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.Read More