Taking "The Kids" Sightseeing in Washington D.C.

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Once again we’ve set out with “The Kids” to do some sightseeing in a place they’ve never been: Washington D.C.

Not only is this city home to the President of the United States and some great craft beer, but the history here is rich with monuments, museums and statues galore.

We were in town for the Craft Brewers Conference and got a small break in the day to check out the city. Our first stop was the White House. The White House is the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States, located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest. It has been the residence of every U.S. president since John Adams in 1800. We learned that the house was designed by James Hoban, and built between 1792 and 1800. Once a year the white-painted Aquia Creek sandstone facade requires about 570 gallons of white paint to cover the entire house. While we were there, Black Butte Porter wanted to trade a sample of his own tastiness for some of the White House Honey Porter but we didn't have enough time to track down President Obama.

Next we went to check out the Washington Monument. The Washington Monument is an obelisk on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., built to commemorate George Washington, commander-in-chief of the Continental Army and the first American president. The monument is made of marble, granite, and bluestone gneiss. We found out that this pointy monument is both the world's tallest stone structure and the world's tallest obelisk, standing 555 feet 51⁄8 inches. Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale thought they could traverse the scaffolding to reach the top but the security guards didn’t like that idea so we grabbed a photo instead.

“The Kids” had recently seen the movie “Lincoln” so they really wanted to get a glimpse of the Lincoln Memorial. This monument was built to honor the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. The architect was Henry Bacon, the sculptor of the primary statue in 1920 was Daniel Chester French, and the painter was Jules Guerin. The statue was dedicated in 1922, and has more than 6 million visitors annually. We tried to get Lincoln to hold up one of “The Kids” for a photo but his strong hands wouldn’t budge. The lifelike statue also faces the reflection pool which is a magnificent sight, especially when the sun is shining.

Overall, the short trip to Washington DC was an amazing adventure. We met all kinds of great brewery folks with tasty “Kids” of their own. Unfortunately we can’t stay this time as the east coast is not home for us yet. We hope to bring “The Kids” back in the future for all to enjoy but for now, you can find them in 20 US states where we distribute our beer and online at www.brewforia.com.

If you have any photos of you “Taking the Kids Sightseeing” to your favorite local, national or international monuments, please send them to gschauland@deschutesbrewery.com with a brief story. Cheers!

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