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Name: Denizens Brewing Company
Address: 1115 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Type: Brewery with 200 seat beer garden and 2-level taproom

Year Founded: 2014

General Description: Prior to Denizens’ arrival in Silver Spring, Montgomery County was a brewing wasteland – that is, until the founders helped to usher in more favorable regulations. Since kicking things off in the summer of 2014, Denizens has shown a commitment to producing a wide range of beers, including American, Belgian, German, and British styles, as well as a variety of wild, sour, and funky brews. Head Brewer Jeff Ramirez is up to the task, having brewed both flagships and seasonals at the respected Mountain Sun and Iron Hill brewpubs. The kitchen dishes out seasonal, shareable meals made to complement the constantly evolving beer list.

Flagships:

  • Southside Rye IPA (IPA / 7.2%): This American-style IPA substitutes a portion of the barley malt bill with 15% rye.  This beer has strong notes of red grapefruit, orange marmalade, and pine.  Malt flavors of soft caramel, biscuit, and spicy rye lay the groundwork for the American hops to shine.
  • Lowest Lord (ESB / 5.3%): An English tradition, the extra special bitter is a more hop/malt forward version of the English Bitter.  This version uses a blend of English and American hops, leaving a floral and herbal character balanced by notes of toffee and biscuit from the malt.  Lowest Lord puts a decidedly American spin on an under-appreciated British style.
  • Third Party (Tripel / 9.4%): This Belgian-style tripel follows traditional brewing practices with the use of Belgian candi sugar as part of the fermentable sugars.  Golden in color, this beer has aromas of fruit and spice produced by the Belgian ale yeast during fermentation.
  • Big Red Norm (Red Ale / 6.8%):  A higher ABV and American hops make this red ale American in style.  There are subtle notes of blackberry and pine, which back the malt notes of caramel and bread.
  • Born Bohemian (Czech-Style Pilsner / 4.9%):  This Czech-style pilsner is straw in color and light in body, finishing with a round mouthfeel.  The beer distinguishes itself from the German-style pilsner due to its softer water profile and the use of Czech Saaz hops.  Light toasty malt is complemented by a floral and spicy hop character throughout, creating a balanced and refreshing beer.

Cans: Yes

Growlers: Yes

Growler Hours: During operating hours

Tours: Select Saturdays, see website