Category Archives: Beyond Brookland

One Eight Distilling Opens In Nearby Ivy City, Get Local Vodka, Gin and Whisky

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Image courtesy of One Eight Distilling

Although this is outside Brookland, we thought readers would like to know about One Eight Distilling, which opened January 10th in nearby Ivy City.  From their website:

We distill sophisticated, handcrafted spirits in small batches from grain to glass all in our distillery located in the nation’s capital.  Our custom designed stills from Holland and Germany use cutting edge technology that gives us an unparalleled degree of precision and control over the distilling process. If we’re not busy distilling Rock Creek Whiskey, Ivy City Gin, or District Made Vodka, we’re experimenting with new mash bills and spirits, so please check back with us and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for limited releases sold only from our tasting room.

Visitors are encouraged to drop in on Saturdays from 1:00 -4:00 pm for tours, samples, and sales, and there will be food trucks on hand. One Eight Distilling is located at 1135 Okie Street NE.

Honor Our Vets By Volunteering At The Nearby Veteran’s Hospital

picture courtesy of the VA website
picture courtesy of the VA website

Here at the Bridge, we think it is important to thank and honor our Nation’s Veterans – not just on Veteran’s Day – but everyday. A great way to show your appreciation is to volunteer at the nearby Washington DC VA Hospital Center.  There are a lot of ways to help out, for example, picking up and escorting veterans, calling them to remind the of appointments, and helping with the information desk. If you don’t have time to volunteer, they also need monetary and other donations such as bottled water, clothing and coffee.  Interested? Sign up here, call the Voluntary Service Office, 202-745-8000, ext. 58320 or visit the Voluntary Service Office. But really, all it takes to make a difference is stopping by the hospital and simply visiting with the veterans. Just a little of your time, and some friendly conversation, makes a big difference to these good men and women who sacrificed so much, and are working so hard to recover from injuries. The VA hospital is located at 50 Irving St. NW, Washington, DC 20422, and is easily accessible by car, as well as a shuttle that picks up and drops off at the Brookland CUA Metro station.

Fall Fun Fest At The Old Soldier’s Home – Something Fun For Everyone!

Looking for something local, free and fun to do this weekend? Check out the Fall Fun Fest at the nearby Old Soldier’s/Armed Forces Retirement Home this Sunday, October 5th from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The festival is hosted by Friends of the Soldier’s Home and will feature lots of activities including: an antique car show, Oktoberfest style beer and bourbon tasting tents, food trucks, children’s games and activities, golfing, live music, a military drill team, and tours of buildings on the Soldiers’ Home Campus. Check out the schedule of events and event flyer below. Fall Fun Fest Flyer

8 a.m.-2 p.m.: Army Hum V vehicle display
9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Antique Car Show
9 a.m.-2 p.m.: Medical Response vehicle display
9 a.m.: Public Golf Tournament
9 a.m.-11:45 a.m.: DJ Music Man Billy White
9:30-Noon: Quarters 1/Sherman Tower/Lincoln Cottage Tours
10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Information booths/exhibits
10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Resident Arts and Crafts Sales
11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Navy Drill Team performance
11 a.m.-2 p.m.: beer/bourbon tasting
11:45 a.m.: Model T Club demonstration
12:30-1:30 p.m.: Brass Quintet Band performance
12:15 p.m. Car Show Awards presentations
1 p.m.-4 p.m.: City of Memory Project digitizing memorabilia
1 p.m.-5 p.m.: Edelweiss Band/Bavarian-Austrian Dancers
1 p.m.-5 p.m.: Beer, Food Trucks, Children’s Activities
1:30-4 p.m.: Pumpkin patch picking, painting, field games
1:30-2:30: PAL animal visit
1:30-3:30: Fishing Rodeo at ponds
1:30: Military Golf Tournament

First Annual Freedom 5K XC At President Lincoln’s Cottage This Saturday

Freedom 5K XC Logo Courtesy of Old Soldiers Home
Freedom 5K XC Logo Courtesy of President Lincoln’s Cottage 

