Sehkraft Brewing opened November 2015 in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington, VA, a vision of CEO Devin Hicks. “Our goal is to perpetuate the appreciation of craft beer. We have created an artfully eclectic environment where our guests can also enjoy quality food and live music.” The new enterprise is owned by the Hicks family who run the sister operation, the well-established beer destination, Westover Market Beer Garden and Haus.
The name “Sehkraft” means “vision,” or “eyesight” in German. Sehkraft Brewing seeks to bring about the vision of what the craft beer movement is all about. The 9,000 square foot brewpub houses a 10-barrel brewhouse, a 200+ seat indoor restaurant offering hearty family fare, a 100+ seat beer garden, a retail butcher and cheese shop and a stage featuring a variety of performing artists.
At Sehkraft Brewing, other brewers are not adversaries, they are accomplices, united to give craft beer the exposure it so richly deserves. In addition to five in-house brews, General Manager Joe Turner says, “We feature thirty guest beers. Many taps are dedicated to local breweries from Virginia, Maryland and DC.”
Also part of the brewpub is a retail butcher and cheese shop. The Butcher Shop & Market, led by Head Butcher Bryan Bennett, sources local and regional meats with Cheesemonger Paul Miller’s selection of local and artisanal cheeses, produce, farm fresh milk, eggs and other quality food items.