An Ode to Past and Present D.C. Breweries, in Honor of DC Beer Week

An Ode to Past and Present D.C. Breweries, in Honor of DC Beer Week

By Lisa Comento, Foodable Contributor

DC Beer Week in Washington, D.C. kicks off every August, and this year is scheduled for August 9th-16th. The D.C. metropolitan area has exploded over the past few years with new breweries opening up in and around the city. In order to appreciate today’s beer scene, it’s important to learn about the men who paved the way for present-day breweries.

Shortly after the country was being founded, breweries were also making a mark. Dr. Cornelius Coningham from England made history when he opened the first brewery in 1796 called the Washington Brewery, located southwest of the White House on what is now Constitution Avenue. Coningham partnered with James Greenleaf to run his brewery that was housed in a two-story stone building. An ad was found that they posted in the Washington Gazette advertising their table beer, strong beer, hops, grains, and whiskey. In those days, with only 1% alcohol, table beer was a common drink to wash dinner down. 

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DC Brau Finds Continued Success — One Can at a Time

DC Brau Finds Continued Success — One Can at a Time

By Marley McKenzie, Foodable Contributor

DC Brau prides itself on being the first of its kind. For decades, our Nation’s Capitol lacked a brewery to call its own. DC Brau opened its doors in 2009, and was the first to brew and distribute beer within city limits since 1956. It didn’t take long for the trend to catch on. In the past few years, the city has become a verified beertopia, as brewers like 3 Stars, Atlas and Denizens moved to town. And those are just the breweries. 

Beer has become a fine art in this city, and restaurants all across DC are catering to young residents hungry for ever more unique and flavorful craft beers. From brewpubs like Biergarten Haus to large operations with in-house brewing like Bluejacket, Washingtonians now have an unprecedented amount of options when it comes to choosing a beer.

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Millennial or Bust: How DC Craft Brewers Stay Competitive in a Crowded Market

Millennial or Bust: How DC Craft Brewers Stay Competitive in a Crowded Market

By Marley McKenzie, Foodable Contributor

Washington, DC is our Nation’s Capitol, but it is quickly turning itself into a craft beer capitol as well. This small city is only ten square miles, and yet those tiny miles manage to contain a swarm of brand spanking new breweries, all competing to win the hearts and minds of DC’s notoriously young and fickle residents.

DC was not historically a brew town, partially due to pint laws. Until 2014, breweries could not sell full pints in their tasting rooms. The repeal of the law led to a boom (and bust) in DC breweries. While three new breweries have opened up in the last two years, casualties such as the closure of Chocolate City Brewing are inevitable. The battle wages on as brewers compete to corner the market on one of DC’s key demographics: the millennials.

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