Well well well. For years Virginia breweries have eyed DC for taprooms, starting with an Aslin pop-up outside Nats Park before the pandemic, and before they opened on 14th Street NW last year. Solace’s DC Outpost will start brewing this year, but that taproom by Audi Field has now been open for about a year, and Crooked Run’s Union Market location will open before the end of the month. Now DC is returning the favor, Atlas is coming to Alexandria!
Here’s the press release:
Atlas Brew Works to Open Third Brewery and Tap Room in Alexandria, Virginia
Solar-powered brewery to open its first Virginia location in 2023
Washington, DC (January 6, 2023)—Atlas Brew Works is thrilled to announce a forthcoming third location, slated for a late-2023 opening in the new Carlyle Crossing mixed-use development in Alexandria, Virginia. The brewery and tap room, conveniently located within walking distance of the King Street and Eisenhower Avenue Metro stations, will also offer food from award-winning Andy’s Pizza.
“Our Team is super excited to bring an Atlas brewpub to Alexandria,” said Atlas Brew Works Founder & CEO Justin Cox. “While our beer has been available in Virginia for a while, having a brick-and-mortar brewery in the state will allow us to continue to grow our relationship with our customers while brewing new and exciting recipes.”
The 6,000 square-foot space will include the brewery with a production capacity of 2,000 barrels, led by Director of Brewing Operations Daniel Vilarrubi, an adjoining tap room with 16 draft lines and kitchen facility, and around 1,500 square feet of outdoor patio space. Keeping with its reputation and mission of sustainable stewardship, Atlas Brew Works plans to pursue sustainable energy sources at its third location.
Regulars will find comfort in the brewery’s six core beers including Bullpen Pilsner, which recently won a bronze medal at the 2022 Great American Beer Festival, in addition to special limited releases brewed in and only available at its Alexandria location.
About Atlas Brew Works
Located in DC’s Ivy City and Capitol Riverfront neighborhoods, Atlas Brew Works creates balanced, great-tasting ales and lagers in a solar-powered facility. Its second location opened across from Nationals Park in early-April 2020, and its third location is slated to open in Alexandria, Virginia, in late-2023. Atlas is available in bars, restaurants, and stores throughout DC, Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Tennessee. DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio residents can order Atlas through DTC shipping. For a full list of Atlas’ beer portfolio visit www.atlasbrewworks.com.
Our quick analysis: Wow, someone must have given them a bunch of money. This puts them, like Navy Yard, right below and next to a lot of new residential units. Smart! Unlike Navy Yard, there’s also a Wegman’s there, and the National Science Foundation and Patent and Trademark Offices are both close by, so hello happy hours. Also smart! Eisenhower Ave is the closest Metro stop, but you could certainly walk to King Street as well.
Also, keeping up with demand is a good problem to have. Atlas is making clean beers that now have a national reputation thanks to a GABF medal for Bullpen Pilsner, and we wouldn’t be surprised if Silent Neighbor Stout won one in the near future. Don’t sleep on their sour program, either. They are quietly making some very good beers in that space as well. We’ve heard that Atlas has even contract brewed at DC Brau in order to keep up; most impressive!
There’s one other river Atlas will likely soon cross in the region, one that carries a lot more history, and we’ll have more on that later. Stay tuned.