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DC Brau Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
DC Brau Brewing Co.DC Brau Brewing Co.
Based on:
27 Beers
5,703 Hads
Place Score: 90
Reviews: 21
Visits: 108
Avg: 4.05
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ 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

Place added by: mdaschaf on 04-13-2011

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Reviews: 21 | Visits: 108
Photo of JamLand
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

In an industrial park in DC. Location is not in the best area for any type of public transit. I'd recommend getting an uber, lyft or cab to here. There appeared to be a few parking spots in the back, if driving, but not many.

Tasting room was tiny. I'd say 20-30 people in there would make it seem crammed.

Staff was friendly.

Selection was limited, which seems to be a typical complaint about DC Brau.

Overall, decent brewery, but not worth visiting unless they have something special on like On The Wings of Armageddon or Solar Abyss. Most of their other offerings get wide distribution, so just hit up a store in DC.

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Photo of Kubishark
4.61/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

The place is small and tucked away behind a post office in a not-so-hip part of DC. Not easily metro accessible either, so you need a car. That being said, Friday nights are the best deal in DC with pints for $2.50. The people who work there seem cool and both times I've been I noticed Talking Heads playing on the sound system. Glad to hear DC Brau has good taste in music. There's a little dog named Angus that hangs out in the taproom as well, so don't forget to pet him while you're enjoying your beer. I do wish they served the beer in glass, but I realize they aren't a restaurant or anything so using plastic cups probably makes more sense for them than washing glasses constantly.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

The place is a good place to go to if you are in the nation's capital. The selection of beer is good and they offer a flight of 3 samplers (4 oz each) for $5 and full pints for $5. It is located easily off I-295.

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Photo of JOldewurtel
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

I was really looking forward to the drive down to DC brau to check out their taproom and grab some OTWOA... Really glad I grabbed the OTWOA, but the taproom is nothing to write home about. Great beer, great people working there, taproom could use some work. Want to head back down to tour the brewery.

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Photo of DerekCarruth
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

As far as breweries go, this certainly wasn't the coolest but we got there right after open on a Sunday. Service was fine and the beer tasted super fresh. That's what I'm looking for when I hit a brewery. I'd go back for sure.

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Photo of mikey_DC
4.17/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I really enjoyed my visit to this brewery. It's located in a shopping center and the entrance is in the back, so it is easy to miss. It feels like you are entering a small private club. Just inside the door is the tasting room that was air-conditioned (thank you) and well decorated. They have t-shirts hanging on the wall, stickers, artwork, awards and plenty of seating. You immediately feel the vibe, which is laid back and relaxed. It sort of feels like a private club. The bartender was super nice and had a smile, which made you feel welcomed. I enjoyed a 3 beer sampler, but they had plenty more on tap. I really enjoyed the scotch ale and the citrocity was good too. Definitely worth a visit.

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Photo of Beerly-Departed
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Visited DC Brau from Florida. Great down to earth warehouse brewery/taproom with a fantastic crew. Reminds me a lot like Due South down here.

Crab, Mike, and crew gave us a great tour of the place and we drank every beer they had. Great flagship lineup.

This brewery is a "must visit" place when in the DC area.

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Photo of Griffin2
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

DC Brau was tucked away directly behind the post office. They seemed to have all of their beers available on tap, except for Smells Like Freedom, which was available in cans. The taproom was pretty small, but the friendly employees made up for it. We quickly had a pint of On The Wings Of Armageddon, which was delicious. There was a good truck in the parking lot, and people were taking brewery tours.

Most of their beers were available in cans for take out. Almost everyone there was taking home either OTWOA or Smells Like Freedom.

I wouldn't drive too far to visit, but if you are in the area, it's definitely worth the stop.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.16/5  rDev -22%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 2.25

The brewpub if you could call it that is hard to find, in an unpleasant part of dc, and leaves a lot to be desired, that being said the staff were generally quite friendly and sincere

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Photo of cjgiant
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.5

First off, it's a brewery. It has a couple of bars from which to draw pours, but it is more production based than retail based. If you know that going in...

There quality of DC Brau beer is quite good. I personally don't think they produce a world class offering, but they haven't had a miss that I've encountered either, including everything I had this review.

The service was friendly, and everyone who assisted us on our trip here showed a level of appreciation for our patronage that is to be commended. We visited at a heavy production time, so there was no tour that day (I knew from Twitter this would be the case). They did run out of 2 beers early on a Saturday, and their selection was limited to 8 beers already, so selection took a hit.

Counter this with the 4 free samples per person, and you have my final review.

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Photo of Drifter1
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

They give out 4 free tastings of your choice, which is awesome. There's not a ton of seating, so it's more of a wander around kind of vibe. And the beer is really good, so it's definitely worth the trip if you're in the area and have a car.

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Photo of ColdOne
3.4/5  rDev -16%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3

A fine place to visit. It was cool/odd that they let folks wander the brewery. If it was my place, I'd be worried some drunk schmuck would break something. I got to sample lots of their brews, many of which were pretty good, some of which were so-so.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of bryanbullock
3.2/5  rDev -21%
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.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of jmslade7
4.17/5  rDev +3%
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!

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Photo of Chaney
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of Hotlanta
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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DC Brau Brewing Co. in Washington, DC
90 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.