Food

16 Dog-Friendly Breweries Around DC

Jailbreak Brewery is spacious enough for large groups and their dogs. All photographs by Scott Suchman.

Adroit Theory Brewing Company

404 Browning Ct., Purcellville; 703-722-3144

The sleek, industrial tasting room is home to Greg Skotzko’s numerous and frequently rotating creations, most of which are high-alcohol, experimental styles with unusual recipes. Check out the barrel-aged brews and the hot sauce made with beer. The brewery is around the corner from the end of the W&OD bike trail.

Don’t miss: Persona Non Grata Imperial Saison; B/A/Y/S Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout.

Where to find it: The brewery’s online store; grocery and liquor stores, bars, and restaurants in Virginia and Maryland.

Aslin Beer Company

257 Sunset Park Dr., Herndon; 703-787-5766

A cardboard robot overlooks this small-batch brewery’s lively, if cramped, tasting room, a half block off the W&OD bike trail. Ten taps rotate frequently and can run dry by week’s end. The place is known for using fruit in many of its beers, including in some of its New England–style IPAs. Acoustic acts play most Fridays.

Don’t miss: Berliner Weisse with passionfruit; Master of Karate Imperial IPA.

Where to find it: Brewery only.

Atlas Brew Works

2052 West Virginia Ave., NE; 202-832-0420

Six-packs of year-round offerings such as District Common are widely available, but visit this eco-friendly brewery’s spacious taproom—open daily—for 16 beers, including Dan Vilarrubi’s small-batch barrel beers and experimental brews. A bonus on the third Sunday of every month: open bluegrass jam sessions.

Don’t miss: Rowdy Rye; NSFW Imperial Black IPA.

Where to find it: Grocery and liquor stores, bars, and restaurants in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

DC's Bluejacket brewery. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
DC’s Bluejacket brewery.

Bluejacket

300 Tingey St., SE; 202-524-4862

A brick-and-glass building once used to manufacture ship parts is home to this Neighborhood Restaurant Group–owned brewhouse, bottle shop, restaurant, and bar featuring 20 taps—including barrel-fermented sours exposed to airborne yeast—and five casks of wide-ranging creations.

Don’t miss: Forbidden Planet Dry-Hopped Kölsch; Mexican Radio Spiced Sweet Stout.

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Where to find it: Brewery only.

Caboose Brewing Company

520 Mill St., NE, Vienna; 703-865-8580

The rustic-cool space is a convenient stop on the W&OD bike trail. Offerings include up to 12 rotating, easy-drinking beers, six wines, and at least one cider on tap, plus a pub menu of small plates made with ingredients from local farmers and foragers.

Don’t miss: Wasser Bohemian Pilsner; Half-Wit.

Where to find it: Restaurants and bars in DC and Virginia.

Capitol City Brewing Company

4001 Campbell Ave., Arlington, 703-578-3888 (brewpub); 1100 New York Ave., NW, 202-628-2222 (restaurant)

These large restaurants and sports bars are filled with as many folks looking for a place to watch a game as hunting for a local beer. Shirlington’s large patio, two blocks from the Four Mile Run bike trail, is a great spot to people (and dog) watch while sampling Kristi Mathews Griner’s mild, balanced brews. If you’re heading to the DC location, leave the pup at home.

Don’t miss: English Summer Ale; Amber Waves.

Where to find it: Brewery only.

Crooked Run Brewing

205 Harrison St., SE, Leesburg; 571-918-4446

The wide variety of brews in this quaint space in downtown Lees-burg, off the W&OD trail, includes interesting hybrid styles and some unusual beer ingredients (cucumber and mint; cherry and cayenne). Seating in the cozy interior and on the small patio is limited, and there are no reservations, but you can visit the tasting room five days a week. Don’t forget to say hi to brewery dogs Teddy and Logan.

Don’t miss: Supernatural Hibiscus Saison; Biscotti Stout.

Where to find it: Sporadically in liquor stores, restaurants, and bars in Virginia.

Denizens Brewing Company

1115 East-West Hwy., Silver Spring; 301-557-9818

There are three separate spaces—an upstairs taproom, a downstairs lounge, and a 200-seat beer garden—to enjoy Jeff Ramirez’s tasty beers. Hoppy seasonal brews and darker barrel-aged beers are standouts that work well with the seasonal, shareable dishes. Deejays spin every weekend, and bands play several times a month.

Don’t miss: Whodunnit? Sour Red Saison; Born Bohemian Czech-Style Pilsner.

Where to find it: Grocery and liquor stores, restaurants, and bars in DC and Maryland.

