Upon hearing of some friends organizing a ride to tour the group of newly established breweries in DC, BicycleSPACE jumped at the chance to get involved and help lead the way.
Local blogger, Jacques Arsenault, had suggested the idea through Twitter and it quickly drew a lot of interest. And, with BicycleSPACE on board, we were able to combine it with our regular Cupcake Ramble ride which takes place on Saturdays.
A large group turned out and it was a lovely day for riding. We headed through Capitol Hill and attracted a lot of onlookers making our way through the neighborhoods. We then took the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail on the way towards the National Arboretum where we found New Columbia Distillers nearby.
Not technically a brewery, the company instead distills Green Hat Gin which is named in reference to a prominent prohibition era bootlegger that supplied members of Congress with illegal liquor. The proprietors at New Columbia Distillers treated us great and generously showed us around. A number of folks couldn't resist buying some bottles of gin for the road.
Upon heading out for our next stop, the weather started to turn a bit cloudy and even a bit chilly, but luckily there was no rain in store. Not too far away from New Columbia Distillers, we found our way to DC Brau. DC Brau makes some really good beer and we were able to go inside and taste some of their offerings. They have a huge space and there were plenty of other people there hanging out. The beer went really well with the delicious half-smokes they were grilling just outside.
When we had our fill at DC Brau we rode over to check out Chocolate City Brewery. Here, we also tipped back some cups to sample what was on tap. The business has come a long way since it opened just a year ago, and it is a fun place to stop by as it is located right on the Metropolitan Branch Trail.
Finally, we headed north to 3 Stars Brewing Company. These guys really care about their beer. We got to check out their huge space and learn about the brewing process. It was really nice of Dave, one of the owners, to show us around on his Birthday!
All in all, our tour was a great opportunity to learn about these budding local businesses which are contributing to our neighborhoods. Biking was the perfect way to explore and connect as we learned about DC's growing brewery culture.
Thanks to all who came out to join us on this ride and to the awesome businesses we visited!