DC Beer seeks to promote and grow the DC area's craft beer culture through its locally focused beer website and its tasting and educational events.

Our Mission

We do our best to bring our readers information on the latest events, happy hours, beer bar and restaurant openings, and profiles of the many great people making the beer scene possible. We also seek to educate people on the various aspects of beer culture like food and beer pairings, the beer brewing process, clubs, tastings, and all the other exciting things going on in this nascent national movement.

In addition to our website which serves as both a way to document the goings-on and growth of the DC beer scene and as a way to promote it to the city and surrounding areas, DC Beer is also an events business that helps local bars and groups host beer-centric events such as tastings and educational classes.

We hope to keep the website going by providing event planning and promotions services to beer focused bars and restaurants that also want to grow the craft beer scene in DC and its surrounding areas. Beyond that, we offer an extremely focused destination for businesses who want to get their message out to the DC area craft beer drinkers.

Bill DeBaun

- Co-Editor

Bill has been writing for DCBeer since 2009. Originally a doe-eyed novice who thought beer came from the natural healing powers of Ents, he slowly grew into an editor role where his love for the Oxford comma made him the staff grammar pedant. In his opinion, the DC craft beer scene is much more about the people than it is the product (though the product doesn't hurt); the community and camaraderie evident at everything from beer tastings and events to just stopping into your local after work is what keeps him coming back week after week to check out draft lists, cover brewery openings, and snark about fermentation double entendres on Twitter (you can find him at @DCBeerBill). 

Favorite Beers/Ciders: Bell's Two Hearted, Founders Red's RyePA, 1809 Berlinerweiss, Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale, Crispin Brownslane, Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale and Gubna, Port City Optimal Wit, Flying Dog Raging Bitch and Wildeman, Boulevard Saison Brett

Bill DeBaun

Chris Van Orden

- Co-Editor

While his native North Jersey will always hold a dear place in his heart, Chris gives Philadelphia all the credit for his craft beer conversion. During his six plus years in the City of Brotherly Love, his book-learning was supplemented by extracurricular schooling from the local powerhouses: Victory, Yards, Weyerbacher, Sly Fox, Nodding Head, Dock Street, Monk’s, Jose Pistola’s, SPTR, the list could really go on for quite some time. He made his way to DC in 2008, fell in with a cadre of like-minded enthusiasts, and now makes beer pilgrimages on a regular basis with his loving, indulging wife.  He tweets @csvanorden.

His favorite beers include: Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout, Cantillon Vigneronne, fresh Reissdorf Kolsch, Weyerbacher Double Simcoe, Deschutes Black Butte Porter, Saison Dupont, Dieu du Ciel Peche Mortel, Troegs Mad Elf, La Chouffe, Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza, and Yeastie Boys Pot Kettle Black.

Chris Van Orden

Andrew Nations

- Editor Emeritus

Sometime around my early college years I realized there was more out there than Bud Light. Growing up in Louisiana, I wasn’t exposed to the craft beer scene as early as some but was still familiar with the likes of Abita and nearby Shiner. I credit a good bit of my taste and desire to learn more to my father who once explained to me what craft, then called micro, was all about. After that, I moved to Washington, DC allowing for this lifestyle, disguised as a hobby, to develop further than I ever imagined. Now I am a co-founder of Great Raft Brewing in Shreveport, Louisiana, where I now reside. Zum Wohl!

Favorite beers: Bell's Two Hearted, Three Floyds Gumball Head, Mad Fox Kolsch, Boulevard Saison Brett

Andrew Nations

Jacob Berg

- Staff Writer

Born in DC and raised in New York City, Jacob (Jake's) craft beer education began when his dad brought home a 6-pack of Brooklyn Lager in the mid-90s. It was love at first sip, and throughout college he would cheat on Natty Lite and Miller High Life with the occasional Saranac and Shipyard. He’s been fortunate enough to live in Maine (Allagash and Shipyard), Michigan (Bells, Founders, New Holland, and Jolly Pumpkin), has visited breweries on four continents, and would love to help you mash in. A Cicerone.org Certified Beer Server, he lives in Brookland with his wife, two sons, and two dogs. He holds an MA in Political Science from The George Washington University and an MLIS from The University of Pittsburgh. Interests include real ale, obscure hops, session beers, pairing beer with food, and the effects of globalization on regional beer styles. You can reach him on twitter @jacobsberg.

Favorite beers include Schlafly Kolsch, Great Lakes Dortmunder, Founders Breakfast Stout, Ballas Point Sculpin, Stillwater Premium, Jolly Pumpkin Luciernaga, Franklin’s Stonehenge Dark Mild, local IPAs and a rotating cast of thousands. He reminds you that we live in interesting times, with good beer everywhere.

