Don’t Miss: MetroCooking DC @ Washington Convention Center, 12/3-12/4/16

KC Barbecue Marathon: Ribs from Oklahoma Joe's
Ribs from Oklahoma Joe’s in Kansas City, Kansas (Photo by Adam Kuban)

Feeling hungry this weekend? If you didn’t eat enough at Thanksgiving last week, MetroCooking DC, the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show, is offering a two-day food festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4, for you to satiate your cravings.

MetroCooking DC is offering programming on each day including meet and greets with celebrity chefs and book signing opportunities. You can see the entire schedule, including opportunities to meet chefs like Tom Colicchio, Jacques Pepin, and Duff Goldman at http://www.metrocookingdc.com. You also can sign up for cooking demos!

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Around Town: September’s OutdoorFest Mappy Hour @ Wunder Garten, 9/13/16

REI @ Wunder GartenREI @ Wunder Garten (Photo by: Jeremy Bailey)

The next OutdoorFest Mappy Hour will wrestle with the theme of topographic map reading. An essential skill for hikers and backpackers! REI outdoor instructors will be on hand to give guidance on how to read your map effectively and not get lost.

Mappy Hour is free to attend (with registration). Expect happy hour prices for your beers from the newly re-opened Wunder Garten (at its new location). In addition to German beers, they have expanded their beer menu to include a few local beers.

Come with maps and plans of the places you want to explore.

Register here.

Mappy Hour – September 2016
Wunder Garten in NoMa (1st and L Street NE)
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
6:30-9:30pm
Free (must register)
21+

Around Town: August’s OutdoorFest Mappy Hour @ Wunder Garten, 8/24/16

Conquer the mountainMt. Catherine, WA (Photo by: Jeremy Bailey)

This month’s Mappy Hour, by OutdoorFest, will be on the theme of adventure travel. Bring your big adventure ideas.

As always, Mappy Hour is free, but beer will set you back a few of your hard-earned pennies. This month, they partner with REI and move to the outdoor Wunder Garten in NoMa.

Register here.

I’ll be backpacking four days in Colorado next week. Can you come up with bigger adventure goals?

Mappy Hour – August 2016
Wunder Garten in NoMA (1st and L Street NE)
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
6:30-9:30pm
Free (must register)
21+

Stars and Bars: Quick Takes @ Big Chief and The Brig

Big Chief Roof DeckBig Chief Roof Deck

Over 4th of July weekend I had a chance to venture out and peek into a couple of the new bars that opened in the NE (Big Chief) and SE (The Brig).

The Brig
I like beer gardens as a concept, so I usually make it a point to visit new ones when they open. Sipping suds outside on a cool evening or in the shade on a hot day, I can handle that.

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Around Town: REI Thingamajig @ Wunder Garten, 10/17/15

REI Community Space NoMa Washington DC USA 08270 The REI Community Space at Wunder Garten

 

This Saturday REI is hosting a community gear swap! Bring your used outdoor gear and buy/sell/barter/trade with other outdoor enthusiasts. Check out the details.

It will be held at the Wunder Garten beer garden in NoMa from 12-5pm, with live music, produced by Living Classrooms (they are behind the Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival). $2 of your $7 entrance fee goes to support Living Classrooms.

 

Music Lineup:
Hollertown (12pm)
Big Chimey (1:45pm)
Jonny Grave (3:30pm)

 

REI Thingamajig (Used Gear Swap and Beergarden Bluegrass)
REI Community Space at Wunder Garten (NoMa)
October 17, 2015
12:00-5:00pm
$7 entrance fee
All ages

Around Town: REI Classes @ Wunder Garten

REI Classes at Wunder Garten

As you’ve no doubt heard many times before, REI is building a flagship store at the former Uline Arena in NoMa. That remains exciting news.

Less exciting is, the store is not set to open until the Fall of 2016. Well, drat.

Fear not, because REI has been partnering with the Wunder Garten beer garden to offer up classes on a range of topics.

