I’m in the DC area, then I’m in Orlando, then I’m back to the DC area, off to Toronto, and back to DC. So it goes. I get to travel to lots of different areas, but DC seems to be a rock steady location. The sad thing is that my trips there are often so short that I don’t always have the chance to get to a brewery when I’m there. But, on this trip I lucked out. I had a free evening and was able to hook up with some friends that live in the area at Sehkraft Brewing in Arlington, VA.
I’m never sure what to expect when I go to a new brewery in heavily populated areas. When I looked at their menu online, I was a bit concerned that their focus would be on food and that the beer might be a secondary component. That was definitely not the case. There was certainly fancy decor such as lights that I would really like to have in my house.
I was also digging the vibe of the funky purple lighting that they used on the stage.
But the theme was definitely not “restaurant”. Everywhere you looked, there were kegs predominantly displayed.
Even more kegs everywhere
They also have a large bar area where (of course) you can see all the brewing equipment through a window.
In short, they really do seem to focus on brewing beer and not just being a restaurant that has their own beer. Some searching on their site confirmed this when I found that “sehkraft” means vision in German and that they are hoping to “bring about the vision of what the craft beer movement is all about”.
To start wrapping this up, the punchline always has to do with whether or not I can get a bottle for the collection. The good news here is that Sehkraft does have growlers. But, pay attention to the style you get. I nonchalantly asked for a growler and only started paying attention to the growlers themselves when the server asked me what color I wanted. When I went to the bar to look at them, I was cautioned by the bar tender that the 64 oz growlers were made of a funky material like ceramic or stone or something and cost $65. That’s a pretty hefty fee for a growler. Fortunately, they also had glass 32 oz growlers at normal prices. So, the bottle collection won on this trip.