Washington, DC – March 1, 2017 – DC Brau Brewing Company is ready to party when the Brewers Association comes to Washington next month for its annual Craft Brewers Conference (CBC), which happens to coincide with the brewery’s sixth anniversary. To celebrate both the booming craft beer movement and its own milestone, DC Brau has partnered with breweries from across the country on six new collaborations that will be released during CBC, and has several big events planned throughout the week of April 10-14, including a heavy metal concert featuring BARONESS at the 9:30 Club that Wednesday.
“We like to go big when it comes to marking our anniversary each year, and this year is no exception,” says Brandon Skall, CEO and Co-Founder of DC Brau. “CBC is a unique opportunity for us to show the world the phenomenal beer community we have built in this region over the past six years. We can’t wait to show our colleagues from around the world how much DC Brau, and the larger DMV beer community, have grown since the last time they were in town.”
To mark six years since the first Brau release, DC Brau has teamed up with highly-esteemed breweries from across the U.S. on six special collaboration brews, which will be available in limited release starting the week of CBC. The six collaborations include:
Yonder Cities – Brewed with Union Craft Brewing (Baltimore, MD)
This Belgian Farmhouse IPA exclusively uses Citra and Simcoe Hops, and will be available in cans designed by Matt Leunig (scrapedknee.com).
Conflict of Interest – Brewed with Melvin Brewing (Alpine, WY)
The 7.5% ABV Imperial Pilsner is brewed with traditional German hops with an emphasis on aroma contributed by German Saphir hops. It will be available in cans designed by Mike Van Hall (opprobriations.com).
American Pale Ale – Brewed with Hop Head Farms & Firestone Walker (MI)
This yet-to-be-named beer is a straight-forward American Pale Ale showcasing domestic hop varieties that were grown in Michigan at Hop Head Farms. This beer will showcase new aroma varieties, Cashmere and Grungeist, which (as rumor has it) could be the next “big aroma varieties” for the US and European markets. This beer will only be available on draft.
Cross Eyed Cat in the Meow Box – Brewed with 2SP Brewing (Aston, PA)
This German-inspired IPA used locally-grown spelt and malted rye supplied by Deer Creek Malthouse. In addition to locally grown malt, we used locally-grown Cascade, Chinook and Comet hops in the whirlpool for added hop aroma. This beer is basically a hoppy German-Style Maibock, which was brewed under the watchful (cross)eye of their brewery’s cat. This beer will only be available on draft.
Alt By Myself – Brewed at Stone Brewing World Gardens & Bistro, Liberty Station (San Diego, CA)
This German-Style Altbeir was brewed using one type of Munich malt for the base malt of the beer in conjunction with German hop varieties, Hallertau Blanc and Hüll Melon, which are very unconventional this style of beer. This beer will only be available on draft.
Rally Cry – Brewed with Atlas Brew Works (Washington, DC)
Brewed in partnership with REI, proceeds from this locally-made Session IPA will be donated to the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (www.waba.org).
“At its core, craft beer is all about experimentation and collaboration,” says DC Brau’s President, Co-Founder and Head Brewer Jeff Hancock. “We had a blast with all these folks, brainstorming ideas, playing with new recipes, and learning new techniques. It’s projects like these that make my job so much fun!”
All six CBC/6Yr collaborations will debut at Collabotron: Uniter of the Brewniverse, an epic tap takeover event upstairs at Jack Rose Dining Saloon in Adams Morgan on Tuesday night, April 11th starting at 5pm. Special beers from each of the six partnering breweries – many of which have never been available in DC – and special brews from DC Brau will round out the tap selections during the evening. There’s no cover to attend.
DC Brau will also be out at REI’s flagship store at the Uline Arena and the Wundergarten in NoMa on Tuesday night starting at 5:30pm for the Atlas Brew Works-REI Rally Cry release festival to benefit the Washington Area Bicycle Association.
On Wednesday night, April 12th, DC Brau, Country Malt, and Wild Goose present a special concert featuring BARONESS and local post rock originators Trans Am at the world-renowned 9:30 Club. This is the only domestic stop on the Grammy-nominated band’s current Spring tour. Tickets are $30 via Ticketfly (http://ticketf.ly/2mpQ72l). Doors open at 7pm.
Austin Beerworks, Sun King Brewing Company, and DC Brau will be hosting a junior version of CanArchy at Bar Deco in Chinatown on Thursday night, April 13th with cans and cans and cans of beer from all three breweries. There is no cover to attend.
When co-founders Brandon Skall and Jeff Hancock opened the doors to their brewery in 2011 on Blandensburg Road in NE Washington, DC Brau Brewing Company became the first packaging brewery inside the District of Columbia since 1956. DC Brau’s signature brews include: The Public (Pale Ale), The Corruption (IPA), The Citizen (Belgian-style Ale), Brau Pils (German-style Pilsner), and Penn Quarter Porter (Robust Porter), with seasonal and special brews available throughout the year including the award-winning On the Wings of Armageddon (Double IPA). For more information on DC Brau, visit http://www.dcbrau.com, and follow on social media @dcbrau.