For the remainder of August, REI will host (mostly) free classes at the REI Community Space at Wunder Garten (NoMa).

The topics are as diverse as your interests. From running to bike repairs to backpacking to yoga to camping, they basically run the gamut on outdoor activities. They even have a Pub Trivia night scheduled for August 20th.

The REI Community Space is mere steps away from the beer garden itself, so you can grab a pint, pick up something from the daily food truck option and enjoy the class.

I have attended one class (Backpacking in the Appalachians on August 5th), which was informative, with lots of practical tips. I found it helpful as it sparked ideas on what gear I needed and what tasks were needed when planning your own backpacking trip. Thumbs up.

 

Have a look at the offerings for the rest of August and sign-up!

REI Classes
REI Community Space at Wunder Garten Beer Garden
Select August Dates
Evenings (Times vary)
Free (mostly)
All ages

Stars and Bars: New Beers from Hellbender, 3 Stars @ SAVOR Week

DASCHA
Dascha Beer Garden (and Liz Taylor) under an overcast sky Wednesday

Wednesday evening was overcast and cool. It was perfectly comfortable to be outside with a light jacket but it was certainly cooler than DC would expect for the first week of June.

What a great opportunity, then, to drink an appropriately medium-bodied beer with a light touch like the Hellbender Brewing Co.’s new Ella Kölsch Pale Ale. Ella is definitely more pale than kölsch, with a dense but pleasing color and a bite of refreshing bitterness upfront but with that clean kölsch finish.

Hellbender debuted the beer during happy hour Wednesday at Dascha Beer Garden (1600 7th St. NW, DC), timed in conjunction with Savor Week — the days leading up to the Savor American Craft Beer and Food Experience at the American Building Museum (401 F St. NW, DC) on June 5-6.

Hellbender Brewing Co. (5788 2nd St. NE, DC) quite likes the kölsch pale ale, or KPA, style, and it has been experimenting with it a bit this year, previously releasing an Equinox KPA. According to Hellbender, “This new hybrid German/American style combines the traditional American pale ale recipe with German Kölsch yeast. The end result is a dry, refreshing pale ale with big hop flavor and aroma!”

The Hellbender KPA series will consist of beers built around various hops, subject to seasons and availability, the brewery said. The Ella hops is from Australia, and it imparts the beer with spices and flowers along with an aroma of tropical fruit. The Ella KPA weighs in at 5.7% ABV, 37 IBU, 6 SRM.

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A look at if not a taste of the new Hellbender Ella KPA

Ella wasn’t the only new beer to debut from a local brewer this week.

3 Stars Brewing Co. (6400 Chillum Pl. NW, DC) extended its collaboration series with Pizzeria Paradiso (3282 M St. NW, DC) to introduce Monday a new entry in its nine-part Paradiso series. The debut occurred at the Pizzeria Paradiso Monday Night Beer Club, which offers beer specials usually along a theme on the first Monday of every month.

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Paradiso: Sun sits atop the menu that tells you all about it.

The new beer, Paradiso: Sun, is a rustic farmhouse ale brewed with cedar tips. At 5.1% ABV, Paradiso: Sun was quite drinkable, and its woody flavor paired quite well with pizza! (Imagine that.) As always at Monday Night Beer Club, the knowledgeable Rob Fink, Paradiso assistant bar manager (and District Chophouse assistant brewer!), was manning the bar to pour the special and provides insights into their origins.

The entire collaboration series draws inspiration from Dante’s Paradiso. The first beer in the series was Paradiso: The Moon, a pale wheat saison brewed with sour oranges. The second was Paradiso: Mercury, a red wheat rye saison brewed with blood oranges. And the third was Paradiso: Venus, a blend of the first two beers aged in Sangiovese barrels.

All in all, Hellbender, 3 Stars and Paradiso brought fine new beers to a great week of events!

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Pizza and beer? Por favor!