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Yamas Mediterranean Grill has closed

[Flying Dog Brewery]

Beer Here

When is a beer not just a beer? When it becomes a movement, a flashpoint in the culture wars; when it defiantly baits the fun police — in classic we-triple-dog-dare-ya style — into a fight about First Amendment rights. Washingtonian takes a look at one such brouhaha, tracking the curious case of Frederick-based Flying Dog Brewery and the ongoing battle to keep authority figures’ hands off its signature Raging Bitch Belgian-Style India Pale Ale. [Washingtonian]

Booze News

Eater shared details about the scrumptious breakfast service. Now Washington Business Journal’s got the scoop on the bar side of Hotel Hive, a beverage program designed to highlight spirits from a number of local producers. Sourcing aside, the biggest deal seems to be a pilot 3-month happy hour during which six signature cocktails will be sold for less than $8. [WBJ]

The More the Merrier

Restaurant owners in Bethesda, Md., are excited Marriott International is moving downtown. “We can only gain foot traffic,” Tastee Diner owner Gene WIlkes told Bethesda Magazine about having the hospitality giant erect its new headquarters (expected to house 3,500 employees) and a flagship hotel by 2022. [BB]

The Shutter

A farewell note posted outside the Yamas Mediterranean Grill at 1946 New Hampshire Ave. NW indicates the restaurant is done at that location. Calls for comment to the last remaining outpost in Bethesda were not immediately returned. [PoP]

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