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Trump’s Lawyers Won’t Participate in Impeachment Hearing on Wednesday

ImageWestlake Legal Group merlin_163633758_54db907c-38ff-487b-afe6-9da2ac68902d-articleLarge Trump’s Lawyers Won’t Participate in Impeachment Hearing on Wednesday United States Politics and Government Trump, Donald J Trump-Ukraine Whistle-Blower Complaint and Impeachment Inquiry Nadler, Jerrold impeachment House of Representatives House Committee on the Judiciary

Representative Jerrold Nadler, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, is convening his panel’s first impeachment hearing Wednesday.Credit…T.J. Kirkpatrick for The New York Times

WASHINGTON — Lawyers for President Trump said on Sunday that they will not participate in the House Judiciary Committee’s first public hearing on Wednesday as House Democrats prepare to shift the direction of the inquiry toward drafting articles of impeachment against the president.

Representative Jerrold Nadler, Democrat of New York and the chairman of the committee, had offered the president or his lawyers the opportunity to participate in the hearing as part of the impeachment inquiry, when a panel of legal experts will offer an assessment of whether Mr. Trump committed impeachable offenses.

“We cannot fairly be expected to participate in a hearing while the witnesses are yet to be named and while it remains unclear whether the Judiciary Committee will afford the president a fair process through additional hearings,” Pat A. Cipollone, the White House counsel, wrote in a letter to Mr. Nadler. “Under the current circumstances, we do not intend to participate in your Wednesday hearing.”

He did not rule out participation in future hearings.

Mr. Trump has stonewalled the inquiry, seeking to block witnesses and documents, and his lawyers had privately questioned whether to participate in the Wednesday hearing, as the president and his allies continue to call the proceedings “deranged” and a “witch hunt.” People familiar with the president’s legal strategy have said privately that his lawyers are deeply suspicious of taking part in a process they view as unfair to Mr. Trump.

On Friday, Mr. Nadler also informed the administration that the president and his lawyers had a week to tell the committee whether they would call witnesses or present evidence as part of their defense against possible impeachment articles stemming from allegations that Mr. Trump pressured Ukraine to help him in his re-election campaign. The House Intelligence Committee is expected to approve a written report of its findings in its investigation of Mr. Trump’s dealings with Ukraine on Tuesday, after which the focus of the impeachment proceedings will shift to Mr. Nadler’s panel.

“We’re certainly hoping that the president, his counsel, will take advantage of that opportunity if he has not done anything wrong,” said Representative Val Demings, Democrat of Florida and a member of both the Intelligence and Judiciary Committees. Speaking on ABC’s “This Week” before the White House announcement, she added, “If he has not done anything wrong, we’re certainly anxious to hear his explanation of that.”

During the remainder of his Thanksgiving vacation at Mar-a-Lago, his Palm Beach estate, Mr. Trump remained relatively quiet about the inquiry, except for a few Twitter posts sharing articles late Saturday night that asserted Mr. Trump’s innocence.

A number of Mr. Trump’s allies appeared on television shows Sunday morning to aggressively condemn the process outlined by the House.

Representative Doug Collins of Georgia, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, before the announcement questioned why the White House would want to participate in “just another rerun.”

“We’ve already had constitutional scholars in the committee talking about — from the Mueller report and others, is there an impeachable offense?” he said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Mr. Collins renewed demands for Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, the chairman of the Intelligence Committee and the lead Democrat overseeing last month’s public testimony, to testify. (It is unlikely that Mr. Schiff will do so.)

“It’s an internal kind of time frame to try and finish this out by the end of the year because they want to get at this president right now before everybody completely sees through the process sham of the elections for next year,” Mr. Collins said. “We’re rushing this.”

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Trump Faces Two Deadlines As U.S. Congress Ramps Up Impeachment Focus

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WASHINGTON, Dec 1 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump faced two deadlines in Congress this week as Democrats prepared to shift the focus of their impeachment inquiry from fact-finding to the consideration of possible charges of misconduct over his dealings with Ukraine.

The Democratic-led House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, tasked with considering charges known as articles of impeachment, has given Trump until 6 p.m. (2300 GMT) on Sunday to say whether he or his legal counsel will participate in an impeachment hearing on Wednesday.

The first-in-a-series of expected Judiciary proceedings will hear testimony on the impeachment process established under the U.S. Constitution from a panel of legal experts that has yet to be named.

Hearings before the committee, which has responsibility for crafting any formal charges against Trump, are a major step toward possible charges. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who will make the final decision, has not yet said whether the Republican president should be impeached. But in a letter to supporters last week, she called for him to be held accountable for his actions.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing, calling the impeachment inquiry a “witch hunt.” The White House has not yet indicated whether it will take part in the committee proceedings.

Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler also set a 5 p.m. (2200 GMT) Friday deadline for Trump to say whether he will mount a defense at further proceedings expected next week to examine evidence against him.

Three investigating panels, led by the House Intelligence Committee, are due to release a formal report this week when lawmakers return on Tuesday from a Thanksgiving recess. The report will outline evidence gathered by the Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees.

Members of the intelligence panel will review the report in a classified setting on Monday evening, and the full committee will consider and vote on it on Tuesday before forwarding it to the Judiciary Committee, according to an Intelligence Committee official and a person familiar with the matter.

