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When: 06/12/2019
Where: Heurich House Museum
1307 New Hampshire Ave, N.W.
Washington, District of Columbia  20036
United States
Contact: DCALS Event Manager

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‘THE NATION’S CAPITAL BREWMASTER’ ―  HEURICH BREWERY was such an important part of Washington DC’s local economy that for many years it was the region’s second largest employer after the federal government. Its founder and owner, German-born Christian Heurich (pronounced ‘High-rik,’) learned his brewing skills as a young apprentice in Europe, then came to America after the Civil War. Starting with little but a dream to build a modern brewery using his Old World knowledge, he succeeded on a scale seldom matched. He became one of the nation’s largest and best brewers, enjoying a career of more than seven decades from the 1870s to the 1940s. His company survived Prohibition, the Great Depression and two World Wars. Although German-born, he was a loyal USA patriot. When Christian Heurich died at age 102, revered in Washington as a civic and business giant, he was America’s oldest working brewer. And his famed brewery? A decade after his death, work crews went to tear it down and build the Kennedy Center. So strong were its walls, the heaviest wrecking balls bounced right off.


An engaging presenter, Dr. Mark E. Benbow is associate professor of American History at Marymount University, and director of Arlington VA’s Historical Museum. He earned his Ph.D from Ohio University and was chief historian at the Woodrow Wilson House Museum in DC. He’s authored two books, most recently ‘The Nation’s Capital Brewmaster’ which tells the inspiring story of Christian Heurich, finest brewer Washington DC ever knew. His book took years to research. It’ll be available for purchase & signing at our meeting ($35.) In his spare time, Mark Benbow is an avid collector of brewing memorabilia – which sparked his original interest in Christian Heurich decades ago.


‘THE BREWMASTER’S CASTLE’ — 1307 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington DC 20036 202-429-1894.
This is a new venue for DCALS. Take Metro’s Red Line to Dupont Circle station. South escalator brings you out on 19th Street NW. From there, head Due SOUTH (leaving the circle), 300 feet along 19th Street to Sunderland Place NW on your right. Thence departing 19th Street and running with Sunderland Place afore-said, Due WEST, 350 feet to the ornate 1894 brownstone mansion of DC brewer Christian Heurich, at the corner of 20th Street & New Hampshire Avenue on your right. You’ll find us in the mansion’s rear Conservatory, with half-price beer from 6:00 to 8:30 pm compliments of DCALS. Dinner is included. There’ll be free tours of the brewmaster’s remarkable castle for every attendee. This is a special one-time-only DCALS event. Space is limited. Please sign up promptly.



$50 per person if registered by Midnight June 9, 2019. ($60 for all RSVPs on or after June 9.)



Colonial Parking has a garage next door to Heurich Mansion, at 1333 New Hampshire Avenue NW. Enter from 19th Street, south of Dupont Circle. It’s $12 flat-rate from 6 to 10 pm. Street parking is very limited. Metro’s Dupont Circle station, on the Red Line, is a short walk away! Use of Metro is encouraged.


 Meeting Agenda
6:00pm - 7:30pm          Social Hour (cash bar) and Guided Tour
(with half-price beer!)                  
7:30pm - 8:00pm              DCALS business and Dinner
8:00pm - 9:00pm Guest Speaker and Presentation





To register for the Wednesday June 12th DCALS meeting at the HEURICH BREWERY click the "REGISTER" button at the top of this page.

We’ll see you there!

If you register before midnight 6/09/2019, you will receive the Early Bird Discount of $50 per person.
Registration on or after 6/09/2019 will cost $60 per personThis includes registration at the door. 


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NOTE: There is a $25 cancellation fee.