14th Street corridor
Virginia brewery Aslin plans to bring a family-friendly beer garden to DC’s 14th Street this fall. The auto-themed venue will feature 24 taps, Adirondack chairs, and picnic tables.
2. Pen Druid
Beer snobs go out of their way to sip the wild-fermented beers and ciders from this destination brewery. Its new location near Shenandoah National Park is worth a drive for the stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains alone.
DC’s newest brewery, in a former freight-rail depot, boasts an arts venue for live music and events, arcade games, and beers such as the Equal Marriage dark wheat and the 8 Wards pale ale.
Mount Vernon Square
The Bavarian beer hall serves up steins of German brews (plus schnapps and Jägermeister-spiked cocktails) alongside warm pretzels, poutine, and schnitzel. Dogs are welcome on the picnic-table-decked patio.
5. DC Brau
The District’s first modern-day brewery is celebrating its tenth anniversary. One new addition: an outdoor beer garden with picnic tables and, on weekends, food-truck fare.
The Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s new beer hall/garden at the Roost food hall highlights low-alcohol brews across 50 frequently rotating taps. Pair them with food ranging from sushi to pizza to tacos.
Chef Cathal Armstrong—formerly of Restaurant Eve and Eamonn’s—delivers an upgraded Irish pub where bartenders are trained to pour the perfect Guinness with creamy consistency and foamy head: “106 seconds if you’re doing it properly.” To go alongside: snack-size sausages wrapped in puff pastry.
The chain restaurant and bar opened a new outpost in Arlington last fall with more than 350 beers from 40 countries, plus flights and 40 rotating taps.
This Brooklyn-based transplant, co-owned by Washington natives, made its DC debut last fall. The brewery is famous for its IPAs, which you can sip from a 5,000-square-foot taproom or covered roof deck.
Takoma Beverage Co. owner Chris Brown is transforming the historic Mrs. K’s Toll House restaurant into a drink garden serving beers and wines on tap, alongside orange crushes and boozy popsicles, by late summer. An all-day cafe and fine-dining spot will follow.
This article appears in the August 2021 issue of Washingtonian.