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From a press release:
“The saying goes, a few bad apples spoil the bunch. Unfortunately, due to widespread abuse of the free tasting policy during growler hours at the brewery,DC Brau will be discontinuing free samples starting immediately.
“This definitely isn’t something we wanted to do,” says Brandon Skall, CEO & co-founder of DC Brau Brewing Company. “Unfortunately people were going to great lengths to circumvent the system to drink more without paying. We are all for having people try our beers, but we have to stay compliant to the rules. This decision isn’t about the money, it’s about protecting our license.”
The brewery’s tasting permit restricts complimentary tastings up to 12 ounces per person per visit.
Visitors had received 4 drink tickets upon arrival at the brewery, which were good for 4 small (3-ounce) pours of any of the beers available that week. Under the new system, DC Brau will now offer 3.5-ounce pours for $2 each during growler hours, in addition to continuing to offer full pints for on-site consumption and growler fills.
DC Brau recently extended their growler hours to Thursday and Fridays from 4pm to 9pm, Saturdays from 1pm to 6pm, and Sundays from 1pm to 5pm. The brewery offers half priced pints on Friday nights, and will continue to offer free tours most Saturdays from 2-4pm on the hour.