Tuesday, May 26, 2015

What's Trending in Brambleton - May Edition

by Dave Hoffman, Lost Rhino Retreat

What makes great beer even better?  Great food!  Our Chef, Josh, has been hard at work the last few weeks making sure we had some of the best food in Ashburn to go along with the best beer.

The finishing touches have been put on the seared ahi tuna tacos, slow roasted carnitas, and the Tmavy marinated hangar steak. He has also been refining some of the staples from the Tasting Room like the nachos and the Bavarian Pretzel.  The menu wouldn’t have been complete without them. He has been traveling the area to find local produce, all natural free roam chicken, and fresh seafood.  The fresh, ingredients are really putting the food over the top.  Can’t wait for everyone to try the menu!

The Retreat is just about ready as well.  The draft system has been tested and the Liquor License has been issued so that means beer is on the way!  The pallet wall is complete, art work is being created (the chalk work is pretty impressive), and the final mill work is underway.  We also received the first delivery of what looks to be a very extensive collection of beer bottles that Matt has been amassing for over 20 years.  Interesting rarities, discontinued beers, one offs, and bottles from companies that have long ago ceased production.  Should be a very nice addition to our front cabinets, although I’m starting to wonder if we’ll have room for the whole collection! Hey, did you know that J.R. Ewing (yes, that J.R. Ewing) had his own beer?!  Well he did and it’s part of Matt’s collection.

Hiring is still underway and we are looking for great people.  Cooks, in particular.  So if you know anyone who would like to work in a large, clean, well organized, high tech kitchen with a great Chef, send them our way.  All experience levels will be considered.  Smiling faces for our dining room and bar as well!

Thanks to everyone for your patience as we continue this journey.  We appreciate the enthusiasm we hear everyday from folks who are excited we’re coming to the Town Center.  Trust us,no one is more eager than we are to see the patio full, hear the music, and enjoy outstanding craft beer and food than we are.  If you see us working at the Retreat, don’t hesitate to say “Hi” and we’ll even show you around!

Brambleton's Inaugural Brewfest - May 30th!

Bram Brew Fest - May 30 th – 1:00 - 6:00 PM.  Purchase your tickets online to get through registration quicker! Please note that the online service fee will be the same at the gate unless you are using cash. You are welcome to bring your chairs and blankets, but tents are prohibited. We will have several large tents for your enjoyment, along with live music by Hypnotic Willie and Crowded Streets (DMB Cover Band). Newly added to this event is a silent disco!  Entrance will be located on Brambleton Plaza in front of Lost Rhino Retreat.  

Make-Over Contest – Eclips Salon - As part of their generous sponsorship to the Bram Brew Fest, Eclips will be choosing one winner to receive a full make-over at their salon.  If you feel you are in need of a new look, you can enter by sending a message to Eclips on Facebook, and they will send you the entry form.  Winner will be announced at the Bram Brew Fest, but you do not need to be present to win.  

New Running Club Now Forming! - If you're the type who likes to reward yourself with a cold pint after a great run, we've got just the thing for you starting  June 2nd! Join the Rhino Chasers every Tuesday at 6:00 PM (weather permitting) June-October at the Lost Rhino Retreat for an organized 1, 3 or 5 mile run through Brambleton. We'll meet back at the Retreat to enjoy drinks, food (fees separate from free run) and camaraderie with fellow runners and beer enthusiasts. All paces and ages welcome for run! For questions please email Kelly Superak.

Matt Partlow, World Police and Fire Games Participant

The World Police & Fire Games are coming up from June 26-July 5 in Fairfax County
and Brambleton resident and former Deputy Fire Chief of Loudoun County Fire and Rescue, Matt Partlow (who you may also know from Sport & Health at Brambleton Town Center), is attending the games to compete in the golf event. 

When we asked Matt what he’s most looking forward to at the games, he replied, “I get the opportunity to play golf a lot, but I don’t always get the opportunity to play golf against say, a firefighter from Spain or a policeman from Korea, for example. I think that will be the neat part, having someone coming to a place that I’ve lived all my life and they’ll be really excited to be here.”

