DC BRAU - Washington DC's First Brewery Since 1956

On-Tap Draft-Only Releases
These releases are available around the Washington DC area for draft and growler-fills

The Daughters of Poseidon
Black Oyster IPA™

Available:
May 2014

"When Baxter Brewing first talked to DC Brau about doing a collaboration brew, they wanted to use an ingredient that was common to both places, and oysters came to mind," Livingston said. "So we both put 800 pounds of whole oysters into the mash of Daughters of Poseidon. We know what you're thinking… Yes, seriously. Oysters." The result is a unique recipe, more like a dark IPA than a stout, brewed with precisely the same ingredients at both DC Brau and Baxter. Except that the DC version uses locally sourced Rappahannock Oyster Co. Olde Salt oysters, and the Maine version uses oysters from Glidden Point Oyster Company in the Pemaquid (ME) area.

A limited edition, one-off beer, Daughters of Poseidon will be sold in four-packs of 16-oz. cans, emblazoned with the logos of both DC Brau and Baxter. The public will get its first taste of the distinctive new brew at a release party at Meridian Pint in Washington, 5:00pm on May 8, where the DC Brau version will be introduced along with 11 other taps of both DC Brau and Baxter's beers. It will be Baxter's first time in Washington.


On-Break Draft-Only Releases
Releases from months and years past, which may come back again at some point.

9th Gate™
Available:
November, 2013

The "9th Gate" greets its imbiber with earthy undertones on the nose amidst a faint smoky essence backed firmly by an aroma of roasted chestnut and soft leather. At first glance one can see a deep reddish brown center fading to a delicate clear auburn hue at the edge of the glass. The subtle nuttiness continues on the palate with a faint suggestion of peanut shell and almond essence that balances nicely with a kiss of bitterness delivered by the Willamette hops.

Alpha Domina Mellis™
Available:
October 19, 2013

Here at DC Brau we love our hoppy beers. This is our latest attempt in seeing how many hops we can fit into a DIPA and I think we've hit a new mark. This beer clocks in around 100 IBU, similar to OTWOA but uses 4 different varieties instead of 1. Alpha-Domina-Mellis was also brewed with 30 lbs of Wildflower honey from Burnside Farms in Haymarket, VA that was added at the end of the 90 min boil and then 30 lbs added directly into the fermenter on the second day of primary fermentation.

Tasting Notes:
Alpha-Domina-Mellis leads in with a peach-like color and a distinctive tropical / pineapple like nose with a hint of breadiness. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a huge, lingering bitterness provided by the huge dose of experimental hops that were added early in the boil. What the drinker is left with is a bitterness that won't quit followed by a heavy tropical, fruity, "juicy fruit" bubblegum like aroma with a lingering aroma reminiscent of star fruit and stone fruit.

Style: Double India Pale Ale
MALTS: 2-row, C-60
ADJUNCTS: 60 lbs of Local Wildflower Honey from Burnside Farms
HOPS: Hop Union Experimental Variety, Mosaic, Simcoe, Cascade
ABV: 8.5%

Bête Noire™
Available:
November, 2013

This is our first collaboration with Right Proper! It's Bête Noire (Dark Beast) Baltic Porter. Our collaboration is characterized by a wonderful dark brown color with smoky and roasted brown malts with a complex bitter taste!

Brainless Corruption™
Available:

This Belgian-style IPA is our second collaboration with Epic, after our wildly popular Fermentation Without Representation. Epic brewed a batch of Brainless Belgian Golden Ale and let us corrupt it with our hops: Chinook and Columbus in the boil with more Columbus for aroma. Whole leaf Centennial in the hopback. Citra hop in the dry hop.

Brainless®: Corruption starts out with a wonderful aroma of pineapple, hops and tart fruit. On first sip you taste that familiar cotton-candy and bubble gum sweetness of Brainless® that quickly gives way to a hoppy storm of tropical fruit and tart citrus that lingers on the tongue.

COLLIDING HEMISPHERES™
Available:
CBC 2013

"Colliding Hemispheres" is a collaborative beer between DC Brau, Hop Union and Briess Malts & Ingredients. When conceiving the recipe we were imagining an American Brown Ale brewed with our house Belgian Abbey yeast and hopped with both New Zealand and Australian hops

Das Bier - Kölsch™
Available:
Not Currently Available

Summer in DC is the perfect climate for enjoying Kölsch-style ales. In honor of this elegant German ale, GB Navy Yard hosted the 1st Annual Kölsch Cup Challenge and Tastival. 20 different draft interpretations of kölsch-style ale have been brewed by twenty different DC-area brewers.