‘MAY WANT TO HEAR FROM BOLTON’

Congressional investigators have been looking into whether Trump abused his power by pressuring Ukraine to launch investigations of former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden, who is running to unseat him in the 2020 presidential election, and a discredited conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Representative Doug Collins, the senior Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said in an interview with “Fox News Sunday” that the White House would mount a defense during upcoming impeachment proceedings and suggested calling Adam Schiff, the Democratic chairman of the Intelligence Committee, as a witness.

In a separate interview on ABC’s “This Week,” another Judiciary Committee Republican, Representative Tom McClintock, suggested the possibility that Trump’s acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, and his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, should testify.

Representative Hakeem Jeffries, a member of the House Democratic leadership and the Judiciary Committee, told “Fox News Sunday:” “We all may want to hear from John Bolton. We all would like to hear from Mick Mulvaney.”

In September, Trump fired Bolton as national security adviser, citing policy disagreements.

The president and his Republican allies in Congress say the inquiry has been rushed and unfair to Trump by not allowing the White House to have legal counsel present or call witnesses during weeks of closed-door testimony and open hearings beforethe House Intelligence Committee.

Republican lawmakers were able to question witnesses duringthe closed hearings, however, and called three witnesses duringpublic hearings that wrapped up last week.

“The president may well look at this, or his counsel maywell look at this, and say: Why would we want to get in here and legitimize this process when it was made illegitimate at the beginning by shutting us out?” said Republican Representative Tom Cole.

The House Judiciary Committee could vote on whether to recommend articles of impeachment within the next two weeks, setting the stage of a possible impeachment vote by the full House before Christmas, according to Democratic aides.

If the House impeaches Trump, the Republican-controlled Senate would hold a trial to determine whether he should be removed from office. Senate Republicans have shown little appetite for removing Trump.

(Reporting by David Morgan, Richard Cowan and Andrea Shalal; Additional reporting by Patricia Zengerle, Jonathan Landay and Matt Spetalnick; Editing by Nick Zieminski and Peter Cooney)

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The 2019 Complete Guide to Holiday Beers at Virginia Craft Breweries

With the holiday season here, we’re craving all the seasonal flavors! But in addition to filling a plate with all the holiday goodness, Virginia’s many breweries are looking to fill your glass with seasonal tastes like gingerbread, pumpkin, apples, and holiday spice. Get into the holiday spirit this year with a few of these festive craft beers!

—PUMPKIN, SWEET POTATO, & SQUASH BEERS—

2 Silos Brewing Company Pumpkin Ale—Beautifully balanced autumn ale handcrafted with an assortment of specialty spices and a generous amount of raw pumpkin. 

2 Silos Brewing Company Oak Aged Pumpkin Ale—Their seasonal pumpkin ale aged in oak barrels. 

6 Bears & A Goat Brewing Company Imperial Pumpkin Porter—Imperial porter with a splash of pumpkin pie spices. 

Alewerks Brewing Company Pumpkin—Spiced pumpkin ale made with fresh pumpkin that is spiced and baked before being added to the brew. 

Alewerks Brewing Company Imperial Pumpkin—Intensified version of Alewerks Pumpkin Ale, aged three months in Virginia whiskey oak barrels. 

Ardent Craft Ales Sweet Potato and Sage Saison—A farmhouse-style saison with earthy notes from sweet potatoes and the fragrant aroma of fresh, local sage. 

Backroom Brewery Peter Pumpkin Drinker Porter—Seasonal pumpkin porter that is lightly spiced.

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Back Bay Brewing Company Basic Witch—Pumpkin spice latte stout made with cold brewed coffee from Snowing in Space.

Badwolf Brewing Company It’s a Pumpkin Stout, Charlie Brown!—American stout made with pumpkin and yams.

Barnhouse Brewery Good Gourd O’Mighty Pumpkin Ale—A seasonal pumpkin ale made with English and Munich malts and fresh roasted local pumpkins, then dry spiced with cinnamon sticks and fresh sliced ginger.

Beltway Brewing Company Pumpkin Spice HOV—American blonde ale dosed with just a touch of pumpkin spice. 

Brass Cannon Brewing Got Damn Pumpkin Ale—A pumpkin wheat beer. 

Brew Republic Bierwerks Power to the Pumpkin—A sour and tart gose brewed with barley, wheat, oats, pumpkin spice, and sea salt. 

Buffalo Mountain Brewery Charlie Brown—Belgian Imperial pumpkin porter with hints of nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, and vanilla. 

Cape Charles Brewing Company Beach Bumpkin Pumpkin—Seasonal pumpkin ale with the perfect balance of pumpkin, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice.

Capstan Bar Brewing Company Pumpkin Ale—Ale made with pumpkin and yams. 

Cedar Run Brewery Pick Me! Pumpkin Ale—Farmhouse ale with a spicy aroma of pumpkin pie spice and citrus with a sweet cinnamon flavor.

Chaos Mountain Brewing Legless Horseman—Seasonal pumpkin ale brewed using locally grown pumpkins and a blend of fall spices. 

Commonwealth Brewing Company Pumpkin Juice—Smooth pumpkin cream ale made with all your favorite fall spices. 