Fairfax County and the National Capital Region will play host to the 2015 World Police & Fire Games, The Games of Heroes, June 26 - July 5.  Established 30 years ago, today the Games have grown into a spectacular international sporting event, offering police officers, firefighters, customs and correction officers from around the world an opportunity to showcase their athletic excellence in over 65 sporting events.  Held biennially, the World Police & Fire Games will be held in Fairfax County in 2015 then travel on to Montreal, Canada in 2017 and Chengdu, China in 2019. The size and scope of the games continues to grow, with both the attendance and number of participating countries steadily increasing.

The economic impact of the Games is substantial as competitors often plan their family vacations and holidays to the host city and its surrounding area. This means our area could see an influx of an estimated 15,000-30,000 visitors during the Games.

The Brambleton Town Center is honored to serve as a WPFG Merchant Incentive Partner offering special deals to the athletes and the many volunteers.  The Town Center is located within minutes of many of the WPFG sports venues in Loudoun County, and we welcome the athletes, their families, and Games volunteers to enjoy the dining and entertainment options available here.  Please visit the 2015 World Police & Fire Games website or Facebook page to learn more about the sporting events, venues and volunteer opportunities.

The Virginia LOVEwork returns to Brambleton during BrewFest

The Virginia LOVEwork Returns to Brambleton  - The Virginia LOVEwork will be on display in the Brambleton Town Center, May 22 - June 1. These letters travel around the state, promoting that “LOVE is at the heart of every Virginia vacation!” 

We encourage you to take family photos in front of the artwork and then post to Facebook, tagging Brambleton’s, Visit Loudoun’s and Virginia is for Lovers’ pages; or on Twitter and Instagram using the special hashtags #LOVEVA, #LoveLoudoun and #BRAMBLETON! Visit the website for more info.  Our LOVE album can be found here!

Did you know May is ‪Skin Cancer Awareness Month‬? 

Before you pack up for the long holiday weekend, heed the advice of the experts at Galaria Plastic Surgery & Dermatology to keep your skin protected: 
  1. Wear ‪#‎sunscreen‬ every day, in every season! Choose a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 and one with "broad-spectrum" on the label, which means it protects against the sun's UVA and UVB rays. Put it on at least 15 minutes before going outside. Use 1 ounce, which would fill a shot glass.
  2. Reapply sunscreen at least every 3 hours, more often if you're sweating or swimming.
  3. Wear wide-brimmed hats and long-sleeved shirts.
  4. Avoid being out in the sun as much as possible from 10 AM - 2 PM.
  5. Parents: protect your children's skin! Much of the damage that causes cancer later in life occurs before the age of 18.
  6. Do not use tanning beds.
Loudoun Lyme 5K: 1,200 Gather To Raise Awareness
Click here for more photos!

A note from Monte Skall, Director of NatCapLyme....

"Steve, Reagan, Lesley, DryHome Crew, 5K Committee & all,  Thank you for the wonderful event! I can’t express to you in words how proud NatCapLyme was to be a part of it. In the 5 years that we have done the 5K I have never heard as much appreciation expressed by race attendees and the public before. Throughout the morning I was being approached by people expressing their gratitude that this event was happening and how well it was done. I really felt that the difference this year was that for the first time the public felt a part of the event and identified with what was happening. I know that Congresswoman Comstock & Supervisor Janet Clark also appreciated being honored and left with a stronger connection to this cause than ever before. 

A special thanks to Steve & Lesley for their flexibility in letting us do the largest Lyme Challenge in the Country and honor the memory of a fallen Lyme advocate. It made the Loudoun Lyme 5th 5K/10K/1K the Lyme event of the year!

With much appreciation to you all, Monte & National Capital Lyme Disease Board of Directors".

Brambleton Farmer's Market Opening Day Officially kicks off the season!

Brambleton's mascot, Bruno the Blue Bird, officially opened the Brambleton Farmers Market for the 2015 season! Thank you to all who came out to support the market now open every Sunday 9AM - 1PM through November 1st. Please go to their website for a full list of vendors.  Click here to view all the photos from the day and even a short video here!

