It all started with a conversation around the dinner table in 2013. Emily and Julie, itching to build a business, recruited brother-in-law Jeff to start a brewery. After months of searching for the right location, we landed on a spot just down the street from our home in downtown Silver Spring. Our small but mighty team set to work, recruiting friends, family, and local vendors to create the brewery and beer garden we all know and love today. At the same time, we partnered with government and community leaders to remove unnecessary, prohibition-era barriers for local beer production and distribution. We pioneered an entirely new business model that has changed the local landscape for craft beer.
A year later we opened our doors as the first production brewery in Montgomery County, MD. In just a few years we grew from a team of 10 to 40, one tap to hundreds around MD, VA, and DC, added a canning and bottling line, launched a barrel aging program, and introduced hard seltzer to our lineup.
We’ve celebrated with our neighbors at the Make it Funky Festival, Winter Cask Classic, Drag Nights, Trivia Nights, and more in our taprooms and beer garden.
In 2018, Julie joined the board of the National Brewers Association and the board of the Brewers Association of Maryland. And in 2019 we opened our doors in Riverdale Park to expand production capacity to 15,000 barrels per year and added a full scale testing lab and quality assurance and control program.
We are proud of the business we’ve built and the 150+ beers we have brewed over the years. But more than that we’ve built a family – of beer lovers, regular customers, a dedicated team, and local partners – and we’ve deepened our roots in the community we call home. We hope you’ve enjoyed the ride as much as we have and can’t wait to see you in our taprooms soon.
Denizens Brewing Co. opened with the goal of crafting something for everyone—whether you enjoy a crisp lager, a hoppy IPA, or a barrel aged stout. Since then, our brewing team, led by co-founder Jeff Ramirez, has produced over 150 unique beers covering a wide range of styles. We source ingredients from around the world and are always experimenting with new malt bills, hops, and yeast strains.