Corcoran Brewing Company Dark Apprentice Pumpkin Porter—Brown porter with the added flavor of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices. 

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Dirt Farm Brewing Pumpkin Ale—Ale brewed with roasted neck pumpkins grown on the brewery farm and mildly spiced for a smooth flavor. 

Friendly Fermenter “Excuse Me Sir”—Imperial pumpkin ale.

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Farmhouse Pumpkin—Farmhouse Ale made with Virginia-grown sugar pumpkins, whole nutmeg, clove, allspice, and fresh ginger root.

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Rum Barrel Pumpkin—Farmhouse Ale made with Virginia-grown sugar pumpkins, whole nutmeg, clove, allspice, and fresh ginger root, then aged in rum barrels. 

Home Republic Brewery Oh My Gourd Pumpkin!—Pumpkin ale. 

James River Brewery Sunkin’ Punkin’—Pumpkin beer with subtle notes of nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon. 

Loose Shoe Brewing Company Headless Horseman—Subtle spices in a pumpkin ale. 

Midnight Brewery Jack My Pumpkin—Pumpkin spiced ale.

New District Brewing Company Fashionably Late—Pumpkin autumn ale made with real pumpkins. 

Notaviva Craft Fermentations “Katrina” Pumpkin Spice Ale—Spiced ale with flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and vanilla. 

Ono Brewing Company Jack O’—Light-bodied pumpkin ale with caramel and red malts, brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and pumpkin. 

Pleasure House Brewing Tricks—Pumpkin/yam French saison with flavors of cinnamon, ginger, and other pie spices. 

Red Dragon Brewery Bourbon Barrel Pumpkin Harvest—Autumn brew aged in bourbon barrels from A. Smith Bowman Distillery. 

Redbeard Brewing Company Sweet Potato Pie Porter—Dark brown porter brewed with real sweet potato pie filling. 

Seven Sisters Brewery Bridget—Honey pumpkin porter with flavors of pumpkin spiced balanced with sweetness from honey and orange peel. 

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Sinistral Brewing Company Yankey Farms Pumpkin Ale—Ale made with over 30 pounds of longnecks roasted with brown sugar and cinnamon.

South Street Brewing Company Twisted Gourd—Chai-spiced Imperial chocolate pumpkin ale.

Spencer Devon Brewing Company Snead’s Squash Harvest Ale—Dark English mild ale made with Georgia Candy Roaster Squash from nearby Snead’s Farm, roasted with a touch of cinnamon, nutmeg, and honey. 

Sweetwater Tavern Ghost Town Pumpkin Ale—A lightly spiced but sweet balanced ale made with real pumpkin. 

The Farm Brewery at Broad Run Pumpkin Drublic—Pumpkin/yam beer made with pumpkin puree, hand-blended spices, and hazelnut/praline syrup. 

The Oozlefinch Craft Brewery So Help Me Gourd—Sweet potato pie-inspired pastry stout with vanilla and allspice. 

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The Veil Brewing Company Creep—Pumpkin Pie DIPA.

Tin Cannon Brewing Company Punk’Tin Ale—Pumpkin/yam beer made with five pounds of pumpkin per barrel and carefully spiced for flavor. 

Twin Creeks Brewing Company Imperial Pumpkin—Pumpkin beer. 

Wood Ridge Farm Brewery Basic Witch—Stout blended with coffee, pumpkin, and spices. 

Woodstock Brewhouse Shrumpkin Pumpkin Amber Ale—Fall seasonal ale with roasted local pumpkins. 

Worthog Brewery Frankenpiez—Amber ale that blends pumpkin, apple, and spices.

—GINGERBREAD BEERS—

2 Silos Brewing Company Gingerbread Ale—Spiced winter seasonal crafted with ginger, cinnamon, and clove.

Adventure Brewing Company Mary Washington’s Gingerbread—Brown ale made with Mary Washington’s original gingerbread recipe, tastes like cookies in a glass. 

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Gingerbread Stout—Imperial Milk Stout made with fresh ginger and wildflower honey.

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Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Christmas Morning—Imperial gingerbread stout with spices and coffee.

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Kentucky Christmas Morning—Imperial gingerbread stout aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels and cold-filtered through coffee beans.

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Christmas Pancakes—Imperial gingerbread stout refermented on maple syrup.

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Bourbon Barrel GBS—Imperial gingerbread stout aged 12 weeks in Virginia bourbon barrels. 

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Apple Brandy Barrel GBS—Imperial gingerbread stout aged in apple brandy barrels. 

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Rye Barrel GBS—Imperial gingerbread stout aged in rye barrels.

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Rum Barrel GBS—Imperial gingerbread stout aged in Caribbean dark rum barrels for 12 weeks.

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Double Barrel GBS—Imperial spiced gingerbread stout aged in bourbon barrels, then aged again in rum barrels. 

James River Brewery Gingerbread Brown Ale—Brown ale with notes of ginger, molasses, and cinnamon. 

Mountain Valley Brewing The Gingerbread Man—Imperial gingerbread stout brewed with biscuit and chocolate malt, cinnamon, fresh local honey, and ginger. 

Tin Cannon Brewing Company Ginger Snap Amber Ale—Winter holiday ale with ginger, molasses, and spices. 

