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Port City Brewing Company

Posted on | December 6, 2016 | No Comments

Improving on a tradition as old as Alexandria

By Kris Gilbertson

When Bill and Karen Butcher launched the Port City Brewing Company on Wheeler Avenue in 2011, they revived a tradition dating to 1771, the year Andrew Wales established Alexandria’s first brewery near what is now Wales Alley in Old Town.

z-beer4At that time, safe municipal drinking water was still 80 years in Alexandria’s future. Beer was the common thirst quencher of the general population. Until the mid-1800s, at least ten local breweries functioned, but they disappeared during the Union occupation of Alexandria, from 1861 to 1865.

Post-Civil War, the local Robert Portner Brewing Company grew into the largest brewery in the South, only to close its doors in 1916 when Virginia went dry three years before Prohibition was enacted nationwide. That brought a halt to brewing near the Capital City. Read more

And the 2017 Living Legends of Alexandria Are….

Posted on | December 21, 2016 | No Comments

Selected from public nominations received throughout 2016, these community leaders were chosen through one of two criteria: They led the creation or redevelopment of something that improves the quality of life in the City of Alexandria or, improved the quality of life in the City of Alexandria through many years of service.

Kerry J. Donley

Kerry J. Donley, for his continual effort to expand the economic and business development of the City of Alexandria. Read more


Posted on | December 12, 2016 | No Comments

A Jersey Shore legend keeps making music and remembering his roots. 

By Steve Houk

southside-johnny-1There are plenty of treasures that have to do with the Jersey Shore. The boardwalk. The salt water taffy or the fudge you get there, maybe a Kohr Bros. cone. The old restaurants and legendary bars. And of course, the beautiful beaches. Read more

Del Ray Businesses To Host Dec. 13 Fundraiser For Market2Market’s Rose Cruz

Posted on | December 6, 2016 | No Comments

“Rally for Rose” Fundraiser To Benefit Cruz’s Two Young Daughters

As the Del Ray community mourns the loss of a beloved restaurant employee, friend, neighbor, and mother of four, the Del Ray Business Association announced that it will host a major fundraiser for the family of  Rosemarie Cruz on Tue., Dec. 13.

Rose Cruz leaves behind four young daughters. (Courtesy photo)

Rose Cruz leaves behind four young daughters. (Courtesy photo)

Cruz, 49, passed away on Dec. 4 from injuries sustained after being struck by a vehicle while crossing Mt. Vernon Avenue at W. Glebe Road.

During the “Rally for Rose” fundraiser on Tue., Dec. 13 from 5 pm to 9 pm, restaurants on the St. Elmo’s block of Mt. Vernon Avenue — Market2Market, St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub, The Dairy Godmother, Holy Cow, and Pork Barrel BBQ — will offer special menu items for a $20 donation; all proceeds from that menu will go to the fund for Cruz’s young daughters.  In addition, a number of Del Ray businesses have donated gift certificates for a raffle to be held during the event. Read more

More than $46,000 raised for ALIVE! hunger programs at Empty Bowls Fundraiser

Posted on | November 30, 2016 | No Comments

empty-bowls-1More than 170 members of the community attended ALIVE‘S second Empty Bowls fundraiser on Saturday, November 12, raising more than $46,000 for ALIVE! food programs. Each attendee selected a handmade bowl donated by the Northern Virginia Community College-AlexandriaFine Arts Department and the Alexandria Clay CoOp. Read more

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