DC Brau Pils

Today’s selection is a beer that I originally tried at the brewery and then picked up a can to bring home. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 4.6%

Style: German Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We’ve been having a lot of fun here at the brewery re-creating classic styles and a German Pils was the first style that popped into our heads. We all enjoy drinking hop forward beers but we also enjoy our German Lagers as well. Now that we are able to meet our production demands with our other flagship beers we decided we can have some fun. Brau Pils was our newest summer seasonal alongside El Hefe Speaks, NOW YEAR-ROUND. Brau Pils is a straight forward Pilsner with a light body, moderate carbonation and an assertive yet restrained hop character. Aromas of earthy, spicy noble hops are chased by a rich, cracker-like note backed up with clean, malty notes and a neutral lager yeast profile. This beer is made to help refresh on those hot summer dog days of DC.”

Random: This beer comes in at 28 IBUs.

The beer poured with a three finger, ecru colored head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was clear and straw yellow with a lot of carbonation. The nose had grain and lemon with a touch of mineral water. The taste was very crisp with grain and a touch of grass with some hops. River stones and mineral water came through too. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with river stones. A can was $2.17 and was $.18 per ounce. This was an easy drinking pilsner that would pair well with any food.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

DC Brau Penn Quarter Porter

What a day, what a day. I’m in the middle of end of quarter and I’m already exhausted. I can’t even say that today was all that bad, especially since I managed to get home at a decent hour. I know next week is going to be exceptionally challenging and I will be getting home late every night, so I guess I should appreciate it while I can. Anyways, I had this brew a week ago. Let’s see how I liked it.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Penn Quarter Porter was our first in a line of draft and 22oz bomber limited-release beers, and it’s a robust porter! Now available in Cans! In the way that The Public™ is on the line between a pale ale and an IPA, this is on the line between a porter and a stout – with chocolate notes and a dry, roasted finish.”

Random: I’m about halfway through season 1 of “Carnivale” and I still can’t figure out if I like it.

This brew poured with a finger and a half of dark tan head that was very slow to dissipate. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose had notes of milk chocolate with a touch of licorice. It was really fragrant and pleasant. The taste was even better. I got milk chocolate and cocoa powder, and then a marked nuttiness came through as well. After it warmed, there was also some ash with a slight herbal characteristic to it. The body was medium thickness with medium carbonation present. It had a quick finish with chocolate. This was a really solid beer that I thoroughly enjoyed drinking and I would definitely have again. If you see one on the shelves, definitely pick it up.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

DC Brau El Hefe Speaks

We’ve now moved on in my Netflix watching to “The Real L Word.” I never watched the show when it was on, but read some of the recaps, so I’m figuring that it should be interesting. I had this beer earlier in the week, so let’s see how I liked it.


ABV: 5.3%

Style: Hefeweizen

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We crafted EL HEFE SPEAKS!, our fond farewell to summer, as a collaboration with John Solomon and Chris Frashier. The pair are well known for their fine (and tasty!) work at Old Dominion in Ashburn, VA, during the mid 90’s. EL HEFE SPEAKS! is a traditionally brewed German-style Hefe. It is fermented around 65°F and hopped with German Tettnang hops. 11 IBUs and 5.3% ABV make this one extremely drinkable. If you think it speaks to you as well, definitely try a glass… because it will be gone before you can say ‘sweater weather.’ ‘We’re tremendously excited to bring this specialty brew to the District,’ said DC Brau Co-Founder and CEO, Brandon Skall, ‘Working with other local brewers on this project has made presenting the final product even better.’ The beer was brewed at DC Brau in early August. ‘El Hefe Speaks’ uses the Weihenstephaner yeast strain, a classic, popular German wheat beer strain used worldwide.”

Random: Next week baseball starts. Despite the fact that I think my team will be awful, I’m seriously looking forward to it.

This beer poured with a two-finger white head that was pretty thin and dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass at all, although there was a slight crown left on top of the body. The body itself was a hazy golden-yellow color with high carbonation. It had a light nose with some lemon zest and wheat to. The taste was really lemony with some tartness to it and a wheat presence as well. After a few sips, I got some spice to it as well, maybe clove? Although it was bursting with flavors, it was relatively light and nice. It would make a great summer beer. The body was light without being thin with high carbonation. It had a long tart finish with lemon zest. This beer was awesome. I look forward to having it again in the summer!

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

DC Brau The Citizen

I love walking into my local beer store and seeing new offerings from breweries that favor cans. I don’t know why, maybe it’s gimmicky, but I’m really into the canned offerings. I’m also a fan when breweries get more popular and are able to expand their distribution, especially when it’s to New Jersey. Let’s crack this one open.

ABV: 7%

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The Citizen™ Belgian Ale is inspired by the timeless Tripel style ales of Belgium. Using a traditional high gravity “Abbey” yeast strain that encourages the production of highly palatable ethanol notes supported by Aromatic and Carapils malts. ‘The Citizen’ also exhibits the noble hop spiciness that is common to most Belgian Ales. Reigning in at 7.0% ABV this is the Brau’s strongest offering in our flagship portfolio.”

Random: Although the can art is a little boring, I’m digging it. It’s simple, but nice.

This one poured with a thick, three finger, white head that dissipated slowly, but left no lacing on the glass. The body was a slightly hazy, light orange color with moderate carbonation visible throughout. The nose was quite fragrant. I got orange, orange zest, honey and Belgian yeast. The taste wasn’t nearly as sweet as the nose. I got the orange that was present in the nose along with some cloves and Belgian yeast. There was also some apricot as well. The body was on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick with some clove. This was a decent brew, nothing fantastic, but an easy drinker. It’s worth a try.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

DC Brau The Corruption

This was the brew that I had yesterday at Katie’s. I found this one at Spirits Unlimited in Shrewsbury. I overheard one of the guys who worked there say that this one just made its way into New Jersey. It’s also another canned beer and if you follow the blog at all, you know that I’m really into canned beers, especially if there’s an IPA inside…let’s crack this one open.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The Corruption™ IPA is DC Brau’s take on a Pacific Northwest IPA. Brewed with Pale 2 row, C-10, Honey and Victory malts. Exclusively hopped with 40 lbs of Columbus hops per brew to ring in at 80 IBU. ‘The Corruption’ comes in at 6.5% ABV. This beer straddle’s the line between IPA and Imperial IPA and has a supportive malty backbone with an assertive hop presence that smacks your mouth with a dank, resinous bitterness followed by pleasant aroma’s of pine sap and burnt spruce.”

Random: I have the house to myself tonight, so I’ve been watching Intervention for the night.

This brew poured with a thick, two finger tan head that dissipated slowly and left significant lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, dark orange color with no visible carbonation and lots of floaties visible throughout. The nose was just divine. I got lots of grapefruit and pine with a hint of caramel malt to back it up. Katie said that she smelled “beer” and citrus. She’s getting better. The taste was just as nice as the nose. It had a huge hop presence with lots of pine. There was also some grapefruit, but that stayed towards the background. The malt didn’t really come out a lot, which I was totally fine with. The body was thicker than normal for the style, but I guess that’s what they meant when they said that it straddled the line between IPA and DIPA. It had moderate carbonation. The finish was long and hoppy. I loved this beer. This could easily become a go-to brew for me. Go find this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0