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by Dave Emke — February 14, 2017 at 4:00 pm 11 Comments

Praize the Maize/Lake Anne Brew HouseLocal nanobrewery Lake Anne Brew House is partnering with beer historians to offer the frosty mugs of our ancestors.

Praize the Maize, which will be tapped Thursday evening at the pub (11424 Washington Plaza West), has been brewed using the 1912 recipe of a German immigrant brewer — with ingredients that have been sourced from the locations called for in the recipe as well.

“We’re just really excited about it,” said Melissa Romano, the brew house’s co-owner. “We’re going to be doing a whole series of these recipes over the coming year — or years, who knows?”

The Heritage Lager series is a partnership between Lake Anne Brew House and Lost Lagers, the team of beer historians Michael Stein and Peter Jones, whose mission is to recreate the beers of days gone by.

“[They were] able to take this recipe, translate it into English, and then we were able to work on sourcing period-accurate ingredients,” Romano said. According to information provided by Lost Lagers, that involved tracking down appropriate hops from New York and California.

Romano said the recipe for Praize the Maize, as well as the other beers that will be brewed as the series continues, came from the notebooks of a brewer who arrived in the U.S. around the turn of the 20th century. A distant relative of the brewer is a friend of Romano and has done graphic design work for the brewpub. The recipe books, family heirlooms, have been loaned to the brew house for the project.

According to Lost Lagers’ research, Praize the Maize was likely — in its past life — a beer called Erlanger Light by Philadelphia’s Weger Brothers Brewery. Romano said it is “light” and “fresh,” with “a little bit of sweetness” and “some nice herbal qualities.”

“I think [customers] are going to really like it,” Romano said. “I think it’s going to be a very approachable and easy-drinking beer.”

The beer will be tapped and ready for consumption at 7 p.m. Thursday. Stein and Jones from Lost Lagers will be present, along with the family that provided the recipes, to answer any questions from visitors and to discuss the process.

“It’s a really unique recipe,” Romano said. “It’s just going to be kind of a cool thing, I think.”

by Dave Emke — February 14, 2017 at 2:45 pm 11 Comments

Former BRB location, Reston Town Center

Pheast Food Group will bring a new Southern-style restaurant to Reston Town Center.

The subsidiary of Thompson Hospitality has posted on its website that it is seeking a general manager for a restaurant called Hen Penny. The job is also cross-listed on websites including Indeed, where the listing includes a bit more information about the restaurant:

Pheast Food Group has another new concept coming to town!

Hen Penny is our quick-service version of our full service concept, Hen Quarter.

And we need a General Manager to lead our very first location opening in the Reston Town Center!

Southern-style Hen Quarter restaurants in Alexandria and Silver Spring were opened last year by Pheast, both in former locations of Tex-Mex restaurant Austin Grill. The restaurant is described by Pheast as “an ode to the best of Southern fare and classic cocktails” with “dishes full of flavors that can only come from the best in farm to table design.”

A third location is scheduled to open in D.C.’s Penn Quarter — again, in a former Austin Grill space — later this year.

BRB ClosedThe new Reston Town Center restaurant will be located at 1820 Discovery St., according to a permit processed last week in Fairfax County. That’s the former location of burger restaurant BRB, which was closed last month by Pheast. Signage on the storefront indicated “another exciting concept” would be coming soon.

Calls to Pheast for comment about the new restaurant have not been not returned.

Pheast also manages The American Tap Room, which has a Reston Town Center location. It was announced this week that The American Tap Room location near Richmond would be renovated and re-opened as Addie Mae’s Southern Cuisine and Raw Bar.

While no information is available about the future status of The American Tap Room at Reston Town Center, Pheast’s website reads that it manages “The American Tap Room, Austin Grill, Willie T’s Lobster Shack and Be Right Burger holdings and will be updating those concepts in 2017.”

by Dave Emke — February 14, 2017 at 1:30 pm 13 Comments

Proposed Fairfax County FY2018 budget

Residents of the Hunter Mill District will have their chance on March 4 to weigh in on the proposed Fairfax County FY2018 budget.

County Executive Edward Long presented the $4.1 billion proposal to the county Board of Supervisors at their Tuesday meeting. Each supervisor is holding local meetings to get community input on its details.

Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins will hold her summit Saturday, March 4 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Frying Pan Farm Park visitor center (2739 West Ox Road, Herndon). In addition to the budget presentation and a speaker, the event will also include a “build-a-budget” workshop that Hudgins said would help residents understand what has to be done with the funds available.

In her response to Long’s proposal to the board Tuesday, Hudgins said the state has made it difficult for Fairfax County to “control [its] own destiny.”

“It is troubling when we have to return our value to the state in the way that we do,” Hudgins said. “When you think about that, it is daunting to have our citizens look to us and think that we actually do control it, and we don’t.”

Hudgins said a lack of diversity of revenue for the county, caused by an “inability to break through the stronghold that is in the general assembly,” is forcing some residents to be priced out.

The cost of living here, it does increase, and many of those seniors that I talked with at a senior group [Monday] are saying, ‘I have to move if I want to stay in a place that is affordable for me,'” she said. “We are going to have a lot of discussion from people on that conversation.”

Following their community meetings, supervisors plan to present their changes to the executive’s recommendations on April 25. The budget is scheduled to be adopted May 2.

Hudgins will be joined at the March 4 budget session by Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova and Vienna Mayor Laurie DiRocco. Residents interested in attending are asked to RSVP to [email protected].

Chart via Fairfax County FY2018 budget presentation

by Dave Emke — February 14, 2017 at 11:30 am 7 Comments

Jason Brooks/FCPDThe Fairfax County Police Department says charges have been filed against a man accused of stealing wheels from vehicles last year.

Jason Brooks, 38, was charged recently with seven counts of grand larceny and seven counts of larceny with the intent to sell stolen property. The Maryland resident was already in custody in Loudoun County, on unrelated charges.

Police say Brooks has been connected with seven different tire and rim thefts in Fairfax County between March and July. Two of the incidents took place in Herndon.

SHOTS FIRED IN HERNDON

Police are investigating a shots-fired incident that took place Saturday evening in Herndon.

Officers responded to a home on Poener Place, near Hutchison Elementary School, for a report of several people at the door with guns. The caller also told police shots may have been fired at the home. Arriving officers say they heard shots, and a bullet was found at the scene.

From the police report:

“Four suspects fled in a white SUV and a lookout was broadcast. The suspect vehicle was stopped a short time later in the Town of Herndon. The suspects have been taken into custody for interviews and further investigation. An extensive check of the area by Fairfax 1 and K9 did not yield any additional suspects.”

No injuries were reported.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 703-691-2131 or 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).

Other incidents reported from the Reston District Station in the past week:

LARCENIES:

1800 block of Fountain Drive, security devices from business

1900 block of Bowman Towne Drive, backpack from residence

2200 block of Wheelwright Court, packages from residence

1700 block of Business Center Drive, wallet from residence

13100 block of Foxhunt Lane, property from residence

2400 block of Centreville Road, wallet from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

Fairfax County police also responded to the alleged armed robbery of a man while he walked his dog outside Winterthur Apartments, which we reported Monday.

by Eve Thompson — February 14, 2017 at 10:15 am 0

Just Sold

This is a sponsored post from Eve Thompson of Reston Real Estate. For a more complete picture of home sales in your neighborhood, contact her on Reston Real Estate.

Here are some Reston homes that changed hands recently:

12008 Creekbend Drive, 5BR, 5 BA. Sale Price: $920,000.

11471 Waterhaven Court, 3BR, 4 BA. Sale Price: $560,000.

1515 North Point Drive, 3BR, 2BA. Sale Price: $325,000.

2267 Coppersmith Square, 2BR, 2BA. Sale Price: $290,000.

by Dave Emke — February 14, 2017 at 9:00 am 1 Comment

Lake Thoreau - Feb. 7, 2017

Coloring Book Tackles Topic of Divorce — Debbie MacDougall, of Reston, is currently going through a lengthy legal process related to her divorce. She has published “Divorce: The Comic Coloring Book” in the attempt to help others who may be going through a similar time in their lives. [Washington Post]

Schools Looking for Bus Drivers — Fairfax County Public Schools is seeking qualified applicants to drive the district’s buses. Starting pay is $18.82 an hour, with the potential to earn up to $31 an hour. A pair of job fairs are planned for next month. [Fairfax County Public Schools]

Automatic Concealed-Carry Bill Up for Vote — Legislation that would make domestic violence victims who have taken out protective orders automatically eligible to carry a concealed weapon is set for final approval in Richmond. Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed a similar bill last year. [WTOP]

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