DC Brau Brewing Co.
Penn Quarter Porter
Most Americans can not claim to have a beautiful military memorial, a professional sports arena, an incredibly historic theater and some of the world’s most popular museums just down the street from their home, but the residents of Penn Quarter can. Found just to the north of Pennsylvania Avenue and in between the White House and the U.S. Capitol Building, Penn Quarter is filled with many significant locations and is definitely one of America’s most interesting neighborhoods.
The name “Penn Quarter” is relatively new and many people still refer to the neighborhood as “Old Downtown”. The region has developed along with the city and, given it’s close proximity to many major government buildings, has always been a very busy section of Washington, D.C. The entire city saw drastic changes to its demographic base during the era of suburban sprawl that spread across the U.S., a trend that still continues today. According to Census data, Washington D.C., which makes up about one-third of the D.C.-MD-VA urbanized area, was home to about two-thirds of the urbanized area’s population in 1950, but by 2010 this same region included only about one-eighth of the population. While the urban population grew by 256%, during that same time the suburban population soared by 641%.
These changes hit the city hard and caused the Penn Quarter neighborhood to lose residents, businesses and the support of a strong tax base. By the time President John F. Kennedy was inaugurated in 1962 the neighborhood had become a shell of its former self, causing JFK to create the President’s Council on Pennsylvania Avenue and over the next few decades the neighborhood underwent great revitalization. The Canadian Embassy, the Ronald Reagan building and a number of parks have since been constructed and Penn Quarter has again become an active mixed-use district.
Today, Penn Quarter offers a number of fun and historic things to see and do. While it is now home to more than 10,000 people, there are also a plethora of bars, restaurants, shops and markets to visit in addition to some very significant memorials and buildings. The National Building Museum is often touted as one of the least known yet also most enjoyed museums in all of Washington D.C. A beautiful structure in itself, the museum takes visitors through displays related to construction, sustainability, urban planning and the many different types of development in American communities. Visitors to Penn Quarter can also find the J. Edgar Hoover Building which provides a home for the F.B.I.; the U.S. Navy Memorial, a giant park and monument that honors hundreds of years of America’s sailors; and the infamous Ford Theatre where President Abraham Lincoln was shot as well as the Petersen House, located across the street, where Lincoln died soon after. In addition, Penn Quarter includes its own Chinatown and is home to the Capital One Arena which on any given night may feature an NHL, NBA or college basketball game, as well as other events like arena football, a concert or convention.
Two of the most frequented locations in all of Penn Quarter are the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, located in the same building. The National Portrait Gallery contains thousands of portraits of legendary Americans including pop stars and presidents, lawmen and outlaws, inventors and industrialists, and everything in between. Visitors are presented with the famous Lansdowne portrait of George Washington as they walk through the only complete collection of presidential portraits outside of the White House, and they can continue on a journey through American history with impressive portraits of many other influential people. The Smithsonian American Art Museum is filled with priceless treasures from many of America’s most famous artists spanning many mediums and genres. Sculptures, paintings, photographs and more take visitors on a journey through every corner of America over the course of our nation’s lifetime.
There’s far too much to see and do in just one day in the Penn Quarter neighborhood of Washington D.C., so visitors should be sure to schedule a stop in their itinerary at the D.C Brau brewery where they can celebrate America’s Capital with a delicious Penn Quarter Porter.
From the Brewer: The roasted scent of baker’s chocolate and a hint of coffee offer a welcoming aroma to the dark depths of this robust porter as it tiptoes the line between porter and stout. Cocoa sweetness and slight burnt malt flavors play together making this dark brew a year-round delicacy.
ABV 5.5%, IBU 12
Brandon Skall - Co-Founder & CEO, Jeff Hancock - Co-Founder, President & Brewmaster