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October First Friday

Every successful person has gone through some trials that help make them the person they become. Before he grew the Chr. Heurich Brewing Co. to become one of the largest private employers in DC, Christian Heurich was a wandering apprentice in Europe. After he was orphaned at the age of 14, he took up his father’s trade as a butcher/brewer, and set off on his Wanderjahre, or “wandering years” as a journeyman apprentice, traveling by foot throughout Europe, including a hike over the Alps. Ultimately, he immigrated to Baltimore in 1866, adopting the same journeyman philosophy to help improve his English and learn more about American beer styles. He travelled around the country, working in Ohio, Chicago, and Kansas City, before eventually moving to DC in 1872. 

Be like Christian - get bit by the explorer bug: On Friday, October 4th from 6-8pm come to the Heurich House Museum for First Friday Dupont.  The museum will host City Brew Tours, WABA, Anacostia River Keepers as well as an art activity inspired by exploration. 

The museum’s doors will be open for guests to explore the family home of DC's most successful brewer, Christian Heurich, and learn more about his historic brewery in the exhibit HOME/BREWED.

This is event is free and open to the public.  Local beer will be on tap and snacks will be available for purchase. The Castle Garden will be open weather permitting.


Enter the heart of DCs art scene the first Friday of every month from 6-8 pm. Participating galleries and museums will host special programming and exhibitions. To see a list of participating sites, please visit

Earlier Event: October 3
1921 in the Castle Garden
Later Event: October 10
1921 in the Castle Garden