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by BethesdaNow.com Sponsor — November 21, 2014 at 3:00 pm 269 0

WWBG Editor’s Note: This column is sponsored by Georgetown Square Wine and Beer (10400 Old Georgetown Rd.).

This column was written by Georgetown Square Wine and Beer customer Garrett Cruce. Follow his beer travels on Instagram.

Just up I-270 in Frederick is Flying Dog Brewery, an operation that’s gaining popularity across the country and a reputation as an adventurous maker of beer.

They regularly push the envelope with their beers, making them with unorthodox ingredients like green tea or mint chocolate. Even their standard IPAs can be extreme hop bombs that aren’t for the untrained palate.

Sometimes Flying Dog creates unique gems that appeal to craft beer lovers and newbies alike. Their summer ale — known as Dead Rise — was brewed with Old Bay seasoning and was wildly popular. For the winter season, they’ve created a set of four beers that are packaged together — The Holiday Collection.

Though brewed with more orthodox ingredients, these beers were created to be enjoyed with a unique pairing: Cookies.

Marylanders might recognize the iconic packaging of Otterbein’s Bakery, a Baltimore classic. That packaging is mirrored in the red and white box that contains the Holiday Collection. Each beer in the box is meant to be paired with a different Otterbein’s cookie. These special beers work so well with cookies that Santa might need a designated driver when he comes to Maryland.

Join us on Saturday, Nov. 22 at our Gaithersburg location – Downtown Crown Beer and Wine – from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for a special launch party with Flying Dog Brewery. There will be a free tasting of the Holiday Collection and the Otterbein’s cookies that inspired it. You can stock up on your case or fill your growler while they last.

After the jump are more details on the Holiday Collection, which is readily available at Georgetown Square Wine and Beer:

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by Aaron Kraut — November 21, 2014 at 1:55 pm 333 3 Comments

A meeting this week with members of Montgomery County’s delegation to Annapolis and MCPS officials exposed some friction when it comes to the school system’s recent request for $223 million in state school construction funding.

The Parents’ Coalition, which describes itself as a school system watchdog, posted video of a question and answer session with county delegates, state senators and MCPS Superintendent Joshua Starr during the meeting on Tuesday morning.

District 15 Del. Kathleen Dumais had some stern words for Starr, claiming the school system’s public campaign for state school construction funding has put the delegation in a tough position considering the state’s overall budget deficit.

District 15 Del. Kathleen Dumais, photo via Wikimedia user 1msulax“I’m just saying, be realistic in your request,” Dumais told Starr. “Don’t set us up for failure. Work with us. We want to work with you. But you put us in this position and then say, ‘Ooops, you didn’t do it,’ and we’re getting the blame. That is not fair.”

She also criticized a school system press release from Nov. 17 that mentioned how last year’s push for state construction funding “fell through.”

“I read the press release and there’s like, something missing that is stark. What it doesn’t say, says a bill didn’t pass so you didn’t get any money, but that’s false,” Dumais said. “Montgomery County got $39 million in school construction money. You don’t mention that in your press release. That’s unfair.”

Starr responded by assuring Dumais that MCPS and the Board of Education are on the same page with the delegation. He also said Montgomery County legislators aren’t the only ones who face skepticism from officials elsewhere in the state.

He described a recent meeting of local school superintendents from around the state during which an unnamed official questioned Montgomery County’s need for the funds.

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by Aaron Kraut — November 21, 2014 at 12:25 pm 3,335 25 Comments

Photo via Roof, on Instagram

Roof Kitchen & Bar will close on Sunday, a little less than a year after opening in Woodmont Triangle.

Owner Alan Pohoryles confirmed the news on Friday.

“Unfortunately, the rumor is true,” Pohoryles wrote in an email. “We have a couple offers to buy the place and are working on a deal with them.”

Smashburger and Roof, at the corner of Cordell and Norfolk AvenuesPohoryles, the owner of the popular Tommy Joe’s bar and restaurant at 4714 Montgomery Lane, opened Roof on the second and third floors of a newly constructed building on Norfolk Avenue with the hopes of introducing a more high-end dining experience to Woodmont Triangle.

The rooftop bar became a popular hangout during the summer, but Pohoryles told Bethesda Magazine earlier this month that the inside second-floor dining room was hard to distinguish from the ground-floor Smashburger franchise.

So he changed the name to Roof Kitchen & Bar and altered the menu. This week, the restaurant added signage to the second floor windows of the building (7940 Norfolk Ave.).

