Streetcar 82 Brewing Co. gets its name from the 82 Streetcar line, which ran from 1888 to September 7, 1958. The line started at 5th & G St. and continued through the neighborhoods of Eckington, Woodridge, Mt. Rainier, Hyattsville and College Park.
Owner Jon Cetrano and his partners, Mark Burke and Sam Costner all live on the path this line took and can imagine themselves hopping onto Streetcar 82 and meeting up at their brewery to make and drink craft beer.
Jon, Sam and Mark signed the lease to a former auto garage at 4824 Rhode Island in Hyattsville on July 30, 2017.
Community! All three founders are graduates of Gallaudet University, which is 5 miles down the road from their leased location. After leaving to pursue other careers, they all came back for the community support that is unique to this area. That unique support comes from a large Deaf community, and the neighborhoods of Eckington, Woodridge, and Hyattsville.
"We know our neighbors and we can say, 'Hello, how is your spouse/family/dog/cat doing?'"
Jon, Sam and Mark are getting their recipes in order through a series of test batches. Streetcar 82 is Belgium-inspired beer, a preference of the three entrepreneurs. Their Belgian IPA combines an American IPA recipe with Belgian Trappist yeast.
"IN GENERAL YOU'LL NOTICE FRUITY ESTERS, A NICE MALT BACKBONE, AND AN EASY DRINKABILITY IN ALL OF OUR BEERS."
Supporting local businesses, the brewery uses honey from the local Hope Honey Farm in their Belgium Blonde Ale.
Streetcar 82 even looks to their community to sample their beer saying on their website,"If you want to be part of our sample team and taste our beers in exchange for feedback, please shoot us an email."
In June of 2017, the brewery unveiled their logo, a collaborative effort between Andres Otalora, a deaf graphic designer, and Route 66, a deaf-owned design and apparel company.
The logo is, "an affirmation of our belief that Hyattsville is growing into a destination location for people that are looking for a place to eat, shop, and be active."
Dogs in a brewery?
It's actually not a unique concept. Local breweries Atlas, Denizens, and Public Option allow dogs inside or on the patio. Owner Jon Cetrano says you may see dogs on the patio, but not the tasting rooms, as they are quite small.
"DOGS, KIDS, AND FAMILIES ARE CENTRAL TO OUR ETHOS OF BEING A COMMUNITY BREWERY."
"WE WANT PEOPLE TO FEEL THAT THIS IS THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD PLACE. IF THAT MEANS STOPPING BY WHILE ON A WALK WITH THEIR KIDS OR THEIR DOGS, THEN GREAT!"