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by ARLnow.com Sponsor — September 24, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

This regularly-scheduled sponsored Q&A column is written by the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy team (AIRE). This county program helps you make smart energy decisions that save you money and leaves a lighter footprint on the environment. Got a question? Email us at [email protected]!

With a record number of 90-degree days in August and a toasty September, this has been one of the warmest summers on record for Arlington.

No need to get hot and bothered — plant a (free) tree. Trees cast shade on buildings and pavement, lowering the temperatures and thus reducing demand for power to cool these buildings during hot times of the year. Planting the right trees in the right places can keep your house and community cooler in the summer and reduce your energy bills.

As the weather begins to turn cool and crisp, now is the time to think about planting trees. Arlington County is giving away one free tree per residential property with the Annual Fall Free Tree Distribution program, while supplies last.

TreeSteward members and Arlington County landscape staff will be on hand to help participants. Educational materials, such as tree care and maintenance and planting guidelines, will be available.

These trees get snapped up quickly! What are you waiting for? Click here for more info, reserve your tree, and help keep Arlington a cool place to live, work and play.

by Andrew Ramonas — September 23, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

Arlington County Police Department officers got free cold-cut sandwiches, cookies and iced tea last night as a thank-you for their work in Lyon Village.

The Lyon Village Citizens’ Association gave the dinner to about 20 cops at the neighborhood’s community house during the officers’ breaks, said John Carten, a member of the organization’s executive committee.

Locals sought to show their appreciation for the cops as a growing number of police controversies across the United States have made national headlines, Carten said.

The county’s officers are “always responsive” at community meetings and on patrol in Lyon Village, he said.

“We just wanted to let them know we are behind them,” Carten said.

Photos courtesy of John Carten

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — September 23, 2016 at 1:15 pm 0

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Editor’s Note: This biweekly column is sponsored by Dominion Wine and Beer (107 Rowell Court, Falls Church). It is written by Garrett Cruce, a Cicerone Program Certified Beer Server.

It’s wonderful to be able to drink and talk about pumpkin ales and Oktoberfest lagers in the actual season they are made for. With the first day of fall on Thursday, we are officially in the season of beers that began appearing on store shelves in August. Some of these and some recent releases have become my “faves” of the season. I’ve gone back to these beers, savoring them, and now I’d like to share them with you.

Ballast Point Brewing Pumpkin Down Scottish Ale with Pumpkin (5.8% ABV)

Ballast Point Brewing Pumpkin Down Scottish Ale with PumpkinSan Diego’s Ballast Point Brewing is known more for it’s West Coast IPAs and fruit infused beers than it is for earthy, spiced brews. But, every once in a while, they make an Indra Kunindra — a curried stout — or this pumpkin-loaded version of their potent Scottish ale, Piper Down. Once you pour this dark amber beer, the earthy aroma of squash mingles with cinnamon and nutmeg obscuring a malty honey wheat. Ballast Point avoids creating a pumpkin pie beer by rooting this in the malt forward style of the Scottish Ale. Slightly sweet and spiced at first, Pumpkin Down turns slightly bitter with the flavor of cooked pumpkin flesh. I’ve bought a couple sixers of this delicious Fall mashup. It’s tasty and versatile — enjoy it with a meal or on it’s own.

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Punkin Ale (7.0% ABV)

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Punkin AlePunkin Ale has been a staple of the Dogfish Head line up since their earliest days — 1995. It’s distributed in nearly every state and might be the entry point for many into their beers. Though they have controls and labs and all, they are still a craft brewery that relies on humans for analyzing the flavors of their beers. What this means is that some years their Punkin Ale is just alright and some years it’s fantastic. This year’s falls into the latter category — and it has awesome label art. Bursting with aromas of sweet potato pie, cinnamon, nutmeg and sweet biscuit, Punkin seems to be poised to be a Pumpking-like beer. But it isn’t. It’s a solid brown ale that warms the palate with pumpkin pie spices, more winter warmer than typical pumpkin ale. Only in the finish is there a pumpkin presence, and it tends to be more of an earthiness than straight up pumpkin. Whether you’re looking for another pumpkin beer to try or can’t stand the sight of another, this beer might just be right for you. Available in four-packs as a strongish seasonal, this beer is worth a visit or a revisit.

