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Forge Brew Works Opened Over the Weekend; Expect Belgian Styles and the Ubiquitous Galaxy Hop-IPA

Posted by / Monday, October 21st, 2013

The Grist Mill, made by Matt Roses (above) and wife Kerri / Photo Courtesy of Forge Brew Works

Former engineer Matt Rose first started brewing six years ago. “A friend of mine bought me a Mr. Beer Brew kit for Christmas,” he says. “I kind of looked at it and I looked at the ingredients and I said, ‘We can do better than this.’” 

This past Saturday, after the typical months-long wait for clearing inspections, Rose’s Forge Brew Works opened in Lorton. 

Inspired by that first beer kit, Rose began gathering ingredients and brewing at least twice a month for five years determined to create his own better beer. “I started really getting into it, started bugging my friends in the industry, started bothering other brewers that I knew, and then around June of last year, I sat down with my wife and we decided that we should try to open a brewery.” In March, they set up a Kickstarter with a promise to release an e-book of all six Forge beer recipes if they received $17,000 and to shave Rose’s beard at $25,000. The e-book is being put together, while Rose’s beard remains. 

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Hungry for Linkage: Afghan Restaurant Renovation + We, the Pizza in Crystal City + James Beard Awards Open

Posted by / Monday, October 21st, 2013

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Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop opening in Rosslyn gives workers more places to eat for a fast lunch. [ARLnow]

On Route 1, the Afghan Restaurant gets a two-story makeover and will emerge as Tony’s Corner. [Patch]

Give your favorite chefs and restaurants a hat tip: The James Beard Awards are now accepting nominations. [Eater]

From “Top Chef” contestant Spike Mendelsohn comes another We, the Pizza at 2100 Crystal Crystal Drive in Crystal City. [Patch]

Sniff your way to being a sommelier: Scratch and sniff wine guide comes out. [foodiggity]

Bread is back. [WaPo]


To Do This Weekend: Port City Re-Releases Revival Stout with Party + Restaurant Week in Shirlington + Brewfest in Centreville

Posted by / Friday, October 18th, 2013

The Revival Stout Story / Illustration by Elisa Glass

Port City Brewing Company re-releases the oyster-based Revival Stout with a party at its Alexandria Tasting Room, this Friday from 5-9 p.m. Originally debuting in April 2012, Port City uses the oyster shell (steeped in the brewing water to add minerals) and the oyster meat and liquid (thrown in during the boil) to create this beer with the War Shore Oyster Company.  The party will feature a special of a pint and half-dozen oysters for $17. Five percent of the beer sales will be donated to the Oyster Recovery Partnership. / 3950 Wheeler Avenue Alexandria
More: How Local Can You Go: The Revival Stout Infograph  

Shirlington Restaurant Week
continues through the weekend. And while it’s not in on the deal, Cooperwood Tavern is now open.

Forty of the world’s best breweries come to Centreville for the Northern Virginia Brewfest.

MORE| October Food & Drink Calendar



Hungry for Linkage: NoVA Openings and Closings + Food is Safe + Master Chef Contestant gets a Podcast

Posted by / Friday, October 18th, 2013

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The Torpedo Factory Food Pavillion in Old Town Alexandria is being replaced by the restaurant Blackwall Hitch. [Patch]

Coming Soon: Burger 21 in Ashburn, Bonefish Grill in Potomac Mills and Cyclone Anaya’s in Merrifield. [Eater]

Closing: Baja Fresh and Zpizza in Rosslyn [ARLnow]

Despite the furlough, food supplies should be safe. [NPR]

Remember Krissi Biasiello from the latest season of Master Chef, known for her brazen attitude? She has her own podcast now. [The Braiser]

Warm-up the cool weather with some hot bread from your oven. [food52]


South Block Raw Introduces ‘Autumn’ to its Cold-Pressed Juice Line

Posted by / Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Photos Courtesy of South Block Raw

Fall harvests make a perfect bounty for juicing. This month, South Block Cafe in Arlington released its first seasonal juice: “Autumn.” NoVA-bred owner Amir Mostafavi uses fennel to give the deep orange potion—from  sweet potatoes—a licorice flavor. “Sweet potato,” says Mostavai, “is something that I would say a lot of people don’t juice at home on their own. But it’s something that’s very interesting to juice and has a nice flavor especially when you mix it with cinnamon.” 

South Block Cafe began selling its line of cold-pressed juicesSouth Block Raw—last spring with Mostafavi concocting recipes at his kitchen, or what he refers to as his “juice lab,” at George Washington University. “We’re treating all of our juices like hand-crafted chef-inspired juices,” says Mostafavi, as he lists mint, aloe and cilantro as the more unusual ingredients included. He also favors organic vegetables for the daily made liquids.

