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DC Brau Brewing Co.

DC Brau Brewing Co.DC Brau Brewing Co.

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 60
Beer Ratings: 3,281
Beer Avg: 3.85

Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

25 Ratings
Ratings: 25
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 7.93%
$$ - reasonable


[ Brewery, Bar ]

3178 Bladensburg Rd NE Ste B
Washington, District of Columbia, 20018-2214
United States
phone: (202) 621-8890

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @dcbrau

Notes:
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(Place added by: mdaschaf on 04-13-2011)
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | $$

I haven't reviewed this place? What did I do to forget doing this? Where are my marbles?

Basically after all this time and the breweries that have since come after DC Brau got established one thing still remains after sampling many beers.

These guys are hands down my favorite brewery in DC proper.

The atmosphere inside is rather simple, but it has a good inviting feel. A giant big red booth couch you could find in an old dinner, and some other seating. The bar and tap area is filled with stickers and the growler menu quickly written and the occasional humorous drawing.

Service here is real solid. In all my times I've been here, employees are cordial, welcoming, and they are always smiling. I mean it looks like they are just happy to work here.

Finally though it wouldn't be great if it weren't for the beers. Jeff Hancock is an extremely skilled brewer and it shows in his line up. Great to absolutely fantastic beers: The Corruption, The Public, Wings of Armageddon, Yonder Cities are just some of the real big highlights that I am very impressed are made here.

A very fun place to visit and drink some of the best beers that DC is making.

03-07-2014 21:30:52 | More by smakawhat
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bryanbullock

District of Columbia

3.2/5  rDev -23.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$

DC Brau was an awesome hang out environment, they were grilling brauts, tons of people hanging out having a good time, your get 4 free beer tickets. Good music playing, and they were not Nazi's with the beer tickets, very laid back feel. I came to try new solar abyss but they were out, then I wanted on the wings and they did not have it on tap, then I wanted corruption and they were out, my biggest down side s that they were out of everything I wanted to try. I bought a case of on the wings, gave myself a little tour walking around and all in all had a good time. It was a hard spot to find as it was in the back of down trodden shopping center... just follow the beer thirsty zombies heading to quench their palates. All in all a good experience but not up there is the top notch breweries.

03-01-2014 21:31:52 | More by bryanbullock
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WheelsPSU

New York

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | $

Hard to find brewery (don't look for the sign because its in a strip mall and tucked around back). 4 beers on tap but besides the 4 free 4 ounce samples you get, you can't drink the growlers or cans on the premises. Staff was friendly and they even gave out free Synder's pretzels!

02-27-2014 22:49:25 | More by WheelsPSU
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

A cozy and friendly establishment. Located on the back side of a business park/strip mall lookinng area. Cannot see the place from Blandensburg Rd. Has a small office area that serves as both tasting room, retail area and business office. Did not get chance to take a tour. Disappointed that they had no stickers the day of my visit. I look forward to makinig another visit to take a tour. I like the fact that they post updates on Facebook. A heads up allowed me to make a run on a Wednesday around lunch to pick up fresh canned OTWOA.

07-04-2013 12:54:10 | More by Sludgeman
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jmslade7

Florida

4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25 | $$

Good atmosphere, friendly staff, with cool merchandise and great beer!
A localcentric brewery that is always doing something fun and interesting.
If you live in, near, or are visiting Washington DC and like craft beer, then do yourself a favor and visit DC Brau!

06-02-2013 05:06:18 | More by jmslade7
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

Since the wife was actually tied up at work all day on a Saturday for a change, I finally got the chance to hit this awesome place yesterday.

Atmosphere: Not exactly the easiest place in the world to find. Located in a warehouse in back of a group of strip mall, with the only indicator that it's even there was my GPS and the plain sign listing all the businesses in the complex out front. Once inside, the place came to life. Since it was the day before the Super Bowl, the place was packed to the hilt with peeps getting growler fills, buying swag (especially the awesome hockey shirts!), etc. The gift shop/register is in front, and once you hang a left, you'll walk into the production site, with the growler filling station, picnic tables, and even a small art exhibit (currently a work in progress).

