Monday, January 16, 2012

DC's downtown brewery

This weekend, after a great brunch with some of my closest college friends, we ventured into Northeast DC to stop by DC Brau.  When the brewery was opened in 2011, it was the first production brewery in DC since 1956.  Located in a warehouse behind a strip mall, you really have to look in the right place to find it.  But once you drive down the hill around the back, you can tell by all of the cars in the lot that you're in the right place.

On one of the busiest Saturdays they've had yet, the place was slammed.  They are open from 1-4pm on Saturdays only...we arrived at about 3:15. Upon entering, we were each given 4 tickets for samples...and after waiting in the line that snaked back and forth through the small room, we made it to the bar.

Once we got to the front, they were out of their Corruption.  We combined our tickets and each got a double sample of their new release, Thyme after Thyme, and the Citizen. 

The Citizen is my favorite of their beers - it's not nearly as hoppy as The Public or Corruption - those are M's favorites.  Thyme after Thyme was pretty good, too - definitely different than their others.

They offer brewery tours every hour on the half hour on Saturdays.  You're also able to purchase cans and fill your growler to take home with you.  Be sure to take a screw top growler if you bring your own - the flip-top ones don't meet DC's "sealed container" laws.

This was my first visit and M's 3rd to DC Brau - he said the first time there were only a handful of people there...the second time they had the drink tickets but it was still pretty quiet...and then this trip it was crammed!  Definitely a good problem to have.  And evidence that the DC Brau guys are doing a great job, and making some delicious beer.

If you go visit them, remember they're only open for a few hours on Saturdays, and take a growler to fill!    Look for DC Brau on tap and in cans at tons of local bars and restaurants - it's great to be able to support a local business who's doing things right.

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