It’s been in the works for almost two years now, but one of NYC’s hottest breweries will be opening its new Washington, DC taproom and production facility in October.
And given Other Half’s reputation…this is a big deal.
The New York-based brewery, one of the best in the region, has been long-rumored to be making its way to the Nation’s Capital, but it’s August 12 Instagram announcement confirmed that it was indeed ON. Other Half Brewing will be joining breweries like Atlas Brew Works in DC’s up-and-coming Ivy City neighborhood.
It’s third outlet, (in addition to NYC, Other Half also runs a brewery and taproom in New York State’s Finger lakes region) the new DC site will “feature 20 draft lines, roughly equivalent to its Brooklyn flagship location, a 22,000 square foot taproom and production facility. The taproom itself will be 5,000 square feet with another 7,500 square feet of covered outdoor space and roof deck.”
Founded in NYC by Sam Richardson, Matt Monahan, and Andrew Burman with the simple mission of “creating beers they wanted to drink from a company that they wanted to be a part of,” Other Half Brewing. which launched in 2014, has grown into a force to be reckoned with.
And the fact that Andrew and Matt grew up in the shadow of the Nation’s Capital, explains their decision to look southward…
“Andrew and I grew up in the DC area, and we are honored to open a brewery in our hometown and join the Beltway’s amazing beer scene,” says co-founder Matt Monahan. “We’ve long admired DC’s dynamic brewing community and look forward to sharing our beers with guests and to collaborating with some of the world’s best brewers who call DC home,” says co-founder Andrew Burman.
“This is the first brewery we built to meet all our specific needs from the start,” says co-founder Sam Richardson. “We’re excited to bring our IPAs – what Other Half is known for – to DC, but with this purpose-built brewery, we will be able to develop a more robust, barrel-aged Imperial Stout and barley wine program and the larger tanks will allow us to brew more lagers.”
With construction deemed essential by the DC government, and as a result minimally impacted by the COVID-19 shutdowns, Other Half plans to start brewing beer on-site in late September, with initial plans to offer curbside pick-up and delivery depending on what’s happening with the pandemic.