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Hannah

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Posted Oct 02 2013 at 10:11:41 PM   |
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Mwiscount and Qatfish lookout--the ok beer mafia is coming to your area. Second week of November. Won't be the easiest thing ever to accomplish (I have a conference and Hazel is coming too), but I'd love to plan a beerpal-ettes hangout. The conference is actually in Alexandria, which is where you guys live, right? Keep me in mind!
Qatfish

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Posted Oct 02 2013 at 11:23:05 PM   |
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quote: Originally posted by Hannah

The conference is actually in Alexandria, which is where you guys live, right? Keep me in mind!

You got that right! We really should get together if at all possible. [:D]
mwiscount

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Posted Oct 03 2013 at 6:10:37 AM   |
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Wonderful news Hannah! Allow me to suggest we meet at Port City Brewery for a delicious heart-crafted brew before our meal. It is a great place to stop in and enjoy a beer when the mood hits. They have tastings Wednesday and Thursday and tours and tastings Friday through Sunday.

[url]http://www.portcitybrewing.com/brewery/visit/[/url]

Qat and I can send you beermail with links to some of our favorite Alexandria eateries which boast a nice beer list. Then the choice is yours!

I look forward to our "beerpal-ettes hangout"! Can't wait to meet baby Hazel. [:)]
Hannah

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Posted Oct 03 2013 at 9:43:50 PM   |
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Alright! Port City sounds great. I will certainly appreciate any suggestions for food and beer in the area, for us together and me on my own too. I will be there several days. I'll do some research, but I'm starting at zero knowledge on Alexandria. Of course I am open to venturing out into surrounding parts as feasible. Hazel goes to sleep at 7, but my mom is flying out to watch her during the conference for me and I'm sure she wouldn't mind staying with her one evening so I can stay out past 7. Look forward to planning this!
Qatfish

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Posted Oct 04 2013 at 12:33:01 AM   |
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quote: Originally posted by Hannah

I'll do some research, but I'm starting at zero knowledge on Alexandria.

If you let us know what you're into, we will have plenty of ideas. :)
mwiscount

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Posted Oct 05 2013 at 12:00:05 PM   |
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quote: Originally posted by Hannah

Look forward to planning this!


Hannah ~ Here is a quick link to some of the restaurants (along with beer & wine shops) in Alexandria, VA that have a fun beer list.

[url]http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/State/Cities/Alexandria/46.htm[/url]

I have been to #1, 2, 7, 11, 12 and 15. Another restaurant I enjoy is the Columbia Firehouse which did not make this list.

[url]http://www.columbiafirehouse.com/[/url]

Check out the establishments' websites and see what fits your fancy.

It will be great to get together! Thanks for reaching out to us!
Qatfish

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Posted Oct 07 2013 at 4:29:17 AM   |
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If you're looking for interesting luncheon options that don't necessarily require an excellent beer list, I'd like to put in a good word for a few restaurants in Old Town Alexandria including:

[url="http://www.hardtimes.com/locations/alexandria/"]Hard Times Cafe[/url] - a chili-centric restaurant featuring four kinds of chili, all of which you may sample free before ordering, including one of the better vegetarian chilis I've had...

[url="http://www.eamonnsdublinchipper.com/"]Eamonn's Dublin Chipper[/url] - a fish & chips restaurant owned by award-winning chef Cathal Armstrong. It's significant that I recommend this because allergies only allow me to order the non-fish menu items, and I still want to eat there. On the weekend, Armstrong's [url="http://www.eamonnsdublinchipper.com/PX/px_glimmer.html"]speakeasy PX[/url] is right upstairs (I have personally never gotten in except when the place was closed).

[url="http://www.oldtowndelialexandria.com/"]Old Town Deli[/url] (the website is crap) - if you enjoy Mediterranean food (think Greek or Lebanese), this is an awesome place to grab a delicious fattoush called the "Chicken Sampler Salad" or the "Athenian Chicken" (the menu is more diverse, but these two dishes are the primary reason to go, imo).

