First LEED Certified Brewery?

January 9, 2012

Yesterday, Jason at Brewery Vivant emailed me asking if I knew of any LEED certified breweries. I was stumped. So I checked the LEED Project Directory. In the project name field, I typed in the search word “brew” in order to account for projects that might have the word brewery or brewing in them, and clicked sort.

The resulting list included what seemed to be entirely projects in the redevelopment of what were once brewing neighborhoods. The only project that looked like a active brewery was Brewery Vivant itself.

So, does anyone know of any LEED certified breweries?


Sixth and I Streets Historic Synagogue Tastings

January 9, 2012

The next beer tasting at Sixth and I is this Thursday. It’s going to be great. Brewers from five DC-area breweries will be presenting their “Deep Winter” beers: Chocolate City, Baying Hound, Flying Dog, DC Brau, and Lost Rhino. If you already got your tickets, great! I’ll see you Thursday! If not, well…

Lots of people have told me they wish they could attend the Sixth and I tastings but when they go to buy tickets, the event is already sold out. There is a sure fire way to get tickets. Go to this webpage and sign up for the Sixth and I e-newsletter. The tastings are always announced in advance via the newsletter, so get on the list and get in the know!

Brewery Ommegang Fights Fracking in Upstate NY

January 8, 2012

Brewery Ommegang,  in Cooperstown, New York, is warning that it would relocate if fracking is allowed in the nearby town of Middlefield. According to an article in, court papers filed by Ommegang state that: “Its Master Brewer and Quality Control chemist agree that even if Brewery Ommegang wished to do so, it could not remove many of the toxic chemicals commonly used in hydrofracking, should they be released into the Brewery’s water supply.”

By chance, I am drinking an Ommegang Abbey Ale as I read this article. About ten years ago, I spent a weekend camping near the brewery and passed an incredibly fun and friendly afternoon tasting homebrews and Ommegang brews with their then brewmaster, Randy Thiel, who was so hospitable that he even treated us to dinner.

Good for Ommegang to stand up against fracking. I hope their participation in the lawsuit helps end this dangerous and backwards practice. Read the full article here.

Madison House of Brews Launches “Community Supported Brewery”

December 13, 2011

This has been my dream for years so I’m totally envious. The Madison House of Brews is using Kickstarter to help them launch a “community supported brewery,” building on the “community supported agriculture” model small farms have been using for years to connect directly with their customers and share the financial costs and benefits of local, community-focused enterprises.

Invest in the House of Brews by February 5th, 2012 to make sure they get the funds needed to make it work. Go over here to their Kickstarter page. And keep up with them on their Facebook page here.

Microbreweries, Maximum Sustainability – Short Film

December 12, 2011

Two students at George Washington University recently interviewed me for a short film on sustainability and brewing. I think the result is quite nice. Have a quick look.

Fall Beer Tasting at Sixth and I Historic Synagogue

October 25, 2011

The Sixth and I beer tastings have become a tradition since they were launched just a year ago. Join us November 8th, 7pm at this wonderful venue in the heart of Washington D.C.’s Chinatown neighborhood, just a block from the Chinatown/Gallery Place metro station at 6th and I streets NW.

Brewers from two of Washington’s newest breweries, Chocolate City Brewing and Baying Hound, will present their fall lineup, MC’d by yours truly.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. Full details are online here: Sixth and I Calendar.

Religion & Beer: A Tasting at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue

December 13, 2010

I am fascinated by the long interwoven histories of beer and religion. It is no surprise that so many great cultures have taken to worshiping fermented grain — if there is a god, beer certainly brings us closer to her.

And that’s why we will be praising the beer goddesses and gods during a night of drinking at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue.

WHAT: Fermenting Revolution: A Tutored Tasting with the Beer Activist
WHERE: The Sixth and I Historic Synagogue located at … well, Sixth and I Streets, NW, Washington, D.C.
WHEN: 7pm, Thursday, January 13th, 2010
HOW MUCH: A measly 12 bucks!
THE BEER: The tentative line up includes beers from: Baying Hound Ale Works; Brewers Art; Peak Organic; Victory; and Dogfish Head. Paul Rinehart, owner and brewer at Baying Hound, will also join us for a special appearance.
MORE INFO: Visit the Sixth and I website right here.