Quality and Service: First of all, the employees are super nice and love to talk about their beer, beer in general, and even other breweries' beer in the area who are also doing awesome things. The quality of the beer is top notch. I was really impressed with how they inspected every growler prior to filling for any possible defect, even informing one patron of unsecured rubber hardware.

Selection: The day I went, the selection was a bit sparce, but still the quality of everything this place makes is staggering. The pretty much always have "The Public" (Pale Ale), "The Corruption" (IPA), and "The Citizen" (Belgian PA). Additionally, they always have some sort of seasonal. The day I went, it was "Penn Quarter Porter." Awesome stuff!

Food: They always have a food truck come by on Saturdays, but they aren't affiliated with the brewery in any way.

Value: Are you kidding me? They make some of the best beer on the East Coast and they fill growlers for around $10-15, depending on the beer. Awesome value!

NOTE: Definitely grab one of their cool DC Brau jar glasses for $5.

02-03-2013 22:00:47 | More by Chaney
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Hotlanta

Georgia

4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $

A nice place to visit. Typical industrial setting for a small brewery, but that is part of the charm.

I think they gave us 4 tickets for samples when we went in. They were doing spray paint art on the wall and had a DJ there. I am not sure if this normal. There was a good crowd: not too crowded nor an awkwardly small crowd.

The tasting were good. All the beers were quite nice, and I enjoyed them all. I probably would have bought a growler or a six pack, but the line had gotten quite long and I am impatient. Probably would have helped to have more than one person pouring.

The tour started promptly and was one of the more technically proficient explanations of how beer is brewed. Not overly simplified or too technical; it is nice to have the brewer giving the tour. Most interesting thing I learned was that this place is quit new and already looking to expand. I kind of wonder if they are giving it all away or selling it all there because none of the bars/beer stores I went to in DC had any.

There was a van out front selling hot dogs. They looked great but I did not take the bait.

11-21-2011 17:42:39 | More by Hotlanta
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $

Dynamic tasting room in the first local brewery DC has seen in decades... What is not to like?

Small, if maybe already maxed out operation of a brewery that feels rather approachable, quality, and fun. Located in the back of a modest commercial block in NE DC they offer free samples, quality fresh growler fills, and inviting social events around their limited visiting hours, typically Saturday afternoons, although one would be well advised to check their FB or twitter for the latest updates.

Rather friendly, with lingering dogs on the parking lot, or a kid here and there holding the hand of a parent as they make the queue to fill the growler, it still carries a nice relaxed, and unrushed vibe. Not only the staff and volunteers are rather friendly and knowledgeable, but the brewers/owners are also a critical part of the experience, always present and eager to engage.

About four small free tasting pours are offered to each visitor, with a nicely priced opportunity to catch up a growler fill, some of their fresh six-packs of cans, or merchandise. They often combine the public hours with some kind of event, charitable occasion, guess art-dj, which adds quite the atmosphere to the visit. Rotating invited food vendors by the loading dock typically add a nice quality opportunity to accompany the tastings. Tours are also offered, with a quick typical if quality visit of a brewery of this scale.

Their influence to change local law to allow for growler fills, and tasting pours in town is quite the milestone, and should be acknowledged in years to come.

If anything, lately the number of visitors seems to have increased notably, and one may face a longer queue to fill a growler, which actually might be a sign of the promising health of the brewery. I sure hope it lasts.

11-21-2011 02:29:32 | More by Daniellobo
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

Don't be confused, this place is behind the strip mall. I've been to DC Brau about a dozen times, my biggest complaint is that they are only open Saturday afternoons.

The place is industrial, cinder block walls, a brewery with a small tasting room / shop on the front end. Tours a few times a day but it is a brewery tour "here are our bright tanks, here are some fermenters, here are a few barrels" it is always the same.

The staff is super nice and really helpful, since they moved the growler fills to the floor, it has sped up service a lot. I don't think they anticipated the amount of traffic they get.

Food doesn't happen except for food trucks, there is a rotating variety of food trucks that service the area but i won't comment on them since they are not affiliated with the brewery.

It is a fun place to go, but drive around to the back side and don't be confused. It is where you think it is.

11-18-2011 04:57:49 | More by drabmuh
DC Brau Brewing Co. in Washington, DC
92 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.