Brambleton Town Center Field Trip

On Tuesday, April 22nd, 3rd Graders from Legacy Elementary learned from the owners and managers of the Brambleton Town Center how they run their business! 

Thank you Johnny Rockets, Regal Fox Cinema, Go Bananas Toys, Bicycle Outfitters, Sport & Health, Animal Medical Centers of Loudoun, Bloo Dental, Capital One Bank, Eclips, Froots, Harris Teeter, Little Smiles Dentistry, & Insight Eye for your participation in this great annual event.

Stratford Landing Pool is now open!
Taken by Stephanie Lee, Brambleton Group

  • Our Brambleton Town Center Spotlight Tenant of the Month is Bloō Dental! Stop by the Welcome Center to enter their drawing, you could win an in-office teeth whitening or a Blue Ridge Grill gift card!
  • Talk of the Town Center Spring Update starring the Brambleton Marketing Department is now on the Brambleton TV Channel and also available on our Youtube Channel also here.
  • Northern Virginia Magazine named Bram Brew Fest sponsor Lost Rhino Brewing Company the “Best Tasting Room Experience” AND “Best Pilsner”! At 21730 Red Rum Drive in Ashburn, Lost Rhino boasts a wealth of beers and a delicious menu (we recommend the charcuterie plate!). From lagers to ales, IPAs and Pilsners, Lost Rhino will have something for beer lovers of all stripes — don’t miss this award-winning spot!  Lost Rhino Retreat anticipates a soft opening this Saturday.
  • Sport&Health's 5th Anniversary Pool Party - June 6th  from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM.  Live music, hot dogs, drinks, free guest day, Kidz Zumba and limbo in the fountains.  
  • Hot off the Press!  The Brambleton Town Center is debuting a brand new newsletter to help keep you up to date with all the downtown happenings! Feel free to stop by the Brambleton Welcome Center to pick up your copy today.
  • The Regal Summer Movie Express heads back to Brambleton for 9 weeks this summer, beginning on June 23rd. At 10 AM on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, head over to Regal Fox Cinemas for “G” and “PG” rated movies for just $1! Seating is first-come, first-served and limited to capacity. Seat reservation is not permitted. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Will Rogers Institute charity: http://www.wrinstitute.org/. The 2015 Summer Movie Express schedule is listed here.

Builder Buzz
  • Help Wanted   - Winchester Homes at Glenmere is searching for a Model Home Administrative Assistant. This is a full time job with benefits, and your work week would run Thursday - Monday, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Great organizational and computer skills required. Contact and send resume to Juan Rodriguez
            Single Family Homes:
            • Van Metre raised the base prices of the Northstar Collection by $7,500 (this represents a 1.2% increase from last month)
            • Winchester has increased base prices by $10K, with the exception of the Prescott, which only went up $5K.  This was their first price increase since January ‘14!
            • Brambleton’s average single-family home prices have fluctuated over the past year as builder product has sold out:
              • Average base price today (May ’15) = $655,537
              • Average base prices increased 0.9% since last month (April ’15)
              • Average base prices have decreased 2.5% over the past year (since May ’14)
            • Single Family Homes = priced from the upper $500s to upper $600s*
            Town Homes:
            • Van Metre’s Hillcrest Collection (Section 24) increased their base prices by $5K on Plans C & D, but because the larger/higher priced Plan E is now sold out, the average base price decreased 0.7% since last month!
            • Van Metre’s Townsend Collection (Section 33) increased by $2,500 (this represents a 0.5% increase from last month)
            • On average, townhome prices have increased 4.7% over the past 6 months, and increased nearly 7.9% since Jan ‘13
            • Average Base Price of Brambleton Towns today (May ’15) = $472,960
              • Represents a 0.05% decrease from last month (April ’15)
              • Represents a 1.7% decrease from a year ago (May ’14)
            • Townhomes = priced from the lower $400s to mid $500s*
            Brambleton Sales
            Project to Date Sales = 4,693 (opened Sept. ‘01)

