Seeing Suds and Stars in Gaithersburg, Maryland

Gaithersburg Dogfish Head Ale House

This week I was on assignment in Gaithersburg, Maryland, a lofty suburb 25-miles northwest of D.C.

Better known for its wealthy “New Urbanism” developments than its history, art or culture, nevertheless, I found another reason to visit – the Dogfish Head Ale House.

The ale, all 70 or more varieties, is brewed in the state of Delaware but the restaurants, all three of them, actually opened in Maryland. Of the three, the Gaithersburg location was only 10 minutes from where I was on assignment. I know, lucky girl.

Go easy on an unfiltered, unfettered, unprecedented brown ale called Palo Santo so you can see straight visiting the following: the Gaithersburg Latitude Observatory.

From 1898 until 1982, the reflecting telescope played a key role in the scientific investigation of the Earth’s rotation by measuring the wobble of the planet by plotting the locations of specific stars.

Other hilltop sites chosen to do the same included sites in California, Italy, Japan, and the Soviet Union. All five lay along the same latitude (39° 8’ N).