German-American immigrant Christian Heurich was once a household name around these parts. Recognized as Washington, DC’s most successful brewer, he ran the Chr. Heurich Brewing Co., the city’s longest-operating and largest brewery (1873-1956), until his death at 102. And the Heurich House Museum, as you might imagine, was his family’s beautiful lavish home, affectionately known by locals as “that Victorian mansion in Dupont.”
Built from 1892–94, the interior decor and furnishings were made by numerous German-American craftspeople, notably the finely crafted vine chandelier, original 1901 Steinway piano, and an antique, hand-carved oak dining table. A tour of the Brewmaster’s Castle’s well-preserved original interiors and family collections make for a unique and memorable experience.
The museum actively conserves the building, grounds, and the family’s significant original collections and connects visitors with DC’s unique past and contrasts it to contemporary life in DC. The museum also supports local small businesses, artisans, and craft beer makers through innovative programming.
A makeshift beer garden and cool community space, pretty enough for a wedding, hip enough for a local craft beer. In this garden and green space, you’ll find lawn games, a bench to sit on, brews to enjoy, and just a beautiful place to enjoy, with lush flower beds, quaint brick pathways, and mature trees all around.