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When you think of D.C., craft beer isn’t normally the first thing that come to mind. But as some of the once sketchy/terrifying areas of D.C. have begun to rebuild, so has the craft beer scene. Unfortunately, where there is rebuilding and renovation, there is a rise in rent. And due to the expensive property prices, most of the breweries in D.C. are near the Maryland/D.C. and Virginia/D.C. borders and thus are quite a ways from the monuments and museums. Luckily, that hasn’t seemed to stop anyone from getting their hands on some D.C. beer. And with 10 breweries spread throughout the District of Columbia, there is sure to be something for everyone!
1.D.C. Brau– This brewery has a solid line up of IPAs and Pale Ales and is a good place to start and get a feel for the D.C. craft beer scene
2.Atlas Brew Works– This place has some of the best craft beer in D.C. in my honest opinion. And I’m not the only one who thinks so, seeing as how this place can get pretty packed on a Saturday afternoon. With a wide range of beer styles, there is something for everyone
3.Bluejacket– This brewery is perfect for anyone who works near the Navy Yard or is looking to enjoy a good brew before a Nats game. I personally think their sour beers are the best of their lineup. But, be sure to get there early, this place can get pretty packed around happy hour and especially when the Nats are playing
4.Capitol City Brewing Company– The only brewery near the national monuments, this brewery is perfect for anyone who has spent the day walking around the national mall, checking out all of the monuments and museums. And bonus, they give you a free bavarian pretzel with your beer!
5.Hellbender Brewing Company
6.Right Proper Brewing Company
7.3 Stars Brewing Company
9.DC Chophouse and Brewery
1. If you are traveling by yourself, I highly suggest doing a brewery bus tour to help with transportation. Some of the D.C. breweries are very spread out and that can make taking a taxi or Uber expensive. Public transportation, such as the metro can be far from where the brewery is located and buses can take up too much time and can be unreliable during weekends
2. Remain aware and be safe! As I mentioned earlier, while D.C. is becoming safer, not all neighborhoods are gotten there yet, including some of the areas the breweries are located. Don’t drink one to many and start wandering around the neighborhood in hopes of finding a taxi or an Uber, especially at night
3. If you have time, don’t forget to check out some of the breweries in Virginia and Maryland!