Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C.

Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C.

by Garrett Peck
     
 

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Imagine the jubilation of thirsty citizens in 1796 when the Washington Brewery—the city’s first brewery—opened. Yet the English-style ales produced by the early breweries in the capital and in nearby Arlington and Alexandria sat heavy on the tongue in the oppressive Potomac summers. By the 1850s, an influx of German immigrants gave a frosty…  See more details below

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Imagine the jubilation of thirsty citizens in 1796 when the Washington Brewery—the city’s first brewery—opened. Yet the English-style ales produced by the early breweries in the capital and in nearby Arlington and Alexandria sat heavy on the tongue in the oppressive Potomac summers. By the 1850s, an influx of German immigrants gave a frosty reprieve to their new home in the form of light but flavorful lagers. Brewer barons like Christian Heurich and Albert Carry dominated the taps of city saloons until production ground to a halt with the dry days of Prohibition. Only Heurich survived, and when the venerable institution closed in 1956, Washington, D.C., was without a brewery for fifty-five years. Author and beer scholar Garrett Peck taps this high-gravity history while introducing readers to the bold new brewers leading the capital’s recent craft beer revival.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940148159124
Publisher:
The History Press, Inc.
Publication date:
02/24/2014
Series:
American Palate , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
File size:
9 MB

Meet the Author

Garrett Peck is a literary journalist, local historian and author of five books. "Capital Beer" is his fifth book and sequel to "Prohibition in Washington, D.C.: How Dry We Weren’t." He leads tours of Seneca quarry and the Temperance Tour in D.C. Peck worked with the DC Craft Bartenders Guild to have the Rickey declared Washington’s native cocktail. A native Californian and graduate of VMI and the George Washington University, he lives in Arlington, Virginia. www.garrettpeck.com

Greg Kitsock is the beer columnist for the Washington Post and the editor of Mid-Atlantic Brewing News.

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