Orange County’s The Bruery and its strong barrel-aged beers are headed to D.C. this fall across from Union Market.
The independent craft brewery, founded in 2008, will stock its first retail store outside of California with bottles and cans, rotating taps for growler fills, and branded swag.
Belgium-style brews under The Bruery’s umbrella also include Bruery Terreux and Offshoot Beer Co. Expect to get pretty bombed off some of its experimental beers; The Bruery has pushed the boundaries in the potency department, creating a new category for bourbon barrel-aged imperial stouts that hovers around 20% ABV.
D.C. was picked for its first East Coast location largely because lots of its members, which belong to “society” categories dubbed Hoarders, Preservation, and Reserve, live around the area and will be able to pick up online buys of limited and exclusive releases at the new store.
The team, which runs a tasting room and fulfillment center out of the Anaheim, Calif. area, is shooting for a November opening at 513 Morse Street NE. Its beer is currently distributed in nearly 30 states, including D.C.