DC Brau prides itself on being the first brewery in over 50 years to open its doors to patrons in the nation’s capital. While there were small brewpubs, no breweries offered full-scale service and distribution to DC area beer lovers. Founders, Brandon Skall and Jeff Hancock, saw potential in the market and began brewing in 2009. Two years later, DC Brau tapped the first keg of beer that was entirely crafted, packaged, and sold in the District of Columbia, paving the way for several more burgeoning breweries to follow suit.
DC Brau feels like a dive bar in a good way. The industrial setting adds to the local vibe that is uncommon in the more polished spots around DC. Because the brewery is inside of a large warehouse-like space, it can get a bit chilly in the cooler months and warmer in summer, so guests are encouraged to dress accordingly. DC Brau is off the beaten path about twenty minutes north of the city near the Maryland border. The nearest subway stop is two miles away, so walking isn’t a great option to travel to the brewery. Brau makes up for the distance by offering half-price pint nights every Friday night and specials that are only available to taproom guests and not sold en masse.
Beer at the brewery is served in plastic cups and flights are served in a little cardboard box. It’s truly a no-frills place, but locals love that about it. Rather than spiffing up their space, DC Brau donates some of its proceeds to local non-profits, preferring to keep their space low-key and approachable. Guests can play board games in the family-friendly space and grab a chicken sandwich next door at the Roaming Rooster.
Brewery tours are offered for free on Saturdays between 1 pm and 4 pm. No reservations are needed, but for the safety of guests, closed-toed shoes are required.
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