—HOLIDAY SPICED BEERS—

Adventure Brewing Company Candy Cane Stout—A creamy stout with roasty notes of chocolate, coffee, and peppermint. 

Adventure Brewing Company Snowshoe Spiced Winter Ale—A lightly spiced winter ale with orange peel, cinnamon, allspice, and ginger.

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Alewerks Brewing Company Fun, Old-Fashioned Family Christmas Ale—Chestnut colored strong ale with a blend of nutmeg, vanilla, clove, and other holiday spices. 

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Back Bay Brewing Company Nut Quacker Almond Cream Stout—Limited Edition holiday cream ale brewed with lactose to create a smooth, slightly sweet creamy brew.

Beale’s Maple Vanilla Porter—English porter made with Vermont maple syrup and hand-split Madagascar vanilla beans, then aged in rum barrels.

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Beale’s Mama Crockett’s Donut Stout—Imperial oatmeal stout brewed in collaboration with Mama Crockett’s Donuts.

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Belly Love Brewing Company Auld Resolutions—Spiced winter ale made with ginger, orange, and cinnamon. Released in early December.

Blue Mountain Brewery Blitzen—A spicy Belgian beer made with Belgian candi sugar and French and German Hops. 

Blue Mountain Brewery Tree Day Christmas Ale—Belgian-style holiday ale that has been barrel-aged for three years.

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Blue Mountain Brewery Lights Out—Full-bodied holiday ale. ‘

Brass Cannon Brewing Maple Me Crazy—A smooth flavorful stout swirled with sweet maple. 

Brew Republic Bierwerks Commonwealth Christmas—A seasonally-spiced ale brewed with caramel, wheat, roasted barley, cinnamon sticks, fresh ginger, and honey. 

Cape Charles Brewing Company Peppermint Milkshake Stout—Smooth seasonal stout with balanced notes of peppermint.

Center of the Universe Brewing Company Jesus Mexican Hot Chocolate Imperial Stout—Spicy Imperial stout with flavors of cayenne peppers, cinnamon, and a dash of vanilla. 

Champion Brewing Company Santa’s Cookies—Imperial spiced oatmeal stout made with real ginger and cardamom. 

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Creek Bottom Brewing Mistress Claus—Imperial chocolate holiday stout.

Deschutes Brewery Jubelale—Winter ale with a warm spiciness and a robust malt character of toffee and dusted cocoa. 

Escutcheon Brewing Company Christmas Ale—Red IPA balanced with sweetness from caramel malts, bitterness from Chinook hops, and organic cacao nibs, tastes of chocolate and pine on the nose. 

James River Brewery Belgian Holiday Ale—Belgian amber ale with fresh ginger, cinnamon, and coriander. 

Legend Brewing Company Winter White—Belgian witbier with handpicked flavors of coriander and orange peel. 

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Midnight Brewery Christmas at Midnight—Spiced ale. 

Mountain Valley Brewing Fall Into Winter—Nut brown ale lightly spiced with hints of chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. 

New Realm Brewing Company Oaxaca Choca—Imperial Mexican chocolate stout brewed with vanilla, cinnamon, chili peppers, and locally-roasted cacao nibs. 

O’Connor Brewing Company Ibrik—Imperial coffee stout that is bourbon barrel-aged with vanilla and cinnamon. 

Old Trade Brewery Maple Tri-Corner—A seasonal brown ale co-fermented with locally sourced maple syrup.

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Old Ox Brewery Keg Nog—Spiced/herbed beer with spiced flavors of nutmeg, vanilla, and cinnamon.

Origin Beer Lab Jolly Jaunt—Macon Mint Milkshake beer with four pounds of candy canes added. 

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Port City Brewing Company Tidings Ale—Belgian-style blonde ale brewed with local wildflower honey and Virginia-grown wheat. Gently spiced with coriander, cardamom, fresh ginger, and Grains of Paradise. 

Quattro Goomba’s Brewery Vanilla Thrilla—Vanilla flavored Scottish ale with flavors of chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. 

Quattro Goomba’s Brewery Winter Belgian Quad—Belgian strong dark ale with flavors of caramel, dark sugar, raisins, figs, plums, and clove. 

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Redbeard Brewing Company 2019 XMAS Beer—Chocolate peppermint stout. 

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Smartmouth Brewing Company Holiday Helper—Red ale with a crisp, sweet, spicy aroma. 

Starr Hill Brewery Last Leaf—Maple brown ale brewed with Virginia maple syrup, vanilla, and winter spices. 

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Starr Hill Brewery Snow Blind—Dobblebock lager.

Sweetwater Tavern Happy Trails Christmas Ale—A holiday ginger-spiced ale. 

The River Company Brewery Chill Chaser Spiced Chocolate Stout—Milk stout with chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, chipotle, and cayenne peppers. 

The Virginia Beer Company Evil Santa Spiced Milk Stout—Milk stout with dashes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. 

The Virginia Beer Company Vanilla Evil Santa—Spiced milk stout spiked with vanilla beans. 

The Virginia Beer Company Double Evil Santa—Imperial spiced milk stout that has been aged in bourbon barrels for four months, culminating in flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, caramel, and vanilla. 

