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.
Last Friday, Dominion Wine & Beer hosted Commonwealth Brewing Company for their weekly beer tasting. The Virginia Beach brewery was in the area to promote their upcoming beer festival and to share some recent, limited releases.
Lucky customers had a chance to win two tickets to Commonwealth Brewing Company’s 3rd Annual COMMON GROUNDS Collaborative Beer Fest & Camp Night on May 19 from 4-8 p.m.! This event will feature collaborations with some of the best breweries in the country, including Aslin Beer Company and Ocelot Brewing Company.
In addition to flagship favorites, Aureole Lager and Big Papi DIPA, Commonwealth shared limited releases Tinta Rosa Gose, Lethe Pale Ale and There Goes Gravity IPA.
The fourth entry in Commonwealth’s international street vendor drink series, Tinta Rosa is a gose in sangria’s clothing.
The purple coloration is the first clue that this beer might be just what they promise. While the aroma of lime and green plums doesn’t scream sangria, it does evoke a good gose.
They nailed the sangria flavor in the sip! Though it starts out extremely tart and sharply salty — as a good gose will — the orange and raspberry comes through evoking the fruited wine drink.
For fun, I’d pour several cans into a chilled pitcher with some fruit to complete the illusion. We may not be able to keep our warm days around, but Tinta Rosa was a welcomed beer on a recent warm day. Grab a four pack and hold on to it for when Spring finally returns.
It’s refreshing to see the humble pale ale make a resurgence.
The gap that had opened up between low-alcohol sours and big beers like imperials and double and triple whatevers has been gradually filled by lagers and, once again, pale ales.
I’m not excited about all pale ales — many of them taste like watered down IPAs — but breweries seem to be getting their pale ale mojo back.
Take this beer. It’s light, fruity and hazy, like a sessionable New England IPA. The aroma of passion fruit, orange and guava with a hint of sharp herbs, delivers a sip that is slightly tart and fruity with a barely bitter finish. Lethe is, dare I say, crushable — a delicious alternative to stronger hazy IPAs.
Brewed with El Dorado and experimental hops and a large amount of wheat in the grain bill, There Goes Gravity is a naturally cloudy exotic IPA. I was intrigued by the aroma that blended bubble gum with apricot and sweet honeydew melon.
The sip is sweet and smooth with a slightly bitter finish — like taking a bite of the sweet part of a honeydew along with a little bit of the rind. Sweet and slightly strong, There Goes Gravity is a sipper that can sneak up on you if you drink it too fast. Enjoy this one slowly and savor it. Besides, it won’t be around long.
This Week’s Beer Tasting
Dominion Wine & Beer is having their friends from Ocelot Brewing Company over for a little party to kick off their 3rd Anniversary, which they’ll celebrate at the brewery on Saturday.
Join them Friday, April 20 from 5-7 p.m. when the brewers from Ocelot will be in the house pouring some of their newest IPAs, Gorgeous and Alone, for the first time outside the brewery. Come meet Mike and Jack and grab some beer for the weekend!
Dominion will also be giving away two tickets to Ocelot’s anniversary party on Saturday at the brewery. There may even be a surprise or two in store so keep an eye on Dominion Wine & Beer’s social media.
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15 year old Australian Shepherd went missing from her yard in Waycroft-Woodlawn on the evening of August 8.
A pet tracker hasn’t been able to find her, and despite roaming in a busy area, there have been no reported sightings. She is microchipped, and her information is up to date. It’s most likely someone has picked her up. If found, or if there is any information, please contact the Animal Welfare League of Arlington or her owner at 571-510-0508 or [email protected]. If spotted, please don’t approach or call to her, but take a picture and call her owner.
As the summer winds down, it’s a great time to look forward to a creative fall! Art House 7 has a terrific selection of classes, for preschoolers to adults. Our fall session, starting September 6, offers painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, ceramics (including the wheel) and sewing. We have specialty classes such as Suminagashi, the ancient art of Japanese water marbling.
If you’re looking for a shorter commitment, we also have a full schedule of workshops, Art Nights, and Morning Art Socials. If you haven’t discovered Art House 7, please check us out! We offer classes throughout the year, taught by a range of fantastic teachers. You can buy art supplies next door. We’re near the Lee Harrison shopping center, and free parking is outside our door.
Art House 7
5537 Langston Blvd.Arlington VA 22207
A night of live standup comedy, with some of the best comedians from the DMV and beyond!
Todd Riley – Headliner
From the moment Todd Riley stepped onto that stage in 2008, he knew comedy is what he wanted to
Join us Sunday, Aug 28 from 12-3pm for our MEGA Wine Tasting
How it Works:
We’ve invited all our wine vendors that we work with to bring 6-10 wines in their portfolio (wines that are usually not carried at Osteria