Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BrewTours Launches in Washington, DC


DC Brew Tours Launches in Washington DC
 Bringing Brew Buffs VIP All-Inclusive Behind-the-Scenes Access to Celebrated Breweries


Daily All-Inclusive VIP Tasting Tours Offer Beer Lovers a Behind-the-Scenes Suds-focused Experience With Some of DC’s Most Celebrated Breweries

– Just in time for fall and
​ to catch the tail end of​
 Oktoberfest, DC Brew Tours, part of
​the ​
City Brew Tours family, has announced its official launch in Washington, DC. Just like its tours in Boston, MA, Burlington, VT and Portsmouth, NH, DC Brew Tours offers daily all-inclusive behind-the-scenes beer-focused tasting and tour experiences complete with round-trip transportation to brew lovers throughout the metropolitan area – visitors and locals alike.

DC Brew Tours has partnered with Port City Brewing Co, an award
winning brewery in Alexandria, DC Brau, one of the fastest growing breweries in the country, Right Proper Brewing Co, a yeast forward brewpub in Shaw, Capitol City Brewing Co, the oldest brewery in the district, Bardo Brewpub, a funky outdoor brewery in the Trinidad neighborhood, Chocolate City Beer, a
 artisan nano-brewery in the NE, 
3 Stars Brewing Co, a production brewery and homebrew shop, and Atlas Brew Works, to name a few. 

Further elevating the one-of-kind tasting and tour experience, DC Brew Tours has also partnered with some of the most celebrated beer-centric restaurants in the DC area to provide a creative and delicious dining experience. Tour lunches and dinners will be hosted at City Tap House and Capitol City Brewing Co, offering guests an exciting beer-focused tasting menu, exclusive to DC Brew Tours with each course accompanied by a hand-selected beer pairing. 

Whether tour-goers prefer lighter beers or bolder brews, DC Brew Tours provides an educational and fun way to explore Washington’s rich beer history and culture. From Pilsners to Sours, DC Brew Tours’ beer guides will introduce participants to award-winning beers of all styles, flavors, and backgrounds. Keeping in line with City Brew Tours’ ideology, all DC Brew
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Tour beer guides are active home brewers who are dedicated to sharing their love of craft beer. 

"The craft beer scene in the DC area is exploding right now”, said Chad Brodsky, CEO and Founder of DC Brew Tours. “Between Northern Virginia and DC proper, there are over 10 breweries in the Capital region. As a frequent growler customer and proud beer geek, I find it necessary to sample a brewery’s wares before making that big 64-ounce purchase. However, after a couple pours I’d quickly realize, Hey, I’ve got a nice buzz! Instead of booking multiple trips through car services to each consecutive brewery or even consider drinking and driving, I wanted to create an exclusive full-day brewery tour experience for locals and brew-tourists alike, which combined humor, history, education, food, transportation, and of course plenty of top notch beer selections! DC Brew Tours is not just a beer shuttle service. We have set up partnerships with all of our destinations where we offer VIP tours, 1 to 1 interactions with a brewer, special tastings, and closed to the public brewery visits. In addition, your beer guide is with you throughout the entire experience. DC Brew Tours is also the perfect way to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, bachelor/bachelorette party, team building, corporate outing, client appreciation event, or any other special occasion. We have worked with individuals to Fortune500 companies to craft unique and unforgettable beer-centric experiences." 
The DC Brew Tour will launch with two all-inclusive public tour offerings. The ‘Original Brew Tour’ provides participants with an insider's look into how three different DC’s breweries craft their celebrated brews. Perfect for beginners, connoisseurs, home brewers, and everything in between, The ‘After Hours Brew Tour’ is the ultimate Washington DC nightlife experience. The ‘After Hours Tour’ kicks off by showcasing both the old school breweries and the latest school of Nano/micro breweries open in the district. All DC Brew Tours provide a safe, fun and unique way to experience the region’s top breweries, brewpubs and beer bars. 