Our easy-drinking 5% entry into the Inaugural Kölsch Cup featured hersbrucker hops, which are grown widely not only in the Hallertau but also in Spalt and Hersbruck areas of Germany. "Das Bier" pours a pale straw-color in the glass with a nice, thick rocky head that leads to ample lacing. It has a very delicate body with light flavors of fruit, biscuit and a gentle mineral-like finish. Hopping is kept very low for maximum drinkability on hot summer days.

DEUS EX MACHINA DIPA™
Available:
Not Currently Available

An error in the brewing of DC Brau's celebrated Double IPA, On the Wings of Armageddon, has led to the development of a new beer. The brew, also a Double IPA, is similar in body and taste to its progenitor while differing immensely in color and hop profile. CEO Brandon Skall expressed disappointment that fans of On the Wings of Armageddon would have to wait another few months for the much sought after beer, but in the same breath noted that he was excited to welcome this new brew to the DC Brau family. "Sometimes you have to embrace blunders," said Skall. "In this case, our mistake lead to something delicious and badass, so while we're upset about the error in OTWOA brewing, we're happy it led to Deus Ex Machina."

Deus Ex Machina, taken from the Latin phrase meaning "God from the Machine," weights in at 8.75% ABV and 131 IBUs. It's hopped with Falconer's Flight and Columbus varieties, which come together to create a virtual pine forest of super dank, mouth-coating flavors with underlying hints of delicate sugar-coated fruit. The brew-in-error is a beautiful crystal clear golden orange in color.

EMBERS OF
THE DECEASED™

Available:
Not Currently Available

Embers is our new limited-release collaboration ale with Bluejacket! Embers is truly unique summer sipper, reborn from an old Polish recipe of barley and oak-smoked wheat malt, just in time to extinguish the fires of summer. Our grätzer has got a whiff of bacon, followed by the crisp, bready-citrusy flavor typical of American wheat ales. There is a touch of phenol and bitter hops in the finish. Measuring only 3.7 percent alcohol by volume, it’s a true beverage of moderation. Click here for the Washington Post coverage.

Everyday Junglist™
Available:
June, 2013

It has been many years since we gathered in laser lit rooms in the wee hours of Friday and Saturday mornings to hear the deep sounds of imported basslines and the tender snaps of the amen break. Now we are older and wiser but the everyday junglist is still alive in each of us in so many ways...

The Everyday Junglist is a 5.5% ABV American Pale Ale hopped with Chinook and Mosaic hops. The resulting brew is soft and full of big citrus character. Juicy notes of ruby red grapefruit and plump Clementine oranges leave your palate calling for a rewind after every sip.

Exhaltation Holiday Ale™
Available:
December, 2013

Coming this holiday season is not only our first "holiday ale", but also our first collaboration with Randy Kuczor from Whole Foods Market on P St. We think it's only fitting to call our gift to the city "Exaltation". The brew itself is going to be a high-gravity Belgian-style Christmas ale, and it being brewed with cocoa nibs, cherries, whole cinnamon sticks, gingerbread, ginger and black rye. This brew will definitely keep Jack Frost from nipping at your toes, as you sip it by the fire.

Exquisite Corpse™
Available:
August, 2013

Exquisite Corpse was an idea proposed by Greg Jasgur, Beer Director for Pizza Paradiso. The idea is that one person selects the ingredients for each component of the recipe. For this recipe we are working with malt, hops and yeast. The collaborators are Greg Jasgur, Sam Fitz of Meridian Pint, Brian Strumke of Stillwater Artisanal Ales and Jeff Hancock of DC Brau. Greg chose the malt, Sam chose the hops, Brian chose the yeast and Jeff put it all together and brewed it at DC Brau. What we are left with is a truly unique brew that will be debuted on Sunday August 11th 2013 at both Pizza Pariadiso and Meridian pint.

Tasting Notes:
Upon initial sniff of the beer the nose is greeted with a zesty, orange-like citrus rind with hints of spice. Then we dive into a very crisp, effervescent mouthfeel with a nice balance provided by the herbal presence of the hops. Finish is dry and tart with some acrid bitterness contributed by a judicious dry hop making this Specialty Saison something to take note of.

Style: Specialty Saison
Malts: 2-row, Rye, C-40 and C-60
Hops: U.S. Fuggles, Centennial and Mosaic
ABV: 5%

FIGHT CLUB
ANTI-GRAVITY LAGER™

Available:
Not Currently Available

Named after the secret underground skate spot in Washington, DC where local brewers Jason Oliver from Devils Backbone and Jeff Hancock from DC Brau used to skate.  Both Jason and Jeff have been life long skaters and came up for the idea while sessioning one Wednesday night about 2 years ago before Fight Club closed down to many a skateboarder's disappointment.

