HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Something’s Brewing

Posted August 11, 2010 at 10:27am

Recess to-do list: clean out e-mail inbox, update contact list, celebrate D.C. Beer Week.

This year’s festivities feature a host of beer-centric events on and off Capitol Hill. The week kicks off with a party at H Street’s Rock & Roll Hotel on Aug. 20, featuring local beer experts such as Greg Englert, beer director of ChurchKey, and a handful of small brewers. Englert will give a lecture titled “Why Bud Ain’t That Bad After All: The Real History of Craft Beer in America,” followed by live music and plenty of brew. Tickets to the party, hosted by Nerd Nite DC and Washington City Paper, are available here for $10.

Later in the week, House-side favorite Capitol Lounge will welcome representatives from Great Lakes Brewing Company. The Eliot Ness Amber Lager and Dortmunder Gold Lager will be available to taste, in addition to other brews.

The beer will be paired with “low country barbecue and other backyard cuisine” prepared by chef Teddy Folkman, according to the bar’s website. Tickets are all-inclusive and cost $45 a person.

OMG Alert. Tween heartrobs the Jonas Brothers will be back in town on this week, and this time they’re teaming up with Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood to remind teens to not text while they drive.

The JoBros, who are scheduled to perform at the Jiffy Lube Live amphitheater on Thursday night, have joined the LaHood-backed “X the TXT” campaign, sponsored by insurance company Allstate.

During their latest tour, the bros are taking part in softball games designed to remind teens about the dangers of texting while driving. At the games, fans can join the Jonases and pledge not to text and drive by adding their thumbprints to a banner traveling with the band on tour. Fans who make the pledge will receive “TXTNG KLLS” thumb bands to wear to remind them of their commitment — just like ones the Jonas Brothers wear!

“Pledging not to text and drive is a promise to your friends, your family and yourself to keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel,” Kevin Jonas said in a statement.

Those Jonas Brothers … such good role models.

Overheard on the Hill.

“He has to stop lying.”
— Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi on President Barack Obama claiming not to know who she is during his recent appearance on “The View.” Snooki might actually have a point — Obama did make a joke about her in a May speech.