02/12/14 12:30pm


From a press release:

Union Kitchen: Food Incubator will open a second facility, growing the ranks of membership and the impact of the incubator on small businesses, jobs, and culture. Currently working with 55 food businesses in NoMa, Union Kitchen’s second facility in Ivy City will more than triple the square footage and house an estimated 70 additional members.

The incubator provides space for production and opportunities for sales, including driving business to members through catering and providing distribution services. “Union Kitchen is a solution to meet the challenges we faced as small business owners at the Blind Dog Café,” said Jonas Singer, a co-founder of Union Kitchen. “At Union Kitchen, we create community and, through that community, the efficiencies to overcome the growth constraints common in the food industry. The response to Union Kitchen has been incredible.”

Union Kitchen removes barriers to entry by eliminating the need for small businesses to take on debt, purchase expensive equipment, sign a long-term lease, enter disadvantageous distribution contracts, or take many of the other risks that business owners have come to expect as the norm for starting a food business. The new facility will include a focus on providing businesses growth opportunities, addressing the gap that many operators face as they grow from micro enterprises to regional businesses.

Currently, Union Kitchen offers a full slate of business services including catering and distribution, and covers operational costs for its members, including utilities, taxes, cleaning, trash collection, and more. For independent operators, these services are costly and a distraction from focusing on what matters most – preparing their best product and finding more customers. Many operators struggle to expand as they run out of space, making scaling impossible and constricting their ability to grow their businesses, customers, and jobs.

“The last year has been very exciting for us,” said Cullen Gilchrist, Union Kitchen co-founder. “A thriving food scene in DC plays such a huge role in the city’s culture, and it’s something that is incredibly important to us. We think of this new opportunity not just as an investment in our company, but also as an investment in our city.”

The Union Kitchen team – comprised of 13 District locals – plans to open their state-of-the-art facility in late 2014. To learn more about membership, catering, distribution, and other Union Kitchen efforts, visit Union Kitchen online.”

02/04/14 5:00pm


From a press release:

“Atlas Brew Works today announced that it will host the chamber ensemble All Points West at its Ivy City facility [2052 West Virginia Ave NE] on Saturday, February 15 from 1 – 6 PM. The group will hold an open rehearsal in the brewery to promote its upcoming appearance at the Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival to be held at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on March 1. Admission to the rehearsal is free, and tastings and pints are $5. Visitors will also have the opportunity to purchase tickets to any of the Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival events.

All Points West is a D.C. based chamber ensemble “hell-bent on transforming the classical concert back into a fun, social experience.”

Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival gathers innovative artists and richly diverse audiences for eight days of over 100 boundary-crossing arts performances and events from February 21 to March 8 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. For more info: www.intersectiondc.org.

Atlas Brew Works is a production craft brewery distributing artisanal beer throughout the District of Columbia.”

11/05/13 12:30pm

1135 Okie Street NE
1135 Okie St, NE courtesy of Summit Commercial Real Estate

From Summit Commercial Real Estate:

“1135 Okie Street NE in Ivy City is a 24,500 sq ft industrial building that was purchased by Sweetwater LLC who will be doing business as the newly founded One Eight Distilling Company. The distillery will occupy about 10,000 sq ft on the first floor with the remaining 10,000 sq ft being leased as warehouse space to a wholesaler, which will allow for future expansion. There is also a 4,500 sq ft 2nd floor space that was formerly home to a small church. We are looking for an arts group or other creative use for that space that would provide synergy with the distillery and with whom they could co-host events in the tasting room. They are in the permitting phase now and are planning to start construction in the near future with a goal of opening in spring 2014.”

If you are interested in the 2nd floor arts/studio space you can call Tony Lofrumento at 202-682-9115.

10/28/13 5:00pm

All Souls Day - lowres

From an email:

“Saturday, November 2nd from 1-9pm
2052 West Virginia Avenue NE Suite 102

We are hosting an All Souls Day party. We have a special license to allow us to sell $5 Atlas pints at the brewery just in time for the Halloween season. We have great views of the spooky Mt. Olivet cemetery, food from the DC Sliders Truck, music from DJ ‘Zo, and will have a costume contest with prizes taking place at 8pm.”

