Laura Hayes

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DC Brau announced today that it’s expanding next door into the vacated Central Union Mission food bank in Northeast D.C. The move will help the local brewery founded in 2009 more than double its production capacity once the facility is up and running in the spring. They’re aiming for a completion date in April when brewers from across the country are in town for an annual craft brewing conference.

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The 13,875-square-foot facility will house a 30-barrel, four-vessel brewhouse, according to Jeff Hancock, president and head brewer of DC Brau. The brewery currently operates in a 15-barrel, three-vessel brewhouse. Thanks to these additions, plus 23 active fermenters, Hancock says they will be able to increase production by 360 percent over the next decade.

Two new silos will be delivered to the property next month. One will hold malted barley used for brewing, and another will be used to store spent grain that will be used by a Virginia farm to feed its livestock.

They’ll increase production of flagship and seasonal beers such as The Corruption IPA and Penn Quarter Porter, but will also dedicate resources to more one-off beers and collaborative brews.

DC Brau, 3178 Bladensburg Rd. NE B; (202) 621-8890; dcbrau.com