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Councilman Allen Offers Hand to D.C. Breweries

by Andrew Ramonas — August 12, 2015 at 11:10 am 9 Comments

Councilman Charles Allen of Ward 6 at BluejacketCouncilman Charles Allen of Ward 6 raised a beer to the District’s breweries at Navy Yard’s Bluejacket last night, pledging to help them grow in D.C.

Speaking at a DC Beer Week talk on “How Government Affects Your Beer,” Allen told members and supporters of the District’s nascent beer industry that breweries are “really vibrant parts of our community,” bringing new jobs and activity to neighborhoods.

“I am always looking at ways in which we can help support them and grow them,” he said.

Allen said he would like to have the District do more to promote a “made in D.C.” brand that celebrates local breweries and other businesses. Such a move would help them, he said.

The District should follow the leads of New York and Chicago, which have created “really strong branding” around their names and the products the cities produce, he said.

“It fosters a really strong sense of loyalty among your customers and among the people who are going to support you,” Allen said.

He also said he would support more breweries in the Capitol Hill area.

“I’ve heard some people say that they feel dumped on by breweries” in Ward 5, Allen said. “I would love [breweries to] come to Ward 6.”

  • RC

    You know what I would like in Ward 6 Councilman? Less random stabbings. Any way you could help with that?

    • Charles Allen

      RC, I appreciate your concern. This was one of many events I participate in and had committed to many weeks ago to talk with these small businesses. I would love to have you join me at my next public safety meeting, tomorrow night, at the Rosedale Recreation Center. It’s the 6th public safety meeting I’ve held this summer as we’re battling a rise in crime in neighborhoods across the city. I’d be happy to talk to you more about the steps I’m taking both with MPD to increase patrols, as well as on the legislative front, if you send me an email at callen[at]dccouncil[dot]us. There is also some information you might find helpful posted here: http://www.charlesallenward6.com/july_22_newsletter.

      • Patrick Division

        Your web site appears to have not been updated in about seven weeks until Laura got around to it last night. So nothing really happening in the ‘hood this summer, huh? Talk about optics….

        • Charles Allen

          The newsletter website link I included is from just two weeks ago. But if you’d like to email me or call so I can share several updates with you, I’d be happy to talk. My email is callen[dot]dccouncil[dot]us.

  • Concerned Resident

    Are you kidding me? Folks are being robbed and attacked on the streets daily…and he is discussing beer.
    Take a second think of the “optic” you are sending out Councilman Allen.

    • Charles Allen

      I appreciate your concern. This was one of many events I participate in and had committed to many weeks ago to talk with these small businesses. I would love to have you join me at my next public safety meeting, tomorrow night, at the Rosedale Recreation Center. It’s the 6th public safety meeting I’ve held this summer as we’re battling a rise in crime in neighborhoods across the city. I’d be happy to talk to you more about the steps I’m taking both with MPD to increase patrols, as well as on the legislative front, if you send me an email at callen[at]dccouncil[dot]us. There is also some information you might find helpful posted here: http://www.charlesallenward6.com/july_22_newsletter.

  • Sick of the Crime

    Cut and paste auto response, typical. I don’t need meetings. I know what to look out for, but that won’t help me with a gun stuffed in my face. Overseas I expected this…not in my own neighborhood.

    • Charles Allen

      Many neighbors find meetings helpful to get information and get questions answered. If you’d like to email me or call so I can share several updates with you directly, I’d be happy to talk with you. My email is callen[dot]dccouncil[dot]us.

  • E

    I appreciate other commenters concerns over safety, but I also understand that a Councilmember has many interests of his constituents to cover (including promoting businesses). So yes, please take on public safety, crime spikes, and current undermanning of MPD. In addition, when you have time, consider changing DC laws so that places like Bluejacket can pour growlers. Seems easy, and simple, and fair (since Gorden Biersch gets to). Thanks!

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