            • SF Homes = 1,977
            • Town Homes = 1,917
            • Condos = 799

            2015 Year to Date Sales = 166
            • SF Homes = 53
            • Town Homes = 113

            *Prices, terms, conditions subject to change
            New Home Information Packet: www.issuu.com/brambleton
            Model Home Map: www.issuu.com/brambleton

            Brambleton's Builder Model Home Video Tours Now Available!  You can check out our Model Home Playlist on Youtube here or click on the links below.
            • English Manor Villas by Camberley Homes: Video
            • Skyview Collection by Miller & Smith: Video
            • South Lawn Collection by Miller & Smith: Video
            • The Brixton Collection at Clover Hill by Van Metre Homes: Video
            • Edgewood at Emerald Ridge by Van Metre Homes: Video
            • The Hillcrest Collection at Southbend in Emerald Ridge by Van Metre HomesVideo
            • Northstar at Emerald Ridge by Van Metre Homes: Video
            • Townsend Collection at Clover Hill by Van Metre Homes: Video
            • Devonshire Collection at Southbend by Van Metre Homes: Video
            • Winchester Homes Glenmere Singles: Video
              Need a new home now?  
              View a list of Brambleton's Quick Delivery homes here.

              How Does Investing in Brambleton Compare to Loudoun County?
              Brambleton Investment Comparison: www.issuu.com/brambleton

                                                                Brambleton All of Loudoun

              Average Sold Price                 $536,654         $464,260
              Average Days on Market       76                      68
              List Price/Sale Price               98.5%               97.5%

              RE/MAX Gateway Brambleton

              42365 Soave Drive, Suite 200 - Brambleton, VA 20148

              Brambleton Community Association News
              May 2015 Newsletter - This is the latest monthly community news from the Brambleton Community Association. Click here to view the May Newsletter and click here to view the New Resident Handbook (iPad friendly). You can also follow their latest news LIVE on Facebook.  If you would like to advertise in their monthly newsletter, please email christine.elansary@brambleton.org.  View the Media Guide here.  

              Sponsorship Opportunities - The Brambleton Community Association is always looking for area businesses who would like some exposure and advertising.  A great way to do this is through Brambleton event sponsorship.  There are a lot of options available, including customizing packages to make them work best for your business. Download the sponsorship form here.

              Brambleton Community  Association Donates Community Garden Plot 
              Proceeds to Loudoun Interfaith Relief’s Summer Meals Program 

              Each year, Brambleton Community Association (BCA) donates proceeds from its Let Us Garden program to Loudoun Interfaith Relief. The program provides Brambleton residents with “Garden to Table” opportunities, which in turn helps the greater Loudoun community. This year BCA donated $1,850 to Loudoun Interfaith Relief’s Summer Meals program, which will nourish thousands of Loudoun’s school children during the summer who typically receive free or reduced breakfasts and lunches during the school year.  

              When school lets out for the summer, hunger doesn’t take a vacation!  An anonymous donor will match every dollar up to $5,000 that is raised on Tuesday, May 5 th towards the Summer Meals campaign.  Please consider donating to Loudoun Interfaith Relief Today!  DONATE HERE

              UPCOMING EVENTS:

              May 30th - Brambleton's Inaugural Brewfest, 1-6PM
              June 19th - Summer Kick-Off & Pool Party*, 5-11PM
              June 25th - Sizzlin' Summer Concert Series Kicks Off, 7-9:30PM
              June 26th - July 5th - Fairfax World Police & Fire Games
              June 27th - Red, White & BRAM, 2-6PM
              July 9th - Sizzlin' Summer Concert, 7-9:30PM
              July 12th - Brambleton Grand Prix Bike Race, 8AM-4PM
              July 17th - Float 'n Flicks, Dusk-11PM
              July 23rd - Sizzlin' Summer Concert, 7-9:30PM

              *Residents Only

              Two Loudoun schools in U.S. News top Va. high schools

              Two of Loudoun's public schools made it into first 50 of U.S. News' list of top Va. high schools. Briar Woods High School in Ashburn made it in the top 10 at number nine while Loudoun County High in Leesburg made number 27.  

