Denizens Brewing Company

Patio/Rooftop, Bar
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Editorial Review

NOTE: Denizens opened its large indoor taproom in October 2014. Saturday afternoon brewery tours begin Nov. 1.

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By Fritz Hahn
July 31, 2014

Montgomery County’s newest brewery and brewpub opened a 150-seat beer garden near the intersection of Georgia Avenue and East-West Highway in mid-July, even though the on-site brewery won’t be up and running until later this month. In the meantime, a hoppy, citrusy rye IPA and a refreshing ESB-style ale are being brewed at Beltway Brewing Company in Ashburn. The full lineup of Denizens beers will debut sometime in September.

With most of the indoor space also under construction, Denizens’ biggest attraction is its outdoor seating. Long, Oktoberfest-style communal tables and benches fill most of the patio, with a smattering of round patio furniture and picnic tables around the edges. Servers bring pints of Denizens beers or guest ales from the likes of Allagash and Brewers Art, though when all the tables are packed, it’s easier to get up and place orders yourself, either at the small outdoor bar or the counter inside. (There are no happy hour specials; house pints cost $6.50.)

The BBQ Bus food truck will be in charge of the permanent kitchen, which is scheduled to open next week.