The ‘Brick.’ Without question one of the finest beer pubs ever in America. One-time owner and beer legend Dave Alexander sadly passed away on Sunday. He was 73.
The Washington D.C. pub became a shrine of sorts under Dave’s ownership. Anyone in the craft brewing industry had to make the pilgrimage when in the nation’s capital. Dave was usually there, often with his wife Diane. They sold the Brick in 2010 but continued to run R.F.D. (Regional Food & Drink) on 17th St. in the D.C. which they had opened in 2003. RFD closed in 2017.
The Brickskeller featured beer from around the world including a huge selection of domestic beers. The list included several hundred Belgian beers, which was a standout feature of the tiny pub. All beers were exceptionally well curated by Dave and his team.
The pub had a cozy and atmospheric ambiance. There was often a special tasting event going on, usually conducted by a well-known brewer owner or brewmaster. Beer fans from around the world visited, giving it an international feel.
Thank you, Dave. You were always so gracious, whether rambling about the Brick or meeting up at an industry event. You and your passion and your wonderful, flavorful, cozy pub are what have made this industry so special. Cheers forever, to you.