But it didn’t make enough of a difference to keep the operation going.

“It has been a difficult decision to make,” Pohoryles wrote.

Top photo via Roof

by Aaron Kraut — November 21, 2014 at 11:25 am 391 0

Commercial burglaries at a high-end fashion retailer in Chevy Chase and a not so high-end fast food joint on Rockville Pike lead the most recent Bethesda area crime summary.

Also included is the Nov. 5 carjacking of a teenager in a Bethesda neighborhood. Police have not located the three suspects:

A commercial burglary occurred at the Louis Vuitton located in the 5400 block of Wisconsin Avenue in Chevy Chase on Monday, 11/10 at 8:11 a.m. No forced entry; nothing taken.

A commercial burglary occurred at the Arby’s located at 11710 Rockville Pike in North Bethesda on Saturday, 11/8 between 1:00 a.m. and 6:45 a.m. Forced entry; property taken.

A carjacking occurred in the 7800 block of Hampden Lane in Bethesda on Wednesday, 11/5 at 7:00 p.m. The suspects threatened the victim with a weapon and obtained the vehicle.

Suspects: Black male, 5’11″-6’1″/130-140 lbs., wearing a ski mask; black male; unknown race male

Seven incidents of thefts from vehicles occurred at Virgilia Street and Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase on Monday, 11/10 at approximately 2:30 a.m. No signs of forced entry; arrests were made.

Arrested: Male, age 22, from Washington DC; male, of an unknown age, from Washington DC

An incident of theft occurred in the 4900 block of Cordell Avenue in Bethesda on Friday, 11/7 between 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Property was unknowingly taken from the victim while shopping.

A theft from vehicle occurred at Grosvenor Lane & Fleming Avenue in Bethesda on Friday, 11/7 between 3:30 a.m. and 6:15 a.m. Unknown entry; property taken.

Arrested: Male, age 24, from Germantown

A strong-arm robbery occurred in the 5200 block of Westport Road in Chevy Chase on Friday, 11/7 at approximately 8:00 p.m. The suspects threatened the victim with a weapon and obtained property.

Suspect: Black male, 5’9″/180 lbs., black jacket; black male, 5’9″/170 lbs., black jacket 

Two commercial burglaries occurred at Euro Motorcars, 5206 River Road in Bethesda. The first incident occurred overnight between Tuesday, 11/4 and Wednesday, 11/5. No forced entry; property taken. The second occurred overnight between Thursday, 11/6 and Friday, 11/7. Forced entry; property taken

A strong-arm robbery occurred at Whittier Boulevard & Wilson Lane in Bethesda on Monday, 11/10 at approximately 4:30 p.m. The suspects assaulted the victim and obtained property.

Arrested: Male, age 18, from Bethesda 

A residential burglary occurred in the 9200 block of Fernwood Road in Bethesda on Tuesday, 11/11 between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Forced entry; property taken.

A residential burglary occurred in the 9200 block of Beech Hill Drive in Bethesda on Tuesday, 11/11 between 9:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Forced entry; property taken.

by Aaron Kraut — November 21, 2014 at 10:30 am 0

Check out our picks for open houses this weekend around Bethesda.

See our Real Estate section for a full listing of open houses and houses for sale:

8306 Whittier Boulevard8306 Whittier Boulevard
5 BD | 4.5 BA single family detached
Carolyn Sappenfield, Re/Max Realty Services
Listed: $1,745,000
Open: Sunday, Nov. 23 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

24 Dudley Court24 Dudley Court
2 BD | 2.5 BA condominium
Sean Judge, Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $389,000
Open: Sunday, Nov. 23 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

4430 Chalfont Place4430 Chalfont Place
3 BD | 4 BA single family detached
Margot Wilson, Washington Fine Properties
Listed: $1,329,000
Open: Sunday, Nov. 23 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

9101 Kittery Lane9101 Kittery Lane
5 BD | 3 full, 2 half BA single family detached
John Pobiak, Maryland Home Realty
Listed: $1,199,000
Open: Sunday, Nov. 23 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

by Aaron Kraut — November 21, 2014 at 9:25 am 258 1 Comment

State Highway Administration (file photo)As part of a broader improvement project for Connecticut Avenue, the State Highway Administration is set to temporarily close one ramp connecting to the Beltway on Monday, Dec. 1.

