At first glance, $30 seemed like a big sum for a happy hour, an open beer house, and a look inside “the most intact Victorian house in the country," but the fee for the evening fete covers flowing beer “samplings,” tasty tiny treats (dinner for some) and the tours.
And guests are not confined to the courtyard with its well-appointed butlers under a tent serving up the brews, but are invited to go inside the residence with beverages and carry them on all the open floors, and find replenishment in the kitchen, too.
The lovely courtyard at Heurich House and all its attractions make it difficult to escape and venture inside/Patricia Leslie
My kind of place, Heurich House.
If you’ve frequented the Dupont Circle area in the last 100 years, you’ve seen this house, no? And wondered, like me, about the inside and read the historical marker attached to the building, but the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday tours* do not mix well with your work schedule.
Many family heirlooms are still here, and the first two floors are preserved intact with furniture constructed on site, according to a docent. (Once you visit, you'll understand…the size of the pieces.)
*When: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. for the brew tours on the third Thursday of every month, and tours every Thursday and Friday at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Saturday at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. with reservations, highly recommended
Where: 1307 New Hampshire Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20036
How much: $30 for the Third Thursday Happy Hour with tours, and $5 (unless you're a member of the National Trust, $3) for the tours on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Private tours are offered. Click here for beer tickets.
Metro station: Dupont Circle South
For more information: 202-429-1894 and check this link for an extensive article on Mr. Heurich by Mark Benbow of Marymount University who also writes the blog, rustycans.com, which describes the Heurich Brewery, its history, and the beers manufactured there.