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BeltwayLand beer: History, more on Nats Park beer

It’s time again for my monthly-ish round-up of BeltwayLand and beyond beer news.

WETA has a brief feature on brewing in the D.C. area with Garrett Peck, author of Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C. (I need to get it) which gives the broad history of beer in the area. Fun fact – Robert Portner developed air conditioning to make lager beer year round at his Alexandria brewery. Two of his great-granddaughters are going to open Portner Brewhouse in Alexandria, details TBD. They are also mentioned in Washingtonian‘s Women in Washington’s Craft Beer Scene. Now, on with our feature presentation:

The beer map! The Annual Nationals Park Beer Guide is up on The Nationals Review. Service blogging!

Beergraphs.com also visited Nationals Park recently and gave it an 86 (B).

Devil's Backbone Vienna Lager

Devil’s Backbone Vienna Lager won The Post’s Beer Madness, a regional beer tournament (that’s a big region). I’m a fan and have been since I tried it at the behest of Slow States. Once I found it. It’s now my go-to during my now infrequent trips to the Vienna Inn, but I can’t seem to find it in stores of late. Harris Teeter shaved off $2 from the price of a six-pack, so that may be part of the reason. Overall, it seems harder to find local/regional beers in grocery stores of late, is anybody else noticing that?

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6 microbreweries coming to D.C. area in 2011

Beer: Six microbreweries race to openThe Post
I’ve already mentioned that Port City Brewing will be opening in my city, Alexandria, soon. They are going to start with a Belgian-style witbier with pale ale, Indian Pale Ale (IPA) and porter coming later. Port City will joined by 5 other microbreweries in BeltwayLand:

Fort Washington’s Washingtonian’s Brewing Co. will begin selling Monumental Triple, a Belgian style triple with a citrus finish.

DC Brau Brewing wants aspires to be the D.C. brand. Located in Northeast D.C., DC Brau will roll over The Public (pale ale), Citizen (a Belgian-style pale ale) and Corruption IPA.

Chocolate City Beer is planning on an American-style, pre-prohibition Pilsner beer, Extra Special Bitter (ESB) and IPA as well as part of the celebration of the non-Federal neighborhoods and culture of the District.

Lost Rhino Brewing Co. doesn’t have a Web site yet, just a twitter account. Based out in Old Dominion’s Loudon County stomping grounds, they plan to produce “Lost Rhino Pilsner, a peppery golden lager dry-hopped with Hallertauer and Saaz hops. That will be followed by New River Pale Ale (a brand that Old Dominion used to make under contract) and possibly a seasonal Maibock.” Calling Loudon County local is a bit of a stretch, because if they are local, than so is Flying Dog Brewery of Frederick, Md.

3 Stars Brewing merely has a “Coming Soon” Web site, but hopes to be open in August with an American-style IPA called District IPA.

Also of note, an Alexandria brewery may be returning a century of being closed. Catherine Portner, is planning on resurrecting her great-great grandfather’s Robert Portner Brewing Co. by 2016. She is tweeting at @cport31 with the bio: “Re-launching my family’s pre-Prohibition brewing company. Please join my efforts by sending craft beer industry contacts my way. ”

So, good news if you like pale ales and D.C. flag based imagery. I am curious to sample these beers, even though pale ales are not my favorite, because you have to support your local businesses. Hopefully, we are looking at a renaissance in brewing that so many other cities have seen.

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