The Virginia Beer Company Mocha Evil Santa—Spiced milk stout blended with mocha cold brew coffee from Ironclad Coffee Roasters. 

Three Notch’d Brewing Company Spruce Double IPA—IPA with a natural piney profile. 

Tradition Brewing Company Winter Lager Schwarzbier—German Schwarzbier, a black lager. 

Woodstock Brewhouse Krampus Holiday Ale—Medium-bodied holiday ale with hints of caramel and a subtle heat from fresh ginger balanced with dried orange peel. 

—HOLIDAY NUTS & BERRY BEERS—

Adventure Brewing Company Merry Berry Pilsner—Light and crisp berry pilsner with slightly sour raspberry notes on the front and a crisp, clean finish. 

Alewerks Brewing Company Cranberry Weekend Lager—Begins as their flagship Weekend Lager beer before being infused with hundreds of pounds of cranberries. 

Brass Cannon Brewing Crandom Encounter—Cranberry-infused wheat beer that is fruity and light.

Buffalo Mountain Brewery Gettin’ Figgy With It—Abby-style Belgian ale with cinnamon spice. 

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Ballast Point Brewing Company Spruce Tip Sculpin IPA—A cool winter spin on their signature IPA.

Caiseal Cranberry Walnut Ale—Golden ale made with roasted walnuts and cranberry puree. 

Coelacanth Brewing Sauce—Orange cranberry sour ale.

Devils Backbone Brewing Company Cherry Pie Lager—Lager made with real cherries during the fermentation process, subtle spice flavors like cinnamon, pepper, and hibiscus. 

Dogtown Brewing Company Code Red Cherry Pils—Cherry pilsner. 

Eavesdrop Brewery Winkie Cran Wit—Medium bodied witbier with notes of orange peel, clove, and stone fruit. Slight tart cranberry finish. 

Isley Brewing Company Rudolph the Red Ale Reindeer—A traditional Irish red ale infused with warm cinnamon and fresh cranberry puree. Flavors of caramel, winter spice, and juicy cranberries. 

Mountain Valley Brewing Choc. Full O’ Cherries—Chocolate porter made with caramel malt, cocoa nibs, tart cherries, and a hint of vanilla. 

New Realm Brewing Company Tart’s Content—Richly fruited Berliner Weisse with tart citrus and spiced fall flavors of cranberry, orange, and cinnamon. 

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Old Bust Head Brewing Company Chinquapin Chestnut Porter—Chestnut porter made with real chestnuts and brewed with a blend of dark malts. 

Olde Salem Brewing Colorshow—Cranberry and plum sour beer

Quattro Goomba’s Brewery Dark Side Cherry—Chocolate cherry milk stout made with over 40 pounds of sweet milk chocolate and 80 pounds of tart cherries. 

Random Row Brewing Company Cranberry Gose—Sour gose infused with pureed cranberry.

Stable Craft Brewing Cranberry Kettle Sour—Sour ale made with fresh cranberries.  

The Farm Brewery at Broad Run Gluhweizen: Cranberry-Spice—German Dunkelweizen wheat beer with aromas of cranberry, nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. 

The Oozlefinch Craft Brewery Das Yummy—Cranberry/cherry cobbler-style Berliner weisse. 

Twisted Knot Brewing Wheatie Pops—Cranberry and orange wheat beer. 

Winchester Brew Works #Glamping Holiday Shandy—A refreshing shandy made with cranberry and orange. 

Wolf Hills Brewing Company Blackstrap Pecan Porter—Sweet porter enhanced by pecan extract. 

 Woodstock Brewhouse Capola Mountain Chestnut Ale—Winter ale made with locally sourced chestnuts. 

—SPICED APPLE BEERS—

2 Silos Brewing Company Apple Pie Ale—Seasonal ale made with Virginia apples and spiced with cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and clove. 

Beale’s Spiced Apple Ale—English ale fermented with local apple cider concentrated in-house and then blended with seasonal spices. 

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Fine Creek Brewing Company Graff Belgian-Style Cider-Ale Hybrid—Rye-spiced ale and cider blend made with ripe red apples. 

Gloucester Brewing Company Johnny Apple Beer—Fruity take on their popular cream ale with a crisp taste reminiscent of apple cider.

Old Bust Head Brewing Company Apple Cinnamon Bright Prospect—Belgian golden ale with a hint of spice from hand-broken cinnamon sticks and Belgian yeast. 

Old Bust Head Brewing Company Cran-Apple Gose—Gose-style flavored wheat ale conditioned on a puree of cranberries and apples.

Rising Silo Brewery Apple ‘Atcha Pale Lager—Crisp, dry, slightly tart lager made with a blend of apples from Seven Springs Farm. 

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‘Turn Off the Sunshine’: Why Shade Is a Mark of Privilege in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — There is no end to the glittering emblems of privilege in this city. Teslas clog the freeways. Affluent families scramble for coveted spots in fancy kindergartens. And up in the hills of Bel-Air, where a sprawling estate just hit the market for a record $225 million, lush trees line the streets, providing welcome relief from punishing heat.

They say the sun has always been the draw of Los Angeles, but these days, shade is increasingly seen as a precious commodity, as the crises of climate change and inequality converge.

