Friday night’s storm (DCBeer meteorologist Nick Rakowski tells me that I should be referring to it as a “derecho“) wreaked havoc all across the DMV, leaving over a million people without power, a condition that persists today for many. Some of DC’s breweries have been affected by this outage and as of this writing continue to be.
Mad Fox Brewing Company got its power back yesterday and was able to open for dinner last night, albeit with a limited menu. Don’t worry, the beer here is fine, according to the brewpub.
— Mad Fox Brewing (@MadFoxBrewing) July 2, 2012
Chocolate City Beer has had similar issues and has been without power since Friday night, necessitating the cancellation of Saturday’s growler hours. As of this writing they still do not have power and have not secured a generator. DC Brau kept power and was able to open on Saturday for its own growler hours.
Alexandria’s Port City Brewing Company also lost power on Friday night, and a number of its Twitter followers and area industry folks have voiced their support as the brewery has posted constant updates on Twitter. As of this writing, the brewery has a generator that is powering its glycol chiller and cold room, but the temperature on the beer in the fermenters has not been stabilized. The Pint Party that had to be canceled will be held today from 3-9pm at the brewery. Below is a collection of the tweets from Friday night through Monday night that tell the story of Port City’s struggles and the support that the community has thrown behind the brewery.