Each year, when Independence Day rolls around, Y&H gives a friendly reminder to celebrate the holiday with American beer. This time, you can do even better. On Saturday, DC Brau Brewing Company, the first production brewery to operate in the District in decades, will be selling growlers at its tasting room.
“We couldn’t stand the thought of people not being able to bring DC Brau beer out on the Fourth of July,” co-founder Brandon Skall tells me. Because of such high demand, DC Brau has only been available in bars and restaurants for the past several months. Six-packs of canned DC Brau have been off shelves since the first week they were available at retailers in late April.
Because of limited supply, The Corruption, the brewery’s India pale ale, and The Public, an American pale ale, will be pouring from only 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon. A filled DC Brau growler will cost $16. If you bring your own growler, a fill will cost $10. For now, the tasting room is cash only.
There is no D.C. law written specifically about growlers, but Skall and Hancock have carefully read the code that exists and have been in contact with the District’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA). “We reviewed the verbiage with our lawyer and determined that growlers fall under the classification of ‘sealed bottles.’ We are using heat-activated shrink-wrap to provide a double seal, which will be better for the freshness of the beer. The growlers will be sold at the tasting room but must be consumed off-premise,” Skall says.
DC Brau received its tasting permit today, which allows the brewer to serve up to 12-ounce samples of its beers on premise on Saturday, as well, depending on how quickly the limited supply runs out.
The new brewery is taking steps to maximize its capacity. Skall and co-owner Jeff Hancock have purchased more brewing equipment. In early June, the pair hired a full-time brewer, Chris Graham, who spent time brewing at Franklin’s in Hyattesville and finished a brewing program at the Siebel Institute in Chicago this spring.
DC Brau Brewing Company is located at 3178-B Bladensburg Rd. NE.
Photo courtesy of DC Brau