Brewery Name: Denizens Brewing Company
Type of Brewery: Brewpub
Location: Silver Spring, MD
Facebook: @citizensbrewingco [WHAAAAAA? Yeah, more on that below]
Background: What has to be discussed first about this brewery is the name. The name kinda doesn’t make sense. Sounds like a pirate brewery, no? But the logo has red white and blue? Huh, not a big deal, guess they are a little weird, right? Not so fast! Citizens Brewing Company would make a lot more sense given the color scheme. But during the opening of the brewery, DC Brau sent Denizens a cease and desist letter citing conflicts with their beer “The Citizen.” Now, I will not come down on either side of this issue because I can see the potential confusion with the brand while also understanding how someone could see this as an unfair action by an established brewery to influence an upstart company. It all depends. Thankfully this did not stop Denizens from opening their doors and starting to make a name for themselves in the region.
Growlers: Yes (also cans to go).
The Beers: We made sure to try every beer on the menu during our visit. These were a few of our favorites:
Vibe: This place is really cool. The brewery has a couple levels. The upstairs is a sleek restaurant bar with a ton of great outdoor seating. I could see this place being an amazing spot to sit and have a few beers in the middle of summer. We chose to go to the downstairs bar, which is right by the tanks and barrels in the brewery. It has a really cool basement feel, and I like it when you can see the brewing equipment. It seems like a place that you could have a nice dinner or just go out for drinks with friends.
Dogs: Not sure, but seems doubtful since they serve food. Probably fine outside, though.
Price ($ to $$$$$): $$$.
Food: The food is an interesting riff on the standard bar fare. They have wings and burgers and pretzels, but the chef clearly has put his own twist on everything. Really crazy sauces and burger toppings are there. And they also have some nice vegetarian options!
Final Thoughts: Overall, a really great, low-key spot in Silver Spring that I would absolutely make my local bar if I lived up there.
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