Thanks to reader Peter, who passed along info about a cross country 5K happening right around the corner from our neighborhood this Saturday, September 27th. From President Lincoln’s Cottage website:

The Freedom 5K XC, a unique cross country event open to the general public, provides a rare opportunity for runners and walkers alike to race on the 250-acre Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) campus, where President Lincoln and his family resided during his presidency. The race traverses the picturesque AFRH grounds, on roads and paths that wind past ponds, woods, and fields. As a cross country-style course, the running surface will include paved and unpaved pathways. The run culminates at President Lincoln’s Cottage, “the Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation,” where Lincoln developed his seminal document in our country’s ongoing struggle for freedom.

Register on line here. President Lincoln’s Cottage is located at Upshur Street at Rock Creek Church Road in NW.

Angelika Popup Brings ‘Micro Cinema’ to NE DC

Angelika PopupIn June, the  Angelika “pop up’ theater sprang into action near Union Market. We thought readers who are unaware of this local venue would be interested in checking it out. The  three screen ‘micro cinema’ has been a huge ht in New York City and now it brings its mix of specialty film programming and unique events to North East DC. The pop up location will be running independent movies while the permanent Angelika Film Center is built, which is expected to open in late 2015, also near Union Market. Check out movie listings and get additional information at the Angelika website. The Angelika Union Market page is also worth a look for discounts in conjunction with Union Market eateries. Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market is located at 550 Penn Street NE, Unit E (between 5th and 6th Streets NE, next to Gallaudet University and Dolcezza Gelato Factory & Coffee Lab).

Drive In Movies Return To Union Market Starting This Friday

union market dc opening 090912 1Last summer, nearby Union Market hosted a drive in movie series that was very popular. This summer we are happy to see that they are doing it again. The movies begin at 8:30PM and are free to attend, but there is a $10 parking fee. Last year there was a lawn area that was free and opened at 6:00 pm. Right now, the Union Market event page is light on details, so make sure to check back as the dates approach. Here is a rundown of the movies they will be showing:

Friday, July 18, 2014 – Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Friday, July 25th, 2014 – The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Friday, August 1, 2014 – Finding Nemo

Friday, August 8, 2014 – Casino Royale

Union Market is located at 1309 5th Street NE. Check out their website here.

Union Market Happy Hour Deals, ‘Spicy’ Valentine’s Event, District Fishwife Opening Party

Patrons shoppig at Union Market
Patrons shopping at Union Market

We thought our readers would like to know that there are a number of great events and deals going down at Union Market .

Union Market’s Happy Hour is every Tuesday through Friday, from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. Treat yourself to one of these great Happy Hour specials while shopping for fresh produce and other culinary delights.

  • Peregrine Espresso: From Ethiopia, a shot of espresso with a pour over $5
  • Rappahannock Oyster: select beers $4 and wine by the glass
  • Righteous Cheese: 3 cheese/3 wine tasting $19
  • Buffalo & Bergen: punch & knish $7, $2 select beer cans, ½ price wine by the glass
  • Cordial: 10% discount on everything
  • TaKorean: $1 off all drafts and tako specials
  • Red Apron Butcher: $12 charcuterie board

Need some ideas for Valentine’s Day? Check out this unique event called “Spice Up Your Valentine’s Day with Bazaar Spices” on Wednesday, February 12th, at 6:30 PM. From the Union Market event page:

Join Bazaar Spices in welcoming Elana Jenkins of Funkiedo, whose mission is to “make the world more beautiful one soul at a time,” will discuss spice and herbal aphrodisiacs and how to incorporate them into your Valentine’s Day Date Night! This discussion on aphrodisiacs will be a total sensory experience. Attendees will taste hor d’oeurves and indulge in products that feature spice and herbal aphrodisiacs such as Ginger, Vanilla, Sassafras, Rosemary, Nutmeg, Garlic, Maca, and more. A great date night event! Attendees are encouraged to bring a guest and get a jumpstart on their Valentine’s Day activities by learning simple tips and techniques to turn up the heat in their relationships. Cost is $20 per person. Register today!.

