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Posted at 1:32 PM ET, 10/ 3/2005

Random Thoughts

By Fritz Hahn

A few quick notes from my wanderings around town:

1. It's at least a month away, but Bourbon is coming to Adams Morgan, says General Manager Steven King. The popular Glover Park bar, known for its wide-ranging selection of bourbons and whiskeys and comfortable neighborhood atmosphere, will take over the first floor of the Blue Room. (Both bars are owned by Bill Thomas and Frank Jolley.) The Blue Room's upstairs lounge and dance floor will keep the same name.

2. Russia House continues to offer one of the most dangerous drink lists around, with about 65 vodkas available by the shot. (Most cost $6 to $9.) Skip the Stolis and Hanger Ones and check out the more obscure imports. Recent additions include Altai, a Siberian brand that's very smooth and tastes better than Absolut, and the Ukranian Soyuz-Victan, which is filtered through birch buds for a clean, crisp taste with a subtle woody flavor. Lithuanian-born owner Auturas Vorobjovas has begun to expand the menu, adding Eastern European wines and liqueurs. My favorite was a rich cognac from Moldova called White Stork. "If you were in Russia and were going to the doctor and you wanted better treatment, you'd better bring a bottle of this," Vorobjovas laughs.

3. Three local breweries picked up medals at last weekend's Great American Beer Festival in Denver. The Capitol City Brewing Company in Shirlington received a gold in the American-Style Amber category for its Amber Waves, which earned two previous bronze medals in the same division. Its Biere de Garde also brought home a silver in the Belgian-and French-Style Ale category. (You can taste the Amber Waves at Saturday's Oktoberfest street festival.) Tuppers Hop Pocket Pils, brewed by the Old Dominion Brewing Company, won a bronze in the Cellar or Unfiltered Beer category. The malty brew, laden with an explosive amount of hops, previously was a gold medal-winner in the Pilsner category in 2001 and is available in bars all over the area. Sweetwater Tavern's Nick Funnell took home the silver medal in the Rye division for his Crazy Jackass Ale. It's not on tap right now, but you'll be able to sample it at the Merrifield brewpub in about a month-and-a-half.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | October 3, 2005; 1:32 PM ET
Categories:  Bars and Clubs  
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