Jacob Berg

Michael Stein

- Staff Writer

At some point in his youth, Michael Stein realized there was a fourth option next to the Budweiser, Miller, and Coors tap handles at Ray’s Famous Pizza. It happened to be a Brooklyn Brewery tap handle. Even at his young age, Michael realized that his father had a choice both in Manhattan and Long Island: one of the big three or the beer with the black, white, green, and gold logo. At this time, Brooklyn Lager was still being manufactured as a contract beer by (what is today) F.X. Matt Brewing Company in Utica, NY. ?While attending college in Central Pennsylvania, Michael was happy to find that Yuengling was hands-down tastier than any of the other lagers he typically quaffed by the caseload. During a semester “abroad” in DC, he discovered the Brickskeller and the then burgeoning DC Beer Scene. He returned to Pennsylvania with a newfound passion, visited the Troegs Brewery, and frequented the anomaly that is the Selinsgrove Brewpub. After school, Michael spent a summer in Annapolis discovering Heavy Seas, DuClaw and Oliver Ales. He moved to Arlington, submitted entries to homebrew contests as a member of the DC Homebrewers and watched the DC Beer scene come of age to be the powerhouse it is today.

Michael’s current local favorites include DC Brau, Mad Fox Brewing Company, the Lost Rhino Brewing Company, Evolution, Stillwater, Port City and 3 Stars. His further favorites include Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, Russian River, The Lost Abbey, Avery, Odell, Hair of the Dog and Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing. His foreign shore favorites include d’Achouffe, Mikkeller, Saison Dupont, Meantime, De Proef, and Orval.

Michael Stein

PJ Coleman

- Staff Writer

You might be surprised to learn that PJ Coleman waited until his 22nd birthday to try his first beer. Some claim it was due to his discerning taste — he would attribute it to laziness. Never one to follow the crowd, PJ subsisted in his college years on Coca-Cola and the thrill of driving other people’s cars asthe perennial designated driver. When he finally got around to trying beer, he stuck to the typical post-grad regimen of light beers and the occasional Yeungling.

After getting his Masters in Museum Studies at GWU, PJ moved from DC to Philadelphia and graduated from Miller Lite to the world of craft brews that Philly offers. His roommate Sam (Beer Sherpa) and The Standard Tap (a bar in Northern Liberties which serves only beers brewed within a 100-mile radius) turned him on to fresh beer in a variety of styles.

PJ is hopeful that beer and food pairings in DC will soon be the norm on menus instead of the occasional specialty event at bars and restaurants.

His favorite beers are IPAs (Dogfish Head 60 Minute and Bell’s Two-Hearted) and Saisons (Brewery Ommegang’s Hennepin).

PJ Coleman

Nick Rakowski

- Staff Writer

There was a time when Nick thought that drinking Miller Genuine Draft, with its classy label, was far superior to drinking Miller Lite. Thankfully, that period of faux-enlightenment was short-lived, as Nick discovered the joys of Belgian Ales while studying abroad in Paris during his years at Georgetown University. He returned from Europe a new, maltier man, quickly taking to the burgeoning craft brewing scene in the District and beyond, sampling and brewing whenever he could. After he began writing about beer, Nick’s beer-loving tendencies skyrocketed and he knew he had to start sharing his love with the world, or at least the DC Metro area. Eventually, he found his way to DCBeer.com and the unmatched #dcbrews community and hasn't looked back.

Favorite is a silly word when it comes to beer, but here goes anyway: Orval, Founder’s KBS, 3 Stars Pandemic Porter, Dogfish 75 Minute IPA, Bell’s Two-Hearted, Saison DuPont, DC Brau Public, Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale, Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock, New Belgium Shift, Goose Island Juliet, The Bruery Oude Tart

Nick Rakowski

While she is far from denouncing liquor, this once vodka-loving girl is now completely beer-obsessed. Emily hails from the beer utopia that is Michigan, but her meager funds limited her to keg beer and Smirnoff until she moved to the District in 2013. With a little more cash in her pocket, Emily started trying every craft beer she could get her hands on. And she got her hands on a lot. Tell Emily where to find a good (and hard-to-get) Michigan beer, a nitro pale ale, or a tap takeover and she's there. Emily considers it her personal mission to go to as many breweries and beer bars as possible, but her day job gets annoyingly in the way. 

Favorite Beers: Founder's All Day IPA, Bluejacket Forbidden Planet, Lagunitas Lil Sumpin' Sumpin', Dogfish Head Aprihop, Terrapin RecreationAle, Founder's Red Rye IPA, Port City Essential Pale Ale, and so many more.
 
Find Emily on Twitter: @lentilstweets