Valor Brewpub is a Veteran-inspired bar, restaurant and brewery. Located just across the street from Washington’s 8th and I Street Marine Barracks on Barracks Row, Valor makes it a point to employ Veterans, use Veteran-owned products and support Veteran causes, donating 10% each time a Veteran organization or non-profit hosts an event there. Executive Chef Trevor Mahoney puts his local flair on dishes from around the world, influenced by the culinary experiences of military life while Brewmaster and Navy Veteran Greg Maddrey, helms the in-house brewing program.
USN, Corpsman, Retd
Greg Maddrey is a native to Virginia, having grown up in Williamsburg. After serving four years as a Hospital Corpsman in the United States Navy, he relocated to Seattle, WA where he worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. After a few years, he decided to test his homebrewing skills professionally in the vibrant and growing craft beer scene of the Pacific Northwest. He’s never looked back.
Over the past twenty years Greg has brewed for some of the most highly reputable breweries in Seattle, earning medals for his beers in the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival. He has also medaled in the Washington Brewer’s Guild Awards and Virginia Craft Brewer’s Guild Awards, which he feels truly honored to have received because these beers were recognized by peers. After spending two and a half decades on the West Coast, Greg and his wife, Stephanie, decided to move to the East Coast to be closer to family.
Upon hearing of the opportunity at Valor Brewpub and seeing the location, across from the Marine Corps Barracks and the Navy Yard, he was immediately interested. As he says, “as a former Navy Corpsman, to have the opportunity to brew for my Marines is a way of taking care of them off the battlefield, with a different kind of medicine.”
A native to DC, Chef Mark Eason is a culinarian that cooks from his heart and has learned the craft from Brussels, Belgium to Pittsburgh, P.A., to Washington, D.C. where he learned many different styles of cooking and technique.
However, for him, cooking is about family, and the best chefs he learned from were his mother, Inez Eason, and grandmothers Ruby Avery and Nelly Eason- for them cooking was about bringing family and friends together at a table. So, at Valor Brewpub and The Ugly Mug, Chef Eason will continue that tradition and bring that same style of family and togetherness by bringing the cuisines that were taught and gifted to him to create new memories at Valor Brewpub/The Ugly Mug for those from all walks of life, creeds, color, and genders. He wants to bring that amazing down-home cooking and vibe that his family loved, plus the simple yet elegant styles of other culinary creatives and chefs that he learned from- like homemade charcuterie dishes to French and Italian flavors/ingredients.
He also attributes his continuing learning and persistence in the culinary field to Chef Mike Feinberg, an amazing chef who always had his back and taught him what a chef should be, and he is hoping to cook his way into your hearts as he has ours. In addition, he loves all art forms- he’s also a visual artist who shows paintings at different art shows around DC. You can find him on his day off playing tennis, riding a longboard or skateboard as well mountain biking.