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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