              A total of 100 Va. schools were deemed list-worthy in an examination of all U.S. public high schools. The education ranking and advice outlet reviewed 29,070 public high school's from across the country in its 2015 ranking.

              Here's the 2015 top 10 for Va. high schools:

              1. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria
              2. Langley High School, McLean
              3. W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax
              4. McLean High School, McLean
              5. George Mason High School, Falls Church
              6. Oakton High School, Vienna
              7. James Madison High School, Vienna
              8. Richmond Community High School, Richmond
              9. Briar Woods High School, Ashburn
              10. Fairfax High School, Fairfax

              Two of Loudoun’s Largest Employers, Verizon & AOL, Announce Deal

              AOL Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc., two lf Loudoun County’s largest employers announced a deal Tuesday in which Verizon intends to buy AOL for about $4.4 billion ($50 per share).

              While exact numbers were not immediately available, both companies are among the top employers in Loudoun. There are 10 businesses with facilities in Loudoun that employ 1,000 to 4,999 people, according to information on the Loudoun Department of Economic Development’s website. The only employer in a higher tier is Loudoun County Public Schools, which employs more than 10,000 people.

              A representative from Verizon said that company employed about 9,000 people statewide, and about 3,100 in Loudoun County as of Dec. 31.

              Udvar-Hazy Center Summer Concert Series

              Don't miss this chance to see Max Impact, the Air Force's celebrated rock band, perform classic and current rock and country hits, as well as patriotic favorites and original music at the Udvar-Hazy Center. This Max Impact performance promises to thrill with its trademark high-intensity, hard-rocking vivacity, and musical versatility.

              Concert Band: 
              U.S. Air Force Band's Max Impact
              Sunday, June 28 5:00 pm 
              Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA

              Admission: Free

              About the concert series: Music at the Museum concerts at the Udvar-Hazy Center feature energetic ensembles from the U.S. military or the local community performed in the Boeing Aviation Hangar. No tickets are required and parking is free after 4:00 pm.

              StoneSprings Hospital Center -  Coming December 2015
              Silver Line Ashburn Station - Coming 2020 

              Saturday, May 23, 2015

              14 Beers to Look For at Brambleton BrewFest

              Brambleton’s inaugural BrewFest is coming up in just a few days on the Brambleton Town Center plaza. We’re excited to feature over 24 local breweries from throughout Northern Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and D.C. So excited in fact, that we’ve been browsing through each brewery’s beer lineup to pick out some of our favorite brews along with some we can’t wait to try at Brambleton BrewFest on May 30 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are available >here<!

              With countless beers to choose from, here are our Top 14 picks:

              1. Rhino Chasers – Pilsner – Lost Rhino Brewing Company – Ashburn, VA
              Pilsners are perfect summer sippers. Says the brewery website: “Like an early morning dive into crisp waves, this premium Pilsner packs a quick, hoppy bite to wake up your senses. Topped with a dense creamy head, this golden lager is one you won’t forget.”

              2. Fleeting Glimpse – Imperial Kolsch – Ocelot Brewing Company – Sterling, VA
              We’re excited to give Sterling’s own Ocelot Brewing Company a try. Their dry hopped Kolsch is another great beer to start the summer. The brewery describes it as an Imperial Kolsch coming in at 7.1% abv, dry hopped with Hull Melon hops to give a slight strawberry nose.”

              3. Warrior IPA – India Pale Ale – Honor Brewing Co – Chantilly, VA
              What’s a beer list without a hoppy IPA? Add the fact that Honor Brewing Co.’s mission is to honor those who’ve served, and we’re sold on this beer. Honor calls the Warrior IPA a bold and flavorful American ale that showcases the intense citrus and pine aromatics of U.S. hop varieties...flavors reminiscent of lemon balm, grapefruit zest, dank herbs, bright citrus fruit and pine forest.”

              4. Supernatural – Imperial Saison – Crooked Run Brewing – Leesburg, VA
              Saisons are coming out swinging this spring, and we love how light this beer style is without sacrificing a lot of bold flavors. Crooked Run’s Supernatural is especially springy with the addition of hibiscus flowers. Crooked Run says their Supernatural saison is an imperial saison with a very nice white wine character. Made with 3 lbs of cut hibiscus flowers and dry-hopped with Nelson Sauvin hops.”

