Here at Adega, we’re proud to be an independent, local-owned operation, in a city that truly appreciates its home-grown businesses. This week’s been a busy one for us in the “drinking local” department:
First, if you’re reading this, why aren’t you on your way to the Eat-Drink-Go Local event here in Silver Spring? Many of Maryland’s wineries are setting up along Ellsworth, to be paired with local foods. The festival is free, although tasting tickets are an extra (very reasonable) charge.
If you do stop by, make sure to visit us here at Adega! From 1-4, we’ll be having a free wine tasting — not local wines, sadly, but they will be global wines distributed by an independent, local distributor.
Speaking of local wines, Sarah from Black Ankle Vineyards stopped by last night to drop off a fresh shipment of their award-winning wines, including the new Slate and Terre Dulce. For those of you not in the know, Black Ankle is one of Maryland’s premier wineries — they were even mentioned by Robert Parker in his Wine Buyer’s Guide. The winery is one of the only Maryland wineries to use only grapes grown on their property, and the care and quality show through in the wines. Adega began carrying Black Ankle at the very beginning, and we’re committed to supporting (Silver Spring’s own!) Ed and Sarah’s vision.
Moving from wine to beer. This Wednesday was an exciting one, as we brought in two new breweries: Baying Hound, and Port City.
A few weeks back, Justin and I visited Baying Hound Aleworks, the project of DC native Paul Rinehard. Paul brews in Rockville, Maryland, and has a focus on bottle-conditioned, unique ale styles. Paul led us through his current offerings, as well as some of his special drafts and experimental projects. We’re proud to carry his products in our store, and we spoke at length of working together in the future on some very special projects — so stay tuned, and look for Paul to be on-site sometime in the hopefully near-future, showing off his brews (and maybe bringing something extra special along for the trip.)
Wednesday also saw the addition of brews from Port City Brewing, a new brewery in Alexandria, Virginia. Port City was the first brewery out of the gate from the new “DC Beer” movement, and makes high-quality, accessible beer. No sooner than I’d tweeted Port City to let them know we’d brought them in, but Julian, one of the core crew at PCB, stopped by. Yesterday, we sat down with Julian and tasted through their line, and we were duly impressed. We look forward to working more closely with Julian and Port City in the future!
As you can tell, it’s been a packed week for bringing local fare into Adega. We believe firmly in supporting local business — it’s good for everyone involved. In the past week, we’ve been able to taste and work with the people responsible for the products, directly — you don’t often get that from larger, more distant companies. Silver Spring, the DC area, and Maryland have seen an increased commitment to locally made wine and beer — as a local establishment, we’re excited to be a part of this adventure. Stop in, and try some of your local wines and beers — you won’t be disappointed.