Jon Cetrano, Mark Burke, & Sam Costner are the three guys behind Streetcar 82 Brewing Co. We all are graduates of Gallaudet University and each of us left the D.C. area after college. We returned to D.C. at different stages of our career and with an additional thirst for something more. We wanted to create *something* that we could bring and share with the community. Jon and Mark are home brewers and have been brewing and drinking good beer for quite awhile. Sam, however, is a bourbon-lover who has learned the dark arts of brewing beer.
The three of us got together one night and drank our home-brewed beer and like every other cliche microbrewery story we said, "Hey, we can do this professionally." The next morning, however, we really decided to do it. We officially opened two years after that moment in a converted auto garage at 4824 Rhode Island Ave. Hyattsville, MD.
Our brewery takes its name from the 82 Streetcar line which ran from 1888 until its closing on September 7, 1958. This line started at 5th & G St and continued through the neighborhoods of Eckington, Woodridge, Mt. Rainier, Hyattsville, and College Park. The video on the introduction page chronicles the route starting at the intersection of Florida Ave and New York Ave in NE DC and runs through all the neighborhoods listed above. The route follows Rhode Island Ave (Rt. 1) for the majority of the trip. We chose this name because all three of us live on the path this line took through our neighborhoods and we can easily imagine ourselves hopping onto Streetcar 82 and meeting up at our brewery to make and drink craft beer!
Why did we decide Hyattsville, MD? In one word...community. Community is very important to the three of us. We all graduated from Gallaudet University, a tight-knit community which is right down the road from our location. After we graduated, we left to start our careers in different parts of the country. All three of us came back here because of the community support that is unique to this area. We have the support of a large Deaf community, each of our neighborhoods (Eckington, Woodridge, and Hyattsville) has a unique, distinctive identity, and small town feel. We know our neighbors and we can say, "Hello, how is your spouse/family/dog/cat doing?" This is something that we all feel deeply about and want to create a place where people can come together, be neighborly, and enjoy beer.