05/05/15 4:30pm

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2427 18th Street, NW

From an email:

“A Barrel of Fun: Barrel-Aged Beer at The Black Squirrel

Add wood and bring on the flavor. The Black Squirrel celebrates the age-old tradition of barrel aging beer on Friday (May 8), starting at 5 p.m., with 25 rare barrel-aged beers on tap and by the bottle.

The line-up includes:
· Epic 2013 Smoked & Oaked Belgian Ale (cherry-wood smoked and bourbon-barrel oaked, draft, 10.4%)
· Founders Backwoods Bastard Scotch Ale (aged in bourbon barrels, draft, 10.2%);
· Franklin’s Ridiculous Wild Ale (draft, 6.8%);
· Goose Island 2013 Lolita (wild ale with raspberries, draft, 7%);
· Goose Island 2013 Bourbon County Brand Stout (draft, 14.2%);
· Jolly Pumpkin Bam Noire (draft, 4.5%);
· Laughing Dog Triple Squared (Belgian-style triple aged in cabernet barrels, draft, 9%);
· Laughing Dog De Achtste Hond (peach wild ale, draft, 7%);
· Mad Fox Cabernet Reynard (cabernet-barrel black saison, draft, 7.1%);
· Mad Fox Oaked Funk (saison aged in Silver Oak cabernet carrels, draft, 6%);
· Petrus Oak-Aged Belgian Pale Ale (draft, 7.3%);
· Potters Craft Cider Oak-Barrel Reserve (draft, 9.6%);
· Wild Beer Co. Modus Operandi (barrel-aged old ale, draft, 7%);
· Epic/Crooked Stave Elder Brett (wild ale, 750mL bottle, 8.5%);
· Funkwerks 2012 Solena (Belgian-style dark ale, 750mL bottle, 6.5%);
· Goose Island 2013 Halia (sour peach saison, 750mL bottle, 7.5%);
· Goose Island 2013 Gillian (tart Belgian=style farmhouse ale, 750mL bottle, 9.5%);
· Goose Island 2010 Lolita (brewed with raspberries, 650mL bottle, 7%);
· Goose Island 2012 Madame Rose (brown kriek with cherries, 650mL bottle, 7.1%);
· Goose Island 2012 Juliet (wild ale aged with blackberries, 650mL bottle, 8%);
· Hardywood 2013 Reserve Rum-Barrel Imperial Pumpkin Ale (750mL bottle, 10.5%);
· Mother Earth 2013 Triple Overhead Bourbon-Barrel-Aged Triple (750mL bottle, 10%);
· Mother Earth 2013 Windowpane Peach Barrel-Aged Wheat Ale (750mL bottle, 8.3%);
· Mother Earth 2013 Windowpane Blackberries Barrel-Aged Wit (750mL bottle, 9%); and
· Strangeways Martian Spring (wine-barrel-aged biere de mars, 22oz bottle, 7.35%).

To complement the liquid treasure, the Black Squirrel chef will prepare a stinky cheese burger to accompany the sour beers and a stout burger for the dark beers.

For more than 400 years, beer has been stored in barrels and aged to a bold, complex taste. Barrels are often made of oak, and many have been previously used for bourbon or wine to further enhance the layers of flavor. Enjoy this sampling of barrel-aged beer that spans a range of styles.”

05/05/15 4:10pm

15th and Penn
15th and Pennsylvania Ave, SE

Yesterday Capitol Hill Corner finally found out who will become to the new retail spaces at 15th and Pennsylvania Ave, SE next to Wisdom:

“McCormick Paints and New York Pizza – have been signed to occupy the first floor retail space.

The majority of the first floor retail space will be occupied by McCormick Paints. This will be the third paint store in SE Capitol Hill which already has Frager’s Paint Store at 12th and Pennsylvania Avenue, and Duron Paints on Barracks Row.”

05/05/15 3:30pm

If you have any animal/pet photos you’d like to share please send an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail(dot)com with ‘Animal Fix’ in the title and say the name of your pet and your neighborhood. Your photos will go into the queue (usually 6-8 weeks wait) and will be posted in the order I receive them. If you’ve already entered your pet and would like to do so again – that’s no problem – just space the entries out a bit. Please try to send horizontal photos 640×480 (medium size on your iphone) if possible. If you’re not using an iphone any size is fine.

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“Franklin was found when he fell out of a barn, and he’s lived in NYC and all over DC. He currently resides in Dupont and is named after the owners favorite president, FDR.”

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“Mojo of Mount Pleasant waiting patiently for the blooms to open.”