              5. Chinquapin Chestnut Porter – Porter – Old Bust Head Brewing Company – Warrenton, VA
              For those of you more interested in beer’s dark side, there’s this incredible Chestnut Porter from Old Bust Head. The brewery describes their porter as rich and full bodied, our Chinquapin Chestnut Porter is sure to please fans of more robust beer styles. Not content with just paying homage to the American Chestnut, or Chinquapin, by name, every batch of Chinquapin Chestnut Porter is made with a heaping portion of real chestnuts. Brewed together with a blend of dark malts, our porter has hints of cocoa, roasted malts, coffee, and, of course, hearty and sweet chestnuts.”

              6. American Expedition – Honey Ginger Wheat Ale – Heritage Brewing – Manassas, VA
              Heritage has us intrigued with this wheat ale with a ginger kick. If it’s a hot day, reach for a nice light wheat ale like the American Expedition. The story for this beer, from Heritage’s website: “Let us remember the Corps of Discovery with the American Expedition, a light bodied American wheat ale. Bathed in farmers honey and spiced with ginger, it will give any traveler the fortitude and perseverance to carry on.”

              7. Saison D’Ox – Saison – Old Ox Brewery – Ashburn, VA
              More summery saison goodness brewing in Ashburn. If you’re more of a wine drinker, you might want to try the Saison D’Ox! Old Ox describes the beer perfectly: Winner of a gold medal in the 2014 Virginia Craft Brewers Cup competition, our French farmhouse ale is a favorite of wine drinkers. This pale straw colored ale is conditioned with sweet orange peel, rosemary, and coriander to complement the natural spiciness of the yeast. It’s crisp flavor, dry finish, and effervescence are perfect for spring and summer!”

              8. Above the Clouds – Farmhouse Pale Ale – 3 Stars Brewing – Washington, D.C.
              Plenty of hop flavor for an IPA drinker, but brewed with an earthy yeast, this brew is surprisingly different, but in the best way. The 3 Stars website claims it’s for bright and easy drinking with a citrus hop character that balances with the fruity esters of the Belgian saison yeast and finishes with a subtle hop bitterness.”

              9. Home Rule – India Pale Lager – Atlas Brew Works – Washington, D.C.
              Goodbye IPAs, hello IPLs! Home Rule is brewed like your favorite lager, but dry hopped for subtle bitterness. Atlas calls Home Rule a “style-defying India Pale Lager, as delicious as it is unique. A pilsner malt base and Atlas’ house lager yeast provide a clean and crisp backdrop for late and dry hop additions of New Zealand Waimea hops. Balanced bitterness and playful hop aromas of citrus fruit will have you reaching for sip after sip.”

              10. Virginia Draft – Hard Cider – Bold Rock – Nellysford, VA
              For the cider lovers, Bold Rock will be on site serving up their crisp Virginia hard ciders. The Virginia Draft sounds like biting into an apple fresh off the tree. Bold Rock says: Our expert cider makers craft a broad blend of apples from local Virginia orchards to create this distinctive hard cider with rich complexity and superb drinkability.”

              11. Dam Lager – Lager – Sunken City Beer – Hardy, VA
              Lagers aren’t the easiest beers to brew, but Sunken City has it down. The easy-drinker Dam Lager should give your taste buds a break from some of the crazy hop varieties and yeast strains. The brewery describes the Dam Lager as “a low hopped American style amber lager that boasts a sweet caramel malt backbone…[the malts and hops] form a delicate, malt-driven beer with a subtle herbal aroma and a slightly sweet and clean finish.”

              12. 365 Shandy – Shandy – South Street Brewery – Charlottesville, VA
              Get the best of both worlds with a summer shandy. If it’s a hot day and one half of you wants to reach for a lemonade, but the other half could really go for a cold beer, South Street’s 365 Shandy is the perfect compromise. Part beer, part lemonade, this is perhaps the ultimate summer refresher!

