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Robert Portner and Alexandria's Pre-Prohibition Brewing History

The history of brewing beer in the United States is a rich and storied one. Cities like St. Louis, Missouri and Milwaukee, Wisconsin resonate with most beer drinkers across the country as centers for American brewing. For Virginia residents, you might not realize how close Alexandria, Virginia came to being one of those brewing capitals. From the closing years of the Civil War until prohibition turned Virginia into a dry state, the Robert Portner Brewing Company was the leading brewery and distributor in the southeastern United States. Led by its visionary namesake, the Portner Brewing Company became the largest business in Alexandria and remains a fascinating tale of innovation.

D.C.'s Illustrious Brewing Past and Present

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<p>It's <a href="http://dcbeerweek.net">D.C. Beer Week</a>, the annual "celebration of good beer in the National Capital Region from conception to consumption and everyone and everything in between." The fact that (1) such a celebration exists and (2) there are events all over town; is an indication of Washington's growing reputation for quality suds. Indeed, the last few years have seen a huge increase in the number of local breweries and they are doing some very interesting things with America's favorite alcoholic beverage.</p>

<p>Needless to say, the scene hasn't always been so bustling, and we wanted to learn more about the history of brewing in our fair city. So,&nbsp;we sat down with two people who should know: beer historian Garrett Peck, author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/1626194416/ref=as_sl_pc_tf_lc?tag=garrpeck-20&a... Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C.</em></a> (available at Amazon.com and fine booksellers everywhere) and Kristi Griner, head brewer at <a href="http://capcitybrew.com">Capital City Brewing Company</a>.</p>

Recreating Christian Heurich's Pre-Prohibition Lager

It's DC Beer Week and there are a lot of interesting activities going on around town where you can enjoy some great craft beer. It's a cool annual event, but not normally something that we would cover on Boundary Stones. But, thanks to the Heurich House Museum, DC Brau and local homebrewer Mike Stein, this year's beer week is also a celebration of local history!

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Happy Repeal Day, Maryland and Virginia! (Sorry, D.C.)

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Repeal Day, December 5, 1933, was a day of wild celebration. The 18th Amendment was repealed, ending the great experiment known as Prohibition. Booze could finally start flowing again (legally) across the country and Americans were eager to imbibe. But, as kegs were tapped and bottles were uncorked from coast to coast, one place was left out of the party: Washington, D.C.