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Dacha Gotta Go Porta Potty

Dacha BathroomRead about Dacha’s 5 Start rated Port-a-Potties in DCist

“This is a damn fine port-a-potty.”

We’re an outdoor Beer Garden, but our potties are highly rated among porta potties in DC! DCist reviewed our portable restrooms and rated us a +5! Here are a few things author Matt Cohen had to say:

+5 for cleanliness:  “… as far as port-a-potties go, Dacha’s are pretty solid. How good, you ask? When I visited them, there were some bros chilling outside them with beers in hand. Can you imagine anyone hanging out within ten feet of the outdoor bathrooms at Merriweather Post Pavilion? ”

+4 for excellent hand drying options: “Dacha’s hand drying options are even better than a Dyson Air Blade. Whether you use the sink in the port-a-potty or the communal sinks outside, there are an abundance of paper towels, and there’s no automatic mechanism to retrieve them … You may have to shit outside at this beer garden, but at least what follows is civilized.”

Overall score: +5.  “… I wish larger outdoor venues would take the care to give their customers a comparable outdoor experience.”

Washingtonian: Dacha Reopens Tuesday with a New Chef, More Beer

Chef Quentin Frye

Read about Dacha’s reopening in the Washingtonian

Chef Quentin FryeHere are a few things the Washingtonian had to say about Dacha:

“There’s more beer than ever”

“Beer nerds can gather on Wednesdays for the Dacha Beer Club, which doubles as a free rewards program and opportunity to sample newly-released pours.”

“A new chef is running the kitchen”

“Chef Quinten Frye, formerly of Big Bear Cafe and Cocina Tortas, is behind the new menu. Look for dishes like Hefeweizen-steamed mussels with bacon and mustard, a dry-aged cheeseburger that can be topped with kraut and fried pickles, and, of course, many sausages.”

“Beer-haters will have more options”

“…the team hired a new “wine concierge,” Mariam ‘Raz’ Razavi, and cocktail consultant, Julia Hurst (formerly the Passenger and Hogo). Look for new selections in both categories, including more rosé wines for warm weather drinking, and herbaceous cocktails inspired by the outdoors.”

“Happy hour hasn’t gone anywhere”

“One thing hasn’t changed, thankfully: happy hour. Drop by between 4 and 7 pm, Monday through Thursday, for beery specials like $10 boots and $5 singles.”

In Like a Lion: Dacha Beer Garden Opens March 8

Dacha Beer Garden

WASHINGTON, DC – Dacha Beer Garden is back March 8 for a whole new season of sunshine and delicious beers on tap served by your favorite staff, a few new faces, and new beverages to boot!

This year, we have broadened our outstanding beer selection: Radeberger Pilsner – the first Pilsner ever brewed in Germany in 1872–and Ommegang Hennipin – a top-notch American Saison – to name a few. On the District front, Atlas Brew Works will join DC Brau in our coveted local beer lineup.

“Atlas is thrilled to be a part of such a great neighborhood hangout and community-centric force as Dacha. As a craft brewery who call the District home, we really jump at the chance to partner with other local business and are excited to drink some liters of Rowdy out in the sunshine!” said Justin Cox, Atlas Brew Works’ Founder & CEO.

Dacha strives to educate its customers about beer. To up the game, we are excited to introduce Dacha Beer Club – a free reward-based program. Club members will work their way toward prizes ranging from free appetizers to brewery tours and parties for friends on Dacha’s tab. Beer Club will meet every Wednesday – our traditional release day for new, rare, and exciting beers. To find out more about Beer Club, visit dachadc.com.

Dacha’s first Beer Club of the season will be on March 9 and will feature Atlas’s very limited edition Town & Country, a Belgian strong Ale aged in local red wine barrels.

And Yes, Dacha has wines!

Mariam ‘Raz’ Razavi is Dacha’s new wine concierge. Raz brings over 15 years in the Mid-Atlantic States of successful wine consulting, promotion, brokerage, and menu implementation.

