Several years ago, the better half and I went to a party. Wine flowed like a swollen creek. Beer not so much. In fact, of the two dozen or so people there, yours truly was the only one drinking out of a mug.
Not to worry though suds lovers. The party was in Northern California after all, and craft beer sales are way up across the nation. Beer drinkers in the DMV are loving the increase in selections at grocery stores and the growing number of microbreweries popping up across the city and the region.
Lots of cheering going on, but how about the history of brewing in D.C.?
Right on time with a new book on the subject is Garrett Peck (Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C.)
He paid Alexandria a visit this rainy afternoon, speaking at the Alexandria Library.
A good turnout filled the Local Collections room, about 25 in all.
Peck noted the first brewer on either shore was Andrew Wales. About 25 years after its founding, he opened up a brewery in Alexandria, on S. Lee between King and Prince.
Robert Portner brewed beer in a huge plant along Washington and Pendleton. Two of his descendents will open up a new brewery this year, going with the Portner name.
After the talk, about a dozen hearty souls walked in the rain to the Old Presbyterian Meeting House where Wales and his wife are buried. The exact spot is not known. The church hopes to erect a marker there.
All in all a great event and another terrific book by an author who is welcomed in the Port City anytime.