When the beer can island of The Beer Store, formerly located on the corner of 17th and S streets NW, is closed for the summer, a number of local residents have expressed frustration that it hasn’t been open for the holidays.
The beer island, which was designed by The Beer Company, is a one-of-a-kind feature that features a rotating selection of beer and spirits from local breweries.
The Beer Kingdom, a popular restaurant that also occupies the location, was also set to reopen, but that plan was scrapped earlier this month.
The shop, which sells mostly craft beer, also has a small taproom for local tapas and a full-service food truck.
In its final days, the shop had to shut down because it could no longer afford to keep operating.
“It’s a great place to buy beer,” said Matt Krumm, who has owned the shop for two decades.
“But the thing that’s hurt most is that the shop is in such dire financial straits that it has to close.
The brewery has been struggling to stay afloat and maintain the store’s quality.
It’s a sad situation.”
A spokesperson for The Beer Co. confirmed the closure to The Washington Post on Tuesday, saying the shop would be closed for “the summer.”
“We will continue to work with our local partners to support the business as it prepares for a relaunch and rebuild,” the spokesperson said.
But the Beer Kingdom and the Beer Co have both been struggling financially.
The Brew Pub, which will be closing in the coming months, had a reported $1 million deficit last year, according to the Washington Post.
“The Brew Pub is a unique place, and it has been an incredible addition to our community, but unfortunately we are unable to continue serving customers,” the Brew Pub said in a statement.
“Our business is doing fine, but we are facing a difficult time with the unexpected closing of The BrewPub.”
As of Tuesday, the BrewPub had $10,735 in outstanding debts.
The outlet has been open since the early 1970s and has served customers for more than three decades.
Krummel said that although he would be open for a while longer, the beer will probably stay closed for a few more months.
“I don’t think we’re going to have any issues in the interim,” he said.
“If it’s not working out, it’s going to be a big setback.”