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 […]

Denizens’ Riverdale Park Taproom and Brewery Welcomes All Beer Drinkers May 25

"We’ve always tried to be open and welcoming for people to be exactly who they are and meet them where they’re at."

When Denizens Brewing Co. opens its 12,000-square-foot brewery and taproom on May 25, it doesn’t just mean more beer for Maryland’s Riverdale Park neighborhood. It’s the start of more locally brewed suds for the region. “We built it for distribution so we can send beer out into the field,” says Co-founder Julie Verratti, adding that […]

Five Ways D.C.’s Beer Scene Could Be Even Better According to DC Beer‘s Outgoing Editor

"Being local isn’t good enough, and hasn’t been for a long time."

After almost nine years, Bill DeBaun is putting the proverbial pen down as the co-editor of popular local beer blog, DC Beer. The outlet connects beer fanatics with the best beer events in town in addition to writing on industry trends and profiling the people who make the District’s beer scene special. While you can […]

Prepare for Pint After Pint at 3 Stars’ Beer Hall Coming to D.C. This May

"I'm stoked man. You're going to lose your marbles."

Members of 3 Stars Brewing Company‘s”Illuminati” membership club were the first to hear the big news Sunday night. The brewery’s long-awaited beer hall is set to open in May. About a year ago, founders Mike McGarvey and Dave Coleman inked a deal to take over a vacant church space next door to their original brewery, […]

D.C. Area Breweries Borrow Sierra Nevada’s Recipe to Raise Funds for Camp Fire Victims

3 Stars Brewing Company, Port City, and others join a growing list of 1,200 participants nationwide.

Last Tuesday Sierra Nevada Brewing Company brewed Resilience Butte County Proud IPA to benefit those affected by the Camp Fire in Northern California. Then they asked every brewery in America to do the same. Answering the call in the immediate D.C. area are 3 Stars Brewing Company, Atlas Brew Works, Bluejacket, Port City Brewing Company, […]

Meet D.C.’s Dentist-Turned-Homebrewer from Baghdad

“Iraqis have a very special relationship with date palms."

Omar Al-Nidawi is a member of the DC Homebrewers Club. Known for his traditional British and Belgian style beers, the District resident has impressed many club colleagues, including the club’s first-ever female president, Sara Bondioli. “I’ve tasted many excellent beers from Omar,” Bondioli says. “You don’t see a lot of English mild beers in the […]

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