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Anyone who watches a beer go from mash to bottle at their local brewery is going to want a swig at the end.
That simple fact, and a business prospect the District has not seen in almost 60 years, prompted three burgeoning beer-makers to visit city hall on Thursday.
The brewers, led by DC Brau Brewing Co. of Northeast, say the District should pass a bill to permit on-site beer tasting at breweries that hold a manufacturer’s license. Right now, only grocery stores and other retailers can offer samples to their customers.
Their testimony before the council’s Committee on Human Services marks a turning point for beer in the District, better known for its bar and brewpub scene than industrial malt-making.
But last week, DC Brau received a certificate of occupancy for its 6,700-square-foot plant on Bladensburg Road. It plans to offer its first brew, Public Ale, on tap at up to 115 locations after an April 15 launch party at the Meridian Pint on 11th and Park Road, NW.
Council Member Harry Thomas Jr., Ward 5 Democrat whose territory includes the DC Brau site, introduced the legislation in February. He touted the proposal Thursday as a catalyst for economic growth and promotion of D.C.-made products.
Tourism could benefit as well, he said, noting the DC Brau site is near a War of 1812 battleground, and their beer could create an identifiable brand at Nationals Park and other landmarks.
Two self-described beer experts also testified, noting breweries across the country offer samplings at the end of their tours.
The only opposition came from Janae Grant, an advisory neighborhood commissioner, who felt “slapped in the face” over the procedural track of the bill. DC Brau, she said, chose to lobby everyone except the community “in which this brewery will reside.”
Mr. Graham said his office notified Ms. Grant’s people before Thursday’s hearing, although the advisory neighborhood commissioner was displeased that the proposal did not first come before her constituents.
She encouraged business growth in the neighborhood but had concerns about how and when the alcoholic beverages would be served.
The brewery is adjacent to another warehouse and a railroad bed, making it unlikely that anyone would even see the brewery, not to mention stumble onto private property “on 12 ounces of beer,” Mr. Thomas said.
Mr. Graham’s committee must approve the bill before it is considered by the full D.C. Council.
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