#entertainment | D.C. Summer Entertainment Spotlight – Washington City Paper

Pre-pandemic, summer in the city meant getting outside while trying to avoid the heat and humidity: weekends lounging poolside, day-trips to the country, beach vacations, and visits to movie theaters. This June might not look exactly like summer 2019, but as the region continues to lift pandemic protocols, locals are once again finding refuge from the heat while enjoying the area’s newly reopened offerings.

And Brandon Skall, for one, is excited. The CEO and co-founder of DC Brau Brewing has big plans for summer 2021, starting with the tap room’s long-awaited reopening on Friday, June 11. 

Though the inside space will have limited tables, DC Brau is now home to an outside beer garden for weekend visitors. After years of hearing customers lament the brewery’s lack of patio space, DC Brau is now excited and ready to deliver a thought out outdoor area. The beer garden, which will be set up Fridays and broken down for Monday deliveries, will feature bright umbrellas and floral arrangements to give visitors a welcoming, shaded vibe that’s perfect for day-drinking. 

But that’s not the only thing making DC Brau a perfect place to catch up with friends and family you haven’t seen in a while. Alongside its reopening, DC Brau’s latest brewed creation will debut: a fresh, locally made radler blending lemon soda and beer. According to Skall, most available radlers are imported from Germany. For the first time ever, Brau drinkers can experience what Skall calls “a great beer garden beverage for the summer,” in all its fresh-made glory. Despite the new beer garden, DC Brau will continue curbside pick up and delivery, which the brewery began offering during the pandemic. Skall believes that trend isn’t going anywhere. “Delivery really became a large part of everybody’s life during the pandemic so we plan to continue,” he confirms. 

Last but not least, the hard seltzers that played a big role in keeping the business afloat over the past year are getting VIP treatment with several flavors on draft at the taproom. 

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