[url="https://www.teaism.com/restaurant-details-42.html"]Teaism[/url] - in addition to beer, I love tea. I mean LOVE tea. This is a tea-centric restaurant, the kind of place where there are at least three different oolongs to choose from. The pan-Asian-inspired food is good, too.

[url="http://www.mishascoffee.com/content/4-about-us"]Misha's[/url] - this is the local coffee spot. Seriously, skip the Starbucks, which you could get anywhere there are more than two blocks in a town, and try Misha's.

[url="http://www.bgrtheburgerjoint.com/"]BGR: The Burger Joint[/url] - I wouldn't normally recommend a chain, but when I worked in Old Town they had some decent burgers.
fretwalker

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Posted Oct 07 2013 at 10:01:24 PM   |
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Brace yourself for Sticker Shock with the hotel rates around DC! I got a room in Hagerstown, MD this weekend,. and paid about 50% more than I usually spend.

Had dinner at the Tilted Kilt, which I can only describe as a Celtic version of Hooters, with worse food and a better tap list, finally got to taste a fresh Heavy Seas Loose Cannon on draught.

This being the women's forum, I'll refrain from comment on the ambiance[:D]
Hannah

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Posted Oct 08 2013 at 10:26:50 PM   |
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Thanks girls and guys! This is fantastic information and I really appreciate you taking the time to put it together for me. I will have time to put lots of it to use. Qat, especially thanks for the coffee and tea tips--love, love, love both. Excellent day beverage options. After all, I will need to push Hazel's stroller straight.
mwiscount

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Posted Oct 08 2013 at 11:23:35 PM   |
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quote: Originally posted by Hannah

After all, I will need to push Hazel's stroller straight.

Love it! Appreciate every moment...they grow up way too fast. [:)]
Qatfish

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Posted Oct 14 2013 at 3:55:33 AM   |
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quote: Originally posted by Hannah

Qat, especially thanks for the coffee and tea tips--love, love, love both.

Perfect for those times when there's a bit too much blood in your caffeine stream, amiright? ;)

On [url="http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/State/Cities/Alexandria/46.htm"]Melanie's ratebeer list[/url] I've been to 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 11, 14, 18, 22, and 24.

1-3, 14, & 22 all have good food or beer in my experience, but Port City is (for obvious reasons) more beer and Hard Times is more food (not so many beers).

The Whole Foods in Old Town Alexandria actually has a good selection of beer, wine, and prepared foods. If you like a giant salad bar (dine in or carryout) and want a growler for your hotel room, that could be a decent option.

If you like cheese and have access to a car or bike, Cheesetique is pretty awesome. There's also a taqueria across the street-- Taqueria Poblano-- that has excellent duck carnitas tacos.
Hannah

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Posted Nov 08 2013 at 10:37:38 PM   |
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I am so excited to journey to Alexandria tomorrow morning. Qat and Mel, any preference between a Sunday or Monday hangout? Keep in mind I would probably be looking to meet up about 8pm. I'm really looking forward to seeing you girls.
mwiscount

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Posted Nov 09 2013 at 11:51:42 AM   |
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How about Sunday? Sunday nights always feel better when there is no school on Monday! Excited for our BeerPal Gal Hangout...this time in person!
Qatfish

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Posted Nov 09 2013 at 9:55:34 PM   |
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I've kept both nights open and Melanie has my number! :)
mwiscount

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Posted Nov 09 2013 at 11:20:53 PM   |
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quote: Originally posted by Qatfish

I've kept both nights open and Melanie has my number! :)


;)

Hannah, do you have a preference where we meet?

If you do...GREAT!

If you don't, I'll call Qat tomorrow and we'll discuss our options.

Any favorite cuisines to keep in mind? We want to make your visit to Alexandria at the BeerPal Gal hangout superb with great memories of food, libations and conversation!

[:)]
Hannah

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Posted Nov 10 2013 at 11:49:46 PM   |
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Just a shoutout to qatfish and mwiscount, best Alexandria beerpal ambassadors ever. Great evening, loved it so much. THANK YOU. :)


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