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Shore Bets: Smoked Oysters, Crab Cake Scotch Eggs, and much more at Dogfish Head’s Chesapeake & Maine

by Tim Ebner

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Photo courtesy Dogfish

Memorial Day weekend marks the start to summer, and hopefully it means that you’re heading to the beach soon. In last year’s Edible DC has spent a lot of time in one beach town, Rehoboth, Delaware. In our fall Issue last year, we even mapped out several dining destinations in this food-rich beach resort.

But, there’s a new seafood restaurant in Rehoboth that demands your attention, and it comes from Sam Calagione, a guy more commonly known for beer. This March, Dogfish Head Brewery opened a restaurant adjacent to its brewpub called Chesapeake & Maine.

The menu was inspired by the summers Dogfish founder Sam Calagione spent in Maine, as well as his connection to Delaware shore, where he now lives. Everything on the menu is sourced from either the Chesapeake or New England region, including the dessert — the Smith Island Cake … Read More

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Craft Beer, Craft Chocolate Come Together for Happy Hour

By Hope Nelson, Edible DC contributor

Look for the pineapple to welcome you into Port City’s tasting room.

Look for the pineapple to welcome you into Port City’s tasting room.

Let’s be clear: Any afternoon is vastly improved by beer or chocolate.  But pair a craft beer with artisan chocolate and you’ve got a party indeed.  So it was no wonder that by 5 p.m. earlier in April, the tasting room at Alexandria’s Port City Brewing was already alive and well, reveling in an across-the-river visit by Undone Chocolate.

Undone Chocolate’s product line goes well beyond bars.

Undone Chocolate’s product line goes well beyond bars.

On its face, chocolate seems to pair more nicely with wine than with a frosty pint.  But take a closer look at the complexities of Port City’s beer lineup – and Undone Chocolate’s treat selection – and a new viewpoint emerges.  A Bolivian chocolate with the Essential Pale Ale? Sure!  Almond and Himalayan Pink Salt with a Colossal III Heller Bock? Why not?

“Try letting … Read More

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Dogfish Founder Talks Books & Beer in Reston

By Hope Nelson

Dogfish founder Sam Calagione’s new book focuses on diverse leadership.

Dogfish founder Sam Calagione’s new book focuses on diverse leadership.

Of all the likely places to spy Dogfish Head Brewery’s Founder and President, Sam Calagione, seeing him perched at a table on stage interviewing intern candidates at the Reston World of Beer may not be No. 1 on the list. But last Wednesday, as Dogfish fans from around the region gathered to welcome Calagione and buy copies of his new book, “Off-Centered Leadership,” that’s just where they found him: Listening intently to hopeful “Drink It Intern” candidates, asking questions, taking notes, until every applicant had had a chance to be seen. Sam Calagione understands starting small, he worked behind the bar in NYC and got interested in microbrewed beer. According to his corporate bio, he “put his English degree to the test while writing the brewpub business plan.” And the rest is history for this … Read More

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250+ Belgian Inspired Beers: The Sovereign Opens in Georgetown

by Raisa Aziz, special to EdibleDC

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Tucked away in a Georgetown alley, the Sovereign is a celebration of Belgian brewing culture and cuisine. Beer Director Greg Engert has meticulously curated a selection of 50 beers on draft and over 200 bottles that represents the flavors and craft-brewed complexity of the best Belgian beer. With such a breadth of options to choose from, staff are ready to help you navigate the selection of domestic and imported ales – the most intriguing of which was an unlabeled and fairly hard-to-get-your-hands-on bottle of  Westvleteren XII from the Belgian Trappist brewery founded in 1838.

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Naturally, such a selection of drinks needs a culinary experience to match it. Executive Chef Peter Smith and Chef de Cuisine Lars Beese turn out bar bites and entrees that focus on rustic Belgian dishes that place traditional ingredients at the core. The menu is also influenced by French, German … Read More

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Long Black Veil Beer Released Among Strangers, Friends

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Port City Brewing Hosts a Release Party with a Spooky Theme

By Hope Nelson, special to EdibleDC

At first blush, it seems a bit odd to throw a party to commemorate the anniversary of a stranger’s death. But it gets stranger when you add the fact that this is the 199th anniversary of said death … and that the stranger is in fact the legendary Female Stranger of Alexandria … and a local 21st-century brewery has released a beer in her honor … well, it’s still odd. But it’s incredibly festive!

HopeNelsonPartyCrowdSuch was the scene at Gadsby’s Tavern on Wednesday, Oct. 14, as Alexandria’s Port City Brewing Co. released the second edition of its Long Black Veil Black IPA. Some of the festivity stemmed from the fact that Port City is the recent winner of three awards at the Great American Beer Festival, including Small Brewing Company of the … Read More

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Would you drink a beer that’s 200 years-old? Bluejacket’s Greg Engert and Beer Historian Michael Stein set out to make some of D.C.’s first beers

By Tim Ebner, special to Edible DC

Okay, so it turns out that a 200 year-old beer doesn’t taste so skunk after all. Not that you should ever try a beer that’s been aged for two centuries. But if we’re talking historic beers — replica ales brewed in a similar fashion as they first were made centuries ago — then turn to Greg Engert and Michael Stein for a sip.

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(Photo credit: Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History)

Engert is the beer director for the Neighborhood Restaurant Group (which runs Bluejacket brewery and other beer bars like Churchkey) and Stein is a local beer historian and homebrewer.

The duo share a passion for both history and brewing, and recently collaborated on a few beers made at Washington, D.C.’s first brewery.

Maybe you were one of the lucky few to taste these historic beers at a special tasting held at … Read More

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