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about

 

our beginning

Six thousand miles separated brothers Ken and Matt, but good beer kept them close.

Ken was living in Baltimore while Matt was working overseas. Despite the distance, they spoke almost daily about new beers they had either tried or brewed. Shortly after, Matt came to Baltimore, and the two set off on their annual hike along the Appalachian Trail. It was on that trip they began discussing a family brewery; one that would become part of the Baltimore community. After their return, they put pen to paper, and Monument City Brewing Company was born.

Matt moved to Baltimore, and the two immediately got to work building a pilot brewing system and perfecting their recipes. Their focus was on producing honest craft beer using traditional American brewing methods.

Today, the beer that began as a conversation across two continents is ready for you to enjoy with your own family and friends. Here's to the things that matter most, and here's to great beer!


The team

KEN PRAAY Co-Founder / Marketing & Sales

KEN PRAAY
Co-Founder / Marketing & Sales

MATTHEW PRAAY Co-Founder / Head Brewer

MATTHEW PRAAY
Co-Founder / Head Brewer

KIM PRAAY Community & Events Manager

KIM PRAAY
Community & Events Manager

JACK OBERMAIER Sales Manager

JACK OBERMAIER
Sales Manager

JESS LANGLEY Graphic Designer

JESS LANGLEY
Graphic Designer

DAVE THOMPSON  Lead Brewer

DAVE THOMPSON
 Lead Brewer

CRYSTAL WACK Lead Bartender

CRYSTAL WACK
Lead Bartender

RYE OG Brewery Dog

RYE
OG Brewery Dog

ABBEY Brewery/Guard Dog

ABBEY
Brewery/Guard Dog

WILLOW Brewery/Guard Cat

WILLOW
Brewery/Guard Cat

MILLY Brewery Dog

MILLY
Brewery Dog

BLAZE Brewery Dog in Training

BLAZE
Brewery Dog in Training

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our tap handles

 
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Monument City tap handles are crafted from first growth Douglas Fir cut over one hundred years ago. The wood was originally purposed to construct mash tanks for the Melville Distillery right here in Baltimore around 1910. Starting in the 50's, the vessels were reused to hold vinegar. They were eventually taken off-line as the company transitioned to stainless steel.

The wooden tanks were dismantled and reclaimed by local Baltimore woodturning shop Mark Supik & Co. The lumber had to be removed one plank at a time and air dried to allow the wood to slowly stabilize. The lumber was then hand milled into custom three sided tap handles that were designed by Baltimore-based Orange Element and screen printed by Baltimore Print Studios

Each tap handle is unique and handcrafted, just like our beers. If you'd like to purchase one of these original tap handles, visit our online store here.

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