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Cornelius’ D9 Brewing breaks into the D.C. market

Get ready, Washington: Cornelius’ D9 Brewing is on the way.
Get ready, Washington: Cornelius’ D9 Brewing is on the way. Observer files

Instead of sour grapes, perhaps Washington’s drinkers would like a little sour beer.

D9 Brewing Company of Cornelius, known for its wild-sour beer program, has partnered with Washington-based Pekko Beer to distribute in the D.C. market.

“Washington, D.C., is a world-class beer market and we’re honored and excited to add our unique perspective to the mix,” said Andrew Durstewitz, D9 CEO and co-founder.

D.C. craft beer fans will get D9’s mixed-fermentation sours in bottles and draft, including limited beers like Systema Naturae, Defying Gravity and Wild Things.

D9 plans to launch their beers in the market with a series of events at the end of April: Pizza Paradiso on April 26, Buffalo Billiards and Meridian Pint on April 27, and City Taphouse April 28.

D9, in Lake Norman, was started by two engineers and a doctor and uses science to produce wild fermented beers. It won gold at the Great American Beer Festival in 2016 for Systema Naturae 2nd Edition Scuppernong & Lily wild sour ale.

Kathleen Purvis: 704-358-5236, @kathleenpurvis