Editor’s Note: This weekly column is sponsored by Georgetown Square Wine and Beer (10400 Old Georgetown Road).
Since DC Brau’s inception in 2009 Montgomery County beer drinkers have had to go across the border to bars and beer stores to buy this popular local brewery’s fine beers. Not anymore.
DC Brau has finally broken into the Maryland market and now ships its beer directly to the Montgomery County warehouse. Before 2009, founders Brandon Skall and Jeff Hancock knew there were plenty of craft beer options on the east coast, but realized there was no true local option in the D.C market. They set sail on their business venture in the District and now have one of the countries best craft breweries. If you have not had a chance to try one of their brews, now’s your chance.
Most Montgomery county bars and craft beer shops will surely be stocking this great local beer. Since DC Brau is shipping directly into the county warehouse, the prices are lower with the absence of a middleman distributor.
Here are some of DC Brau’s beers available now at Georgetown Square Wine and Beer:
The Public Pale Ale
The Public is DC Brau’s most popular offering. Light in body and very drinkable, this is a high quality brew with light green fruit notes, dry bitterness up front followed by some caramel malt. Overall, an excellent traditional Pale Ale. The Public put DC Brau on the national craft beer map.
The Corruption IPA
The Corruption IPA is DC Brau’s version of a west coast IPA, with a hefty load of northwest hops added to the brew. DC Brau claims the Corruption borders the line of an IPA and a Imperial IPA. I’d have to agree with this assessment since this brew hits you with a ton of piney and citric hop bitterness but does not overdo it. The pronounced fruitiness of this hoppy ale comes nicely on the finish. The Corruption is one excellent fresh IPA.
The Citizen Belgian Ale
Inspired by Tripel-style ales in Belgium, this 7.0% ABV brew packs a euro-style punch. You really get a lot of that Belgium banana taste with other tastes of cloves, herbs and grassy hops. This is a clean, crisp beer with slight carbonation. Overall a nice refreshing brew.
Penn Quarter Porter
A robust porter that DC Brau used to sell only by draft before deciding to make it one of its flagship beers due to popularity. This is a bold, richly flavored porter with big roasts, cocoa and dark coffee. It has a dry, charred, clean bitter finish that makes this beer come together nicely. A top notch porter, it drinks extremely well.
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