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Posted at 7:00 AM ET, 12/29/2010

Goodbye Brickskeller. Hello Bier Baron.

By Tim Carman
dave alexander_opt.jpg Dave Alexander left a cache of beer for the new owners. (Michael Temchine for The Washington Post)

Perhaps it's only appropriate that the Brickskeller, the once storied beer institution off Dupont Circle, will assume an air of royalty in its next life. The new owners of the historic saloon have renamed the place Bier Baron, which officially opens for business tomorrow at 6 p.m.

Dave and Diane Alexander closed The Brick following service on Dec. 18, leaving behind a wealth of memories. They also left little time for Megan Merrifield and her husband to give the old tavern a good scrub and a fresh identity before reopening prior to New Year's Eve.

"We’ve scrubbed and scoured and dusted," Merrifield says. "We’ve got brand new linens in. The bathrooms are much nicer and in more sanitary working order.”

So why did the new proprietors decide to rush into the beer bar business?

Read the rest of the story over on the Going Out Gurus blog.

By Tim Carman  | December 29, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  Beer, Comfort Food  | Tags:  The Brickskeller, Tim Carman, beer  
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