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Our annual Beer Issue is here! Read about D.C.’s newest craft breweries, the surprisingly difficult task of naming beers, and the next generation of beer lovers who are starting commercial breweries. Drink up: It’s almost Friday.


  • A non-passenger train derailed at Metro’s Smithsonian station early this morning, leading to service-suspensions on the Orange, Blue, and Silver lines as well as a major headache for D.C.-area commuters. Metro’s Acting General Manager Jack Requa said track-damage could result in delays throughout the day. Investigators haven’t yet determined a cause for the derailment. [Post, NBC Washington]
  • At least two ‘Black Lives Matter’ signs were vandalized in Mount Pleasant this week, with the word “black” painted over. One resident sees the acts as “part of the crisis of racism” in the U.S. [City Desk]
  • Vandalism also occurred in nearby Adams Morgan: an iconic mural depicting 11 U.S. presidents was hit by red paintballs on the façade of Mama Ayesha’s, a Middle Eastern eatery on Calvert Street NW. [WTOP]
  • C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is pushing the D.C. Council to expand the Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program by $5 million to help youths find permanent employment. Will it work? [Post]
  • Zabini, a 10-year-old male cheetah at the National Zoo, was humanely euthanized earlier this week for suspected kidney and liver disease. At the National Arboretum, a 400-year-old bonsai tree that survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima—70 years ago today—is thriving. It’s the circle of life. [WTOP, USA Today]


  • Summer of Blood?: Violent crime in D.C. is up about 20 percent as compared with this point last year, but a new analysis by the Urban Institute shows the city is, in fact, seeing historically low levels of violence.
  • Substi-brew-tions: As part of our Beer Issue, here is a round-up of local alternatives to U.S. macro brews.
  • Orange v. Garber: Shaw resident and former ANC Commissioner David Garber is challenging D.C. Councilmember Vincent Orange in next year’s Democratic primary.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Vincent Orange gets a challenger for 2016. [LL]
  • How effective is the summer jobs program? [Post]
  • New taxicab commission boss wants a more modern fleet. [WAMU]
  • The District uses technology to catch tree-cutting scofflaws. [WBJ]
  • Post ed board: hurray for John Oliver. [Post]
  • Relisha Rudd‘s image, headed to bus shelter ads soon. [Post]

ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? ccauterucci@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Art-making duo Toki installed a mesmerizing yarn installation in an empty building near the Rhode Island Metro station. [Arts Desk]
  • An interview with local “swampy” indie-rock band Fellow Creatures about recording and encountering racism on tour [DC Music Download]
  • Should D.C.’s existing World War I memorial, Pershing Park, be restored before a new memorial is erected there? [CityLab]
  • Johnnetta B. Cole, director of the Smithsonian’s African Art Museum, defends the museum’s exhibition of Bill Cosby‘s art collection. [The Root]
  • The American History Museum weighs in on Kermit and Miss Piggy‘s breakup. [Mashable]
  • The set of the Daily Show used by Jon Stewart will live at the Newseum once Trevor Noah takes over. [Washingtonian]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The best places to picnic around D.C. [Express]
  • Will the loss of two big name restaurants dampen the sizzle of Trump’s D.C. hotel? [WBJ]
  • 15 cooking classes to try in the D.C. area [Washingtonian]
  • Tadich Grill aiming for a Sept. 18 opening. [Eater]
  • Five dishes to try at the Riggsby [Zagat]
  • Which chefs are competing in this year’s Capital Food Fight? [Post]
  • San Francisco’s Philz Coffee coming to Adams Morgan early next year. [PoPville]