Now, city officials, rather than selling sunshine as Los Angeles’s singular attraction, are treating it as a growing crisis.

Using data that overlays areas of intense heat with the busiest public transit routes, the city is rushing to deploy shade to nearly 750 bus stops, using trees, shade sails or umbrellas. In addition, the city has recently hired its first forestry officer, and announced a goal of planting 90,000 shade trees by 2021. As part of this effort, some of the city’s famous palm trees, which have defined the image of the city but do not provide much shade, could be replaced.

“Maybe you haven’t thought about it this way, but shade is an equity issue,” Mayor Eric M. Garcetti said at a recent event on a blazing hot day in South Los Angeles, where he discussed a number of climate initiatives around the city, including creating more shade.

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A tree was planted during a ceremony in sun-strafed South Los Angeles by the city’s tree czar, Rachel Malarich, center left, and Mayor Eric M. Garcetti, right.

“Think about an elderly Angeleno who relies on public transit to get around her neighborhood,” he continued. “Imagine her standing in the blistering sun in the middle of July waiting for the bus, with hot, dark asphalt. She deserves to be every bit as comfortable as her counterpart in another ZIP code in town.”

Drive across the vast space of Los Angeles and the point becomes clear. In wealthy neighborhoods like Bel-Air or Beverly Hills, spot the hulking trees lining canopied streets. In poorer neighborhoods like South Los Angeles, watch as the people waiting for the bus strain for some sliver of escape from the intense heat. They may find it in a small shadow cast by a stop sign, or under a shopkeeper’s awning, or even, sometimes, just from the shade of a person standing in front of them.

In late October, as Los Angeles was facing record heat for the season, the high winds up in the hills and canyons were stirring up wildfires and people were fleeing their homes. Down on the streets of South Los Angeles, it was blazing hot.

On the corner of Sixth Avenue and Jefferson Boulevard, between the Sixth Avenue Elementary School and Lupita’s Market, Gwendolyn Coakley was standing in the narrow shadow of a streetlight, waiting to help schoolchildren cross the street.

It was the only space where she could find a little respite, as temperatures approached triple digits.

“The heat is terrible,” said Ms. Coakley, a crossing guard, as she clutched a bottle of water. “I’m always looking, trying to find something.”

Sunshine was once a salable commodity for Los Angeles, a singular characteristic used to beckon settlers from across America and beyond. Historians have described this time of selling the sun in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as Los Angeles’s period of boosterism.

Led by the city’s chamber of commerce, which distributed pamphlets and books across the country portraying Southern California as a sun-dappled utopia, the marketing effort helped propel Los Angeles’s growth as a major metropolis.

“People came here specifically to chase the sun,” said Christopher Hawthorne, the city’s chief design officer, a newly created position that he took up last year. “And we sold the sunshine as a commodity.”

A street vendor used three umbrellas to shield her quesadilla cart in Westlake. Chinatown in Downtown Los Angeles.

As the world warms, the issue of shade has drawn more attention from urban planners. The writer Sam Bloch, in an article in Places Journal this year that focused on Los Angeles, called shade “an index of inequality, a requirement for public health, and a mandate for urban planners and designers.”

Mr. Hawthorne, a former architectural critic for The Los Angeles Times, has been thinking for years about the city’s public spaces and the lack of shade as a measure of inequality. When he talks about the subject, he likes to invoke the title of a 1942 book of short stories about Los Angeles by the writer Timothy Turner: “Turn Off the Sunshine.”

“We can all relate to that title today,” he said, at the recent event where Mr. Garcetti appeared. “There are times all of us in Los Angeles wish we could turn off the sunshine, and there are more and more of those days every year as a result of climate change.”

In an interview, Mr. Hawthorne said, “We have pockets of beautiful urban design and beautiful stretches of shade, but it’s definitely fair to say that it has not been distributed in an equitable way.”

Angelenos high on the income ladder go everywhere in air-conditioned cars, leaving the city’s buses and baking sidewalks largely to those on the lower economic rungs. Citing the impact of climate change, Mr. Hawthorne said: “This city is noticeably less hospitable to pedestrians now than it was when I got here in 2004. So 15 years has changed this conversation.” Mr. Hawthorne has been leading the effort to bring shade to nearly 750 bus stops, utilizing data that overlays the hottest areas of the city with the locations of the busiest bus stops.

Researchers at U.C.L.A. have forecast that Los Angeles is likely to see a sharp increase in the number of days of extreme heat — defined as 95 degrees or higher. Downtown Los Angeles currently experiences about seven days of extreme heat per year, but that figure could rise to 22 by 2050 and to more than 50 days by the end of the century, according to forecasts. (Of course, temperatures don’t need to soar above 95 degrees for a lack of shade to be a burden on the city’s poor.)

Like Mr. Hawthorne, Rachel Malarich, whom Mr. Garcetti hired earlier this year as Los Angeles’s first forestry officer, is trying to bring shade to the city’s underserved communities, particularly in South Los Angeles and East Los Angeles, by planting more trees.

“These communities should have access to the same resources other communities have,” she said. “I don’t want a bunch of small trees. We need to find spaces for big trees.”

Still, in some communities that have historically been neglected by the city, new trees can be a tough sell. Residents complain that the city has planted trees in the past and then failed to trim them, creating neighborhood hazards and causing injuries.

