Urban Garden Brewing From Eamoni Tate-Collier Debuts in D.C.

She brews with hibiscus, rose petals, chamomile, and honey.

When Bobby Bump, a former lead brewer at Right Proper Brewing Company, first proposed having non-brewing staff members create their own beers, he thought they might suggest a name and possibly a flavor profile. What he didn’t expect was a fully-formed recipe, like the one bartender Eamoni Tate-Collier shared for Strawberry High in 2019. The…

When The Public Option Reopens, It’ll Be With Help From The Pug’s Tony Tomelden

The Langdon brewpub is shooting to open June 25 after being closed because of the pandemic for more than a year.

When The Public Option reopens at the end of June, regulars of the neighborhood brewpub can anticipate some changes. Bill Perry, who, opened the Langdon watering hole in 2015, is bringing D.C. bar legend Tony Tomelden on board as a managing partner. Tomelden owns The Pug and is a partner in Brookland’s Finest and Union…

How D.C.-Area Breweries Are Hanging On 10 Months Into The Pandemic

Some of the operational changes brewers made in response to COVID-19 could stick around.

As 2019 was coming to an end, local breweries ramped up production for spring in anticipation of an expected uptick in sales. A seasonably warm March 2020 had Washingtonians shedding their winter coats, eager to drink outdoors. Fresh off a Nationals World Series championship, brewers were excited about the sales potential of having their beer…

The Hospitality Industry Was There for Furloughed Feds During Government Shutdowns

Business owners say it’s time for Congress to return the favor by passing aid targeting restaurants, bars, and breweries.

During Donald Trump’s presidency, federal workers faced economic hardship when they were furloughed twice during government shutdowns stemming from stalled talks on appropriation bills in Congress. The partial shutdown spanning from December 22, 2018, to January 25, 2019, was the longest in history and impacted 800,000 employees. Landlords and banks expected rent and mortgage payments,…

It’s Always Oktoberfest at Prost DC, Opening Oct. 22 in Mount Vernon Triangle

Restaurateur Eric Heidenberger will replace Silo with a Bavarian beer hall.

Even the burger has a German tilt to it at Prost DC, opening on 5th Street NW on Oct. 22. The kitchen stacks a blend of Emmental and gruyere cheeses, bacon lardons, sliced gherkins, and special sauce atop two beef patties on a pretzel bun. The Bavarian beer hall from restaurateur Eric Heidenberger and his…

These D.C.-Area Beer Gardens Now Take Reservations

Four local beer gardens and brewpubs are preparing for fall with a pandemic-related anomaly: reservations. Here’s how to save a seat.

Beer gardens don’t customarily take reservations. Anyone who has seen the snaking line at Dacha in Shaw or scanned Garden District for a seat on a Saturday afternoon only to strike out knows this. Having to save a spot goes against the very nature of a beer garden’s casual, come-as-you-are mantra.  But some beer gardens…

Beer CSAs, Fresh Oysters, and Rice Beer: D.C.’s Beverage Makers Get Creative

The latest in local brewery offerings for thirsty, home-bound Washingtonians

When MayorMuriel Bowser’s stay-at-home order took effect, ending on-premise alcohol sales, D.C.’s beer and cider makers were forced to close their taprooms and try to recoup lost revenue that would have come from bars, restaurants, concert venues, and stadiums serving their products. The creative ways in which these producers have continued to operate support D.C.’s…

Meet The 99-Year-Old Who’s Still Volunteering at Union Craft Brewing

“If I get up in the morning, I come in. If I don’t get up in the morning, I don’t come in.”

His name is Henry Benesch, but everyone calls him “Zadie.” The word means “grandfather” or “storyteller” in Yiddish, but typically uses the spellings “Zayde” or “Zaide.” He’s from what’s now the Czech Republic—the country famous for being the birthplace of the pale Pilsner beer. “I don’t like light beer, but I like the darker beers”…

One of D.C.’s Preeminent Beer Talents is Going to Give New York City a Go

The Grand Delancey from Neighborhood Restaurant Group and Greg Engert should open in October.

Neighborhood Restaurant Group is opening its first concept outside of the D.C. area, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The Grand Delancey will debut in the fall inside Market Line—a 120,000-square-foot food hall located below Delancey Street boasting 30 food vendors. “We are targeting opening in October,” says beer director and partner Greg Engert.  Engert began building a…

Why Adams Morgan is Getting Its Very Own Beer

The Adams Morgan Festival IPA is a collaboration between Roofers Union and Atlas Brew Works.

When you get a group together to brainstorm ideas for an Adams Morgan beer, some conclusions are inevitable. “Somebody mentioned jumbo slice,” says Dave Delaplaine, the general manager at Roofers Union on 18th Street NW. “We did not want to put that into a beer.” “That’s a waste of pizza,” says Daniel Vilarrubi, head brewer…

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