Fair Winds Brewing Company

7000 Newington Rd., Lorton; 703-372-2001

This nautical-theme production brewery—known for its excellent IPAs—has a spacious tasting room with up to a dozen taps. Thursday, there’s an all-night happy hour and trivia. Brewery tours are the first Saturday of each month.

Don’t miss: Siren’s Lure Hoppy Saison; Howling Gale IPA.

Where to find it: Liquor stores, bars, and restaurants in DC and Virginia.

Jailbreak has space for big groups (and big dogs!). Photograph by Scott Suchman.
Jailbreak has space for big groups (and big dogs!).

Jailbreak Brewing Company

9445 Washington Blvd. N., Laurel; 443-345-9699

The modern concrete-and-wood taproom has a U-shaped bar with an expansive view of the brewhouse. There’s plenty of room for small and large groups, who park at tables or couches to watch sports and drink from up to 12 beers on tap, some made with such ingredients as basil, carrots, or honeydew.

Don’t miss: Dusk ’Till Dawn Imperial Espresso Stout; Van Dammit Belgian-Style Dark Ale.

Where to find it: Grocery and liquor stores, bars, and restaurants in Maryland, Virginia, and DC.

Mad Fox Brewing Company

444 W. Broad St., Falls Church, 703-942-6840 (brewpub); 2218 Wisconsin Ave., NW, 202-791-0389 (taproom)

Bill Madden’s cask-conditioned ales and juicy IPAs are highlights at both locations, which also offer comforting pub fare. Falls Church’s patio, two blocks from the W&OD bike trail, hosts dog-friendly happy hours (and half-price growler nights) on Tuesday. The Glover Park taproom features guest beers and ciders from regional producers.

Don’t miss: Kellerbier Kölsch; Orange Whip IPA.

Where to find it: Restaurants and bars in DC and Virginia.

Ocelot Brewing Company

23600 Overland Dr., Sterling; 703-665-2146

A deck and a spacious tasting room are equally enjoyable spaces to sample this production brewery’s vast offerings, like Mike McCarthy’s wildly popular IPAs. Beers rotate often, as the makers intentionally brew small batches—and make the same beer only twice a year.

Don’t miss: Two Lost Souls IPA; My Only Friend Imperial Stout.

Where to find it: Restaurants and bars in DC and Virginia.

Old Bust Head Brewing Company

7134 Farm Station Rd., Warrenton; 540-347-4777

The tasting hall and production brewery, in warehouses formerly used as secret military listening posts, pour 11 year-round beers and nine seasonal and limited releases. Events run from the expected (cornhole tournaments and yoga) to the offbeat (a petting zoo with baby animals), and bands play every Saturday night. Brewmaster Charles Kling sometimes leads bike rides from the brewery.

Don’t miss: Covert h’Ops Black IPA; Caramel Macchiato Stout.

Where to find it: Grocery and liquor stores, bars, and restaurants in DC and Virginia.

Right Proper Brewing Company

624 T St., NW, 202-607-2337 (brewpub); 920 Girard St., NE, 202-526-5904 (production house)

Known for historically inspired beers, Nathan Zeender is one of the few locals making foeder beer—aged in wine casks inoculated with a culture of wild yeast and bacteria. Only the brewpub has a kitchen and dog-friendly patio, and only the Brookland production house has a bathroom piano—and is a block off the Metropolitan Branch bike trail.

Don’t miss: Ornithology Grisette; Häxan Robust Porter.

Where to find it: Bars and restaurants in DC and Maryland.

Photograph by Scott Suchman.
You can bring your dog to Vanish’s brewery and hop farm in Leesburg, Virginia. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Vanish

42264 Leelynn Farm La., Leesburg; 703-779-7407

Jonathan Staples’s 52-acre estate includes a hop farm and processing facility plus a large production brewery and tasting space. The covered patio is a lovely place to watch the sun set while sampling up to 20 beers on tap. Friday through Sunday, the kitchen serves a barbecue menu by Bryan Voltaggio.

Don’t miss: Double IPA; Citra Weiss.

Where to find it: Brewery only.

Waredaca Brewing Company

4017 Damascus Rd., Laytonsville; 301-774-2337

On a working horse farm at the former site of the Washington Recreation Day Camp (hence the name—Wa-Re-Da-Ca), this farm brewery is a terrific place to while away a sunny afternoon. Sample seven on-tap beers at picnic tables overlooking a lake and surrounding trails. Acoustic acts play every other Saturday night.

Don’t miss: White Flag Belgian Wit; Reveille Coffee Stout.

Where to find it: Bars, restaurants, and farmers markets in Maryland.

This article appears in our August 2016 issue of Washingtonian.