DC BRAU - Washington DC's First Brewery Since 1956
Going Green
Brandon & Jeff @ Burnside Farms in Haymarket, VA

DC Brau will be working with Burnside Farms in Haymarket VA to dispose of our Brewery Waste. Brewery Waste has long been known as an excellent addition to animal feed, as well as, a great aid in composting and fertilization. Burnside will act as a hub for Northern VA farmers to pick ours up. In addition, we plan to use some of our own waste to fertilize a crop of hops that has been planted on the Burnside property. This will, most likely, only be enough hops for a single batch run but we do plan on making this a limited annual release. 

"Burnside Farms is a diversified family owned operation in Haymarket, VA, 35 miles west of Washington, DC. Our farming practice is focused on long term sustainability without use of any chemical pesticides or herbicides. Farming to us is a cycle that begins and ends with responsible land stewardship. We sustain our soil through crop rotation, composting, mineral amendments and straw mulch without any synthetic inputs. We sustain balanced life on the farm by creating habitats for beneficial insects, planting diversified crops, and tending many of our own bee hives."

DC Brau is definitely can-do

Part of our "going green" is our packaging. DC Brau's year-round brews are packaged in 100% recyclable aluminum cans. Aluminum cans are 26% of the global beverage container market. They are lightweight, durable, 100% recyclable indefinitely and provide a very effective barrier against light and oxygen, giving beverages a long shelf life.

  • Aluminum cans are 100% recyclable infinitely.
  • Aluminum can tabs are not only recyclable, they can also be donated to help raise money for charity! Organizations like Ronald McDonald House accept donations of can tabs.
  • The 2008 U.S. recycling rate was 54%, the highest rate for any beverage container.
  • Using recycled aluminum requires 95% less energy and generates 95% less greenhouse gas emissions than producing can sheet material from bauxite ore.



The canning line in full swing.