Best Addition to the Local Beer Scene
Hellbender Brewing Company
5788 2nd St. NE, (202) 827-8768
Hellbender Brewing Company deserves recognition for several reasons: First, its owners, Patrick Mullane and Ben Evans, suffered through months of D.C. government red tape and spent thousands of extra dollars to open their brewery near Riggs Park. Second, the brewery is dedicated to sustainability—from a brewing system that requires less water to a program that hands off spent grain for compost and animal feed. Third, the beer is amazing. I tasted its flagship Red Line Ale from the first batch ever produced at the commercial facility and was blown away by its clean, crisp taste. Happily, that was my experience when I tasted it for a second (and third and fourth) time. That beer, along with two other flagship offerings plus a seasonal brew, is not being canned or bottled yet but can be found on tap at several locations around D.C. You can also visit Hellbender’s tasting room—just a short walk from the Fort Totten Metro station—with plenty of seating and a gorgeous wood bar.