Fight Club Anti-Gravity lager is brewed with a traditional German lager yeast and Noble German hops. Its appearance is deep gold with a medium body and smooth, rich lager finish. Long live Fight Club DC and the many great years of skating that took place there.

FOR OTHERS DIPA™
Available:
Not Currently Available

For Others is a truly special beer. It is a limited-release Double IPA brewed to celebrate the nuptials of two of its own: DC Brau webmaster and packaging designer Rob Shortley and his long-time partner in crime, Celia Wells (now Shortley).The name “For Others” is a nod to Shortley's alma mater, Gonzaga College High School, the motto of which is "Men for Others.” The private academy has been a Washington, DC fixture since 1821. The beer is an intense, all-Citra hopped, double IPA with a Belgian yeast - weighing in at around 8.2% ABV.

Heurich's Lager™
Available:
August 2013

Heurich's Lager has a sweet, mellow nose with hints of grain and bread. Appearance is a pleasant straw-golden color First sip yields a nice peppery bitterness that transitions into a smooth, sweet corn-like note riding on a velvety mouthfeel followed up by a dominant crispness that finishes light and clean. Brewed with a traditional Bavarian yeast that showcases the malt and lets the hops play a nice supporting role to compliment this historic brew.

Style: Pre-prohibition Lager
ABV: 7%
IBU's: 36
Malts: Pilsner, Wheat and Vienna
Adjuncts: Flaked corn, Flaked Rice.
Hops: Czech Saaz
Yeast: Bavarian Lager

MIDDLE NAME DANGER™
Available:
Not Currently Available

This is our second collaboration with Stillwater Artisanal Ales. This tasty brew is a crisp blonde saison, with plenty of tropical and citrus fruit notes; clocking in at 7.2% ABV. This brew holds many secrets including an experimental hop from Hop Union and a Stillwater-exclusive yeast strain. We'd tell you more but... you know...

Model Citizen™
Available:
December, 2013

Model Citizen is the second beer DC Brau has made with legendary Ska band “The Pietasters” Our first collaborative effort with Ska Brewing and the band was named "Tasters Choice", a name inspired by a song title. This collaboration was named in the same manner. "Model Citizen" is the name of a track off the band’s first studio album, released in 1993. This beer will debut at the iconic Washington DC music venue Nightclub 9:30 on December 14th for The Pietasters Holiday Show.

Tasting Notes:
Upon first gaze on a glass of "Model Citizen" the consumer is greeted with a pleasing straw-like hue with faint aromas of malt and biscuit. Flavor is very mellow with a nice balance between minimal hop bitterness and sweet malt. Cream ales are drank all year round but especially during the hot summer months. "Model Citizen" is very thirst quenching, highly drinkable and a nice low abv alternative to the big, high gravity beers that run the landscape this time of year.

STYLE: American Style Cream Ale
MALTS: 2 row Pale malt, CaraPils
HOPS: German Hallertau
IBU: 10
ABV: 5.0%

Oaked Penn Quarter Porter™
Available:
January, 2013

In addition to our Penn Quarter Porter, we have a very special release, aged for six months in Roundstone Rye® whiskey barrels from Catoctin Creek distilling in Purcellville, Virginia. Catoctin Creek are not only talented distillers, but they are also local producers of some of the finest artisanal whiskey available on the East Coast.

Pauncy Stout™
Available:
December, 2013

DC Brau has worked with Greg Jasgur of Pizza Paradiso and Bread for the City the last 2 years to provide food bread for needy citizens in Washington, DC around the holidays. What Pizza Paradiso does is collect spent grain from the brewing process and bakes hundreds of loafs of bread with it. Pizza Paradiso also uses the spent grain in a specialty pizza crust that can be requested by a customer for any pie that Pizza Paradiso offers. An additional $2.00 per pizza is charged and 100% of that money is donated back to Bread for the City. "Pauncy" is also the name of an old ship that was part of the Britain's Royal Navy during Queen Elizabeth the first reign. The ship was built in 1543 and we figured it would be a fun nod to this Traditional English style Oatmeal Stout.

Tasting Notes:
This stout's appearance is dark brown to black with aromatic notes of strong roast and coffee with hints of powdered cocoa. Taste is very straight forward roast with a nice glance of nuts and an earthy-like quality contributed from the Oats and Flaked barley. Hops help to balance some of the darker malts but by no means overpower. Enjoy this very dark, full bodied English ale crafted here in the Nation's capital.

