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Alexandria, Va. December 10, 2013 snow fall total at 10 a.m.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — My son and wife pitched in with a snow measurement from WWN headquaters – 1 inch of measurable snow. It started falling after 6:30 this morning. It may have rained first too — can’t say for sure, but during my commute I hit rain near I-395 and the George Washington Memorial Parkway. I have details for the ride and changing weather on tumblr.

YARDSTICK SNOW (traditional)

Also: Tysons, Va. December 10, 2013 snow fall total at 10 a.m. & My commute

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Port City Brewing Co., Lost Rhino, Devil’s Backbone medal at Great American Beer Fest

Breweries from the Commonwealth of Virginia did very well at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. My hometown brewer, Port City Brewing Co. here in Alexandria, took home gold for its Optimal Wit. I really enjoy it in late spring and early fall when there is just a sligtht coolness in the air.

Lost Rhino Brewing Co. in Ashburn won for Rhinofest, a märzen beer. I have not tried that yet and probably blew it for this year. It’s a shame, I was out that way twice in the last month or so.

Outside of Northern Virginia, Lexington’s Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company won in the American-Style Dark Lager and Belgian- and French-Style Ale categories with Old Virginia Dark and Azreal, respectively. Additionally:

I suppose it is my good fortune that my favorite styles of beer, märzen and Vienna style lager, is brewed so well locally/regionally because Port City took the silver for it’s Oktoberfest, though in the Vienna style. Sadly, they were out of it at the brewery yesterday, next year I’ll get a whole case. Or two. Great American Restaurants (Carlye, Coastal Flats, Mike’s American, among others) earned the silver for Octoberfest in the German-Style Märzen category.

Maryland’s one medal also came in German-Style Märzen with Dogtober by Flying Dog (Frederick, Md.) claiming the bronze. It isn’t my favorite, but I love the Ralph Stedman labels.

Though it did not medal, the Devil’s Backbone Vienna Lager is also very good and at last check, on tap at the Vienna Inn. That’s also available year round.

Here are all the beers, sorted by medal:

GOLD
Rhinofest Lost Rhino Brewing Co. German-Style Märzen
Old Virginia Dark Devils Backbone Brewing Co. – Basecamp American-Style Dark Lager
Optimal Wit Port City Brewing Co. Belgian-Style Witbier
Azreal Devils Backbone Brewing Co. – Outpost Belgian- and French-Style Ale
SILVER
Gold Leaf Lager Devils Backbone Brewing Co. – Basecamp American-Style or International-Style Pilsener
Oktoberfest Port City Brewing Co. Vienna-Style Lager
Optimal Wit Great American Restaurants German-Style Märzen
Berliner Metro Weiss Devils Backbone Brewing Co. – Outpost German-Style Sour Ale
BRONZE
Rum Barrel Belgian Dubbel Style Ale Three Brothers Brewing Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer
COLOSSAL ONE Port City Brewing Co. Aged Beer
COLOSSAL TWO Port City Brewing Co. Smoke Beer
Danzig Devils Backbone Brewing Co. – Basecamp Baltic-Style Porter
Notch 9 Double IPA Smartmouth Brewing Co. Imperial India Pale Ale
Ale of Fergus Devils Backbone Brewing Co. – Outpost English-Style Mild Ale

Cheers!

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The Wilson Bridge is a viable bicycle commuter corridor

Trail
Wilson Bridge trail encourages bike commuting between Pr. George’s and Northern VirginiaThe Post
Years ago, not long after it opened, I raved about the Woodrow Wilson Bridge trail – The Wilson Bridge trail is wonderful. At the time, I thought it was mostly a “great to have” recreational facility, but it is becoming a viable commuter option as well, despite not being in a particularly dense employment area on either side of the river.

Prince George’s officials said use of the 3.5-mile Wilson Bridge trail has increased dramatically since it opened in 2009. In March, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission recorded 26,827 crossings, up from 13,998 in March 2012. (In both cases, a trip back and forth was counted as two crossings.)

Biking across that sounds a lot better than my commute.

I’ll have several more bicycling posts over the next week or so.

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Port City Brewing Co. doubling beer production

Port City bar
Booming sales prompts Port City Brewing’s expansionThe Alexandria Times
Good news for beer drinkers, particularly those that like the hoppy stuff, my hometown brewery Port City is going to expand for a second time:

Owner Bill Butcher, a native of the city, is waiting for a trio of 120 barrel tanks to finish making their way from Oregon to Alexandria. When they arrive next week, the massive vats will double the brewery’s output, from roughly 100,000 cases of beer a year to 200,000.

The other week, I had a six pack of their Optimal Wit, a Belgian style beer ideal for cool late spring evenings. Back in 2012, some friends and I took the Port City brewery tour which I recommend. Also, Butcher has more promising things to say for craft beer fans:

“This market is still underserved, but fortunately there are more breweries in planning that are going to be opening up.”

I know the city of Alexandria is expecting another brewery soon in the next few years too.

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