The lack of trees in some poorer communities is also connected to a history of abusive policing. For years, the city kept tree growth to a minimum in some neighborhoods because police officers were worried that trees could be places to stash drugs and guns.

In an interview, Ms. Malarich showed a map of the city’s tree canopy. Wealthy areas of West Los Angeles and the Los Feliz neighborhood are dark green, with a tree canopy of more than 35 percent. South Los Angeles, by contrast, is shaded lightly, with just 10 percent to 12 percent tree cover.

Ms. Malarich said trees are also a public health issue, citing studies showing that more trees in a community correlates with lower asthma rates, reduced hospital visits during heat waves and improved mental health. “All our communities should have access to those benefits,” she said.

Los Angeles, with its many different climate zones, can host countless types of trees, Ms. Malarich said, and she is drawing on several books and resources, such as “A Californian’s Guide to the Trees Among Us,” to decide which trees to plant and where.

Deploying an umbrella against the sun, not the rain, in MacArthur Park. Waiting to see a comedy show in MacArthur Park as the sun beats down.

And what about Los Angeles’s famous palm trees, which are essential to the city’s image of itself but do not provide much cover? There may be fewer of them in the future, she said, because as some palm trees reach the end of their life cycle, they may not be replaced.

Still, “palm trees are important for culturally significant spaces,” she said.

The attention given to creating more shade is part of a broader effort by Los Angeles, Mr. Hawthorne said, to “draw people back to the public realm,” in a city famously attached to the automobile.

“If we can’t turn off the sunshine, at least we can find respite and refuge, and a sense that the city increasingly is designed for all of us,” he said.

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Malta prime minister to resign amid probe into murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced Sunday night that he would resign in January amid mounting pressure from citizens over the 2017 car bombing that killed anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Muscat spoke in a televised message, informing the public that the ruling Labor Party will begin the process of choosing a new leader on Jan. 12 and that “in the days after I will resign as prime minister.”

MALTA BUSINESSMAN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH KILLING OF JOURNALIST DAPHNE CARUANA GALIZIA

“As prime minister, I promised two years ago that justice would be done in the case of the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia,” Muscat said, adding: “Today I am here to tell you that I kept my word.”

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Muscat said Sunday that he would resign in January following pressure from citizens for the truth about the 2017 car bombing that killed a journalist. (Julien Warnand/Pool via AP, File)

Caruana Galizia was investigating Maltese connections to the Panama Papers financial scandal at the time of her death. She alleged that Maltese politicians were linked to companies named in the papers.

She was killed in a car bomb near her home in Bidnija on Oct. 16, 2017.

“I reiterate my deepest regret that a person who, with all her positive and negative qualities and contribution toward the democracy of our country, was killed in such a brutal way,’’ Muscat said.

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Prior to Caruana Galizia’s death, she had reported to police that she was receiving threats. (AP)

In recent weeks, Malta’s police have seemed to make leaps in the case, arresting a suspected middleman and prominent businessman Yorgen Fenech, who was charged Saturday as an accomplice in Caruana Galizia’s murder and for allegedly organizing and financing the bombing. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Three other men were arrested in December 2017 on charges of carrying out the bombing. They are still awaiting trial.

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Police last week questioned Muscat’s chief of staff, Keith Schembri, in connection to the killing. He resigned from his post after local media reported his involvement in the probe. The political links to Caruana Galizia’s death had prompted Maltese citizens to demand Muscat’s resignation, calls that escalated in recent days.

Close to 20,000 Maltese citizens jammed Republic Street outside the courthouse in the capital of Valletta earlier Sunday in what was by far the largest turnout so far in weeks of public outpouring of anger and disgust aimed at Muscat’s government.

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European Parliament lawmakers are due to visit Malta in coming days amid concerns about the functioning of rule of law on the Mediterranean island nation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Indiana suspect with ‘Crime Pays’ face tattoo remains at large: police

Police in Indiana are looking for a man with the words “Crime Pays” tattooed across his forehead.

Donald Murray, 38, allegedly led officers in Terre Haute on a high-speed pursuit Friday after he was spotted driving without lights on his car, according to authorities.

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Terre Haute police say a man with the words “Crime Pays” tattooed on his forehead fled on foot Friday night after a high-speed pursuit. 

Police said Murray crashed into a tree and fled the scene on foot. There was a passenger in the car who said he didn’t know his name, they said.

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Murray remains at large. He faces criminal recklessness and resisting law enforcement charges — both felonies, Terre Haute’s WTWO reported.

Anyone with relevant knowledge of the matter is encouraged to call police at 812-232-1311.

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Terre Haute is located about 80 miles west of Indianapolis.

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Minshew Mania back in Jacksonville after Nick Foles is benched

Minshew Mania is alive again in Jacksonville a bit earlier than expected following the benching of quarterback Nick Foles in Sunday’s game between the Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

With Jaguars fans shouting “we want Minshew” and the team trailing the Buccaneers by 25 points at halftime, the coaching staff decided to make a change and bring back Gardner Minshew, the rookie quarterback who took the league by storm earlier in the season with his exciting play and signature mustache.

