The revival of Senate Beer is a museum’s public history project. Right Proper Brewing Company licenses it from the museum, brews the beer as one of their flagship brands, and distributes it throughout the region.
Senate Beer History
The Chr. Heurich Brewing Co. Senate Beer brand was popularized in the 1890s, survived Prohibition, and was produced until 1955. Test batches and the final recipe of our Senate Beer revival were developed by Pilot Brewer Jeff Clawson from Oregon State University’s Fermentation Science Department who, together with Professor of Fermentation Science Tom Shellhammer, analyzed a 20-page-laboratory-report on Senate Beer from 1948 to recreate the historic DC hometown favorite. The report was discovered and initially reviewed by Lost Lagers partners Peter Jones and Mike Stein, the duo who developed the historic Heurich’s Lager recipe in 2015 together with the museum and DC Brau. The museum initially released the beer in June 2019 at a tasting event where they collected data from their guests which informed the final recipe.
Senate Beer is distributed across the DC metro area. Stop by our biergarten or Right Proper to taste the brew and take home a 6-pack.