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What’s in Stein’s Stein is a new biweekly feature celebrating the liquids made, sold, and served by underrepresented voices in the craft beverage industries.
Beer: Denizens Brewing Co. Macadocious Maibock
Maker: Julie Verratti
Hometown: Silver Spring, Maryland
Price: $11.99 per 4-pack
Taste: Golden in color and crystal clear, Macadocious looks deceiving. Because it tastes lighter than 7.1 percent ABV, it’s easy to sink a liter. A nose of white grape melds well with fruity hop-aromas. The first sip is sweet—think boozy Concord grapes—while the finish is crisp with a subtle bitterness from German Huell Melon hops. It’s perfect for biergarten season but respect the suds—sip don’t slam.
Story: “As a diverse ownership team, we really try to approach intelligently how we convey our brand,” maker Julie Verratti says. Her compatriots in the industry have characterized her as a “powerful woman,” but she doesn’t feel that way. “I see myself as someone who is driven and opinionated. Put it that way.”
Verratti praises her co-founder Jeff Ramirez, director of brewing. “Jeff works his ass off in the brewery all the time and is constantly reading brewing articles, talking to other brewers. He’s always trying to better his skills.”
And While Verratti has become the face of the company, she credits her wife Emily Bruno, director of operations, for the company’s success. “Emily really is the crux of the business. If she didn’t do all that she did for the company, we wouldn’t exist.” Verratti is hopeful the beer industry, traditionally dominated by white men, will continue to diversify. “I think this area is a little bit more diverse than most of the country.”
Where to find it: Glen’s Garden Market, 2001 S. St. NW; (202) 588-5698; glensgardenmarket.com