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2017 RAMMYS Beer Program of the Year Finalists Shine in June

Finalists for the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) 2017 RAMMY Award for Beer Program of the Year have special events and promotions planned for Monday, June 26, through Friday, June 30. During that week the five finalists will showcase their outstanding offerings through in-house promotions, reaffirming why they deserve to win one of the region’s premier industry accolades – a RAMMY Award. Guests are encouraged to come out and support their favorite watering hole throughout the week.

The week of June 26, any guest who posts photos at a RAMMYS beer program finalist location using the Instagram handle @RAMWdc and hashtag #RAMMYSBeer will be entered to win a pair of tickets to the 2017 RAMMY Awards Gala on July 30. Contest winner will be contacted via Instagram prior to the RAMMYS.

The winners for all categories will be announced at the 35th Annual RAMMY Awards Gala on Sunday, July 30, 2017, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. For more information regarding the awards and sponsorship opportunities, email or call 202-331-5990.

B Side, 8298 Glass Alley, Fairfax, VA 22031,

B Side wants to show off what earned them a nomination for this year’s Beer Program of the Year award, and will be offering 4 oz. pours of ten different, rare sours pulled from our bottle cellar paired with charcuterie.

District Commons, 2200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037,

Starting June 26, District Commons will host representatives from various breweries in their bar and lounge area from 4pm to 7pm. The reps will be loaded with swag, prizes, and samplings of their beer.

  • Monday, June 26 – Blue Point Brewing Company
  • Tuesday, June 27 – New Belgium Brewing Company
  • Wednesday, June 28 – Goose Island Brewing Company
  • Thursday, June 29 – 3 Stars Brewing Company
  • Friday, June 30 – Dominion Brewing Company

Jack Rose Dining Saloon, 2007 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009,

Jack Rose Dining Saloon & Beer Director Nahem Simon present the 2nd Annual “Barrel-Aged Collaboration Celebration” from Monday, June 26, to Friday, June 30.

Since its opening almost six years ago, Jack Rose has collaborated with countless craft and historic breweries from around the world, such as DC’s 3 Stars and Atlas Brew Works, Maryland’s Flying DogAviator in North Carolina, Saucony Creek in Pennsylvania, Chicago’s Goose Island and Off Color, St. Louis’ Perennial Artisan Ales, and even Belgium’s Brasserie de Silly.

To celebrate its second RAMMY nomination in a row for “Beer Program of the Year,” Jack Rose & Beer Director Nahem Simon present the 2nd Annual “Barrel-Aged Collaboration Celebration” – a week showcasing three rare, exclusive barrel-aged brews (aged in Jack Rose’s own proprietary barrels), paired with the corresponding whiskey from the barrel in which it was aged.

Jack Rose will also showcase a slew of rare brews from Ardent Craft Ales, J. Wakefield, The Lost Abbey/Port Brewing Co., and Cigar City all week long.

Republic, 6939 Laurel Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912,

To celebrate the nomination for best beer program, Republic is flexing with $5 beers all week long. The $5 Flex includes all of Brett Robison’s hand selected drafts as well as a daily rotation of a rare, limited beer from breweries like Manor Hill, RAR, Denizens, Jailbreak and more.

Roofers Union, 2446 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009,

Roofers Union is excited to participate in this year’s Beer Program of the Year Showcase to exhibit their selection of delicious beers. In honor of this showcase, Roofers Union will be offering half off prices on their entire bottle selection.


Presented by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), The RAMMY Awards Gala honors the exceptional ability and accomplishments of the hard-working individuals and organizations of the region’s restaurants and foodservice community. Named the #1 Food & Restaurant event by BIZBASH Magazine since 2009, The RAMMYS celebrate one of Metropolitan Washington’s greatest assets: Its restaurants.


Fourth of July Specials

Washington, DC visitors and residents can relish in a multitude of sparkling cocktails for the July 4th celebration, and savor one-of-a-kind dishes honoring the patriotic weekend.

Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery in Arlington will honor both the stars and stripes from 8am to 4pm. Pastry chef Tressa Wiles is mixing up a Red, White & Blue Cake with rich layers of Red Velvet Cake, Cream Cheese and Blueberry Jam Filling, topped with fresh blueberries.

