Sehkraft Brewing opened November 2015 in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington, VA, a vision of CEO Devin Hicks. “Our goal is to perpetuate the appreciation of craft beer. We have created an artfully eclectic environment where our guests can also enjoy quality food and live music.” The new enterprise is owned by the Hicks family who run the sister operation, the well-established beer destination, Westover Market Beer Garden and Haus.
The name “Sehkraft” means “vision,” or “eyesight” in German. Sehkraft Brewing seeks to bring about the vision of what the craft beer movement is all about. The 9,000 square foot brewpub houses a 10-barrel brewhouse, a 200+ seat indoor restaurant offering hearty family fare, a 100+ seat beer garden, a retail butcher and cheese shop and a stage featuring a variety of performing artists.
The brewing operation, which was built by the same company that constructed D.C.’s Blue Jacket Brewery, uses a 10-barrel system with five serving tanks for house-made seasonal brews. The remaining 35 beers on tap will focus on local suds—including Virginia selections such as Adroit Theory, Caboose and Three Notch’d. Sehkraft will also offer a selection of ciders and wines on tap.
At Sehkraft Brewing, other brewers are not adversaries, they are accomplices, united to give craft beer the exposure it so richly deserves. In addition to five in-house brews, General Manager Joe Turner says, “We feature thirty guest beers. Many taps are dedicated to local breweries from Virginia, Maryland and DC.”
Also part of the brewpub is a retail butcher and cheese shop. The Butcher Shop & Market, led by Head Butcher Bryan Bennett, sources local and regional meats with Cheesemonger Paul Miller’s selection of local and artisanal cheeses, produce, farm fresh milk, eggs and other quality food items. Customers are able to buy products such as hand-cut cheeses from Blue Ridge Dairy and Rogue Creamery; pasture-raised eggs and poultry from Purcellville’s Fields of Athenry Farm; and specialty ice creams from Moorenko’s and Trickling Springs Creamery.
After Sehkraft’s opening was stymied by months of delays and what its owner described as regulatory wrangling with the county’s permitting office, the brewpub and entertainment venue closed on Tuesday, Jan. 10, just over a year after it first opened.
Note: Board Room & Brewery moved in to this space.
Sehkraft is committed to brewing the finest beers, serving the best offerings from other breweries, and forging partnerships with local breweries to explore creative options for your drinking pleasure. Sehkraft – “SAY-Craft” – Perpetuating the Appreciation of Craft Beer.