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The recently opened Bluejacket launches a tour program today for the 5,600 square-foot brewing facility. Bluejacket is offering three levels of guided tours on both Fridays and Saturdays. The first tours will be available on Friday, January 31st.
Each tour will be led by a member of the Bluejacket team and cover the entire brewing process which spans over three mezzanines and highlights the 19 distinct fermentation vessels including the coolship, as well as, the sour and non-sour barrel aging rooms. Reservations are required for the Tasting Tour and the Beer & Food Experience tour. Those reservations can be made in advance by calling Bluejacket at 202-524-4862.
Six free Bluejacket Tours are held on Friday and Saturdays beginning at 10:30 AM and will be approximately 20-30 minutes long. After receiving a behind the scenes look at the brewing process from grain to glass, guests are offered a complimentary tasting pour in the Arsenal bar. These tours are available on a first come first serve basis, so guests are encouraged to arrive early to secure a spot. Each tour can accommodate 15 guests.
Next, the Bluejacket Tasting Tours are held at 2:30 PM and 3 PM on Fridays & Saturdays and cost $22 per person (tax not included). This guided tour includes a full tour of the brewery space with five different tasting pours offered at unique locations throughout the brewery, including a tank sample of a Bluejacket brew in progress. Each Bluejacket Tasting Tour can accommodate up to 20 guests. Reservations are required in advance for the Tasting Tours.
Finally, the Bluejacket Beer & Food Experience is the ultimate expression of the relationship between beer and food at Bluejacket and the Arsenal. Available at 4:30 PMon Saturday only, guests begin with a full tasting tour featuring five pours of Bluejacket brews. The tour concludes in the private mezzanine dining room overlooking the restaurant and bar. Here, guests will be treated to a four-course beer dinner featuring the cooking of the Arsenal’s Executive Chef Kyle Bailey, Chef de Cuisine Dan Hahndorf and Pastry Chef Tiffany MacIsaac. Beer Director Greg Engert will hand select the signature Bluejacket beers to accompany the meal. The Bluejacket Beer & Food Experience is priced at $75 per person (tax and tip excluded).
Bluejacket & the Arsenal are located at 300 Tingey Street SE in Washington, D.C. Housed in a historic boilermaker factory that was part of the Navy Yards ship and munitions manufacturing complex, Bluejacket features 5,600 square-feet of brewing space over three mezzanines, and is home to the Arsenal, a 200-seat restaurant and bar helmed by the husband-and-wife culinary team of Executive Chef Kyle Bailey & Pastry Chef Tiffany MacIsaac.