Sixpoint Brewery Tesla Hop-Charged Lager (7.1% ABV)

Sixpoint Brewery Tesla Hop-Charged LagerYou can always rely on Brooklyn’s Sixpoint Brewery to have fun with it beer names. Tesla, named for the inventor and not the electric luxury car brand, refers to the story that Nikolai Tesla once electrified a neighborhoods water supply causing homeowners to get a shock. Joining the recent trend of hoppy lagers or so-called India Pale Lagers (IPLs), Sixpoint has “hop-charged” this lager with American hops for a big, juicy lager. As you’d expect, the aroma is packed with tropical fruit and pine sap from the hops with a hint of Nilla wafer from the underlying lager. This beer is crisp, which is to say that it’s a typical lager, but almost immediately the hop flavors explode your mouth. What I enjoy most about hoppy lagers is that the beer is a nearly neutral vehicle for the varied and robust flavors of hops. This strong lager comes in the signature Sixpoint can and it goes down smooth with very little bite.

Great Lakes Brewing Co. Oktoberfest (6.5% ABV)

Great Lakes Brewing Co OktoberfestI had to include at least one Oktoberfest beer in this article. Cleveland’s Great Lakes Brewing Company delivers one of my Fall Faves in their own Oktoberfest. Hewing close to tradition, they brew their Fall lager with the darker Munich malt, which lends this beer its brown bread and raisin aroma. Malt is the name of the game here, too. I confess to crave the sharper flavors of an IPA or a sour, but each Fall there is something comforting about a malt-bomb of an Oktoberfest beer. The flavors here round out with a nuttiness that is satisfying. Grab a couple bottles or a Crowler of this traditional style and enjoy the cooling days.

These favorites and more are available now at Dominion Wine and Beer. Cheers!

by ARLnow.com — September 23, 2016 at 12:15 pm 0

We have some ideas for you if you’re looking for a new home in Arlington this weekend.

Visit our recently-relaunched real estate section for a full listing of open houses this weekend. Here are a few highlights:

1021 Barton Street South1021 Barton Street South
1 Bed/1 Bath Condo
Agent: Andrew Biggers
Listed: $300,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

1001 Randolph Street North1001 Randolph Street North
1 Bed/1 Bath Condo
Agent: Joyce Becker
Listed: $365,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

1300 Crystal Drive1300 Crystal Drive
2 Bed/2 Bath Condo
Agent: David Salmon
Listed: $485,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

2250 Burlington Street2250 Burlington Street
4 Bed/3 Bath Single Family Detached
Agent: Candee Currie
Listed: $925,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

2746 Fort Scott Drive2746 Fort Scott Drive
4 Bed/3 Bath Single Family Detached
Agent: Aaron Seekford
Listed: $950,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

4907 29th Street North4907 29th Street North
4 Bed/2.5 Bath Single Family Detached
Agent: David Lloyd
Listed: $1,049,000
Open: Sunday 12-3 p.m.

 

Real estate agents, if you don’t see your listings in our real estate section shoot us an email and we’ll let you know what your office needs to do to get listed.

by Andrew Ramonas — September 23, 2016 at 11:25 am 0

Sehkraft concert (Image via Facebook/Concert Across America)A Clarendon bar this weekend is set to take part in a nationwide concert series that aims to promote efforts to curb gun violence.

Sehkraft Brewing (925 N. Garfield Street) is scheduled to host singer-songwriter Jeff Smith and the Human Wilderness as part of the “Concert Across America to End Gun Violence” Sunday. The free show is from 6 to 8 p.m.

“The power of music has fueled countless important movements throughout history,” a Facebook event page says. “Now we want to use music as a balance to the hateful and divisive rhetoric that’s become a hallmark of the gun debate.”

