upon our arrival in DC, we were inspired by other area businesses who like to focus on the local aspects of the district. Union Kitchen DC helps incubate + launch new DC food concepts out of its Ivy City commissary space while Atlas Brew Works delivers top tier craft beer to the city by way of a fully solar-powered brewery.
DC is continually redefining itself, shifting further away from its government and tourist roots into a more authentic small town, rich with culture, art and really, really good beer. One of the breweries contributing to DC's evolution is Right Proper Brewing, a craft brewery with roots in the burgeoning Shaw + Brookland sections of the city.
each of our locations feature a different artist local to the area—it's our way of further connecting with the community + reflecting its importance in honeygrow's story. Our Chinatown DC location is the first to feature a bright, sprawling mural running the length of one of our walls.
how do you transform your culinary idea into reality when space, capital + resources are difficult to come by in Washington, DC? That's where Union Kitchen's commissary, storage space + distribution efforts come into play. We met with Co-Founder, Cullen Gilchrist, to learn what the space offers + how a surge in cookie demand prompted the creation of one of DC's most valuable culinary assets.
something sustainable is brewing in Ivy City… serving as DC's first + only 100% solar powered brewery, Atlas Brew Works is creating delicious craft beer while trying to set a greener standard for breweries nationwide. We met with Atlas' Founder, Justin Cox, to learn more about their home-brew history + sustainability goals, as well as what food pairs best with each offering.
hg: tell us a little bit about yourself + your background. Was beer always a part your “five-year plan?”