On April 15, 2011, DC Brau's Brandon Skall and Jeff Hancock tapped the first keg of The Public Pale Ale at Meridian Pint in Columbia Heights. With that, local craft beer production resumed in DC for the first time in decades. Now, seven years and a bajillion Publics later, DC Brau will celebrate PUBLIC DAY this Sunday, April 15 with an all-day, city-wide celebration.
“After seven years, seeing people at the corner bar or an airport lounge enjoying The Public never gets old,” says co-founder and CEO Brandon Skall via press release. “The DC beer community has exploded since we tapped that first keg of pale ale at Meridian Pint in 2011. There are more choices for people to ‘drink local,’ and the fact that they still choose The Public is not lost on us. This is our way of saying thank you for the ongoing support, and celebrate our roots.”
In addition to specials on The Public offered at bars and restaurants across the city, DC Brau has several featured events scheduled for PUBLIC DAY on Sunday, April 15, including:
PUBLIC DAY BRUNCH — 10am to 1pm
Enjoy brunch at Wonderland Ballroom with $3 Public pints and Brau swag.
PUBLIC DAY BRAURUNNERS FUN RUN — 1pm to 2pm
Starting line at Wonderland Ballroom
Join the BrauRunners in a special 5K fun run to celebrate. The run will start at Wonderland Ballroom with a lap around McMillan Reservoir before finishing at Boundary Stone. There is a free bag check and transport available for runners at the start line. For more information about the run and to RSVP: https://mailchi.mp/731214a53ec5/april-2018-brau-run.
RESISTORS TOUR DU ROUGE FUNDRAISER – 2:30pm to 6pm
RESISTORS BC, the cycling team made up of Brandon Skall, Patrick Berkebile, Phil Rodriguez, and Pat McMahon, is preparing to head south in May to ride in a 536 mile charity ride from Houston to New Orleans which will Benefit The Arc of Greater Houston and support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities across America. The team will be holding its final fundraiser on Public Day with an indoor cycling challenge involving bets, alcohol, and some cycling. They will also have team t-shirts for sale that have been donated by the awesome DC Shirt & Print Co.
PUBLIC HAPPY HOUR – 5pm to 7pm
Finish the day where it all started with happy hour at Meridian Pint. They’ll be pouring draft and cask versions of The Public along with Brau Pils, El Hefe Speaks, Turboboost Multi Ball and The Incurable Sadness.
For more information on DC Brau's 7th Anniversary celebration, check out this article.