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Capitol City Brewing Turns Legal, Taps Kegs to Celebrate

Washington’s beer scene is hopping, with brew crews such as DC Brau, 3 Stars and Chocolate City ramping up production for a thirsty city. But the first brewpub to open in the District since Prohibition, Capitol City Brewing Co., is celebrating its 21st anniversary tonight at its downtown location, 1100 New York Ave. NW, and in honor of hitting the legal drinking age, the downtown bar and restaurant is throwing a Birthday Beer Tapping Party for its anniversary wheat beer, Honey 21.


David von Storch, founder and president of Capitol City Brewing Co., crafted the anniversary beer during a daylong brewing tutorial alongside Kristi Griner, director of brewing operations.

The honey wheat beer combines von Storch’s personal favorite flavors of honey, coriander and orange peels. It has been fermenting for more than a month and will be honorably tapped and poured at tonight’s birthday celebration, which kicks off at 6 p.m. and is expected to run until about 9 p.m.