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Patrons at the Great American Beer Festival.  (Eric Althoff)

GABF winners and participants celebrate anniversaries, announce expansion plans

- The Washington Times

Innovation, celebrations of milestones and whiskey-beer collaborations were just some of the stories wafting out of the Colorado Convention Center this weekend at the Great American Beer Festival, wherein brewers from all 50 states converged to show off their wares at the country’s largest annual suds-fest. Here are some newsworthy items The Washington Times picked up over the beer-tastic weekend.


Ketel One Vodka unveils ‘Treat Yo Self Day’ cocktails

- The Washington Times

“Parks and Recreation” characters Donna (Retta) and Tom (Aziz Ansari) brought the world “Treat Yo Self Day,” marked on the calendar as Oct. 13. In keeping with the humorous bent of the long-running sitcom, Ketel One Vodka will be celebrating Treat Yo Self Day this year with some specialty cocktails to commemorate one of the year’s best days.

(from left) Jennifer, Jill and Jessica Emich, owners of Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place.  (Susan France)

‘Blissful’ triplets buck old boys’ club of craft brewing

- The Washington Times

Triplets Jennifer, Jessica and Jill Emich — known colloquially as “The Blissful Sisters” — came into the Great American Beer Festival competition at the weekend a double minority — not only as female owners of a brewery, but one that retails heavily in gluten-free beers.


Spa Week offers customers discounted massage treatments

- The Washington Times

Two of the grandest words, Spa Week, are about to make October more about revitalizing bodies than shoveling them full of candy. From Oct. 17-23 dozens of retailers around the country and around the DMV are offering special deals on full-service premium treatments, normally priced between $100 and $500, for $50 each.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves to members of the media as she boards her campaign plane in White Plains, N.Y., Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, to travel to Charlotte Douglas International Airport. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Clinton influenced style as first lady; will she do so again as president?

- The Washington Times

Throughout recent history, American fashions have reflected the styles of the first ladies, from Jacqueline Kennedy’s elegant suits and pillbox hats to Nancy Reagan’s signature red to Michelle Obama’s sleeveless dresses that have inspired ladies to embrace their feminine side (and work on toning their muscles). With the Obamas leaving the White House, who is the latest American political fashion inspiration? Enter Hillary Clinton, pursuing the most powerful position on earth.

The seafood linguini special at Aperto.  (Eric Althoff)

Mangia mangia! Diotaiuti opens Aperto in Northwest

- The Washington Times

There’s a bold new spot for power lunching in Northwest, and it’s fitting that celebrity chef Luigi Diotaiuti is there to be your guide. Mr. Diotaiuti, whose fortunate clients have included George Clooney, Hillary Clinton, Harrison Ford and John F. Kerry, has opened Aperto to be the companion piece to his other District Italian bistro, Al Tiramisu, which has been a Dupont Circle staple for two decades.

A work from Ron Hess Original Art shows a D.C. office building with only one worker in it.  (Facebook)

The zen state: Pennsylvania artist draws D.C. office building with one worker in it

- The Washington Times

Artist Ron Hess of Easton, Pennsylvania, never wants for a sketchpad. The store manager and father of three has been drawing for years, capturing the world about him in a prolific series of works that was on display at the weekend at the Riverside Festival of the Arts. Mr. Hess also commits to the canvas the great American urban scenescapes, especially of New York and Washington. One of his recent master works entails a painting he made of a District office building located at 17th and H streets in Northwest.

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