The new Denizens Brewing Co. in Riverdale Park Station will sell six-packs and growlers of beer at a to-go fridge by the door. The goal? To complement nearby Whole Foods, which is dry due to county regulations.
“The fact grocery stores can’t sell beer and wine here is annoying to me as a consumer, but as a business owner I am not going to complain,” chief brand officer Julie Verratti told Eater D.C. “You can walk out of Whole Foods, grab a six-pack, and go home.”
The 12,000-square-foot production facility and taproom opens Saturday, May 25, at Riverdale Park Station.
And it’s simply huge, able to produce four times as much beer as the brewery’s original Silver Spring location, with a 30-barrel brewhouse and 60-barrel fermenters, compared to 15 of each at the other location.
There is also room to grow, with plans to add more tanks until capping out at 15,000 barrels a year in a decade or so.
The menu, available here, includes appetizers like crispy brussel sprouts with pickled apple and blue cheese; main courses like steamed mussels and a pulled pork sandwich; and desserts like panna cotta made with spent grain.