STYLE: English Style Oatmeal Stout
MALTS: UK Maris Otter, UK Roasted Barley, UK Black, UK Malted Oats and UK Flaked Barley
HOPS: UK Willamette
IBU: 30
ABV: 5.0%

SAILING THE
SEAS OF LEES™

Available:
Not Currently Available

This limited-release saison is our first restaurant collaboration with Washington DC's The Red Hen. It was aged for six weeks on wine lees, in oak wine barrels provided by Linden Vineyards and is only available for a limited time at The Red Hen. The resulting beer has a strong punch of citrus, with notes of cider and white wine.

Solar Abyss DIPA™
Available:
February, 2014

Alright, alright, alright… So you heard about the Armageddon. Didn’t happen. Not to worry though, there’s a new fiesta in the making. Solar Abyss. Party in your mouth. Lots of Mosaic hops. Everybody’s gonna be there. You should come. Piney, earthy, a little dank with that strawberry cough. Why don’t you ditch the geeks and get on board.......David Wooderson.

Mosaic hops are known for a complex array of tropical fruit, citrus, berry, herbal, earthy and pine characteristics.

Style: Double India Pale Ale
ABV: 10%
Hop: Mosaic

Solidarity Summer Ale™
Available:
August, 2013

Solidarity Summer Ale was brewed with the intention of being an easy drinking ale suitable for the very hot summer months of DC. Upon taking a whiff the nose is greeted with nice mineral-like nose with hints of crackers. Appearance is a light, crisp pale straw hue. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing with minimal bitterness leaning more towards the light toasty malt notes of the brew. Flavors favor the malt and yeast on this one with mellow "cellar-like" notes contributed by the low fermentation temps employed make this one an easy drinker and a perfect quencher for the tropical-like summers we have here in the nations capital.

Style: English Summer Ale
ABV: 5%
IBU's: 25
Malts: Pale, Maris Otter, Torrified Wheat, Wheat, Carapils and Honey
Hops: Fuggles, Willamette, Amarillo and Mosaic
Yeast: Scottish Ale

ST. JOSEPH'S TRIPEL™
Available:
CBC 2013

This Belgian-style tripel clocks in at 10% ABV and is brewed with orange peel, coriander, grains of paradise, and juniper berries. An angel has blessed this transcendent ale with deep flavors of passion fruit, kiwi, and tropical candy!

Time & Place™
Available:
CBC 2013

Time & Place is our third collaboration with Stillwater Artisanal Ales and our first with Pub Dog brewing. The beer is a Belgian Session Stout coming in at 5% ABV with a firm 33 IBU’s, and smells of roasted malts, coffee, cream, vanilla, dark chocolate, and some burnt malts. Lots of roasty notes and chocolate in the nose.

YONDER CITIES™
Available:
Not Currently Available

This Farmhouse IPA is our first collaboration with Union Craft Brewing (Baltimore MD)! It is quite the standout, with its beautiful balance of malt, hops and yeast. DC Brau’s Jeff Hancock and Union’s Kevin Blodger worked hard to craft a beer with a spicy yeast character and a bright, vivid hop profile. Simcoe and Citra hops bring white grapefruit, juicy nectarine and zesty lemon peel to the nose an palate, while the proprietary saison yeast balances peppery earth tones with a crisp, tart finish.

“Yonder Cities Farmhouse IPA represents more than just another collaboration brew for us,“ says Jon Zerivitz of Union Craft Brewing. “Soon after returning from CBC 2011, DC Brau were one of the first breweries we reached out to when we were in our start-up phase and they received us with open arms, offering us great advice and friendship. Like our neighboring cities, our breweries are kindred spirits and we are very proud to have brewed this amazing beer with them. As both breweries continue to grow within our own cities, we look forward to many more exciting partnerships with our beltway brothers."

YOUR FAVORITE
FOREIGN MOVIE™

Available:
Not Currently Available

Your Favorite Foreign Movie is a traditional Patersbier, a low-alcohol (4.0% ABV) Belgium-style brew. Patersbier literally means “fathers’ beer,” as it’s traditionally brewed as an easy-drinking table beer for Trappist monks. The style is extremely rare; the closest commercial relatives are Petite Orval or Chimay Dorée, which are notoriously difficult to find in the US. The recipe for this tasty brew comes from Brian Barrows, winner of the Meridian Pint Homebrew Contest!

GABF 2012 SILVER MEDAL WINNER

THE PUBLIC THE CORRUPTION THE CITIZEN ON THE WINGS OF ARMAGEDDON
EL HEFE SPEAKS The Tradition Our Draft-Only DC Brau Exclusives PENN QUARTER PORTER & OAKED PQP
Taster's Choice FERMENTATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION THE RIDER ATLAS FEST BIER
THYME AFTER THYME NATAS BURIAL AT SEA The Stone of Arbroath / Stone of Arbroath Abbey
Ground Wolf Hell's Bottom