The Brickskeller, Washington D.C.'s venerable beer emporium, operating in the Dupont Circle/Rock Creek area since 1957 —and in the Guinness Book of World Records for its twelve-hundredish beer bottle list— has been sold.
The Washington City Paper has reported that:
The Brickskeller will close on Dec. 18 , owner Diane Alexander said today, confirming the date previously reported. The property is scheduled to change hands on Dec. 23, re-opening as
Rock CreekThe Bier Baron Tavern three days later.
According to reporter Orr Shtuhl, the new
built in 1912, a charming five story, 42 room, boarding-house style hotel above the Brickskeller Saloon.
UPDATE: The Washington Post reports that
[Dave and Diane] Alexander will leave behind most of the beer inventory (except for a few prized bottles that were gifts from brewers) and most of the antique cans and other beer memorabilia decorating the walls.
But he's not ceding the name Brickskeller. "That name was created by Diane's grandfather. It's like a family member," he said.
At this juncture, the Alexanders continue as owners of the beer-centric restaurant DA's Regional Food & Drink (R.F.D.), located in the Penn Quarter district of Washington, across from the Verizon Center.
On Thursday, a packed house attended what seems now to have been the last ever official Brickskeller beer event, its annual Christmas Beer tasting, or as Dave Alexander has called it: The Multiple Guest Brewmaster Winter Holidaze Tasting Extravaganzee. More: here.
Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of personal photos, usually posted on Saturdays, and often of a 'good fermentable' as subject.