We’ve devised a series of Twitter polls querying DC on their preferred beer characteristics (including appearance, body, hops, other ingredients, ABV, and others). The beer will be crafted based on whatever characteristics are the top result of each poll, which will be tweeted out over the next few weeks. This may be either brilliance or madness (why not both?), but the beer will be available for all at a release party at Right Proper’s Shaw Brewpub in the coming months (TBD date).
This idea was hatched when Mr. and Mrs. Barred attended the wildly successful collaboration with Black Brew Movement for a Cuffing Saison earlier this month. Bobby and Michael have always been great supporters of Barred in DC, so this is a great fit.
Let the polling and brewing begin.
Appearance/Color(1528 votes): Copper/Ruby (33.2%), Pale/Hazy (30.4%), Pale/Clear (18.8%), Dark as Night (17.6%)
Body (closes Thu 1/16, 10p): Light/Crisp, Not too heavy/too Light, Creamy/Thick/Robust
City-State Brewing, [Twitter, website, Instagram] which has had a name, a concept, a brewer, and some home-brewed beers since at least October 2016, has signed a lease to open in Ivy City in spring/summer 2019. City-State, which comes from James Warner, is slated to open in the Hecht’s warehouse development from Douglas Properties. Eater (Warren Rojas) reported in April 2017 that the brewery has been looking for a 30-barrel, 10,000 square foot facility.
According to its website, City-State claims to be the first all-bottle lineup in DC (though surely will sell draft beer via kegs) with 11.2 oz. Steinie bottles to differentiate from competition. The line-up is slated to have at least 5 different beers: an Abbey Dubbel, Dark Wheat, IPA, Saison, and a Maibox (all with great names and labels)
Warner has partnered with Mothersauce Partners and Nick Freshman, who co-owns Spider Kelly’s in Ballston and has partnered to open up the new The Eleanor in Noma.
As mentioned above, this spot has been in the works for a couple years as Warner and partners (some awkward back-story here) have looked for investors.
Once this spot opens a year or so from now, City-State will join DC’s other production breweries with sales off-site, after DC Brau, Atlas, 3 Stars, Hellbender, Right Proper, Bluejacket, and likely the new Red Bear coming to the old Uline Arena in NoMa (now known for REI), RIP Chocolate City!
After losing its bid for a liquor license for Bardo Big River just south of Nationals Park (as first reported by Barred in DC), the folks behind Bardo are trying a different tack with ABRA. This time, instead of seeking for a bar (tavern) liquor license, the renamed Bardo River Brewery has applied for a Class B manufacturer’s license-a brewery license in other words.
Bardo will likely seek permission to sell and serve beer for on-premises consumption similar to most other breweries in DC. Manufacturer licenses, after a recent expansion in the law, allow beer to be served from 8a-midnight. It remains to be seen if Bardo will ask for the full hours as its closing time was a sticking point with the local ANC in its previous application. ABRA has requested a fact-finding hearing; undoubtedly the ANC will protest once again. Stay tuned whether Bill Stewart, Bardo’s charmingly don’t-give-a-damn owner, has figured out from the previous ABRA hearing and decision and is finally successful in bringing another cool drinking option to the Navy Yard/Capital Riverfront neighborhood.
The Brig DC Public Beergarden, website, Facebook, Twitter, 1007 8th St. SE (at L St.) opens at 4p (weekdays) 11a (weekends), HH 4-7p weekdays, est. 2006.
The long-awaited beer garden The Brig finally opened its doors last Friday, June 17th. The open air spot in lower Barracks Row/Navy Yard (about 10 minutes walk from the Eastern Market and Navy Yard Metro stations) first got its liquor license in January 2011 and has been under construction since November 2014 (JDLand has all the background).
Barred in DC made an early visit midweek and found a quite relaxed, chill crowd. Sporting 40 taps (a mix of both German standbys and local drafts), the Brig seats up to 210 people and can fit up to 400 people. About 15 long communal tables are shaded from the sun under huge sturdy German beer-branded umbrellas, while 25 seats front the long bar in the service building.
