Months before he was born, Dorian Brown’s mother had an intense craving for smoked fish. Barbara emigrated from Germany to Baltimore the year prior, and had developed an affinity for the cured seafood during frequent trips to Scandinavia. When she couldn’t find any in Baltimore, she started smoking her own salmon in the backyard. Eventually, she started selling it at the local farmer’s market.
In this week’s byGeorge blog, Neopol Savory Smokery (3210 Grace St) co-owner Dorian Brown how their unconventional beginnings grew into a lifelong family business and outpost in Georgetown, the secret behind their perfectly smoked fish, and why—at age 36—he still feels like a child sometimes.