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Guide to Washington, DC: Local Breweries

You can watch beer get made at one of these local breweries.

Until 1956, Washingtonians drank “sparkling malt liquor” from the Olde Heurich Brewery, on the site where the Kennedy Center stands today. Its closure led to 55 years without a standalone brewery inside District lines. Then in 2011, three beermakers joined local brewpubs Mad Fox and Capitol City Brewing amid a newfound interest in all things local and small-batch. With more in the works—including 3 Stars Brewing, debuting this spring—the city is fast becoming a hotbed of cold beers.

Chocolate City Beer
This Brookland brewery (2801 Eighth St., NE; chocolatecitybeer.com) fills growlers of its Cornerstone Copper Ale and Cerveza Nacional Dark Vienna Lager every Saturday from 12:30 to 4:30, and its brews are frequently on tap at the ­Logan Circle beer haven ChurchKey (1337 14th St., NW; 202-567-2576; churchkeydc.com).

DC Brau Brewing Company
Try one of the three year-round beers at this brewery (3178-B Bladensburg Rd., NE; 202-621-8890; dcbrau.com) is open most Saturdays from 1 to 4 with tours on the half hour; Brau beers are available at Meridian Pint in Columbia Heights (3400 11th St., NW; 202-588-1075; meridianpint.com), too.

Port City Brewing Company
Sample three beers Wednesday through Sunday at this Alexandria brewery (3950 Wheeler Ave.; 703-797-2739; portcitybrewing.com). Guided tours ($7) happen Friday at 6:30, Saturday hourly between 1 and 4, and Sunday at 2. The brews are also mainstays at Columbia Firehouse in nearby Old Town (109 S. St. Asaph St.; 703-683-1776; columbia­firehouse.com).


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