In 1992 David von Storch founded Capitol City Brewing Co. in the District of Columbia—the first brewery to open in 36 years, and the first brewpub in our nation’s Capital since prohibition—thus giving its citizens and its many visitors the freedom to enjoy some fine hand-crafted beer. On the front of our logo is the symbol of freedom, the Lady Liberty, a statue found atop our namesake, the United States Capitol. In 2003 brewing operations moved to the Shirlington neighborhood of Arlington.
Our dedicated brewers identify and use only the highest quality hops, fresh yeast and select malt to brew many of the world’s great ales, lagers and pilsners. Our state of the art brew-houses located in each restaurant enable our brewers to closely monitor each phase of the brewing process and bring the beer to you within hours of completion, fresher than you ever thought possible. We gladly give tours of the brewery upon request.
In March 2018, Capitol City Brewing Co. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization a few weeks after closing its Shirlington location. The Shirlington closure will mean that Cap City no longer brews its own beers, as the Shirlington brewing facility provided the beer for both locations. (A third restaurant near Union Station closed in 2011.) The downtown location will still serve the brewpub’s four core beers — Capitol Kolsch, Pale Rider Ale, Amber Waves Ale and Prohibition Porter — though they will be brewed at a contract facility. Capitol City downtown will also begin serving other local craft beers on tap for the first time.
The brewery boasts an impressive list of alumni/ae, Mad Fox’s Bill Madden; Ocelot’s Mike McCarthy, who will be moving on to open a brewery in Winchester; Caboose’s Leon Harris; and Kristi Mathews Griner, who won a silver medal for Amber Waves in the American Red/Amber category at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival. Yet that beer, along with flagships largely unchanged in years (a porter, a Kolsch-style ale, and a pale ale) did not generate buzz and word of mouth in an increasingly crowded local brewing scene. Capitol City is perhaps best known not for beer, but for hosting an outdoor Oktoberfest every fall.
Our dedicated brewers identify and use only the finest quality hops, fresh yeast, and select malt to brew many of our great ales and lagers. Our Great Signature and Core brews you can have all year round, plus Great Seasonal brews which brings flavors and styles from across the world. Our Great Seasonal beers bring English, Belgian, and German style brews right here to the USA. With our Signature/ Core brews and our Seasonal brews we will have at least 7-8 Great Beers on tap all year round.