DC Beer is an all-volunteer effort with a mission to promote and grow the DC Metro area’s craft beer culture through its website, podcast, social media accounts, and events.
We believe everyone should be treated with respect and dignity at all times. We know that this is too often not the case within the craft beer community, so we are firmly committed to helping our community improve and advance toward equality and justice for all. We take accusations of abuse, harassment, misogyny, racism, homophobia, or sexism leveled against members of our community very seriously, and we have a responsibility to address these problems. We all must commit ourselves to long-term solutions.
We’re not professional journalists and we don’t have the resources to investigate and post about every charge, but we do seek to learn what we can about claims and how they are being addressed. When we think an establishment doesn’t share our commitment to equality and justice, we stop promoting them. When we see those in our community address problems seriously and responsibly, we appreciate and support them.
We know there’s more we can do to help address the problems in our community and we want to work with others to help bring about positive change while fulfilling our mission. If you can help us do that, we’d love to hear from you. You can reach us at [email protected]dcbeer.com and @dcbeer on social media platforms.
Richard Fawal – Publisher
Richard Fawal (aka “Papa Beer”) is the founder and CEO of Junto Media LLC, publisher of DCBeer.com since 2019, and executive producer of Beer Me! and the DC Beer Show. In his spare time, he drinks beer and leads a podcasting services company.
Richard and his wife live in suburban Maryland along with her mom, a dog, and a cat, and they have a 20-something in college somewhere far away. His neighborhood drinkeries are 3 Stars, Astro Lab, Chacho, Denizens, Hellbender, and Silver Branch. Say hi when you see him out. He’ll either talk too much or not at all.
He lurks on social media @rfawal.
Jacob Berg – Editor
Born in DC and raised in New York City, Jake’s craft beer education began when his dad brought home a 6-pack of Brooklyn Lager in the mid-90s. It was love at first sip, and throughout college he would cheat on Natty Lite and Miller High Life with the occasional Pete’s Wicked, Saranac, and Shipyard. He’s written for DC Beer since 2011 and edited it since 2019. A Cicerone.org Certified Beer Server, he lives in Brookland with his wife and two kids. Please give him all the dark lagers, mixed fermentation ales, and anything involving smoked malt. You can reach him on twitter @jacobsberg.
Michael Stein – Senior Staff Writer
Michael Stein is President of Lost Lagers, Washington, DC’s premier beverage research firm. His historic beers have been served at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and the Polish Ambassador’s residence. Senior Staff Writer at DCBeer, his work appears in Washington City Paper, Brewery History Journal, Good Beer Hunting, and CIDERCRAFT Magazine.
Brandy Nicole Holder – Podcaster, Instagrammer, Party Starter
NC born and raised, this southern girl got a late start in the beer world after not quite finding her gateway beer after many, many years of trying to like big Belgians her then-partner enjoyed. But, as luck may have it, she happened to order a flight of her own choosing at a brewery in PA, and just like that, her beer journey began. That random IPA flight was just the ticket she needed to explore the beer world, and now she likes it all. With a name like Brandy and the bold and intoxicating personality behind the name, booze was destined to be a part of her endeavors. After spending six years at DC’s first distillery, wearing many hats and doing everything but the actual distilling, she met our publisher, Richard Fawal, during DC Beer Week 2019. Becoming instant friends is one of the best things that has happened to her in YEARS. Most of her friends are beer people, so this is just the absolute perfect place for her.
Bill DeBaun – Editor Emeritus
Bill has been writing for DCBeer since 2010. Originally a doe-eyed novice who thought beer came from the natural healing powers of Ents, he slowly grew into an editor role where his love for the Oxford comma made him the staff grammar pedant. He has often said that the beer got him into this scene but the people kept him in it; the community and camaraderie evident at everything from beer tastings and events to just stopping into your local after work is what keeps him coming back week after week to check out draft lists, cover brewery openings, and snark about damn near anything and everything on Twitter (you can find him at @DCBeerBill or email him at bill(at)dcbeer(dot)com).
Favorite Beers/Ciders: District Chophouse Nut Brown Ale, Bell’s Two Hearted, Bluejacket Lost Weekend, Port City Optimal Wit, 3 Stars Pounding Trees, Union Old Pro Gose and Duckpin Pale Ale, Right Proper Kick.Kick.Snare, Crispin Brownslane. He’s not picky, but no quads, thanks.
Chris Van Orden – Editor Emeritus
While his native North Jersey will always hold a dear place in his heart, Chris gives Philadelphia all the credit for his craft beer conversion. During his six plus years in the City of Brotherly Love, his book-learning was supplemented by extracurricular schooling from the local powerhouses: Victory, Yards, Weyerbacher, Sly Fox, Nodding Head, Dock Street, Monk’s, Jose Pistola’s, SPTR, the list could really go on for quite some time. He made his way to DC in 2008, fell in with a cadre of like-minded enthusiasts, and now makes beer pilgrimages on a regular basis with his loving, indulging wife. Chris has moved on to greener (and beerier) pastures and works for Port City Brewing Company, but he still tweets from @csvanorden.
His favorite beers include: Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout, Cantillon Vigneronne, fresh Reissdorf Kolsch, Weyerbacher Double Simcoe, Deschutes Black Butte Porter, Saison Dupont, Dieu du Ciel Peche Mortel, Troegs Mad Elf, La Chouffe, Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza, and Yeastie Boys Pot Kettle Black.
Andrew Nations – Editor Emeritus
Sometime around my early college years I realized there was more out there than Bud Light. Growing up in Louisiana, I wasn’t exposed to the craft beer scene as early as some but was still familiar with the likes of Abita and nearby Shiner. I credit a good bit of my taste and desire to learn more to my father who once explained to me what craft, then called micro, was all about. After that, I moved to Washington, DC allowing for this lifestyle, disguised as a hobby, to develop further than I ever imagined. Now I am a co-founder of Great Raft Brewing in Shreveport, Louisiana, where I now reside. Zum Wohl!
Favorite beers: Bell’s Two Hearted, Three Floyds Gumball Head, Mad Fox Kolsch, Boulevard Saison Brett