via RAR Brewing

Ed. Note: It’s been a while since I shared a PoP proclamation so let me have a go – while I like both these beers very very much – the best beer I’ve had in a long long time comes from a local(ish) brewery called RAR brewing out of Cambridge, Maryland. Not a double IPA but the Nanticoke Nectar is especially awesome (I’ve seen it at Nanny O’Briens and a few grocery stores.) If you happen to see it – I highly recommend you take a taste. Ok back to our regularly scheduled post.

More Hopslam fun.

2427 18th Street, NW

From an email:

“Bell’s Hopslam and Troegs Nugget Nectar will vie for hop supremacy for the seventh year on the main floor of the Black Squirrel this Friday (Feb. 12), starting at 5 p.m.

Both highly coveted seasonal beers pack a wallop, with Hopslam reporting at 10 percent ABV and Nugget Nectar at 7.5 percent ABV.

You be the judge on which highly hopped ale reigns supreme. It’s your call. It’s all your pleasure.

As the knock-out punch, our chef will prepare IPA-infused Mac and Cheese, Citra-Hop-Seasoned Boardwalk Fries, and a Hop Daddy Burger topped with hop-infused cheddar sauce and hoppy mayonnaise. Hop-diggity-dog!

Hopslam vs Nugget Nectar Battle Royale
Friday, February 12th, starting at 5 p.m.”

1827 Adams Mill Road, NW

Thanks to Benjamin for sending Friday night:

“looks like #TailUpGoat is having soft opening tonight. Sign says “See you Tuesday”

Tail Up Goat’s website says:

“How to tell the difference on an island overrun with both: “Tail up goat. Tail down sheep.”

Owners Jon Sybert, Jill Tyler, and Bill Jensen have been working in Washington area restaurants for over three decades collectively. They came together to open the kind of comfortable neighborhood joint they would want to frequent themselves. Adams Morgan is the corner of the city they call home, and they are thrilled to be doing business in this vibrant, historic community.

The three partners met working side by side at local institutions Komi and Little Serow. They soon came to realize that they shared the same sense of pride in their jobs and decided it might be fun to have a place of their own. When a former regular named Kevin Doyle joined up as their financial backer, this dream became a reality.

Tail Up Goat is the type of spot where you can just as easily grab a quick bite on the way home or settle in for a more leisurely celebration. The food and drink are soulful and sophisticated with a special emphasis on pasta and bread along with idiosyncratic, food-friendly tipples and soft drinks. You are just as likely to discover something new and wildly unexpected as settle into a stunning take on an old forgotten favorite.

The restaurant’s name is a nod to the U.S. Virgin Islands, Jill’s childhood home. She and Jon tied the knot on her favorite beach, and Bill occasionally joins them on vacation along with his wife. It is the kind of place where time slows, shoulders relax, and you are able to reconnect easily with friends and family, which is to say exactly the kind of place we want our restaurant to be.”

Check out their menu here. They are located right next door to the coming Philz coffee in the new Adamo building.

2nd floor of 18th and Wyoming Ave, NW

From an email:

“I wanted to let you know that there has been a very unexpected turn of events last minute yesterday. I will be allowed to stay in the space here until the end of March to allow for a smoother transition and give me more time to find a new location.”

sweet science
2nd floor of 18th and Wyoming Ave, NW

From an email:

“Sweet Science Coffee is closing its storefront in Adams Morgan

Almost a year after starting to brew craft coffee by hand, Sweet Science Coffee is closing down this Saturday, Febuary 6th.

“We had the hope to make our tiny space a permanent spot, it didn’t work out”, says owner Sandra Wolter. Since the shop has earned a loyal following and great reviews by coffee enthusiats, she is looking for a new location and will continue her coffee classes, events and travel in the meantime.

To say thank you, Sandra and her team will be having a pop-down event this

All drinks will be sold on a “pay as you wish” basis as long as supplies last.

Please check their website for updates and bookings in the coming weeks.”

courtesy Sweet Science Coffee

millie and al
2440 18th Street, NW

Around Midnight Millie & Al’s tweeted out:

“ATTN: despite what you may have read/heard, Millie and Al’s will not, I repeat, WILL NOT be closing it’s doors.”

To be clear the original article from the Washington Business Journal said the building is for sale and they will be “likely to close“. They didn’t say they were closed or they were closing on a particular date. Just reporting that their building was for sale and “from the broker: The building will be “delivered vacant.” So obvious conclusions were drawn. I’ll also add that this was the same reaction I received when I first wrote about the Stetson’s building being for sale. As we know Stetson’s sold and is now closed. WBJ reached out to Millie and Al’s for comment (as did I) and did not hear back.

On Millie and Al’s Facebook page they wrote:

“Business as usual. We are not closed.
Who started that rumor?

Karaoke Thursday, starts at 9:30pm.”

Raman Santra answered their question: “Your real estate broker”

Anyway the good news is – you can still go to Karaoke and have jello shots. Until you can’t. As was reported. Stay tuned.

millie and al
2440 18th Street, NW

Thanks to all who sent emails about the Washington Business Journal report yesterday:

“The home of Millie & Al’s, 2440 18th St. NW, is for sale, according to a postcard we received Tuesday from Josh Feldman of Marcus & Millichap. The list price is $1.8 million for the 2,562-square-foot building on a 2,719-square-foot lot.

Most importantly, from the broker: The building will be “delivered vacant.”

I’ve emailed the owner for official word and am still waiting to hear back from her. In April 2013 to celebrate their 50th Anniversary the owner wrote A Brief History about Original Owner Al Shapiro – definitely worth a read if you missed it. Updates as soon as more info is known.

Millie and Al’s in the early 70s courtesy of owner Barbara Shapiro


Ed. Note: Lots of nominees are starting to roll in so starting tomorrow I’ll post multiple nominees.

A reader nominates:

“1841 Columbia Rd. NW is a large apartment building with some well-traveled sidewalks, but only the good tenants at Lapis had the decency to shovel their area as of 1pm Monday. They should be ashamed, both residents and neighbors get to navigate fully un-shoveled slippery ice paths!”