DC Brau El Hefe Speaks

The Brewery: DC Brau Brewing Company, which in 2009 became the first brewery in Washington D.C. in half a century.

The Beer: El Hefe Speaks

Tasting Notes: This beer succeeds where too many American-brewed Hefeweizens (a German-style wheat beer) fail: It's a clean, easy-to-drink brew that doesn't focus on spices or lean too heavily on the yeast or — worse yet — need a slice of orange to make it seem summery. Like the Germans would want, this is one straightforward beer you'd be happy to have on a warm summer day.