by Tim Regan March 9, 2016 at 1:30 pm 0

Heurich Lager

(Correction: This is Heurich’s Lager’s second incarnation, not third.) A beer inspired by the famed brewer who once lived in Dupont’s Heurich House will return to store shelves later this month.

The second incarnation of DC Brau’s Heurich’s Lager is slated to officially launch on March 24, a brewery employee told us this afternoon.

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by Sean Meehan October 6, 2015 at 4:20 pm 0

Bundy Dog Park (Photo via Facebook/ Bundy Dog Park)Dog lovers and beer lovers are set to come together on Thursday for “Dogtoberfest” at Dacha Beer Garden, a fundraiser for a Shaw dog park.

Patrons who donate to Bundy Dog Park will receive happy hour discounts on DC Brau’s Oktoberfest beer from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday.

The Bundy Dog Park at 470 P St. NW is managed by a non-profit, which holds fundraisers to pay for park cleanup and plastic bags in the park. Funds raised during Dogtoberfest will also go toward building a water source for dogs in the park, according to Dacha Beer Garden.

Photo via Facebook/ Bundy Dog Park

by Tim Regan August 6, 2015 at 2:00 pm 0

Churchkey, photo via Facebook.com/churchkeydc

Popular Logan Circle beer bar ChurchKey  (1337 14th Street NW) will devote all 55 of its taps to local beers next Thursday at 4 p.m. in celebration of DC Beer Week.

The event represents the “largest single tapping of D.C. craft brews ever,” says ChurchKey.

Greg Engert, beer director at the Neighborhood Restaurant Group, which owns ChurchKey, says the idea to pour 55 local beers had been on his mind for a while.

“The idea for a total tap takeover had been increasingly insistent, and when I started reviewing the releases of the 6 independent D.C. brewers we would come to feature, it all started to become a palpable possibility,” he says.

Engert adds that attendees should expect hard-to-find beers and one-time batches alongside old favorites. “There will be no shortage of rare and special brews on tap,” says Engert.

Among the beers served will be 3 Stars Brewing Company’s wine barrel-aged saison, Harvester of Sorrows, DC Brau’s On the Wings of Armageddon and Right Proper’s botanically-laced farmhouse ales Alice and Diamonds, Fur Coat, Champagne.

Here’s the complete list of all 55 beers being poured:

  • 3 Stars Above the Clouds
  • 3 Stars Citra & Lemon Peel Saison
  • 3 Stars Cognitive Dissonance
  • 3 Stars Desolation
  • 3 Stars Ghost IPA
  • 3 Stars Harvester of Sorrow
  • 3 Stars Peppercorn Saison
  • 3 Stars Peppercorn Saison – Cherries (Cask)
  • 3 Stars Pandemic
  • 3 Stars Southern Belle
  • Atlas District Common
  • Atlas Home Rule
  • Atlas NSFW
  • Atlas Ponzi
  • Atlas Ponzi – Simcoe & Citra (Cask)
  • Atlas Pumpernickel Stout
  • Atlas Rowdy
  • Atlas The 1500 South Cap Lager
  • Bluejacket Forbidden Planet
  • Bluejacket Goldfinch
  • Bluejacket Judge Ruby
  • Bluejacket Lost Weekend
  • Bluejacket Lost Weekend – Citra (Cask)
  • Bluejacket Red Wine Barrel-Aged Swirl
  • Bluejacket Rheinard de Vos
  • Bluejacket Sub Rosa
  • Bluejacket The Jam
  • Bluejacket Triple Smoke Barrel-Aged The Wake
  • Bluejacket Wallflower
  • Bluejacket Whiskey Barrel-Aged Double Mexican Radio
  • DC Brau El Hefe Speaks
  • DC Brau Pils
  • DC Brau Penn Quarter Porter
  • DC Brau Citrocity
  • DC Brau On the Wings of Armageddon
  • DC Brau On the Wings of Armageddon (Cask)
  • DC Brau On the Wings of Armageddon – Apricots & Grapefruit (Cask)
  • DC Brau Solar Abyss
  • DC Brau The Citizen
  • DC Brau The Corruption
  • DC Brau The Corruption (Nitro)
  • DC Brau The Public
  • Hellbender Bare Bones Kolsch
  • Hellbender Chazzwazzer IPA
  • Hellbender DC Solidarity Brew: Red, White & Gluten
  • Hellbender Ella KPA
  • Hellbende Red Line
  • Hellbender Rum Barrel-Aged Red Line
  • Hellbender Southern Torrent Saison
  • Hellbender & Lost Rhino Dunkelweiss
  • Right Proper Alice
  • Right Proper Comrade
  • Right Proper Diamonds Fur Coat Champagne
  • Right Proper Lifehouse
  • Right Proper Lookaftering

Photo via Facebook.com/churchkeydc

by Borderstan.com March 4, 2013 at 9:00 am 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

On Thursday, March 7, the comfort food-focused restaurant 1905 (1905 9th Street NW) will host its first-ever beer dinner with DC Brau.