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“Golda is a lovable and snuggly calico who found her forever home Columbia Heights. She was adopted from the Washington Humane Society earlier this year!”

05/05/15 3:10pm

Van Ness- UDC 0421115-3698
Photo via WMATA

From WMATA:

“On May 4, Metro will begin a major capital project which will close the west entrance to Van Ness and install four new entrance escalators, one at the west entrance and three longer units into the station.

The project will replace the current escalators, which are almost 35 years old and have exceeded their useful life, with brand new escalators that are more durable and reliable. Metro’s contractor, KONE, will install the new escalators one at a time: completing each of the three longer units from the landing to the mezzanine first then finishing up with replacing the final shorter entrance unit to landing.

Two landing to mezzanine escalators along with the elevator and newly replaced east side entrance escalators will remain available for customer use.

At 270 feet long, the Van Ness escalators transport riders 56 feet from the station mezzanine to the entrance landing. They will be replaced with more reliable units as part of Metro’s contract with KONE to replace 128 escalators across the Metrorail system.

How long will the project take?
Each escalator will require approximately 40 weeks for site preparation, demolition, construction, installation and testing. Replacing all four escalators in succession will take a total of about 3 years. Metro engineers will work closely with the project contractor, KONE, to ensure the work is done as safely and efficiently as possible.

Why will it take so long? (more…)

05/05/15 2:55pm

rental

This rental is located at 1915 New Hampshire Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“Fantastic, Upscale 2 level unit! Quiet one way street. Slate Floors and Incredible slate bathrooms HUGE shower with 2 shower heads, Gourmet Kitchen with granite, 2 bedrooms 2baths , fireplace, In the heart of it all walk to restaurants, shops theaters, metro etc…. On -site parking is $200 additional”

rental inside

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $2,800/Mo.

05/05/15 2:25pm

living_room_bike

“Dear PoPville,

I’m looking to rent out the house I’ve owned for 6 years, which I’ve been renovating over time. It’s a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom house on Florida Ave. just north of U Street (by Blind Dog Cafe and 9:30 Club). Here are the details:

-3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1220 sq feet (bedrooms are big, medium and small)
-Fenced-in patio/parking area (as in patio OR parking — depending on how you choose to use the space) — with a propane grill and pots for planting if you want them
-Newly renovated kitchen, bathrooms
-Wall-mounted flat-screen TV in living room
-Available partially furnished (for a fee) or unfurnished
-Central air
-Washer/dryer
-Ceiling fans in all bedrooms
-High ceilings
-2.5 blocks to U Street metro

I’m also planning on repainting and replacing a couple windows before the renter moves in (hopefully July 1). As negatives go, Florida Ave is pretty busy/noisy.

Any idea of how much I should charge?”

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05/05/15 2:10pm

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Bulk Trash Options When DC Won’t Accept

“I recently replaced an old wooden garden gate in my backyard. I tried to get DC to do a bulk trash pick up, but when they came by they left a note saying the gate didn’t qualify as household bulk trash and they wouldn’t pick it up. I went back to the DC website to try to find an alternative. They have a link to a search engine for places to send construction material, but all of the options it came up with were either exclusively for residents in other jurisdictions or only accepted materials that could be reused. This gate is deteriorated to the point that it will be of no use to anyone. I also looked into pick up services like “College Hunks Hauling Junk” but they have minimum fees and the service seems to be geared toward more than just a single item. Does anyone know of a reasonably inexpensive way to get rid of a single bulk item that DC won’t accept? I think I can probably transport it myself, so I’m not limited to pick-up services. I just don’t know where I can take it.

I have been to the Ft. Totten Waste Transfer station, and it is great, but I thought the same restrictions applied to Ft. Totten as to the bulk pick up. Whenever I go, I am asked what I’m dropping off, and I think I’ll be turned away with the gate.”

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05/05/15 1:20pm

car2go_dc

“Dear PoPville,

car2go just released a “Membership Update” email that quietly and sneakily introduced a fare increase. Through the veil of lowering deductibles for drivers, they will charge a “Driver Protection Fee” in the amount of a flat $1 per ride. They snuck the fee increase into an email they probably know most people won’t read and then describe it as a benefit. It goes into effect on June 1, so most probably have not notice yet, but twitter and other social media has already started catching on and bashing it. $1 might not seem that bad, but for short rides less then 10 minutes (which is what I use it for most) it is a 25% rate increase. Even for a 20 minute ride that is a 12% jump.”

Updates to Member Agreements (more…)