Jerry Bailey began homebrewing with friends in 1989, hopeful that the craft would bring fulfillment that his 9-to-5 failed to provide. Fulfillment it brought, along with numerous batches of tasty brew. Bailey couldn’t keep his inventions to himself; he quickly decided to open his own brewhouse as well as distribute his goods to other local establishments.
Today, Bailey proudly stands at the helm of both Old Dominion Brewhouse and Old Dominion Brewing Company. In the pub, chefs add variety to liquid meals with food such as burgers, crab cakes, and thin-crust pizzas while 30 flat-screen televisions keep patrons entertained with sports. The chefs also exhibit flair for Asian cuisine, slicing and rolling sushi and offering create-your-own mongolian stir-fries. At the bar, eight handles remain perpetually reserved for Old Dominion's craft beers, such as the award-winning Baltic porter and the Oak Barrel stout, which is loaded with flavors of vanilla and the color brown.
Like a United Nations of varietals, some of the world’s tastiest wines from countries such as Argentina, Chile, Italy, and France are well-represented within Jackie’s Wine Bar. Connoisseurs savor the unique notes of each pour while investigating the black-framed pictures on Jackie’s coffee-colored walls and the shelves of wine bottles that vie for attention behind the bar by wearing chic designer labels. On Thursday evenings, free salsa lessons invite patrons to set down their glasses and grab their dance partner’s hand; Saturday nights feature live bands that serve dulcet melodies as aromatic bouquets serenade olfactory receptors. Fresh air courses through Jackie’s outdoor patio, where visitors can alternate between sips of wine or beer and bites of sandwiches, desserts, and appetizers.
Whole Foods Market's commitment to the interdependent network of sustainable farms and organic producers can be seen in its carefully selected product lines. The homegrown 365 Everyday Value brand makes it easy to eat naturally, organically, and economically. It features an array of items from all product categories, including groceries, vitamins, household items, and more—each manufactured to meet the rigorous quality standards woven into the fabric of Whole Foods Market, which itself is made from 100% alpaca wool.
Gilly's Craft Beer & Fine Wine sets out cultivated craft offerings of beer and cheese for inquisitive palates. The rotating seasonal menu serves duos six craft beers and one cheese sampler plate, with quartets receiving a twofold supply to accommodate their larger group size and higher propensity toward food fights. Each person fills their trio of glasses with pours from the shop's draft selection, which rotates frequently but might include fermented favorites such as Heavy Seas Black Cannon, Chimay Cinq Cents, and Long Trail blackberry wheat. In between sips, diners can nibble on cheese plates stuffed with olives, toast, nuts, and cheeses such as cave-aged gruyere, petit basque, cabrales blue, and Five Counties cheddar. The quirky, bustling store stocks shelves with a plethora of artisanal delicacies, outfitting homes and fallout shelters with timeless appetizers and deliciously aged libations.
Locally focused, organic, and independently owned are three ways to describe Dawson’s Market. Its groceries range from local produce and meats, sourced within 100 miles of the store, to bakery items that incorporate unbleached flour, organic whole-wheat flour, and natural grains. The wine and beer department specializes in local wine and beers procured from local craft breweries, which staff pair with gourmet, unprocessed domestic and imported cheeses. A trained chef whips up meals daily for the prepared foods section, where customers can grab lunch or dinner while they shop.
Acacia Bistro & Wine Bar is located in the corner of a blocky office building in the decidedly uncharming Van Ness stretch of Connecticut Avenue. The interior is modern, neat and tidy, leaving the focus on the contents of the huge wine list and the creative menu. The underlying theme is Mediterranean--so you can find a variety of tapas, charcuterie and cheese plates and fresh pasta dishes. At lunch, paninis and burgers are the stars of the show, along with a few, well-chosen entrées. With so few decent restaurants in the immediate area, Acacia Bistro is the one place where you can depend upon a solid meal and a fine glass of wine. There’s also an ample patio area for outside dining.