Denizens Brewing Company, which opened in Silver Spring, Maryland in 2014, has officially opened their second location at Riverdale Park Station in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
The DC Beer Show recently interviewed two of the founders, Julie Verratti and Jeff Ramirez, who explained that the Riverdale Park location will serve as the primary production and distribution center for Denizen’s flagships and year-round offerings, while the original Silver Spring location to concentrate on smaller batch and experimental brews. Ramirez says this will include an greater focus on barrel-aging, mixed-fermentation, and limited-edition seasonal offerings.
The all-new Riverdale Park Station
The new location is in Riverdale Park Station, a new mixed-used development space, anchored by Whole Foods. Popular shops and restaurants like Starbucks, District Taco and MOD Pizza are within steps of the Denizen’s taproom entrance. The brewery and taproom are in a sparkling 12,000 square foot building, 9,000 of which are dedicated to production space, with 3,000 for the taproom.
The taproom itself has 150 seats with industrial chic décor. Every detail—from the tabletops to the wall art to the floor and even to the serving glasses—pulls the space together. The tabletop art was designed by Annapolis-based 1429 mfg, who explained that they wanted the space to have an industrial, art-like presence.
Denizens Brewing more than beer
In addition to Denizen’s beer, the taproom also serves cocktails, wine, cider, and mead. There are even beer-centric cocktails, like the Beermosa, a mix of beer and orange juice. There’s also a full kitchen, where Executive Chef James Marroquin features globally inspired dishes that whenever possible, incorporate Denizens’ beer into the food. Of course, the dishes are also designed with specific beer pairings in mind.
The taproom will operate Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00 am to 1:00 am. Lunch will be offered Monday through Friday with brunch on Saturday and Sunday.