Batch 13 is the place to go if you are looking for special beer, wine or spirits. The two-level store has been open for a week now. At 1724 14th St NW (between R and S Streets), it is a new retail addition on the block. After some six months of waiting for permits — and then renovations to the former Dogs by Day daycare space — the liquor store’s decor is a delight to the eyes.
We spoke to one of the managers of Batch 13 who told us, “Batch 13 is a fun place to shop and learn about beer, wine and spirits.” The store has more than 1,000 craft beers from small breweries — a paradise to the aficionado. It also carries a wide selection of wines and will be carrying small batches of bourbons and whiskeys. It is the place where you can find a brand you know, or Distilled Aventinus, which sells for $98 per bottle.
Batch 13 eventually plans to open rooftop for special tastings and gatherings. Batch 13 has tastings every Friday and Saturday from 6 pm to 9 pm. The store is open from Monday to Thursday from 2 pm to 10 pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 12 to 11 pm. They also deliver.
The sign and liquor license application for Batch 13 is up at 1724 14th Street NW. In the front window is a New Belgium Brewing sign promoting the brewery, which is based in Fort Collins, Colorado. It includes a bicycle in the window, which is part of the company’s logo. But, the liquor license application in the side window lists the applicant as Batch 13. Borderstan has contacted New Belgium Brewing and Batch 13 to determine if there will be direct connection between the liquor store and the brewery. Or is it a promo by Batch 13 for the store? (If so, a very catchy and clever one.)
DCBeer.com first reported last August that the craft beer brewery’s brands — which include Fat Tire Pale Ale — would be available in DC-area stores. The company (employee owned) announced last week that it is opening a second brewery in Asheville, North Carolina. Then, the Prince of Petworth reported October 11 that Batch 13 would open a liquor store in the space.
The 14th Street storefront location was formerly home to the Dogs by Day dog daycare center. Dogs by Day and Green Pets (which was located in the storefront to the south) moved to 1711 Florida Avenue NW and now operates under the Planet Pets name.
From Matty Rhoades
Mid City Artists Open Studios October 22-23
The Mid City Artists are holding their fall open studios the weekend of October 22-23. Twice a year members of the group of artists based in the Dupont-Logan area open up their studio spaces to the public over weekend. There are a total of 21 artists at 15 locations. As part of this fall’s event, Room & Board will host an exhibiton — “A Neighborhood of Art and Home Furnishings” — of works from the artists, October 20-23.
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