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A Jacksonville Jaguars fan holding a sign about Gardner Minshew during the first quarter of a game at TIAA Bank Field on Dec. 1. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

Since Foles returned from a broken collarbone injury two weeks ago, he has struggled behind Jacksonville’s offensive line. On Sunday, he completed just six passes for 82 yards.

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He was also sacked three times and committed three first-half turnovers for a 34.8 passer rating.

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Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles (7) looks for a receiver against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

Jacksonville has yet to win a game with the former Super Bowl-winning quarterback, which could be attributed to his lack of movement in the pocket behind a below-average offensive line, young linebackers, the team’s failure to get a consistent running game and the lack of chemistry he’s had with the wide receivers due to his injury.

The Jaguars have also been plagued with the injury bug and its defense isn’t the same this year after losing players like LB Telvin Smith, DT Malik Jackson, CB Jalen Ramsey and FS Tashaun Gipson for various reasons.

Foles signed with the Jaguars this past March to a four-year, $88 million contract with just over $50 million guaranteed before suffering the broken clavicle during the team’s first game of the season against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Minshew came off the bench that game and took the NFL by storm, creating a phenomenon the city hadn’t seen in a long time. He started eight games this season, completing 61.2 percent of his passes for 2,285 yards — while throwing 13 touchdowns and just four interceptions.

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Gardner Minshew #15 of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Nick Foles #7 warm up before the start of a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

On Nov. 3 in London, Minshew had essentially a one-game audition to keep his job, with Foles returning from injury. But the rookie had arguably his worst game of the season, turning the ball over four times in the Jaguars 26-3 loss.

In the second half on Sunday, he showed a bit of that magic the team has been missing over the past few weeks.

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With Minshew back for the Jags and the team likely to miss the playoffs, it’s now up to the coaching staff to determine if they stick with the rookie or go back to the Super Bowl-winning QB.

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Kansas county to pay $37.5G to Wichita officer bitten by deputy’s dog

A Kansas county says it will pay $37,500 to a Wichita cop bitten in the groin by a sheriff’s office K-9 whose handler once sued after being bitten by a Wichita police dog, according to a report.

Wichita Officer Nathan Toman sought monetary damages without filing a lawsuit after a dog belonging to the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office bit him in the “right testicle, right inner thigh and right wrist” two years ago, the Wichita Eagle reported Friday.

The dog’s handler, Deputy Sarah Sinnett, had successfully sued the city of Wichita for $67,000 after a Wichita police dog bit her in 2014, according to the paper.

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Toman was bitten as he was responding to a burglary call at an abandoned house, the paper reported.

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The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office posted this photo of Deputy Sarah Sinnett and her new police dog Nimitz on Facebook in 2014.  (Sedgewick County Sheriff’s Office)

The paper said the Sedgwick County Commission approved the settlement earlier this month. Toman had initially sought $221,000.

Kate Flavin, a Sedgwick County public information officer, told the paper that Toman was bitten when he crossed in front of Sinnett’s K-9.

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“Deputies immediately called off the K-9,” Flavin said, “which responded to commands, but the whole sequence took place in a matter of seconds.”

Sinnett had sued in connection with an incident in which officers tried to remove a man sitting in a vehicle with a machete.

According to court records, a Wichita officer left his door open, allowing his Belgian Malinois to “self-deploy” after seeing his handler in a struggle with the suspect, the paper reported. Sinnett was bitten on the left thigh.

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Her lawsuit accused the Wichita Police Department of failing to adequately train K-9 officers and ensure the dog was properly certified.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Supreme Court to take up first gun rights case in nearly a decade

The U.S. Supreme Court, in its first gun rights case in nearly a decade, will hear arguments Monday from Second Amendment advocates challenging a New York City law that restricts licensed holders to a handful of shooting ranges within the city.

Gun rights groups are hoping the high court will extend its landmark rulings from 2008 and 2010 that enshrined the right to have a gun for self-defense at home.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) and its allies have for years tried to get the court to say more about gun rights.

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The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on a gun rights case for the first time in nearly a decade.  (AP)

The lawsuit in New York began as a challenge to the city’s prohibition on carrying a licensed, locked and unloaded handgun outside the city limits, either to a shooting range or a second home.

Lower courts upheld the regulation, but the Supreme Court’s decision in January to step into the case signaled a revived interest in gun rights from a court with two new Trump-appointed justices: Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

Gun control advocates at both the city and state levels scrambled to find a way to remove the case from the justices’ grasp. Not only did the city change its regulation to allow licensed gun owners to transport their weapons to locations outside New York’s five boroughs, but the state enacted a law barring cities from imposing the challenged restrictions.

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“There is no case or controversy because New York City has repealed the ordinance and the New York State Legislature has acted to make sure it remains repealed,” said Jonathan Lowy, chief counsel and vice president of the gun control group Brady’s Legal Alliance.

But those moves failed to get the Supreme Court to dismiss the case.

Paul Clement, who represents three New York residents and New York’s NRA affiliate challenging the transportation ban, said New York City “still views firearm ownership as a privilege and not a fundamental right, and is still in the business of limiting transport and denying licenses for a host of discretionary reasons.”

The city had contended that what it calls its “former rule” did not violate the Constitution. But that is unlikely to persuade the court’s conservative majority.

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A decision is expected by late June.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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