DC Brau Brewing Co.

DC Brau Brewing Co.DC Brau Brewing Co.
DC Brau Brewing Co.DC Brau Brewing Co.
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

3178 Bladensburg Rd NE Ste B
Washington, District of Columbia, 20018-2214
United States

(202) 621-8890 | map

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Photo of zachattack12
4.87/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Vibe: DC Brau is divided into two rooms. There are taps in both of them. There are cool games and stuff. There is a giant sticker wall in the front and you get the impression that the people who run DC Brau live, breath and die craft beer. It's on the outskirts of DC, so it's not as crowded as you would expect a brewery this popular to be.

Quality: In my opinion, this is the best brewery in DC.

Service: Some of the best brewery staff. One of my favorite tours (a free tour, at that). Mike, one of the employees, is a "beer historian" and maybe the only person I've met with more knowledge of breweries than myself.

Selection: They have just about every style. No complaints.

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zachattack12 from Kentucky, Nov 05, 2019
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4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

I mean the tasting room is pretty much the brewery itself!! Small tasting room but right thru the door into the brewery itself is plenty more tables and spaces to hang out. Had 2 terrific stouts. Anything I have had from these folks has been top notch for sure. A fair amount of cans available that I have not seen in standard circulation. Service was excellent for sure. Their standard line up of Corruption, Citizen etc. Wings of Armageddon on tap never hurts. A hefe and a few other IPAs rounded out the selection...my only complaint was the number of signs about hate speech or bad vibes or personal disrespect. Sure one on the door is fine I do not need to be reminded throughout my visit. I can only imagine they have had problems with this in the past. I'll be back for sure....

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lackenhauser from Maryland, Nov 11, 2018
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Visited this weekend as part of a guys day trip hitting as many breweries as possible in a 12-hour span. So take this review for whats it worth, we were in for a beer and out.

They had 8 offerings on tap. Numerous IPAs, a farmhouse, barrel aged scotch ale, irish stout on nitro and I believe a hefeweizen and a pilsner. The brews were made true to style without anything outlandish about them.

It was Saint Patricks day so that might have added a bit to the pandemonium but in the back room where the larger bar area was, music was blasting and we couldn't even hold a conversation.

Some food was available - again with the St Patty’s day theme but none of us opted for $15 bangers or corned beef.

I had mixed emotions about this stop. Not sure if the exceptional brewery we visited prior raised our expectations too high or what but I dont feel like this is a place id need to visit again. Just about everything they had available could be bought elsewhere without having to go to the source.

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stakem from Pennsylvania, Mar 19, 2018
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4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Stopped by shortly after the taproom opened on Thanksgiving Eve, so it was empty when I got there but quickly started filling up. Super cool bartender was polite and helpful. He gave me a sample of the ESB, which I hadn't seen before. I ended up getting a growler each of the Corruption, PQP, and ESB, and a half growler of On the Wings of Armageddon.
These guys have legit low prices on growler fills plus weekly specials. Wednesday is educator night- twenty five percent off for teachers. I went to Atlas after this and was very impressed by both.

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daliandragon from Maryland, Nov 27, 2017
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4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Small and far from fancy. The phrase "It is what it is." comes to mind. That being said... good beer, great service and a decent atmosphere made for a great time. It was a little like hanging out in a friends garage.

Although I didn't eat anything there was food available outside.

I had a couple of good beers and 2 hours of good conversation before taking a couple of sixes to go. A perfect afternoon!

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BJB13 from Maryland, May 09, 2017
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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

About as bare bones as it gets, and that's not a complaint. Located on the backside of a strip mall-type location, this place is small and simple. Food seems to be provided by trucks, and the beer list is about 10 in-house selections. Cans are for sale on site. Beers were all good.

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IMFletcher from Kentucky, Jun 28, 2016
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3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Small tasting room at the brewery. Nice staff, nice selection. Ordered the flight of all 8 beers they had, and was generally pleased with all of the beers. The IPAs stuck out as the best stuff for me, but all were very true to style. Picked up a few 6-packs to go. A bit far out on the eastern side of town, so set your GPS if you need to.

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Photo of gopens44
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Really cool place. Small, unassuming and not exactly ballyhoo worthy from a fancy real estate perspective, but inside the doors its exactly what you'd hope a small brewpub or tasting room would be. Ample seating, deliberate yet not contrived décor and a staff ready to help out in any way. Tastings, pints, growlers and crowlers available of their pretty darn nice lineup of beer. Not horribly difficult to get to, and not exactly in the heart of wicked heavy traffic (if approaching from the east). I'd certainly give it a whirl if you are nearby-ish.

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gopens44 from Virginia, Feb 16, 2016
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3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
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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JamLand from District of Columbia, Nov 06, 2015
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4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
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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Kubishark from Maryland, Oct 27, 2015
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

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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VABA from Virginia, Oct 12, 2015
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3.85/5  rDev -7%
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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JOldewurtel from Maryland, Jul 28, 2015
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3.81/5  rDev -8%
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 +0.7%
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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mikey_DC from Virginia, Jul 20, 2015
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4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
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 -5.8%
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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Griffin2 from Virginia, Apr 12, 2015
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3.16/5  rDev -23.7%
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
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.25

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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cjgiant from District of Columbia, Dec 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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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Drifter1 from Virginia, Dec 05, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
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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ColdOne from New York, Jul 31, 2014
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4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Smakawhat from Maryland, Mar 07, 2014
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3.2/5  rDev -22.7%
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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bryanbullock from District of Columbia, Mar 01, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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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WheelsPSU from New Jersey, Feb 27, 2014
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4.14/5  rDev 0%
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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Sludgeman from District of Columbia, Jul 04, 2013
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4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
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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jmslade7 from Florida, Jun 02, 2013
DC Brau Brewing Co. in Washington, DC
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