Recently we posted about Brookland resident Fiona Lewis, who is opening a sustainable fish market later this month at Union Market called the District Fishwife. As part of her Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to bring her store to the finish line, you can buy entrance to the District Fishwife’s Opening Party on Friday the 21st of February from 7pm – 9pm. For $50 you get to meet her team and sample menu items while sipping on beer. You can also follow the District Fishwife on Facebook  and on Twitter

Union Market is located at 1309 5th Street NE. Stay up to date with goings on at the Union Market event page.

This Veteran’s Day Consider Helping Out The Nearby Vet’s Hospital – Here’s How

picture courtesy of the VA website
picture courtesy of the VA website

Here at the Bridge, we think it is important to thank and honor our Nation’s Veterans – not just on Veteran’s Day – but everyday. A great way to show your appreciation is to volunteer at the nearby Washington DC VA Hospital Center.  There are a lot of ways to help out, for example, picking up and escorting veterans, calling them to remind the of appointments, and helping with the information desk. If you don’t have time to volunteer, they also need monetary and other donations such as bottled water, clothing and coffee.  Interested? Sign up here, call the Voluntary Service Office, 202-745-8000, ext. 58320 or visit the Voluntary Service Office. But really, all it takes to make a difference is stopping by the hospital and simply visiting with the veterans. Just a little of your time, and some friendly conversation, makes a big difference to these good men and women who sacrificed so much, and are working so hard to recover from injuries. The VA hospital is located at 50 Irving St. NW, Washington, DC 20422, and is easily accessible by car, as well as a shuttle that picks up and drops off at the Brookland CUA Metro station.

Snallygaster At Union Market This Saturday – Food, Music, Games And Over 150 Craft Brews

Snallygaster logo courtesy of the Snallygaster Facebook event page.
Snallygaster logo courtesy of the Snallygaster Facebook event page.

This Saturday, October 19th, a huge craft brew event called Snallygaster is coming to nearby Union Market. From the Union Market event page:

Snallygaster, the gargantuan beer jamboree, is an epic day of inimitable imbibery and monstrous merriment featuring over 150 craft drafts. Named for the fearsome and toothy mythical beast said to terrorize the region at the turn of the century, Snallygaster returns once again to DC as a rollicking celebration of craft beer, fine food, music and more. For one day and one day only we’ll simultaneously unleash no fewer than 150 incomparable craft beers at Union Market against a backdrop featuring the area’s top toques, the best of the best food trucks, music, entertainment, family fun and games. You can expect a sea of classic Oktoberfest lagers, German style and German-inspired beers, stellar autumn seasonals, and yet another ocean of coveted international finds and unheard of rarities. Look for one-off beers brewed specifically for Snallygaster, some Bluejacket debuts, a huge collection of cask ales, assorted barrel-aged brews, and even a host of Franconian gravity-poured, rubber-clad kegs hardly ever tasted stateside.

The event will be from 1:00 – 6:00 pm. For detailed information and to buy tickets check out the Snallygaster website or Facebook page. Union Market is located at 1309 5th Street, NE.

NoMA Beer Fest This Saturday – Free And Local Fun!

Beer lovers sampling some Chocolate City Beer.
Beer lovers sampling some Chocolate City Beer.

Looking for something fun and local to do this weekend? As part of DC Beer Week, there will be a free outdoor festival, the NoMa Beer Fest,  in nearby NoMA this Saturday, August 17, from 2 pm to 8 pm. There will be special summer beers brewed just for the festival, live music, DJs spinning and games for the whole family. There will also be food trucks and food from Union Kitchen.Get ahead of the lines and purchase your food and beer tickets ahead of time.  The breweries participating include DC Brau, Chocolate City Brewing Company, District Chophouse, Capital City Brewing Company, Three Stars Brewing Co., The Brewer’s Art and Right Proper Brewery. Sounds like fun!