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While you cannot currently find Denizen Brewing Co. on a DC Brew Tour, it is a brewery that we highly recommend visiting if you are in the area!

Julie Verratti and Emily Bruno started things out in the political world, but in 2014 the married couple, along with their brother-in-law Jeff Ramirez, decided to shake things up by exploring a different path — opening their very own craft brewery!

Their respect for traditional styles does not disappoint, and as you peruse their beer list you’ll find their traditional flagships which light up with lagers, ales and belgian styles, as well as their rotating selections that show off their sours and barrel aged brews.

Their brewery is located just 6 miles from Washington DC in the heart of Silver Spring, MD — the home of University of Maryland and a hub of the Arts and entertainment. When you visit the brewery you will enjoy a two-story and a lovely beer garden to welcome you (and even your pooch!). Denizens Brewing makes itself at home among a great community of DC breweries, and are contributing to the DC beer scene than just beer.

The brewery focuses both on delivering quality beers as well as being a place that is also community driven. At Denizens, they believe that craft beer is for everyone, not just one specific type of person. As a woman and minority owned company, they make it clear fostering community and creating a safe and warm space for every type of beer lover is something that is important to them.

Co-founder Julie Verratti even takes these values past Denizens’ doors by serving on the board of the Brewers Association where she works hard for inclusion in the world of craft beer, and strives to improve diversity on both sides of the taproom bars. At Denizens, they stand firmly and proud in their sentiments that “There’s no craft beer type; craft beer belongs to all of us.”

Though they have committed to their passion for craft beer, it doesn’t mean they’ve entirely let go of their political past. The owners have also lobbied for positive changes in the beer world. They worked with government officials in order to implement a statewide policy that simplified the processes of local production, distribution, and consumption. This has meant an increase in the accessibility to local beer, which in turn benefits both the environment and the local economy (not to mention bringing beer enthusiasts closer to better, fresher, more quality beer!).
It’s clear that at Denizens they take their beer seriously, and an expansion is already in the works! Their second location will be in Riverdale Park and include a taproom and full restaurant. Until then, you can grab a churro or veggie burger in their beer garden while enjoying the fun events they host like trivia, live shows, open mics, and much more!


1115 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910


While you cannot currently find Denizen Brewing Co. on a DC Brew Tour, it is a brewery that we highly recommend visiting if you are in the area!


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City Brew Tours DC knows where to find the best brews! From small and independent microbreweries that brew unique small-batch releases, to our large-scale regional brewers. City Brew Tours has helped bring craft beer’s popularity to where it is today. And along the way, we’ve developed close relationships with some seriously great places.

There is no better way to learn and experience great beer than going straight to the source on a beer tour. We’ve fostered relationships with award winning DC brewers. Every tour includes transportation, beer and behind the scenes VIP access. Our full-length tours even include a full beer and food pairing meal!

If you’re looking for things to do in DC during your next visit, why not start with good beer?

On a City Brew Tour you’ll be awash with pours of the top beer from the best breweries in DC. Have a hankering for a winter lager? Curious about a barrel-aged ale? Let your guide know, as the beer selection on each tour is meticulously curated by your tour guide.

You can even book private tours too, which are perfect for bachelor and bachelorette parties, birthdays, corporate events and corporate team building, or any special event that could benefit from access to the best beer in DC. Trust us, beer tasting at these local breweries will be a heady topper to any special occasion you can think of!

But beer tours in DC are not just for special occasions or tourists. Even locals who are tired of visiting all the same old beer bars and are looking for some quality craft beer in DC will have a blast on a City Brew Tour.

We can give you exclusive access to the personalities and processes in one of the best beer cities in the country!

Come with us to find the best breweries DC has to offer. Brewery tours are the most fun and educational way way to get acquainted with DC beer and the great city that makes it. You can’t go wrong when you join a City Brew Tour. You can’t visit every brewery in just one day, which is a GREAT excuse to come back again! You drink, we guide!

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