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Short History of the Washington Brewery at Navy Yard

Short History of the Washington Brewery at Navy YardSpecial Collections is pleased to note an interesting recent use of our map collection: to tell the story of beer in Washington. Literary journalist, independent historian, and GW Elliott School alum Garrett Peck has written a short history of the Washington Brewery at Navy Yard, making use of the map collection here.

Mr. Peck tells us, "Brewing has been a fundamental part of the history and culture of Washington, D.C. Beer was a staple, and brewing made potentially dangerous water potable. Brewers were once the second-largest employer in the city after the federal government." Peck described our map collection as wonderful and found it "neat n’ nerdy" to go through. This short history is a precursor to his new book, Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C., to be published in late February.

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