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Check out DC Brau’s new look

D.C. artist Kelly Towles created special bottles for DC Brau’s Corruption, Public and Citizen ales. (Brandon Skall/Courtesy of DC Brau)

The brewery’s three flagship beers — Public Pale Ale, Citizen Belgian-Style Ale and Corruption IPA — have always been sold on draft or in signature silver cans, and never in bottles. (Some limited brews, such as Penn Quarter Porter, have found their way into 22-ounce “bomber” bottles.)

That’s about to change. This Friday at Kushi, DC Brau is unveiling its DC Artist Series of beers in 22-ounce bottles, with labels created by local graphic designer and street artist Kelly Towles. DC Brau co-founder Brandon Skall says the brewery will invite a new artist to create the labels each year, though the timing of the releases will vary. There will only be 500 of each bottle, turning them into instant collector’s items.

Friday’s party runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and offers discounted DC Brau (including the new bottles) and a happy hour sushi menu, plus a display of Towles’s art. The new Public Pale Ale will begin showing up in stores next week, followed by Corruption and Citizen in subsequent weeks. Skall says the bottles should retail for $4.99.

Fritz Hahn has covered bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram.
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