Tuesday, October 8, 2013

BYOBike Brewery Tour w/ The Daily Rider, DC Brau, Atlas Brewery, Chocolate City Beer & Biergarten Haus Sat. 10/19 12:30 pm

BYOB (Bring Your Own Bike) Brewery Tour

After the Christian Heurich Brewing Co. closed in 1956, Washington spent more than 50 years without a brewery inside the city limits. That all changed in 2011 when DC Brau opened shop in Northeast. Since then, DC has seen a brewing rebirth in recent years, with a host of new breweries and brewpubs popping up all over town.

Join us for a bike ride and beer tastings at some of DC's best local breweries.

When: Saturday, October 19 at 12.30 PM.
Where: Meet at The Daily Rider (1108 H St NE, Washington, DC)
We'll ride from The Daily Rider to DC Brau for a tour and tasting of their current selection of beers. From there, we'll pedal over to Chocolate City Beer to taste their handcrafted brews. Then we'll take the Metropolitan Branch Trail back to H St, where we'll end our ride at Biergarten Haus for beers and a bite to eat.

What to bring
  • A valid, government-issued photo ID
  • Closed-toe shoes (required for the tour of DC Brau)
  • Some cash for food and drinks at the Biergarten Haus (the tours and tastings at the breweries are free)
  • A bike, helmet and lock

DC Brau
DC Brau's flagship beers are inspired not only by the city they are brewed in but the perception people have of the city: The Public (hop forward pale ale), The Corruption (West Coast style IPA), and The Citizen (Belgian style pale). Along with its inflammatory beer names, DC Brau prints "Fermentation Without Representation" on every bottle it produces to show support for the DC Statehood Initiative.

Atlas Brew Works
DC's newest brewery just opened its doors this month in Ivy City and premiered three beers: Rowdy, a hop-forward American-style Rye ale, accented by the peppery notes of rye; District Common, a California Common featuring Czech Saaz hops; and a third beer, NSFW, which will remain a surprise.

Chocolate City
While Chocolate City may be the smallest of the new production breweries in D.C., this brewery has no shortage of love and connection to the city. From the Cerveza Nacional de la Capital, a roasty Vienna lager that celebrates the proud Latino culture in D.C. to the 1814 ESB which is a special date for all D.C. residents as it was the year the city was torched in the Battle of Bladensburg, Chocolate City's founder feels he has been able to "build a brewery that is a part of the fabric of the neighborhood."

Biergarten Haus
In your glass: Expect delicious German lagers (and two from Austria). There's a variety of styles among the dozen taps and 15 bottles: the hoppy Paulaner pilsner; light, refreshing Reissdorf Kolsch; the smooth, medium-bodied Warsteiner Dunkel, and the dark Weihenstephaner Korbinian, rich with the aroma of raisins and plums.

On your plate: The hearty German menu starts with warm laugenbrezel (rolls made from pretzel dough), served with spicy mustard and cubes of cheese. The stars of the show are the wurst platters. (The pretzel rolls come from Arlington's Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe; a family-run shop in Baltimore supplies the sausages.)

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