Helmed by renowned Beer Director Greg Engert, this sacred brew house attracts dedicated locals and in-the-know pilgrims. The entire spectrum of beers is founded on the monumental rule of 555: 500 bottles, 50 drafts and 5 casks. If that number doesn't look familiar, it should—the Washington Monument stands 555 feet tall. Study the storied list of beers, from heady stouts to crisp lagers and everything in between. After indulging yourself with a hoppy pint of happiness, consider ChurchKey’s upscale bar food (think: inventive flatbreads) or the world-class eats downstairs at Birch & Barley.
The outdoor biergarten may be 4,000 square feet, but when it comes to the pours, it’s all about the metric system: drink by the .2 liter, half liter or the full liter. Visit this spot if you're a fan of light hefe-weizens, flavor-smacked dunkels or the signature Hofbräu lager. Before deciding on a full stein of beer, however, build up a base with German eats like Bavarian pretzel rolls, goat cheese-infused spätzle and three types of wursts.
Bringing some of his native Belgium to the McPherson Square nabe, chef/owner Robert Wiedmaier delights discerning drinkers with a stable selection of exports. Armed with the most comprehensive Belgian beer roster in DC, Beck boasts nine draft beers and more than 100 varied bottles. Signature lambic and abbey ales satisfy, and not to be forgotten are mussels and frites, which will have you thinking you're on Brussels' Rue des Bouchers.
The mighty pint reigns supreme here, and you can get yours on Sunday nights for only three bucks until the kegs runs dry. That's because, like skillfull surgeons, the libation artisans at Meridian Pint offer triage services for what they call "Beermergency"--the weekly crisis in which the barrells and kegs need to get completely drained to facilitate Monday's line cleaning. This is serious business, and that's why, regardless of your landing in the B.R. or not, this should be a required stop for any serious beer drinker.
Housed on hallowed beer ground, the Bier Baron mirrors its historic predecessor, the Brickskeller, by offering a vast selection of ice-cold options. More than 600 beers from all over the world (and country) dot the menu, making for a deliciously difficult decision at every turn. Stop in the historic space to beat the heat with a frosty brew, and keep the drinks menu close at hand because you’ll be looking to your next international imbibement before you know it.
Forget the beer fiends clamoring over drafts, Red Derby serves beer one way and one way only: in a can. More than 50 beers adorn the menu, from Porkslap Pale Ale to locally brewed DC Brau Citizen to Young’s Double Chocolate Stout. As for the bar, it attracts its fair share of young professionals who are wont to show up, and do so again on Sundays for brunch (and those canned beers). Pair your brew with a view of DC from the expansive rooftop bar.