DowntownDC BID Partners With City-State Brewing Co. on Custom-Crafted, Limited-Edition Beer


A Portion of Proceeds From Sales of Franklin Park No. 9 Saison Will Benefit the DowntownDC Foundation

Washington, D.C. — The DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) has partnered with D.C.’s own City-State Brewing Co. to produce a unique, limited-edition beer: Franklin Park No. 9. The crisp, slightly nutty saison is perfect for late spring and early summer and will be available May 1–July 31 at six downtown bars and restaurants, as well as at the brewery itself, located in Edgewood.

Featuring a label that showcases Franklin Park — DowntownDC’s largest green space and a source of inspiration for the saison (the name refers to the number given to the 4.8-acre parcel in Pierre Charles L’Enfant’s 1791 Plan of the City of Washington) — Franklin Park No. 9 isn’t just a pretty can of refreshing beer, but an opportunity for brew-lovers to be philanthropic: a portion of proceeds from sales of the saison will be donated to the DowntownDC Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit launched in 2019 that supports Franklin Park and additional downtown parks and public spaces, funds neighborhood programming and events, and provides crucial homeless services at the Downtown Day Services Center and throughout the BID area.

“Head downtown this season to try Franklin Park No. 9 and support the important work of the DowntownDC Foundation right here in our own community,” says DowntownDC Foundation Executive Director Rachel Rose Hartman. “Thanks to the creative minds at the DowntownDC BID, the Foundation, and City-State Brewing, we were able to create something fun that supports all of our goals, including spotlighting our strong local restaurant, bar, and hotel industry.”

Stop by any of these locations from May 1 through July 31 to enjoy the custom brew:

Additionally the beer will be available at City-State’s taproom, 705 Edgewood Street NW. The saison is light, crisp, and easy to drink. It’s the perfect refreshment for warm days and nights.

“Franklin Park No. 9 Saison is springtime in a can,” City-State Co-Founder and CEO James Warner says. “It celebrates renewal and revival. Downtown D.C.’s comeback is vital to us and to the entire District, and we are honored that the BID tapped us for this unique project.”

When customers enjoy the beer, they can also help spread the word by posting a picture on social media and tagging City-State (@citystatebrewing), the DowntownDC BID (@downtowndcbid), and the establishment they’re visiting. Stay tuned to the BID’s social media and Digest newsletter for contests and more that will take place over the next three months.

About the DowntownDC BID
The DowntownDC Business Improvement District was founded in 1997 and is a private nonprofit organization that provides capital improvements, resources, and research that keep the BID area clean, safe, economically and environmentally strong, and accessible. The DowntownDC BID is a catalyst, facilitator, and thought leader in diversifying the economy, promoting public-private partnerships, and enhancing the downtown experience for all. DowntownDC encompasses a 138-block area of approximately 520 properties, from Massachusetts Avenue on the north, including the convention center at Mount Vernon Square, to Constitution Avenue on the south, and from Louisiana Avenue on the east to 16th Street on the west.

About the DowntownDC Foundation
The DowntownDC Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) organization that was launched by the DowntownDC Business Improvement District in 2019. Its mission is to serve and celebrate the vibrant and diverse DowntownDC community by providing homeless services, revitalizing parks, and enhancing public spaces and experiences. Visit to learn more and support its work.

About City-State Brewing Co.
City-State Brewing Co. is a craft brewery, taproom, arts venue, and event space that opened in Edgewood in 2021. The D.C. brewery aims to celebrate the history and culture of D.C. and live its values in everything they make and do. Learn more at