Prices are fair and uniform and posted on a flat screen in the middle of the bar – all drafts are priced at $8 (for half-liters for German beers, 16 oz. for the rest) and $15 or $16 for the liter. Happy hour specials include $5 select half-liters-not too shabby. As a plus, taxes are included, a departure from most new bars in the city. Food options are limited at this time, though $5 pretzels with beer cheese looked tempting (brats were on the grill to the side). Looking forward to stopping by happy hour and seeing how the crowd evolves as the night goes on or on weekends.
Although there are many naysayers out there about the terrible value (and sometimes taste) of growler-filled beer, they are still very popular and the majority of you have a half-gallon sitting around somewhere. There are a number of spots to fill a growler in DC-breweries and brewpubs of course, but also grocery stores, corner liquor stores and other markets-all are listed below. I’ve also tried to approximate the cheapest price for a 64 oz. growler fill, though some stores with higher prices may have more expensive beer generally and many lists fluctuate regularly. Links included to current list of growlers, if available. If I’m missing any, please let Barred in DC know.
Cheapest: World Wine & Spirits ($8), d’vines ($8 Thurs. specials) Most # of Taps: d’vines (19-20), 3 Stars (13), YES! Organic Petworth (12)
The Sovereign, website, Facebook, Twitter, 1206 Wisconsin Ave. NW (essentially “32nd” and M), the Belgian bistro and beer spot in Georgetown from the Neighborhood Restaurant Group folks (Churchkey, GBD, Iron Gate, The Partisan, etc.), is set to officially open to the public this Thursday, February 4th.
The cozy two story bar (84 seat dining room on ground floor with 57 seats upstairs) features rare Belgian and Belgian-style beer as well as cocktails featuring genever (Dutch gin). The dark and moody spot is down a lantern lit alley (think Iron Gate) just off the northwestern corner of Wisconsin and M Street NW a few steps south of El Centro Georgetown (the signage is pretty noticeable walking by the alley on Wisconsin). 50 beers will be on draft (like Churchkey) and 300 more bottles will be available. The more formal first floor features many romantic booths as well as a chill bar area while the second, more lit, floor features a lot of great standing areas/high-top tables to rest your drink on along with two TVs. Although there’s not much natural light in the place, the vibe is still great and expect this to be popular, even though it is in Georgetown and was previously home to the unmemorable Champs and Blue Gin.
At a preview event Monday night, NRG beer director Greg Engert personally passed around pours of one of his favorite beers, the Saison D’Epeautre from the Blaugies brewery in Hainaut, Belgium. This fantastic brew is a reflection of the quality of beer at The Sovereign – I sampled a variety of Belgian beers styles including saison, pale ale with figs (acquired taste), stout, porter, and blonde ale.
For more details, I highly recommend (the slightly esoteric for non-beer dilettantes, but still great) 3 part interview on Dcbeer.com by Dcbeerbill; those with less time should check out Fritz Hahn’s piece in the Post.
Brookland Pint (716 Monroe St NE in Edgewood), just one block away from the Basilica of the National Shrine for the Immaculate Conception where Pope Francis will conduct Mass on Wednesday, September 23rd, will go full out with a stellar list of beers with religious themes starting Monday, September 21st. According to a press release, the bars will offer:
Franklin’s Brewpub’s No Pope, ‘til Brookland (exclusive draft)
Evil Twin Brewery’s Double Barrel Jesus
Avery Brewing Company’s Salvation
Avery Brewing Company’s 5 Monks
Sierra Nevada Brewery’s Ovila Dubbel which is brewed in collaboration with the monks of Vina, California’s Abbey of New Clairvaux monastery.
Nebraska Brewing Company’s Hop God
DuClaw Brewing’s Divine Retribution
Brewer’s Art Resurrection
DC Brau On The Wings of Armageddon
4 Hands Resurrected IPA
Avery Hog Heaven
Avery The Reverend
Epic Big Bad Baptist
Founders Blushing Monk
Trappist beers (which are all brewed in monasteries by monks): Spencer, La Trappe, Chimay