For additional information on DC Brew Tours please visit, call 202-759-8687, or follow on Twitter @BrewTours. To book a public tour, please visit For private events call 1-888-623-8687 or email

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Calling all entrepreneurs! ROCK THE VOTE

Please do me a quick favor--30 seconds, max--and VOTE for my Aunt Georgena's AWESOME start-up proposal. She needs 250 votes total by midnight Oct 17, and she already has almost 200. 

Please help! To VOTE Click HERE 

Chase Bank is offering $150,000 Main Street Grants to 20 small businesses with unique and powerful business plans. She has a great plan but she needs more votes for a chance at the grant.

Please help! To VOTE Click HERE  And then, share this information with friends who would be happy to support an entrepreneur. 

Aunt Georgena is a Trauma Specialist. Her business, Beyond Your Grief,LLC, is an educational healthcare company which helps people deal with grief. We all know someone who is struggling with an all-consuming GRIEF and my Aunt Geo can HELP!  But first we must help her get the 250 votes she needs for a shot at the $150,000 Main Street Grant

Please help! To VOTE Click HERE 

Georgena Eggleston teaches Conscious Grieving and Intentional Mourning so people can be transformed beyond their grief. Self-care is foundational to healing. Her dream is to help our country work through grief using an interactive self-care app. Georgena has published articles and book chapters and has a book of her own coming out in February. You can see her website, blog, and Facebook page. 

Please help! To VOTE Click HERE  And THANK YOU for reading, VOTING, and sharing! 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Evidence of a morning well-spent

Along with Melanie Grace (#21,223) and 35,000 of our "closest friends," I participated in the Army 10-Miler on Sunday, October 12th. This was my 7th running of the ATM and the 30th annual edition of the event. I have observed quite a change in the nature of the event over the years. 

When I first ran it in 2000, the race was like a party. People wore outlandish costumes. There were jugglers and acrobats and people playing instruments while they ran. The atmosphere was fun--even frolicsome.

The 2001 edition was canceled due to post-9/11 security concerns, although many people ran shadow events anyway. I formed a team of 6 runners from the Army M&RA and G-1--a group of people who suffered 20% casualties including 29 killed in action on 9/11. We had special t-shirts made with the names of our fallen comrades, and we collected pledge money for the Family Support Group.

After 9/11 and the 12 years of war that followed, the event has gotten more somber., with this edition being by far the most poignant. Instead of birthday cake hats, bare feet, and kazoos, I saw: 

  • people running in memory of someone who was lost, or in support of someone injured. 
  • a Gold Star mother running in memory of her son, SFC Bowen from Maryland Army National Guard. 
  • more hand bikers and wheelchair racers than ever before. 
  • two blind runners, with escort and guards, and t-shirts declaring that loss of sight is not loss of vision. 
  • a number people on prosthetic limbs. 
  • many people carrying Old Glory, or unit guidons, or banners depicting such things as Purple Heart medals 

I suppose the most touching moment came after mile nine when we passed a man on two prosthetic legs. His stumps were sore, and he had his arms around two other men who were helping to carry him across the finish line. I gotta tell ya, stuff like that just really tugs at your heart. 

After the race, the vendors included not just the typical Army recruiting tents, but tents for adaptive sports and tents recruiting people to join Red White and Blue, Ward 57, Wounded Warrior Project, and many more. Of course my brother (fighting brain cancer) was on my mind today. I was running for him and others who cannot.

It's not as if there was no joy or reward in the effort. Melanie and I started and finished the run side-by-side. After being brought to tears on more than one occasion over the 10 mile course, we crossed the finish line hand-in-hand, exuberant and joyful.

Bottom line, I am proud to be affiliated with Armed Forces Services Corporation, a corporation which values service and is the champion for Warriors, Veterans, and Families. As an AFSC employee, I am working for the DoD's Wounded Warrior Program, helping to make a difference in the lives of our wounded, ill, and injured Warriors from all services and components. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

DC and DelMarVa at GABF 2014

I am happy to pass along the results local brewers achieved at the recent annual Denver Bacchanalia known as the Great American Beer Festival. 

