Saturday, March 24, 2012

Opening Day for Bluejacket? ... 2013

The Neighborhood Restaurant Group —parent organization to beer bar ChurchKey and restaurant Rusticorecently announced that Megan Parisi —past lead brewer for Cambridge Brewing of Massachusetts— will be the head brewer for Bluejacket, an upcoming production brewery (and restaurant) to open near the Washington Nationals baseball stadium, in southeast Washington, D.C.

Parisi & Madden

In late February, I met Ms. Parisi at Mad Fox Brewing —a brewpub in Falls Church, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C.— where she had just finished brewing with Mad Fox's brewer/owner, Bill Madden. Among other things, we discussed a possible date for Bluejacket's opening day.

The Craft Brewers Conference —a confab organized by the Brewers Association, an advocacy group for U.S. breweries producing fewer than six million barrels of beer per year— moves among different U.S. cities every year. This year, that's San Diego. Next year, May 2013, it's here, in Washington, D.C. And, that's Parisi's wished-for deadline.

100th anniversary

Since Bluejacket will be located within view of Nationals Park, here's a thought. Maybe, just maybe, might there be an opening day on Opening Day? 2013!

UPDATE: Bluejacket opened on 29 October 2103. More: here.


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