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DC Brau is undoubtedly one of the mainstay brewers in the nation’s Capitol, available throughout the region and inspiring much of the craft beer growth that has occurred over the past few years. Its name recognition is paramount and its beers are more than familiar, even to the backseat craft beer drinker. Surprisingly, the brewery is only turning six years old this spring, but it’s celebrating in a big way.
If you want to experience the beauty of Virginia without going to far from D.C., check out the new Winchester Brew Works in Old Town Winchester. Winchester Brew Works is the first female majority-owned brewing establishment in Virginia, channeling the homebrewing spirit of Martha Jefferson in Monticello. It is a brewery built from great ingenuity and a supportive community that acquired the location thanks to a successful Kickstarter.
Located about 65 miles west of Washington, DC, you’ll find yourself in Sperryville, Virginia, a charming and picturesque town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge. Dedicated to everything being as local as possible, you’ll immediately feel a sense of home and community as you enter the town. With antique shops, art galleries and a plethora of other unique locally owned and operated businesses, the creative soul inside of you will never want to leave! Don’t consider yourself a creative-type? Not to worry, the hungry and thirsty soul inside of you will be more than satisfied with all of the eating and drinking options at your fingertips!
The first time most people visit Washington, D.C., they are in middle school. They are hustled from monument to monument, eat in overcrowded food courts and rarely adventure to spots beyond the National Mall.
It is a special thing to celebrate the Fourth of July in places up and down the East Coast, in cities that relish their historical relevance. It’s also a special thing to drink plenty of beer, develop a t-shirt tan and relish in the glory that is overcooked burgers and sour cream and onion chips, with ridges, of course.
My husband and I recently moved from a tiny 2-bedroom basement apartment on Capitol Hill to a 4-bedroom, 3-bath home on a wooded lot in Virginia. It’s been a whirlwind of changes and we’re blissfully happy learning the nuances of a compost pile and how to repair a pool vacuum.
Now that DC has solidly established its brewing scene, it’s time to see how the beloved facilities will be spreading their wings. One of the first to open a second location is …
Among the pile of New Year’s resolutions from PorchDrinkers, I’m adding one of mine: Explore more Virginia beer. The state is chockablock with amazing, well-known breweries and new ones are expanding, popping up each month.
The DC Improv Comedy Club decided it would bring DC Brau into its bar taps to happily fuel the crews and attendees of its late-night shows and support the local brew. Being creative souls, The DC Improv team wanted to have some fun with this effort.
Photo courtesy of The DC Improv.
The Hopped Up Hilarity event on Sept. 16 will not only debut pints of DC Brau (starting with The Corruption, an IPA with a 6.5% ABV), but will also feature drinking stories. Funny drinking stories. From amateurs.
There were just too many. There were too many beers, too many happy hours and too many educational events for PorchDrinking.com to even pretend to keep up. DC Beer Week was a huge success and here’s what we loved most!
It’s been more than four years in the making — well, more like 99 years, if you look at it literally. Portner Brewhouse announced its location in Alexandria, Virginia this month and plans to open its doors in June 2016.
A pair of sisters, Catherine (Cat) and Margaret Portner, will resurrect a piece of family and local brewing history when they open their brewery, restaurant and craft beer test kitchen next summer.
Beer lovers daydream of quitting their day jobs, changing their careers and getting started in the brewing world. Become a brewer or a bar owner or a distributor — anything where you taste, sip and enjoy beer all day long.
Beth Helle and Julie Drews are doing it.
Yes, be jealous. Well, sort of (no surprise, it’s a lot of work).
Beth chatted with PorchDrinking.com about the new beer, wine and homebrew store she and Julie are opening in Alrington, Va. After hours of consideration, months of saving and piles of research, The Brew Shop will open this fall with a heavy focus on all things locally sourced.