There’s more than just grapes growing in the Virginia countryside (though if you’re in search of a nice local cabernet franc or viognier, there are plenty of those around, too). In today’s Weekend section, explore budding breweries and distilleries on your next getaway. From Blue Mountain Brewery and Devils Backbone Brewing Co. to Catoctin Creek Distilling Co. and Copper Fox Distillery, there are more ways to whet your whistle on a weekend escape than ever before. Have a look.
•Our Editors’ Picks this weekend:The Legg Mason Tennis Classic comes to town, celebs play soccer for charity and the Black Eyed Peas perform before beginning an indefinite hiatus.
•Ten summer date ideas that go way beyond the routine restaurant dinner.
•Many of the area’s free summer concert series wind down in August, but it’s a big month for touring acts at Merriweather Post Pavilion and Jiffy Lube Live.
•Album reviews of bands playing in the area this week: Marissa Nadler (Friday at the Red Palace); Red Fang (Saturday at Jiffy Lube Live); Gillian Welch (Tuesday at Strathmore); and Austra (Thursday at Rock & Roll Hotel).
•Just steps from the White House, Decatur House hosts monthly jazz concerts in its courtyard -- a scene that’s completely different from the National Gallery of Arts popular Jazz in the Garden.
•Remember Montgomery Donuts? Slice N Dice, a locally owned subs and sandwiches spot in Crystal City’s underground mall, is the last link to the late, great donut shop.
•On Saturday at Flashpoint, see Janell Olah’s hand-sewn inflatable sculptures that gently expand and contract.
•New on screen this weekend: “Cowboys & Aliens,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and “The Smurfs.”