If DC Brau and D’Vines have whetted your appetite for fresh beer in the District, you’ll be pleased to know that Chocolate City Beer is also pouring its brew to-go. The small Brookland brewery is now open for growler fills every Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
This week, Chocolate City is pouring its malty Cornerstone Copper Ale. Founders Jay Irizarry and Ben Matz tell me they plan to stick with their flagship brew for awhile, but other concoctions, including their dark, creamy lager, Cerveza Nacional, my favorite (so far) of the Chocolate City lineup, will be available the future.
A fill of your own growler costs $10. You can buy a Chocolate City Beer growler and have it filled for $16. If walking around with a fresh jug of beer isn’t enough to prove your local brand loyalty, branded shirts and glasses are also for sale. What you won’t get is a taste of any Chocolate City beers on-site, at least not yet. The brewery does not yet have its tasting room license from the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) but expects to very soon.
Chocolate City Beer is located at 2801 8th St. NE, a short walk from the Brookland Metro station and right at the top of the Metropolitan Branch bike trail. Curious what it’s all about? Check out these photos from last Saturday’s grand growler debut on Facebook.