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The Public Option Serves Up Vinyl Night This Sunday

Getting a little bit of cabin fever? Here is an event that sounds worth coming out of the house for. Local micro brewpub the Public Option will be hosting one of their Vinyl Night events tomorrow, Sunday January 8th, starting at 7:30 pm. From the Public Options’s Facebook event page:

The Vinyl Knights return! If you have some vinyl records, bring them by. MC Joey Abrams will have his turn table and be ready to spin some discs. The theme for the night is geography. But that’s just a starting point..

The Public Option is located at 1601 Rhode Island Ave, NE.

Congrats To Brookland-Area Businesses In City Paper “Best Of DC” Wins!

When we first moved here, San Antonio’s and Colonel Brooks’ Tavern were holding it down as the major sit-down restaurants  in the area. So it is still pretty surprising to us, in a way, to see Brookland businesses (and those in our wider area) getting publicity from the established city-wide press.  We love it. These small businesses put a lot on the line, and took a chance on our area, so we thank them and congratulate them on being “Best Of” in their category.  Area winners in

the annual City Paper poll


Right Proper takes the brewing process one step further than most: Its production brewery, which opened in Brookland in December, houses three 45-hectoliter oak wine casks (called foudres in French) inoculated with a house culture of wild yeasts and bacteria. A tribute to the days when beers were produced in only wooden vessels using natural airborne yeast, foudres allow beers to continuously develop in character and depth.

Right Proper Brewery is located at 920 Girard St NE.

  • Public OptionThe Public Option – DC’s Best Brew Pub (Staff Pick).  Since we did a story on their soft opening back in October, this small home-grown business has steadily improved with fun pop-up events and outdoor seating. As the City Paper said:

It is the most neighborly pint you can order in Washington. Now that is a brewpub.

The Public Option is located at 1601 Rhode Island Ave. NE.

Neighbors seem fiercely proud of the bright Mediterranean joint whose name means “nest” in Italian and Spanish…Were it located on buzzy 14th Street NW, it might be mobbed with scenesters. But given that it’s more than a mile from a Metro station, it’s a relaxed place to escape for the evening. Or as the description on the menu simply calls it, “a place to sit down.”

Nido is loacted at 2214 Rhode Island Ave. NE

  • JACSJazz and Cultural Society (JACS)  – Best New Jazz Venue (Staff Pick).  When we  first caught up with JACS owner DeAndrey Howard two summers ago,  as he was making plans to open JACS, we knew it would evolve into a great neighborhood-focused destination.  As noted by the City Paper:

It all adds up to a rare breed: jazz as a grassroots movement. JACS’ place among the rowhouses of Brookland is no accident. It signifies Howard and Jamison’s desire to strip away the music’s often-elitist trappings and give it back to an everyday audience.

JACS is located 2813 12th St. NE

Local Brewpub, The Public Option To Get Outdoor Seating

The Public Option is a local microbrewery that opened last fall. If you haven’t checked them out yet, now you have another reason to. From their Facebook page and Twitter feed, respectively:

We had our Public Space hearing for sidewalk seating today. And I am happy to report that we were approved! It will take another couple of weeks to get the required permits, etc. And then there’s the matter of furnishings (consistent with the exacting standards you have come to expect from the PO). But pencil us in for tax day.

The Public Option is located at 1601 Rhode Island Avenue NE.

Stuff’t ‘Bolis For Brunch At The Public Option Sunday

Two of our favorite local startups, Stuff’t strombolis and local micro brewpub the Public Option are teaming up  for brunch event Sunday. From the Stuff’t website:

The trifecta – ‘Bolis, Brunch, & Beers! We are heading to our favorite new Langdon brew pub, The Public Option, this Sunday for brunch. We will be there from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. (or until we sell out) and will be serving the Original along with two breakfast stromboli (one veggie and one meat). Come hang with us and make it a Sunday Funday. Can’t stay but still want stromboli? Pre-order and pick them up Sunday at The Public Option.

The Public Option is located at 1601 Rhode Island Ave, NE.

RIA Red Chili Fundraiser Today AT The Public Option

Back in October we wrote about the opening of The Public Option, a new brewpub on Rhode Island Ave. Today they are kicking off a new series of events, and this one is for a good cause. From the Public Option website:

In the first of what we intend to be a series of guest chef appearances, Kyle Todd (Director of Rhode Island Main Streets, Austin Texas native, and chili chef extraordinaire) has agreed to prepare a batch of his renowned chili here at the Public Option.  (He’s making corn bread too!)  Kyle will be on hand from 5:00 – 9:00 on Saturday.  A  portion of all sales made during the event will benefit Rhode Island Avenue Main Streets.

Sounds like a fun event, and a great reason to check this neighborhood gem out. Check out more information at the event page here.  The Public Option is located at 1601 Rhode Island Ave. NE.

The Public Option Brings Craft Brew To Rhode Island Ave, NE

We thought our beer-loving readers would like to know about the Public Option, a new brewpub that recently opened at 1601 Rhode Island Avenue NE. We chatted with owner Bill Perry, a long time home brewer, and he explained that for now, they are operating in “soft launch” mode, until they work out the kinks and begin to expand offerings and hours of operation. We sampled four of Bill’s brews, a Belgian Ale, a Scottish Ale, and American and English Coffee Porters. All were pretty tasty. My favorite was the American Coffee Porter, while my buddy preferred the British one.

In addition to the house brews, they offer cans and bottles of local breweries and national brands. Wine and a full liquor selection is available, with an emphasis on straight-ahead mixed drinks. All drinks ranged from $6 – $7 – not bad! The Public Option also offers light fare. There were three flatbreads available ($7 each) when we were there, with more options coming soon like bratwurst and other typical pub fair.

For now, their hours of operation are Friday: 3:00 – 7:00 pm, Saturday: noon – 9:00 pm, and Sunday: noon – 7:00 pm. Check out their website here.