About 350 events are scheduled throughout the country for the concert series, according to organizers. The day will culminate with performances by Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Jackson Browne, Rosanne Cash and other musicians in New York.

Image via Facebook/Concert Across America

by Andrew Ramonas — September 23, 2016 at 10:00 am 0

Virginia is for Lovers (Image via Virginia Tourism Corp.)Virginia tourism officials have started a new marketing push to bring more LGBT travelers to the Commonwealth.

Virginia Tourism Corp. yesterday announced it has a new LGBT travel website, which notes that “Virginia is for all Lovers.”

Visitors to the website can find LGBT-friendly hotels, restaurants, shops, wineries, breweries and attractions. The site also has a “Virginia is for Lovers Pride Shop” with hats, pins and T-shirts for sale.

“Virginia is proud to be an open and welcoming destination for every visitor attracted by our scenic mountains and beaches, as well as our world-renowned restaurants, wineries and breweries,” Gov. Terry McAuliffe said in a statement. “I am pleased the Virginia Tourism Corporation has created this landing page to connect travelers with inclusive, LGBT-friendly establishments across the Commonwealth.”

The website came out of recommendations from the LGBT Tourism Task Force, which McAuliffe put together last year.

Members of the LGBT community make up about 5 percent of Virginia tourists, according to Virginia Tourism Corp. They also take longer trips to Virginia and spend more money in the Commonwealth than all other visitors there, the tourism authority noted.

“A vacation in Virginia is all about doing the things you love to do with the ones that you love, and we are thrilled to offer this new resource for the LGBT community, their friends, and their families, to help them plan the perfect vacation in Virginia,” Rita McClenny, president and CEO of Virginia Tourism Corp., said in a statement.

Image via Virginia Tourism Corp.

by ARLnow.com — September 23, 2016 at 8:45 am 0

Morning flight at Reagan National Airport (DCA)

E-CARE Event This Weekend — Arlington County will hold its biannual E-CARE recycling event this Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Middle School (125 S. Old Glebe Road). The event allows Arlington residents to drop off “household hazardous materials, bikes, small metal items, shoes, clothing and other recyclable items.” [Arlington County]

Arlington GOP Says No to Metro — The Arlington County Republican Committee voted to oppose a transportation bond on the local November ballot. GOP members objected to the portion of the bond that would fund Arlington’s obligatory share of Metro’s capital budget, saying that voting no would send a message to Metro’s management. [InsideNova]

Reminder: Hey Frase Podcast — The Hey Frase Podcast will be holding a live taping tonight at the Clarendon Ballroom. Hosts Sarah Fraser and Samy K will be interviewing the “King of Arlington,” A-Town Bar and Grill and Don Tito partner Scott Parker. They will also be giving away ARLnow t-shirts to a few lucky attendees before the show. [Facebook]

Changes at Ragtime — Long-time Courthouse watering hole Ragtime recently introduced new accordion windows that open the bar up to fresh air. “Perfect timing for fall,” Ragtime touted in a Facebook post last week. [Facebook]

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — September 23, 2016 at 7:30 am 0

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Just Listed highlights Arlington properties that just came on the market within the past week. This feature is written and sponsored by Team Cathell, “Your Orange Line Specialists.”

Buyers have come alive this week and ratified 65 contracts, but sellers have held back and listed only 54 homes on the market. That does not help Arlington’s problem of low inventory. At the current rate of sales, and current supply of homes available at 619, Arlington has only 2.4 months of inventory. The historical national average for a balanced market is 5.5 months of supply.

Some good news for buyers this week: The Fed decided not to raise its benchmark short term rate at its meeting on Wednesday. Mortgage interest rates remained basically unchanged this week with the 30-yr fixed rate still hovering at about 3.6%. In its newest report, Freddie Mac says that 2016 could finish out with the strongest home sales since 2006, and that 2016 could have the lowest average mortgage interest rate in 40 years at 3.6%.

Click to see all the fresh new inventory in MRIS and call Team Cathell (703-975-2500) when you find a home you like.

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