              13. The Love – German Hefeweizen – Star Hill Brewery – Crozet, VA
              Another great Charlottesville mainstay, Star Hill’s German hefeweizen is light and cloudy for a clear, hot day. Plus, the LOVEworks art installation will be on-site during the BrewFest, so grab a taste of “The Love,” and head to the LOVE works for the perfect photo opportunity. Star Hill calls The Love their unfiltered wheat beer, also known as a hefeweizen. It is distinguished by its extremely light body and fruity aroma, finished with spicy notes.”

              14. Catty Wompus – Belgian Pale Ale – Devils Backbone – Lexington, VA
              Rounding out the list with one last seasonal IPA from Devils Backbone. Catty Wompus will give you a funky yeast strain with plenty of hops. The brewery describes it as a blend of old & new world techniques, ingredients, and flavors. Brewed both like an IPA & Belgian ale, it blends pine and citrus hop flavors with hints of apple and pear from a special Belgian yeast strain to create unrivaled synergy.”

              That’s just a sample of what you might see on May 30, along with local beers from Apocalypse Ale Works, Chaos Mountain, Forge Brewworks, Legend, Mad Fox, O’Connors, 3 Brothers, Roanoke Railhouse, Fair Winds and Adroit Theory. Enjoy live music from local acts Hypnotic Willie and Crowded Streets, grab some lunch at a food truck and enjoy other beer-related activities!

              All of this and more is presented by our newest neighbor, Lost Rhino Retreat, whose Sales Manager, Chris Drummond says, “We are very excited for the very first Brambleton Brew Fest! We are looking forward to enjoying some great beer, food, and music with our new friends and neighbors in Brambleton. We’ll see you there!”

              Thursday, May 7, 2015

              Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Brambleton Edition

              For 364 days out of the year, moms hustle to take care of the family. One day in May, however, it’s mom’s day to take it easy and be pampered by the family. We have a few last minute gifts in Brambleton that are perfect for Mother’s Day.

              Practical Pick-Me-Ups 
              Go the practical route with the gift that keeps on giving: caffeine. For some moms, coffee is the secret weapon that keeps them going. The Peet’s Coffee at Brambleton Town Center has all the supplies to make mom a gift set she can use daily and a number of ways to go about it. You could get her a nice insulated tumbler to drink coffee on the go and a Peet’s gift card to make sure it’s filled up at all times. Or you could put together an at-home gift set complete with an assortment of one pound bags of Peet’s blends and a mug that says “World’s Best Mom.”

              Classic: Dinner and a Movie 
              First things first, you have quite a selection of restaurants at Brambleton Town Center to treat mom to a lovely dinner. Chances are, she has a favorite restaurant (we all do) so book a reservation there before it’s too late! Here are a few of our favorites:
              • Papa Tony’s Trattoria – for the mom who loves Italian—we love the pizzas and pastas!  And moms will even get a beautiful flower to take home.
              • Nick’s Taverna – some moms enjoy the flavors of the Mediterranean – add live music plus a flower for mom to take home and you’ve got an extra special Mother’s Day treat! Check out the Mother’s Day specials posted on their Facebook page (our eyes went straight to the strawberry cheesecake).
              • Blue Ridge Grill – You could also switch it up and do brunch and a movie! Blue Ridge Grill has an extensive brunch menu, so mom can have just what she wants. And for the early risers, Blue Ridge Grill will open at 9 AM on Mother’s Day!
              • Asian Spice Café – the best spot in Brambleton for sushi!

              Now all that’s left is deciding on which movie to see at Regal Fox Cinemas. If mom likes superheroes, Avengers: Age of Ultron is playing in IMAX 3D, but we also like the cute Disney nature documentary Monkey Kingdom or Disney’s live-action Cinderella. Don’t forget the popcorn!

