Entries by Trent Johnson

A Day in the Life with Cocktail Concocter Lukas B. Smith

Lukas B. Smith is a busy fella. The bright star on DC’s cocktail scene is simply in demand, with three posts at present: barman at rum distillery Cotton & Reed, beverage consultant at just-opened French restaurant Le DeSales and beverage codirector at Eighteenth Street Lounge’s new bar Addendum. And despite his stock rising exponentially in […]

Can Wizards Find Magic in Playoffs?

The Wizards had a rough start this season. Calls for trading John Wall and Bradley Beal were thrown about haphazardly on Twitter. Ernie Grunfeld was believed to be on the hot seat. At one point during the season, it seemed that the Wizards would be on the outside looking in when it came to postseason […]

What’s On Tap: April 2017

All What’s On Tap listings are provided by the venues hosting them. Greetings, beer nerds! As you likely know, there are a number of fantastic establishments in the DMV where you can grab a pint, and their menus are always evolving and adapting to your tastes. If you’d rather avoid the guessing game, check out […]

‘Intelligence’ at Arena Stage

Intelligence, at Arena Stage through April 9, is historical fiction – heavy on the history (sort of) and light on the fiction. The story clings to a struggling marriage between two people working under the federal government’s umbrella, while the government does everything in its power to protect itself and its decision-making (surprise!) Despite this […]

Before Renovations, MLK Library Rocked the Stacks

People don’t often associate nightlife with libraries. The fluorescent bulbs hanging above the bookshelves and blinding computer screens shut off when the sun goes down. Past 6 p.m., the only inhabitants in the big buildings are the characters living within the pages bound by spines of different shapes and sizes. Google told me as much […]

What’s On Tap

Greetings, beer nerds! As you likely know, there are a number of wonderful events in the DMV where you can grab a pint, and every month offers new opportunities to hoist old reliables and new brews. If you’d rather avoid the guessing game, check out some of what’s coming up on tap below. WEDNESDAY, MARCH […]

The Smithsonian Taps Theresa McCulla as Beer Historian

Theresa McCulla knows beer. The Harvard-educated historian may have little hands-on brewing experience, other than bottling her father’s homemade brews in their garage as an eight-year-old. But the DC native knows beer because it’s ingrained in her family lineage. Apart from her father, who routinely dabbled in craft creations when she was growing up, she […]

Behind the Bar: Twists on the Norm

One of the coolest things about DC is the variety of people you meet. Whether it’s because a new administration is cycling in, or people are flocking for job opportunities, the city is bursting with folks from different backgrounds. When you have this kind of diversity, it’s paramount that our city offer an interesting selection […]