“My goal with implementing the wine programs is for everyone to feel comfortable tasting and trying new wines while pairing them with unique menu items or simply sipping while mingling with friends,” explains Raz.
Raz takes pride in introducing rarely tasted international gems to the Dacha wine list. Her selections pair perfectly with our new Spring/Summer menu. These wines are not available at local grocery stores but can only be purchased at select retail shops care of Wines By Raz.

Expect to see Provencal rosé, Alsacian Cremant rosé, Bordeaux and Pouilly Fuisse, Spanish Albariño, and Portugese Vihno Verde, as well as unique Rothschild Argentinian gems. Monday Happy Hour will also feature half priced bottles of these fabulous wines curated by Raz.

Cocktail Time!

As we have grown and gotten to know our customers, we realized that not everyone is a beer or wine drinker, no matter how delicious the Vitus. So we’ve partnered with the talented Julia Hurst, of Passenger and Hogo fame, to add a small but amazing selection of signature cocktails. Says Hurst, “I was inspired by drinking outside! I wanted to create cocktails with bright, refreshing flavors that would be fun to sip on as the weather warms up. I also had fun playing around with herbal flavors as a reference to all the plants and greenery around us in the beer garden.”

Enough about the booze, what about the food?

Dacha Beer Garden is excited to welcome talented chef Quinten Frye. Chef Quinten is a James Beard Award Semi-Finalist for Rising Star Chef of the Year and Hawaii Rising Star Chef for Sustainability, as well as recipient of Hawaii’s “Best New Restaurant” of 2012.

Chef Quinten brings his passions and a fresh new vision to the Dacha menu striving to make each meticulously prepared dish worthy of the highest praise – seconds. Buckets of Mussels in a hefeweizen broth, a half-pound beef burger, and a seasonal Chef’s Board with locally-sourced products are just a few exciting additions that are sure to make your mouth water.

Spread the Word

Come experience Shaw’s backyard. Dacha is the place to shed the winter blahs and spend some time outside with your favs, your baes, and your besties. Happy Hour at Dacha is the District’s best, featuring Koenig Ludvig Hefeweiss, Raderberger Pilsner, and Flying Dog IPA for $5 singles and $10 boots Monday through Thursday 4-7pm. Stoli vodka mixed drinks are $5.

Weekly and special events include Wednesday release day and Beer Club, Brewery events, such as DC Braus’ 5th Year Anniversary celebration on 4/20 featuring 5 delicious collaboration beers, and large scale events such as Springfest beginning April 15, which this year coincides with an enormously important 500-year anniversary of the purity law “Reinheitsgebot.”

We can’t wait to welcome you back to the garden, so while you wait in breathless anticipation of basking under Liz’s violet eyes, visit dachadc.com to learn more, browse upcoming events, and sign up for our new Beer Club!

Dacha Announces Beer Club

Dacha Beer Club

Dacha Beer ClubDacha strives to educate its customers about beer. To up the game, we are excited to introduce Dacha Beer Club – a free reward-based program. Club members will work their way toward prizes ranging from free appetizers to brewery tours and parties for friends on Dacha’s tab. Beer Club will meet informally every Wednesday – our traditional release day for new, rare, and exciting beers.

You can earn points everyday, double points on Beer Release Wednesdays. Emails will be sent the Sunday before about what the new beer will be that week and will also be available on our website.

Beer Club officially begins Wednesday, March 9, with Atlas Brew Works Town & Country, a Belgian strong Ale aged in local red wine barrels. Tune in on the Dacha website for more Beer Club details. But for now, sign up and Have a Beer!

Sign Up For Beer Club

Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA

More cunning than a snake in the bush…Snake Dog India Pale Ale is a Colorado-style IPA, power hopped with specialty hops from the Pacific Northwest. This is the brewery’s hop monster, and the citrus fruit aroma will hypnotize the senses of the most hardcore of craft drinkers

Victory Cage Radler

Light, dry, and extremely drinkable, this clean and crisp lager is perfectly balanced with the flavors and aromas of fresh lemon.

Schlafly Pumpkin Ale

Schlafly blends the spices of the harvest with full-bodied sweetness for a beer that tastes like pumpkin pie. Pounds of pumpkin form a malty foundation that supports the fall flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.