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Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 12/28/2010

From Brickskeller to Bier Baron

By Associated Press

The bar formerly known as Brickskeller, renowned beyond Washington for its huge beer menu, will reopen as the Bier Baron.

New owner Megan Merrifield says the bar will officially open Wednesday evening. She says that at the opening 350 different kinds of beer left over from Brickskeller will be part of a special “Brickskeller blowout” menu. Brickskeller closed earlier this month. Merrifield says the name was suggested by a friend of hers and that it was “easy to remember.”

The bar has been open since 1957 and has been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for its selection of about 1,200 beers.

Information from: WTOP-FM

By Associated Press  | December 28, 2010; 10:35 AM ET
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Why did they close?

Posted by: flavlon | December 28, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Why did they close?

Posted by: flavlon | December 28, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

I'm a huge beer nerd, but I never cared much for the Brickskeller. Seemed like every time I went there, they never had any of the beers I wanted to try. Eventually I'd get so frustrated I'd just order a Sierra Nevada or Samuel Adams (Always a good choice!) or something like that. Anywho, good luck to the new proprietors. Stay thirsty, my friends!

Posted by: pswift00 | December 28, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Just what the city needs another place to get smashed and hit the road...thank you.

Posted by: shadon1 | December 28, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse


The old owners basically wanted to cash out and take a break. They've had the place on the market for several years. I'll be curious to see how the new owners handle the transition. Brickskellar had its charms, but some new energy and new ideas will probably do the place some good.

Posted by: JPRS | December 28, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Like earlier post. I stopped going there years ago because after asking for 4 or 5 beers, only to be told they were out, I ended up ordering something that everybody carried and the Brickskeller had in stock. Word of advice to new owner, only have a list as big as your inventory.

Posted by: crete | December 28, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I have to agree with pswift00. I only went there once, and went through the menu looking for beers I had elsewhere and wanted to try again. But every one I thought of, they either didn't have it, or they were out of it. There might have been 1200 beers on the menu, but I think they only had about 300 in stock on any given day. And they were expensive. I'd rather just brew my own.

Posted by: cjmark | December 28, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

never had 1200 beers ... usually the 350 that are left over ... BUT that 1972 jukebox with Led Zepplin was a true classic!

Posted by: pejochum | December 28, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Heck with all this sissy beer, just give me a Bud. After shooting down the first mug, you don't care what you drink as long as its beer.

Posted by: localgoober | December 28, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I'm with you, localgoober. We went there starting when I was in high school (long ago) with fake ID's (never got caught), then when I was at UMd, we'd squash into a friend's car go to the Brickskellar and get blasted, drank anything, who cares what they had. BTW, we always had a designated driver, and I do not endorse this behavior, only saying I remember the Brickskellar rather fondly.

Posted by: arlingtonian6 | December 28, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

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