Late last night, a big announcement hit the Annapolis beer community: DC Brau from Washington, D.C., is coming to Maryland and will be hosting its launch party right in the heart of downtown at DRY 85 on Feb. 3.
I’m a DC native — yes, we exist — so I’m more than a little stoked about this. I’ve been drinking DC Brau for ages. For District beer drinkers, their cans are eye-catching icons, featured in bars across all four quadrants of the city. And, as you can see above, DC Brau was front and center at most outdoor shindigs when we still lived in D.C. (The Citizen is my personal favorite, but they’re all amazing.)
Since I’m a lucky duck, I got to talk with Brandon Skall, CEO and co-founder of DC Brau, this morning about the upcoming launch. While you’ll have to wait until next week’s column in The Capital for the full scoop, I did want to share two things he said during our conversation that resonated with me:
- "Everybody in the [craft beer] industry has respect for what they do, and that translates into respect for one another."
- "There is something about shotgunning On the Wings of Armageddon that is extremely satisfying.”
Thankfully I’m not at a Jesse Spano-level of self-destructive excitement, but I’m pumped. Not only is this going to be a kickass party, this launch will only further cultivate the thriving craft beer culture that I see emerging in Annapolis.
Plus, Brandon seems like very a cool dude.
Fun fact: It wasn’t so long ago that a similar craft beervolution was happening in Washington, D.C., too, with DC Brau leading the charge.