As rumors circulate, some fueled by an email about a potential revival of Dr. Dremos, we at DCBeer.com figured we should weigh in. While Dremos will always have a place in our hearts we’d like to remove our rose-colored glasses to separate the facts from the story.
As rumors circulate, some fueled by an email about a potential revival of Dr. Dremo’s, we at DCBeer.com figured we should weigh in. While Dremo’s will always have a place in our hearts, we’d like to remove our rose-colored glasses to separate the facts from hearsay.
Here’s what we know: Andrew Stewart is looking for investors. He may have sourced a location (his broker advised him not to disclose) and he has not yet secured funding. If you are interested in helping secure funds, contact: [email protected]
Another thing we know, a bright shiny nugget that Mr. Stewart was kind enough to share, is that he is looking into brewing beers and entering the packaged market. While Mr. Stewart recognizes the beauty of owning a better beer bar in Clarendon as an outlet for beer sales, he stated that there was more than one way to skin such a cat.
Mr. Stewart may in fact launch a brand of beers that is contract brewed for him. He was quick to point out that launching a line of contract-brewed beers would in fact be cheaper than opening a bar in Clarendon. There is undeniable truth to this: ask your favorite bar-owner along the Clarendon corridor and they will tell you.
Mr. Stewart concluded by saying, “I have a bunch of recipes that haven’t been brewed in a long time and it sure would be great to taste some of the old favorites again.” Some of these old favorites were once brewed by local brewers: Jonathan Reeves of Port City and Favio Garcia of Lost Rhino. Some of these old favorites garnered Bardo Rodeo, Dremo’s brewpub predecessor, three Great American Beer Festival medals in 1994, 1996 and 1997.
Stewart wouldn’t be the first to revive an old brand based on contract brewing. Not too long ago Bob and Ellie Tupper took their Tupper’s Hop Pocket to be contract-brewed out of St. George’s Brewery in Richmond, VA. They certainly haven’t had any issues getting over the stigma that is sadly still attached to contract brewing.
Whatever the future holds for Dremo’s, we’ll be sure to let you know.
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