For the reservation-only juice cleanse, users spend three days consuming nothing but juice to flush their systems of toxins while supplementing it with nutrition and resting it from digesting fibers. Mostafavi describes it as “kind of resetting your body.”  The juice line will be available in Northern Virginia gyms and studios and currently, is also served at Bracket Room … in a cocktail. / South Block Cafe, 3011 11th St., Arlington


Hungry for Linkage: Virginia Breweries Win at Great American Beer Festival + Starbucks Diplomacy + FDA Shutdown

Posted by / Monday, October 14th, 2013

Port City Beer

Courtesy of Port City

Congratulations, Devils Backbone Brewing Company, this year’s Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival. Other local winners: Port City Brewing Company won gold for Optimal Wit (Belgian-style witbier), silver for Oktoberfest (Vienna-style lager) and two bronzes for COLOSSAL ONE (aged beers) and COLOSSAL TWO (smoke beer). Lost Rhino Brewing Company won gold with Rhinofest (German-style marzen) and Great American Restaurants won silver for Oktoberfesk (German-style marzen). [FirstWeFeast]

No food inspections due to the Food and Drug Administration being shutdown. Here are 10 foods to avoid until they start checking again. [DailyFinance]

Call for Submissions: Future print feminist food zine Vag Appetit—from the same people who brought you Rookie Mag—is taking submissions. Last day is tomorrow, though, so get your entries in fast! [tumblr]

Trummer’s on Main, Bangkok Golden Thai and Kogiya are among the NoVA restaurant’s in Tom Sietsema‘s 40 favorites. [WaPo]

Starbucks diplomacy. [Grub Street NY]


Hungry for Linkage: Beer for Breast Cancer + Blue Sea Cajun Seafood and Bar in Shirlington + Groceries that Have Your Vote

Posted by / Thursday, October 10th, 2013

For Breast Cancer Awareness month, women from six regional breweries came together to create the Pretty in Pink Pomegranate Saison. Participants include local favorites Mad Fox Brewing Company, Lost Rhino Brewing, and Capitol City Brewing as well as DC and NC breweries. Twenty percent of the Pretty in Pink proceeds go to charity. 

American Tap Room dances its way into Reagan National Airport. [Eater]

Vegan restaurant rejected in favor of opening Blue Sea Cajun Seafood and Bar in Shirlington. [ARLnow]

Crazy beer flavors: Avocado and honey, key lime pie, and pine-needle. Craziest: Bull testicle. [The Daily Meal]

A rundown of Virginia’s wineries via DC Wine Week. [InTheCapital]

Where you buy food could say something about about your political leanings. [NPR]


Pumpkin Junkie: Six Places to Find the Squash of the Season in NoVA

Posted by / Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

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Sick of pumpkin yet? Good, me neither. 

For “Smashing Pumpkins,” Pizzeria Orso tops pizza with roasted pumpkin, smoked blue cheese, bufala mozzarella and garlic—with cream sauce—for a whole new take on a slice of pumpkin pie—pizza pie. /400 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church

Clyde’s has two decadent ways to satisfy your pumpkin-y sweet tooth with pumpkin fritters served with whipped cream, maple syrup and powdered sugar and pumpkin creme brûlée served with a ginger snap cookie on the brunch menu. 11905 Market St., Reston

While pumpkin beer has been stocked on shelves since late summer, Crooked Run Brewing still has it on tap. The Jack o’ Lantern Pumpkin Ale is a sweet, malty, lightly spiced amber ale made with oven-roasted pumpkin and local butternut squash. The Leesburg-based team also posted thoughts on pumpkin beer—and their recipe. / 205 Harrison St. Suite B, Leesburg

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Hungry for Linkage: Donatos Pizza on ‘Undercover Boss’ + Trummer’s on Main Murder Mystery + Food Porn Performance Anxiety

Posted by / Monday, October 7th, 2013

Photo Courtesy of Meg Dumlao (itsmegroll on Instagram) / Text by Eliana Reyes

Now with higher-end wines, Crystal City Wine Shop’s second location opens. [ARLnow]

Which pumpkins are good for eating versus carving? Check out this guide. [Patch]

$1 pizzas at La Tagliatelle for charity and  Trummer’s on Main murder mystery. [Eater]

Students have spoken: They don’t want the all-beef burgers and Virginia schools complied. [NPR]

Food porn = less pleasure. [Grub Street]

Too little foot traffic from the shutdown leads to food truck hiatus. [WCP]

This Friday, follow Donatos Pizza Chairman Jane Grote Abell as she slips undetected into a Vienna Donatos in an episode of “Undercover Boss.” 


To Do This Weekend: Try Basic Beverage’s New Pumpkin Spice Coffee + Virginia Wines at Mount Vernon + Oktoberfest at Capitol City Brewery

Posted by / Friday, October 4th, 2013

Photo Courtesy of Basic Beverages

Fauquier-based Basic Beverages releases today Pumpkin Spice coffee concentrate. The combination of spices (no actual pumpkin) is adapted from siblings Christina and Tim Qura‘s mother’s recipe, who uses the same blend in her pumpkin cheesecake at Cheesecake Heaven Drive Through in Warrenton. The new cold-brewed coffee is available at local Whole Foods.

All weekend Mount Vernon hosts 16 Virginia wineries while teaching the history of the commonwealth’s grape growing.

Capitol City Brewery throws its annual Oktoberfest with over 50 breweries participating. 

And you can make chocolate at Artisan Confections in Arlington, although not sure if it’s a hangover activity…

More | October Food & Drink Calendar


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