Once I finally obtained access to the building, elevators and then got through the security glass doors to the said party, (the whole episode had been reminiscent of a James Bond or Mission Impossible dilemma), the first thing I was confronted with was the hugest and ugliest lamp I had ever had the misfortune to encounter. It was monstrously hideous, a piece of furniture that would never be seen,let alone fit, in a regular house. This gargantuan object of grotesqueness from China could only ever be seen in a huge hotel foyer, a conference suite or in the corner of a condo party room.
The rest rooms were something to behold too,vast empty rooms with showers and lockers, everything so bright and white and stark that it dazzled me, bringing to mind the movie 2001 Space Odyssey.
Unfortunately we only had about 20 people present, because so many folks were likely already at a holiday function, or busy shopping, or had heard about the lamp, but it was a good crew, and laughs were had, as well as plentiful slices of pizza, there were boxes and boxes of the stuff. A TV on a wall over the kitchen area showcased photos of DCUE members and then Andrew showed off some cool light gadgets.
I did venture out on to the roof top, curious to see how the wealthy live, and was impressed to see high end barbecues, a wall mounted TV, plenty of lounge seats and a pool. And a very well lit view of Tysons and the new silver line metro rail. Not many trees but lots of cars and bright lights. One of our group was out there with his tripod taking long exposure shots. He was a lot hardier than me and I soon fled back into the warmth.
this is their Facebook page. I made straight for it, barely managing to keep within the speed limits, then scurried across the road, busting through the front door into an old, but newly restored, house from the 1900's. I was a little startled to hear the loud voices of children, a barking dog and I smelled burned popcorn. Was I in the right place? In another room I could hear some men talking about beer so feeling reassured I started exploring. With Virginia opening over 200 hundred craft breweries in the last 20 years, and having the longest beer history in the States, this beloved beverage now has a huge fan base, and a museum with a bar
Of course, being fully aware that there was a bar downstairs with what I was hoping, a superb local craft beer selection, made me a little unable to concentrate fully on taking everything in, so I had to finally succumb to my beer tasting needs, with a promise to myself that I would return and explore more fully. It was quite apparent that the museum was new and still adding pieces of interest and further information, so of course, I'm going to have to return numerous times to check on its progress, as I'll not be wanting to miss out on anything.
I sauntered into the bar and stared at a wall listing the beers on tap. One of the few dark beers that I can drink was there, Dark Hollow by Blue Mountain, so I started with that. And was immediately drawn into the conversation between the guys there, the owner, David Downes, among them. And so I spent a fair chunk of the afternoon there, with the rest of the day's plans having to be discarded. It was nearly dusk when I left and heading towards home I only had the chance to snatch a couple of photos in the gloom.