Weather permitting, crews will close the ramp from the Outer Loop of the Capital Beltway to northbound Connecticut Avenue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 1. Crews are resurfacing the roadway and putting in new traffic signals on the busy northbound and southbound ramps from the Beltway to Connecticut Avenue.

It’s part of an overall $3.7 million safety and resurfacing project for Connecticut Avenue from Dupont Avenue in Kensington to the Beltway in Chevy Chase. Almost 65,000 drivers use the section of Connecticut Avenue each day.

Work began on the project this summer and the SHA says all phases should be complete by fall 2015.

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by Aaron Kraut — November 21, 2014 at 8:55 am 296 0

Photo via rzultarzaba

Transit Advocates Pressing For Council To Pass Urban Road Code – The County Council is set to vote on a bill that would mean narrower roads, slower speed limits and more pedestrian bumpouts and bicycle lanes on newly designed county roads in urban areas of the county such as White Flint and Bethesda. [Action Committee For Transit]

MoCo Democratic Chairman Offers To Resign – Kevin Walling, the Bethesda resident who took over as the chairman of the county’s Democratic Party organization four months ago, offered his resignation Sunday. Walling was facing criticism over the Central Committee’s sample ballots, many of which included misprinted information to the detriment of both Republican and Democratic candidates in this month’s election. [Bethesda Magazine]

Better Than Black Friday? – URBNMarket, the market of vintage and handmade crafts from local vendors, will return for its holiday market on Sunday, Dec. 7 at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad (5020 Battery Lane) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. [URBNMarket]

More Than 1.1 Million Projected To Travel For Thanksgiving – Thanks to low gas prices, AAA is projecting more D.C. area residents will hit the road this Thanksgiving travel period than in any year since 2007. There’s also new data from the region’s Transportation Planning Board that suggests the Tuesday before Thanksgiving — not the Wednesday before — might now be the region’s most congested pre-Thanksgiving travel day. [Washington Post]

Free Lobster Rolls – To celebrate its grand opening, new Westfield Montgomery mall fast casual eatery Lobster ME is offering free lobster rolls from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday. [Lobster ME via Facebook]

Photo via rzultarzaba

by BethesdaNow.com — November 21, 2014 at 5:00 am 1 Comment

BethesdaNow.com wishes a Friday thank you to our advertisers:

Chevy Chase Centerwhere parking is free on Black Friday, Saturday, Nov. 29 and Sunday Nov. 30

4935 Bar and Kitchen, home to $1 oysters during Happy Hour.

Arrowine Cheese and Spirits, which will send you money-saving offers for signing up on its email list.

Dig-It! Games, the educational gaming developer located in the heart of Woodmont Triangle.

Downtown Bethesda, the place to do your holiday shopping this holiday season.

George Washington University, looking for the next generation of teachers through its Graduate School of Education & Human Development.

Nationwide Insurance Agent John G. Rogers, an experienced agent located in downtown Bethesda.

Beacon Crest Homes, offering newly-crafted luxury homes in Bethesda and around the Washington, D.C. area.

Goodman Realtors, where owner and broker Andrew Goodman likes to remind clients that the house-buying process isn’t an episode of “House Hunters.”

Urban Igloo, looking out for all aspects of your home or apartment leasing needs.

Georgetown Square Wine and Beer, which has you covered when it comes to winter ales to warm up with over the next few months.

by Aaron Kraut — November 20, 2014 at 3:35 pm 4,541 13 Comments

Clyde's Tower Oaks Lodge restaurant, via Facebook

The highest volume restaurant in Montgomery County was fined a total of $9,000 by the county on Thursday two weeks after admitting to a slew of alcohol violations related to a half-price wine special.

The county’s Board of License Commissioners agreed to fine Clyde’s Tower Oaks Lodge $5,000, plus $2,000 for the restaurant’s alcohol sales to minors and $2,000 for failing to make certain records available on the night of Aug. 11.

On that night, a group of Montgomery County Police officers and Department of Liquor Control officials went into the restaurant (2 Preserve Parkway) to investigate reports from the community of overservice and service to underage patrons.

Police said they had received the reports of fights in the parking lot in relation to the restaurant’s Monday night half-price wine special. The restaurant’s manager said two weeks ago that he saw an increasing amount of issues on Monday nights over the summer.

Two officers in street clothes and a DLC inspector witnessed numerous customers who appeared underage with alcohol. One DLC inspector took photos of a patron roaming around the restaurant with a pitcher of beer and of an off-duty employee, who cops said blew a .231 on a portable breathalyzer test.

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