Ed. Note: You can see all events here and you can schedule your own event listing here.

08/08/13 3:15pm

Photo courtesy of Atlas Brew Works

From a press release:

“Atlas Brew Works, the District’s newest production craft brewery, today announced the dates its fresh, local craft beers will be available in bars and restaurants around the District.

“We are excited to finally be licensed to manufacture beer in the District.” said Atlas CEO Justin Cox, “We can now focus on creating great quality craft beers to share with our community in DC.”

Atlas Brew Works, founded by Cox and award winning professional brewer Will Durgin, will launch the week of September 2nd -8th with an event in a different neighborhood across DC each night. Atlas will premier three beers that week: Rowdy, a hop-forward American-style Rye ale, accented by the peppery notes of rye; District Common, a California Common featuring Czech Saaz hops; and a third beer, NSFW, which will remain a surprise.”

06/03/13 9:30am

View Larger Map

From @DCPoliceDept:

“Shooting_0115 hours_3000 14th Street, NW_No lookout”

From @IAFF36:

“Shooting (115am) – 13th St & Columbia Rd NW – female shot, treated & transported to trauma center #DCFD #ColumbiaHeightsDC”

View Larger Map

From @DCPoliceDept:

“5D-Shooting, 0038 hours, Gallaudet & Providence St. NE, LOF Chevy Tahoe, tan in color, occupied by a B/M Dark skin white tee shirt.”

From @IAFF36:

“Shooting (1245am) – Gallaudet St & Providence St NE – male shot in chest, treated & transport to trauma center, life threatening #DCFD”

04/10/13 12:00pm

Atlas Brew Works
Photo via Atlas Brew Works Facebook page.

Atlas Brew Works will join three other DC breweries – 3 Stars, Chocolate City and DC Brau.

From a press release:

Atlas Brew Works, the District’s newest production craft brewery, today announced the signing of a distribution deal with Premium Distributors of Washington DC, the leader in beer distribution within the District.

“Premium’s track record in craft beer speaks for itself,” said Atlas CEO Justin Cox, “They have the
infrastructure, resources, and professionalism to best represent Atlas in the District.” Atlas Brew Works, founded by Cox and award winning professional brewer Will Durgin, is on track to open this summer with three beers: Rowdy, a hop-forward American-style ale, accented by peppery rye notes, District Common, a California Common featuring Czech Saaz hops, and a third beer which will remain a surprise.

“We are thrilled to be working with a local DC brewery,” commented John Zeltner, President of Premium
Distributors of Washington DC, “Atlas will fill a void in our craft portfolio by offering a DC local and enhance our great selection of beers. Justin and Will are passionate brewers with a commitment to brew high quality beer; we look forward to partnering with them for many years to come.”
The collaborative efforts of Atlas and Premium will guarantee beer drinkers within the District can enjoy a pint of fresh, locally crafted beer wherever fine beverages are served.

12/10/12 11:30am

View Larger Map

Atlas Brew Works will join three other DC breweries – 3 Stars, Chocolate City and DC Brau. We judged our favorites here.

From a press release:

Experienced homebrewer Justin Cox is teaming up with longtime friend and accomplished commercial brewer Will Durgin to bring the District of Columbia fresh craft beer from Northeast DC. Atlas Brew Works plans to install its 20 barrel brew house at 2052 West Virginia Ave NE and begin producing unique local brews in the first quarter of 2013.

Atlas Brew Works’ beer portfolio will include American style craft ales and lagers along with an extensive sour and barrel aging program. The beers will be crafted with careful consideration to food pairings and a flare for experimentation. Cox and Durgin became friends while attending Vanderbilt University as engineering students. While there, they developed a taste for the full flavor and complexity of American craft beer, and dreamed of one day opening a brewery of their own.

Continues after the jump. (more…)