Aslin’s 14th Street Beer Garden Resolves ANC and Neighbor Protest – On Track to Open This Summer

Aslin Beer Company, which originated in Northern Virginia in 2015 and had a temporary popup in a vacant lot across from the Nats Park a few years back, has resolved a protest of its application for a liquor license for its new beer garden coming to the southwest corner of 14th and S St. NW, and reportedly hopes to open by early summer.

According to Brian Romanowski, ANC commissioner in the area, Aslin has agreed to close the beer garden at 11p on weekday nights and midnight on weekends, with a total occupancy of 203 outdoors and 47 indoors (for a total of 250 to include some standing?). “Lots of noise mitigation as part of the deal!” said Romanowski.

The same site was part of a failed attempt to open a beer garden by Dacha in 2017. Dacha tried to open a beer garden for 600. A protest followed and ABRA said the bar could have a total occupancy of 200 (150 outdoors) with outdoor closing hours the same as the ones granted to Aslin (with 1:30a/2:30a closing for indoors). Dacha thought the cut in occupancy made it not worth it and abandoned the project. Aslin ended up with a slightly larger capacity.

Read Eater (May 2021), Washingtonian (May 2021) and UrbanTurf (November 2021) for more details and renderings of the project. Owing to its former location of a gas station, the working title of the beer garden was Aslin Filling Station last May, but that name has not been officially filed with ABRA as of yet. Another beer garden, Garden District, is on the northeast corner of the same intersection.

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