"1905"

1905 will host its first beer dinner with DC Brau this week. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Owner Tony Lucca says he’s always wanted to do a beer dinner with the guys at DC Brau, and that 1905 Chef Joel Hatton is the first chef who is really enthusiastic about doing an event like the one planned for this week.

However, there is another motivation behind Thursday’s beer dinner.

“At the end of last year, my business partner passed away and he was really good friends with the DC Brau guys, too,” Lucca explains.

According to Lucca, the owners of DC Brau approached him and told him that they were brewing a beer as a “subtle tip of the cap” to former co-owner Joey Belcher, who was also the owner of H Street’s Sticky Rice.

“They named the beer Saint Joseph’s Tripel,” Lucca says. “They aren’t doing any marketing behind the beer, it’s just kind of for people who know.”

A launch party for the new brew will take place from 5-7 pm on Thursday; the launch is open to the public. “Hopefully it will be on the roof deck if the weather cooperates,” Lucca says.

Then, from 7:30 to 10 pm, 1905 will serve the beer dinner. The dinner requires a ticket, which is $75 and can be purchased online.

The Meal

Chef Joel Hatton has a special menu planned for the event, including:

  • Oyster Shooter: DC Brau Citizen, Horseradish, Lemon Juice, Pickled Okra
  • House-Smoked Pork Belly paired paired with Penn Quarter PorterBrined in DC Brau Penn Quarter Porter, Maple Glaze, Bacon Collards, Littlenecks
  • Brau-Brined Salmon paired with Saint Joseph’s TripelLemon-Pepper Creme, Deviled Crawfish, Pickled Fennel
  • Crisp-Skin Duck Breast paired with Barrel-Aged Ghoul’s Night Out: Housemade Kraut, Sorghum Mustard, Barrel-Aged Ghoul’s Night Out Beer Salt
  • Coffee & Doughnuts paired with Barrel-Aged Penn Quarter Porter

Hatton joined 1905 around the New Year and has since drastically changed the menu at the restaurant.

“It’s on the American/southern side of cooking,” says Hatton, who was the chef at Shaw’s Tavern prior to coming to 1905. “I guess I call it uplifted southern.”

Hatton says he will change the main menu seasonally and also has several brunch specials that vary every week. Both Lucca and Hatton say they plan to have more beer dinner-type events in the future.

“It’s a great excuse to do new things and engage new people who might not have come, otherwise,” Lucca says.

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by Borderstan.com November 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm 1,213 0

From Rob Fink. Follow him on Twitter @RobDFink or email him at rob[AT]borderstan.com.

"DC Brau"

Made in the District: DC Brau. (Rob Fink)

For the longest time, Washington was a tremendous beer city without a production brewery.  Restaurants with reputable beer programs, such as Brasserie Beck or Borderstan mainstay Churchkey, had firmly established the District as a city where you could get a great beer, but it wouldn’t have been brewed in the District.

2011 changed all of that. The first production brewery inside the District since 1956, DC Brau, became the city’s progenitor and vanguard of craft brewing.

It is significant to note that things such as “growler hours” and “tasting rooms,” so ubiquitous in other areas of the country where craft brewing has a deeper cultural hold, did not exist before DC Brau. Prior to opening their facility, DC Brau worked tirelessly with D.C. City Council to write legislation to allow an on-site tasting room in addition to allowing patrons to purchase beer for off-site consumption (“growlers”).

Although not in Borderstan proper, 3178-B Bladensburg Road NE is a comfy spot not far from New York Avenue, and home to DC Brau. After ascending a short staircase, you immediately enter the tasting room. Looking straight ahead, T-shirts, “onesies” and other merchandise emblazon the walls with a punk rock aesthetic while on the right, a small group of red tables makes things comfortable for patrons.

As a visitor this past Saturday during their growler hours (1 to 4 pm), I was fortunate enough to sample Ghouls Night Out, a Belgian-style Quadrupel and a liquid ode to the audio debauchery of the Misfits song carrying the same name. At 10.5% Alcohol by Volume (ABV), hoards of peppery phenols waft into the nostrils before the first sip of brandied plum and raisin overload the taste buds, culminating in a pleasingly dry finish. Upon arriving home, I cracked open my growler of Ghouls Night Out and threw on my favorite Misfits record, Walk Among Us, in order to complete the experience.

Thankfully, the beers of DC Brau have made it out to a plethora of accounts in the District and into Virginia as far as Charlottesville. With plans to more than double their capacity in 2013 (up to a possible 17,000 barrels per year), DC Brau will eventually extend into Maryland as far as Baltimore.

Noah Shannon, DC Brau’s Account Manager, explains that the expansion will generally provide “beer more consistently to the market” and allow them to continue to roll out “two limited release beers every month.”

For those of us in Borderstan, this means more inimitable DC Brau libations at venues such as Cafe Saint Ex and the Black Cat, as well as more beer-centric establishments such as Churchkey and The Big Hunt.

Be sure to check them out on any given Saturday between 1 and 4 p.m. DC Brau Brewing Company is at 3178-B Bladensburg Road NE (202-621-8890).

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