Cool down from that July heat at Hank’s Cocktail Bar, where head bartender Jess Weinstein will be serving her holiday creations. Bring your best Springsteen impression and have a “I’m a Cool Rocking Daddy, In the USA,” with Bols Genever Gin, Ginger Beer and Cucumber Bitters, complete with Lime, Basil, Grapefruit and Thai Chili or ring in your independence with the refreshing “Cus I Depend On Me, with Absolut Kurrant Vodka, Kalamansi, Hibiscus and Lychee. “I Let the Horse Run Free, ‘Cause the Desert Had Turned to Sea” and She Rules Her Life Like a Fine Skylark” are also star-spangled specialties.Stop by the American tavern Penn Commons, a one-stop source for all your Fourth of July needs, located just steps from the National Mall. Pre-order and pick up a Fried Chicken Picnic To-Go pack for two that includes crowd-pleasing favorites, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Dill New Potato Salad, Sweet Corn Chow-Chow and Summer Peach Hand Pies- all for $17.76.  Place your order by 4pm on Sunday, July 2nd.

Bayou Bakery | 1515 N Courthouse Rd, Arlington, VA 22201 | 703.243.2410
Hank’s Cocktail Bar | 819 Upshur St NW, Washington, DC | 202.290.1808
Penn Commons | 700 6th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001| 202.905.


New Ethiopian Eatery GORSHA Opens at Union Market 

 New Ethiopian fast casual eatery, Gorsha, is now open at Union Market (1309 5th Street NE). With his signature taco-inspired injera pockets and customizable bowls, founder and chef Hiyaw Gebreyohannes introduces Washingtonians to his modern spin on traditional Ethiopian cuisine.

Gorsha’s injera pockets and bowls can be topped with traditional Ethiopian ingredients such as red lentils, yellow split peas and shiro sauce, as well as non-traditional add-ons like corn salsa, pickled shallots and fermented cucumbers. Protein options will include berbere chicken, braised lamb and yellowfin tuna, and Ethiopian favorites like Berbere Salt and Awaze will be available for purchase for $5 and $6, respectively.

Prior to launching Gorsha, Gebreyohannes successfully created a niche for modern Ethiopian fare serving high-profile catering clients, including President Bill Clinton, Oprah, Tyler Perry, Google, Goldman Sachs and The Nelson Mandela Children’s Foundation. His vision for Gorsha is to introduce a new Ethiopian palate with creative and contemporary recipes, encouraging people to rethink how they define African food.

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 The Salt Line Brings Flavors of New England to the Capitol Riverfront, Opens June 1

Long Shot Hospitality announces the opening of The Salt Line (79 Potomac Avenue SE) on Thursday, June 1. The oyster and ale house will bring New England-inspired dishes to the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood under the direction of Executive Chef Kyle Bailey, who has built a diverse menu that reflects an impressive career focused around sustainable cooking and whole-animal utilization.

Bailey is the DC region’s founding member of Dock to Dish – a cooperative program like Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), connecting commercial fishermen and sustainability advocates like Bailey through a supply-driven system of sourcing and distributing wild harvest seafood. The program debuts at The Salt Line, where Bailey will feature the day’s catch – often underutilized species of fish – purchased from individual fishermen in the Chesapeake Bay region.

Located across from Nationals Park, The Salt Line will serve classic New England dishes such as lobster rolls, clam chowder, and Johnny cakes with honey butter and smoked trout roe. Bailey’s affinity for whole-animal butchery and charcuterie translates onto the seafood focused menu with innovative items such as shrimp linguiça, swordfish mortadella, cold smoked arctic char, and a variety of seafood sausages, smoked and cured fishes, and crudos. Those looking for a raw taste of the sea will rejoice at The Salt Line’s raw bar, which will be stocked with a variety of oysters as well as Jonah crab claw, chilled lobster and urchin roe.

The Sale Line is built around the storied image of a New England ale house, and the bar menu delivers with 24 rotating beers on tap. The 3,500 square-foot restaurant can accommodate 110 diners with an additional 125 seats on the covered outdoor patio.

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Greene Turtle Sports Bar and Grille Now Offers Catering

The Greene Turtle Sports Bar and Grille® today kicks off its new catering service, available at all restaurant locations. Offering everything from platters to box lunches, this new service is perfect for all occasions, from graduation parties to summer barbeques and more.

“We are very excited to rollout our new catering service,” said Layla Nielsen, Senior Director of Marketing at The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille®. “As a family oriented restaurant, we love being able to help friends and families create those happy memories both in the restaurant and at home.”

Customers can place their orders over the phone by calling their local restaurant or in person. For more information go to for a list of The Greene Turtle Sports Bar and Grille.




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