Loyal readers know that The Public Option is one of our favorite home grown local businesses. That’s why we were happy to see a long form write up about the business from the DCist. If you are interested in this local brewpub, we suggest you check it out. From the article:
Bill Perry opened The Public Option with his wife, Cathy Huben, in October 2015 with the idea of creating a neighborhood hangout with fresh beer. In a city full of new and expanding independent breweries, The Public Option continues to fulfill an important role as a small neighborhood bar that serves its own product.
While other breweries in D.C. boast larger, modern taprooms and distribute to neighboring states, The Public Option feels more like a homebrewer’s living room than a brewery. This isn’t a place for young professional happy hours; it’s a place people come to read and play board games. The walls are decorated with local art, black and white photographs of the neighborhood, and a Japanese boat flag gifted to Perry. There’s a couch that looks like it was bought from Goodwill. Outside there are four patio tables with umbrellas; inside is a one room-bar with casual seating and eight taps of small-batch traditional beers.
The Public Option is located at 1601 Rhode Island Avenue NE.
This eight day festival celebrates the Capital region’s craft beer community! Throughout the week, local breweries, restaurants, bars & community partners will bring you the area’s best craft beer tastings, educational seminars, and events possible!
Here is a rundown of ways to participate berrhere in our neighborhood:
Wednesday, August 23rd: Brookland’s Finest. From the event page: Brookland’s Finest Collaborative Menu with Denizens Brewing Co and Republic Restoratives Distillery is taking place on Wed. August 23rd starting at 5pm! You don’t want to miss this amazing three course tasting menu paired with beer cocktails! $35/person
Thursday, August 24th: Commonwealth Brewing Tap Takeover at Brookland Pint. From the event page: Expect a bevy of taps from Virginia Beach-based Commonwealth Brewing including flagships and special releases!
Saturday, August 26th: Brookland Pint. From the event page: Join 3 Stars Brewing Company and Brookland Pint for The Brookland Crab Fest! If you have been in the DMV long enough, you know that summer is never truly here until you have crushed some crabs! We will be opening our patio for an amazing event with great local craft beer and locally sourced Maryland Blue Crabs! $55 affords you all the crabs you can eat in a 3-hour window, and a 3 Stars beer!
Sunday August 27th: Right Proper Brewing Co. From the event page:Come by Right Proper’s Brookland Tasting Room & Production House for a day filled with music and beer! Browse through records from Songbyrd Café and others with your favorite Right Proper beer in hand. Tie dye your own Right Proper t-shirt while DJ Tim Lake spins some tunes from his own record collection. EAT 170 and Stella’s PopKern will also be on hand dishing up some tasty treats. The fun runs from 11am-5pm, so stop by anytime! No ticket necessary.
We were excited to learn that nearby brewer DC Brau will re-package 200 cases of their Brau Pils as Pride Pils in honor of Capital Pride, Washington, DC’s celebration of the LGBT community. If you would like to give it a try, Brookland’s Finest has partnered with DC Brau for the weekend to serve their special Pride Pils from June 8-11. From a press release:
Proceeds from the sale of PRIDE PILS will benefit local LGBTQ youth empowerment program, SMYAL, and The Blade Foundation, which is dedicated to preserving the Blade’s legacy while funding new enterprise journalism projects and encouraging the next generation of LGBT journalists.
This Friday June 2nd, local micro brewer Right Proper will be introducing a new beer and having a pop up from Project Milanesa which will be serving up the “Milanesa Sandwich…King of South American street food”. From the event page:
We secretly brewed a beer with Jester King, Fonta Flora and Scratch during CBC week. From 4-7pm geek out at our Brookland Production House and sip on Spirits Rejoice, a soulful, gin-inspired beer, along with other beers from the collaborating breweries. Project Milanesa and Milk Cult will also be at there to fill your bellies with tasty treats. Head directly to Savor from Right Proper. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.
Right Proper Brewing Company Production House and Tasting Room is located at 920 Girard Street NE.
Brooklanders already depend on Salumeria 2703 for fantastic freshly made pasta, imported meats, cheese, and dry goods. Now they are raising their game by seeking a beer and wine license. Soon you will be able to grab a bottle of wine to go along with the freshly prepared items, like lasagna – perfect easy dinner. From the ABRA notice:
Retailer “B” selling Italian deli food that includes fresh pasta, cold cuts, and cheeses….Sunday through Saturday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
If all goes well, they should have the license by early July.
DC Beer Week is a celebration of good beer in the National Capital Region from conception to consumption and everyone and everything in between. DC Beer Week aims to educate all on good beer through various events and seminars from August 9th through the 16th
Here is a rundown of the DC Beer Week events happening in our neck of the woods:
Brookland’s Finest will be partnering with Devil’s Backbone and doing a daily 3 course menu through the week. (3126 12th Street NE)
Wednesday August 12th:
Brookland Pint will be tappingthe only keg in DC of Monocacy Brewtus aged in Jack Daniels barrels. (716 Monroe Street, NE)
Thursday August 13th:
Atlas Brew Works and The Dew Drop Inn are having a backyard cook-out with burgers, dogs and brats (made with District Common) There will be cornhole and $5 Atlas brews all night long, featuring old favorites District Common, Rowdy, and NSFW along with their newest beer, Ponzi. 5pm – 10pm (2801 8th Street NE)
Brookland Pint will be having a St. Louis Beer Night, featuring craft beers from Schlafly, Perennial, Civil Life and 4 Hands. (716 Monroe Street, NE)
We thought readers would like to know about an upcoming indoor volleyball league from the folks at DC Volley. From their website:
Games will be held at Trinity University’s beautiful gym on Tuesdays from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Come check out a great league in the up and coming Brookland neighborhood!
Have you seen this gym? It IS GORGEOUS! Come out and join DC Volley at one of the BEST gyms in the city!
The league will run with Coed social rules with as many teams as possible making the Final Tournament.
Games begin April 7th.
Teams will play 6 vs 6 and are required to have at least 8 players on their rosters. We welcome free agents and small groups and will do our best to match players to teams!
Participants can be a team (8-11 people), or if you don’t have a team, smaller groups or individuals will paired up with other folks to make teams.
Registration is $70 and open until March 31st unless the divisions fill up first. Click here to register and for more information. As an added bonus there will be an end of season party with free beer at Steel Plate, which is the league’s sponsor. There will also be after game gatherings at Steel Plate with drink specials. Nice!