My definition of local includes the area inside a 100 mile diameter circle centered on the US Capitol. This includes all of DC plus parts of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. 

My definition of Bacchanalia is 3 days, 5,507 beers from 1,309 breweries hailing from 50 states plus Washington, D.C. in 145 different beer styles--all at a mile high altitude.

Read more (a lot more) here: GABF 2014 

Local Medal Count 

District:  1 
Delaware:  3
Maryland:  5
Virginia:   7

TOTAL:  16 

Beer Name Brewery State Category
Rauchbier Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant - Annapolis MD Smoke Beer
Raspberry Stout Hardywood Park Craft Brewery VA American-Style Fruit Beer
Schwartz Bier Devils Backbone Brewing Co. - Outpost VA German-Style Schwarzbier

The Citizen DC Brau Brewing Co. DC Belgian- and French-Style Ale
Bedotter Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant - Newark DE Belgian-Style Tripel
Choc Lobster Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats DE Indigenous/Regional Beer
Spiced Harvest Old Dominion Brewing Co. DE Pumpkin Beer
Belgian IPA Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant - Rockville MD American-Belgo-Style Ale
Old Pro Gose Union Craft Brewing MD German-Style Sour Ale
Amber Waves Ale Capitol City Brewing Co. VA American-Style Amber/Red Ale
Old Virginia Dark Devils Backbone Brewing Co. - Outpost VA American-Style Dark Lager
Turbo Cougar Devils Backbone Brewing Co. - Outpost VA Bock

Sweet Baby Jesus! DuClaw Brewing Co. MD Chocolate Beer
Gold Heavy Seas Beer MD Golden or Blonde Ale
Alt Bier Devils Backbone Brewing Co. - Basecamp VA German-Style Altbier
"Hydraulion" Red Three Notch'd Brewing Co. VA Irish-Style Red Ale

Monday, October 6, 2014

A map of the Midwest, as estimated by 100 other maps

I grew up in the Midwest.

So, do you have a clear picture in your mind of where I am from? Perhaps you do, but is your clear picture the same as mine, or anyone else's?

Compilation map of the Midwest by Radical Cartography

This compilation map was created by Yale history professor and cartographer Bill Rankin at Radical Cartography, and came to my attention when it was re-published by Vox

And this is important not just because of my origins (born in Nebraska). I think it's important because ambiguity is vanishing. Our rush to standardize everything is crushing the variation that makes being a human being so durned / danged / dog-goned interesting.

Some will look at this map and decry the lack of a single, universal, clear, cut-and-dried standard definition of the Midwest's geographical boundaries. I, on the other hand, see humanity. I see differences of opinion, I see varying perspectives. I hear my Dad's adverse reaction to my decision to attend university "way out east" in Indiana. Sidebar for Dad: I am in Virginia now and I still cannot spit into the ocean--unless I drive 4 hours further east!

If 100 respected cartographers cannot agree on the borders of the Midwest, well, they are merely reflecting the varying opinions of millions of people. These include people who, for some inexplicable reason, honestly believe that a map of the Midwest ought to include Texas.


If James Surowiecki, author of The Wisdom of Crowds, is right, then the "real" boundary of the Midwest is described in the overlapping approximation of independent guesses.  I like the variation. I like the implication that "all of us" is smarter than any one of us. And I like the idea that the hive mind can evolve. Ask the same question in 100 years and I hope there is still a little ambiguity in the reply.

But then again, I am a human being, and just like a lot of folks from the Midwest, I am endowed by the Creator with the inalienable right to my own durned / danged / dog-goned opinion.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

9--make that 10--attempts to explain the crazy complexity of the Middle East

We know the world is complicated, and no where does it seem more complicated than in the region we of European descent refer to as the Middle East.

WaPo's Alan Taylor introduces his collection of nine charts which endeavor to explain the crazy complexity of Middle East in an article entitled 9 attempts to explain the crazy complexity of the Middle East

Does this look familiar?

Compare this chart (one of 9 shown in the article)... my pre-ISIL Aug 28, 2013 effort reproduced below

The more things change, the more they stay the same.