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November 24, 2015

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November 4, 2015

Bison Lovers to Stampede Rayburn Tonight

UNITED STATES - AUGUST 27: A five-month-old America bison named Fiona, eats hay on the farm of Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., that also grows hops, grapes and fruit trees, outside of Sunnyside, Wash., August 27, 2015. About 79 percent of the country's hops come from Washington state. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

(Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Senate agreed to designate Nov. 7 as National Bison Day, but the bison lobby hopes for thunderous herds Wednesday night on Capitol Hill.

Rayburn’s Gold Room hosts the 4th annual Congressional National Bison Day Reception, featuring crowd-pleasing bison sliders, booze and a cupcake tribute to the big-horned mammal. Full story

October 29, 2015

Time for Boehner to Break Out the Bubbly

Boehner whipped out the tissues one last time. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner whipped out the tissues one last time. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker John A. Boehner received a special delivery before the House gaveled into session Thursday morning.

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema was spotted bringing champagne into the speaker’s office. Asked if the bottle was for Boehner or incoming Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., the Arizona Democrat told HOH it was for the Ohio Republican and quipped, “Don’t you think he needs it more?” Full story

October 23, 2015

Capitol Hill to Hoist Cup for Lincoln Chafee

Courtesy of HOH tipster.

Courtesy of HOH tipster.

It’s been a hectic week on Capitol Hill, so what better way to top it off than by toasting the latest failed presidential candidate? Full story

October 13, 2015

Do the #DemDebate Right

It would appear there is a thing on TV tonight that some folks may be interested in.

Assuming yelling matches are your idea of a swell time, here are a few ways to enhance your viewing experience as the Democratic presidential candidates take the stage. Full story

October 8, 2015

Food Court: DCity Crew Branches Out at Wicked Bloom

wicked bloom social club

Ben Matz, left, and Jason Bolko mix a drink called “Sunny and 75” at Wicked Bloom. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

By all accounts, fledgling bar Wicked Bloom Social Club has started off with a bang — a rollout facilitated in no small part by a certain mind-blowing menu item.

“I honestly didn’t think it was going to be the only thing people would want to talk about. It’s kind of taken on a life of its own,” Rob Sonderman, pit master at critically acclaimed sibling establishment DCity Smokehouse, said of the jaw-dropping “Smokehouse Bomb.” Full story

October 2, 2015

Slam Brews, Crack Claws to Your Heart’s Content on H Street

Queen Vic toque Ryan Gordon is migrating Saturday roughly a block-and-a-half east in order to oversee an all-you-can-eat crab feast hosted by Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar at 1104 H St. NE.

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The fall fiesta is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m., and is projected to feature steamed and spiced Maryland blue crabs (large), assorted sides — including pork belly potato salad, sausages, corn and house-made grits, among other offerings — and free-flowing kegs of Evolution Craft Brewing Co.’s  Lot #6 Double IPA, Primal Pale Ale and Alpha Six American Blonde Ale.

Tickets to the all-inclusive event are $58 per person.

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September 30, 2015

WednesDaze: Sake to Me

D.C. tastemakers Wednesday are turning Japanese, invading the Carnegie Library (801 K St. NW) for a grand sake tasting designed to whet one’s appetite for the 2016 National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Event organizers are flying in more than a dozen Japanese brewers to educate the attendees about the myriad craft beer, sake and shōchū offerings that are projected to flow like water.

Noteworthy pours include Dassai “23” Junmai Daiginjo, the premium sake served to Prime Minister Shinzō Abe this past spring during his visit to the White House, and Nanbu Bijin “Southern Beauty” Nama Nama, Tokubetsu Junmai, a seasonal selection that’s only produced once a year. Full story

September 23, 2015

A True Outpouring of Support for #PopeinDC

Ashley Williams, a server at Brookland Pint, Sept. 23 sports apropos gear in anticipation of Pope Francis’ visit to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Ashley Williams, a server at Brookland Pint, sports apropos gear in anticipation of Pope Francis’ visit to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Those hoping to catch even a fleeting glimpse of Pope Francis began congregating outside the White House and along the National Mall Wednesday before the sun was even out, trudging through the last vestiges of inky darkness to secure the best possible spots from which to gaze upon His Holiness.



While crisscrossing the District, HOH happened upon religious figures aplenty. Full story

Overheard: Skipping Along to Mass

See more eavesdropping from HOH here. Full story

September 22, 2015

Worship Your Way During #Popeapalooza


UNITED STATES - September 21: Mike Normile, of Cleveland, Ohio, packs up his cardboard cutout of Pope Francis after offering people the chance to take a picture with it in front of Union Station in Washington, Monday, September 21, 2015. Normile paid $160 for the cutout and plans on coming out every day this week before Pope Francis' visit to Washington. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Pope-mania was on display at Union Station on Monday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 11:45 a.m. | Ridiculously long lines. Highly intrusive security screenings. Terribly limited access.

It’ll be a miracle if we survive Pope Francis’ visit to Capitol Hill.

Luckily, a host of #ThisTown’s finest are offering up myriad ways to commemorate the papal fly-in: Full story

September 16, 2015

Pols Brace for BBQ Battle

Rather than grilling one another as their Simi Valley-bound colleagues are expected to do, Rep. Sanford D. Bishop Jr., D-Ga., and Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Wednesday are expected to headline an anti-cancer fundraiser featuring pork barbecue.

Full story

September 11, 2015

Toast the Pope With a Pint in Brookland

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The impending arrival of Pope Francis in the District of Columbia has security, transit and government officials tirelessly making preparations. And some local watering holes are getting in on the action.

Brookland Pint in Northeast D.C. is just a few blocks form the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception at Catholic University, where the pontiff is going to celebrate Mass on Sept. 23. At the Mass, Pope Francis will also canonize Fr. Junipero Serra, whose likeness is also enshrined in a statue in the Capitol, as the first canonization of a saint to take place on U.S. soil.

According to the bar’s website, starting on Sept. 20, Brookland Pint will begin serving “religious themed beers.” Some of the libations include “No Pope Til Brookland” by Franklins Brew Pub and DC Brau’s “On The Wings of Armageddon.” Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 11:49 a.m.
Booze, DC

August 21, 2015

D-I-Y Sabado Gigante: Dinner and a Groove-y

What better way to cap off a full day of eating and drinking than by feasting on Caribbean cuisine and salsa dancing the night away?

If that program sounds like musica to your orejas, then the Arepa Zone Launch Party happening Saturday night may be just the ticket.

(Courtesy Arepa Zone)

(Courtesy Arepa Zone)

Full story

August 20, 2015

D-I-Y Sabado Gigante: A Spirited Afternoon in Ivy City

Assuming you’ve already gotten some tasty food in your belly and are ready to tackle Saturday proper the next logical question is “What’s for lunch?”

The password is: cocktails.

Full story

August 7, 2015

Eleanor Holmes Norton Gets Into the Spirit of DC Beer Week

‘Twas a time when lawmakers wouldn’t dare show their faces at a local watering hole in the middle of a workday. Luckily for HOH, things change.

And Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is leading the charge by popping into Right Proper Brewing Company at noon to tour one of the engines of D.C.’s beverage industry. Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 12:01 p.m.
Booze, DC, Restos

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