Kristi Griner

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>