              Sweet Treats
              Nothing says “You’re the sweetest, mom” quite like a frozen treat, and the Brambleton Town Center has several great options for mom’s sweet tooth! Cool off with a healthy smoothie at Froots or a nostalgic shake at Johnny Rockets. Or hop into sweetfrog and let mom pick out her favorite toppings to go on their fresh frozen yogurt. You could also take her over to Cold Stone Creamery for something perhaps a little richer and mixed up on Cold Stone’s signature cold granite (or even take home an ice cream cake)! Whatever option, we’re officially hungry!

              Peace, Quiet and Spa Treatment 
              A spa day can give mom the peace and quiet she needs. Eclips Salon and Day Spa offers up a few ways to give mom the pampering she deserves. A mani & pedi is always a sure bet, but Eclips also offers a number of massage options, including hot stone, so mom can really relax.

              Steppin' Out In Style
              All moms want to look their best, but between the care-giving and the carpooling, keeping up with the latest trends can be a bit of a challenge! Thankfully Misguided Angels has plenty of fashionable options to keep your mom looking her best from head to toe, and best of all, all accessories are on sale now through Sunday!  So give mom what she really wants - and save 20% off all jewelry, shoes, purses, scarves and sale merchandise!  One stop at Misguided Angels and you'll earn a promotion to "mom's little fashionista helper!"

              Stay In, Cook Out 
              Now that the Farmer’s Market is open for the season, one of the best ideas for showing her a little extra love is to take her out for a stroll through the market. Find a midday snack and collect some fresh ingredients for the rest of the family to cook mom’s favorite meal while mom puts her feet up.

              What are you treating mom with on Mother’s Day? Recommend your best bets in the comments below!

              Tuesday, May 5, 2015

              Brambleton Now: Spring Is In Full Bloom!

              Brambleton Now is a recurring blog feature that rounds up the hottest happenings at Brambleton Town Center. Stay tuned for community updates, must-see events, and local specials!

              It’s May again, and Brambleton Town Center is celebrating the season with a fresh selection of springtime events! From produce to beer festivals, we’ve got all the updates you need to hit the ground running this spring. 

              The Brambleton Farmers Market seasonal grand opening took place on Sunday, May 3rd, and is open through the season! Head down to Town Center Plaza from 9AM to 1PM every Sunday from now until November 1, 2015. Located on Emberbrook Circle — right in front of Regal Cinemas — come stock up on all your fresh, farm-to-table needs. 

              May 11 - 17, 2015 is Small Business Week in Loudoun County, Virginia. There will be more than a dozen events giving small business owners and startup founders a chance to network with key industry leaders and learn essential strategies for business growth.  Plan to be in the Brambleton Town Center on Thursday, May 14th for a networking happy hour at Papa Tony's Trattoria​ from 5-7 PM. Join us for drinks and light hors d'oeuvres while you meet and mingle with other small business professionals. It's the perfect laid back setting to relax and make some important new connections.

              The 5th Annual Loudoun Lyme 1K/5K/10K takes place Sunday, May 17 to raise funds to fight Lyme disease! Beginning at 8AM, new this year is the 10K - between that and new children’s activities, there’s something for everyone! Register or donate at www.LoudounLyme.org

              Virginia is for Lovers! Brambleton Town Center is honored to host the iconic Virginia LOVEworks, displaying from May 22 to June 1! The LOVEwork letters travel around the state — make sure to take some pics and tag them with #LoveVA and #Brambleton on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! Visit www.Virginia.org/Love for more info! 

              Call your favorite babysitter: Brambleton Town Center’s inaugural Bram BrewFest, presented by Lost Rhino Retreat, is bringing brews from more than 25 breweries to Brambleton on May 30, 2015, from 1-6PM For $30, you’ll enjoy local craft brews, access to food trucks and vendors, and awesome live music! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.BrambletonHOA.com/BrewFest

              Plus: Northern Virginia Magazine named Bram Brew Fest sponsor Lost Rhino Brewing Company the “Best Tasting Room Experience” AND “Best Pilsner”! At 21730 Red Rum Drive in Ashburn, Lost Rhino boasts a wealth of beers and a delicious menu (we recommend the charcuterie plate!). From lagers to ales, IPAs and Pilsners, Lost Rhino will have something for beer lovers of all stripes — don’t miss this award-winning spot!