

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Stars and Bars: Repeal Day @ Jack Rose Dining Saloon, 12/5/14

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On Jan. 16, 1919, Congress amended the Constitution to outlaw alcohol in the United States under the 18th Amendment.

The ensuing Prohibition lasted for 13 years, during which alcohol remained available through underground and criminal operations.

Franklin D. Roosevelt vowed to repeal Prohibition. On Dec. 5, 1933 Utah became the last state to vote in favor of a repeal, giving the United States the three-quarters majority required to overturn Prohibition as federal law. (However, alcohol sales did not resume in DC until March 1, 1934!)

In DC, our cocktail crowd observed Repeal Day with an impressive zeal each year. This year, the biggest Repeal Day party likely will be found today at Jack Rose Dining Saloon (2007 18th St. NW, DC), which will host its 4th annual 1930’s-inspired party from 5pm-close today.

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Grapevine: REI Coming to NoMa

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Future site of REI

Looks like REI, that fantastic but oh, so expensive purveyor of sporting goods based out of Seattle, is coming to DC in the current Uline Arena in NoMa.

‘The former Washington Coliseum, which has sat in disrepair and neglect for decades and has most recently served as parking lot and backdrop for a play about the old neighborhood, was acquired by Douglas Development in 2004. At last night’s ANC 6C Planning, Zoning and Environment committee meeting, the development company announced that REI will anchor the ground floor of the building.’
With a planned movie theater, a Whole Foods, the expansion of the Union Market area and more let the renaissance of NoMa begin.

Don’t Miss: Hoppy Holidays Beer Festival @ Union Market, 12/6/14

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This Saturday, Drink the District hosts the Hoppy Holidays Beer Festival at Union Market’s Dock 5.

It’s your chance to get in one more day of all-you-can-drink beer before the crowds start heading out-of-town for the holidays.

There are three 3-hour sessions to choose from. Each session will include food trucks (like CapMac and RitoLoco – food costs extra), a DJ and over 50 beers, including offerings from Devil’s Backbone, Victory, Atlas Brew Works and Bluepoint.

Happy Holidays!

 

Hoppy Holidays Beer Festival
Dock 5 at Union Market (1309 5th St NE)
Saturday, December 6
Three sessions: 12-3pm; 4:30-7:30pm; 9pm-12am
$40
21+