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Flight of beers

Breweries to Check Out In & Around Washington, DC

The local craft beer scene is bubbling up, so don’t miss out on Washington, DC’s best breweries and brewpubs.

When you’re looking for a cold one, look beyond the big beer producers and taste something distinctly DC. Frosty, frothy, heady, hoppy, sour – whatever your preference, you can find it at any of these local breweries. Read on to explore the best breweries in and around DC, discover brewery tours and much more.


DC Brau Brewing Company

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DC Brau Brewing Company

Founders Jeff Hancock and Brandon Skall took the DC craft beer game to the top shelf by opening DC’s first packaging brewery since 1956. Brewing and canning in Northeast since 2011 with brews such as The Public (American Pale Ale), The Corruption (a take on Pacific Northwest IPAs) and The Citizen (Belgian Ale), DC Brau is one of the fastest-growing breweries in the U.S. The brewery is open Thursday through Sunday and offers pints and growlers for sale.



Bluejacket Brewery

As the brewing brainchild of Neighborhood Restaurant Group, famed beer director Greg Engert conceptualized Bluejacket to provide beer lovers with an expansive range of lagers and ales. Bluejacket’s impressive list of 20-plus beers and five cask brews (think: sours, saisons, blondes and more) are on full display in the 5,600 square-foot building that once operated as a boilermaker. The offerings there buck the macrobrew trend and are innovative, full-flavored and sometimes the result of collaboration with brewers from around the country.


Right Proper Brewing Company – Shaw Brewpub & Brookland Production House

Right Proper Brewing Company

Located a stone’s throw from the Howard Theatre in the historic Shaw neighborhood, Right Proper's Shaw Brewpub is all about creating a cozy brewpub for locals. Three friends conjured up the brewery/restaurant and they claim to be a brewery first, but you’d be fooled by its food menu, flush with coveted (and affordable) eats. You can wash down a fried chicken sandwich on brioche with suds from any of the rotating in-house taps. And don’t miss out on the group’s Brookland Production House & Tasting Room, which is open Wednesday through Sunday and allows you to bring in your own food. 


Red Bear Brewing Co.

Red Bear brings together a diverse community as the District’s only 100 percent gay-owned brewery. The three founders all met in Seattle before moving to DC, and the Pacific Northwest vibes are on full display from the homebrewed suds to the massive 7,000 square-foot space in NoMa. The industrial chic spot adorned with Edison bulbs and reclaimed wood pours hoppy West Coast IPAs, creative ales and a number of other brews catering to all preferences on a menu with plenty of personality and jokes. The family-friendly brewery (yes, kids are allowed) also features board games, live music and drag shows.


Solace Brewing Company

With selections on taps throughout the city, Solace Brewing has become a DC-area favorite. Beer drinkers can visit the original brewhouse in Sterling, Va., or the outpost locations in Falls Church, Va. and DC’s Navy Yard neighborhood, for a place of, well, solace. The most popular brews include the Lucy Juicy double IPA, Partly Cloudy IPA and 2 Legit 2 Wit Belgian wit.


Lost Generation

Like the name suggests, Lost Generation pays homage to the hub of artists from the 20s and 30s and invites the modern-day community to come together over a cold one. Owners Jared Pulliam and Anne Choe, husband and wife duo, have created a space, and beer, with love and intention for anyone and everyone. Set in a 120-year old factory near Ivy City, the brewery offers a variety of lagers and IPAs, features food trucks (outside food is also permitted) and partners with local charities and artists.


City-State Brewing

Beyond being a craft brewery, taproom, arts venue and event space, City-State honors DC through its brews. Enjoy the 8 Wards IPA, Lost Laws pilsner, Featherduster hazy IPA, Kingman extra stout and Equal Marriage blonde and dark wheats to get a taste of the District's history and culture on tap.


Hellbender Brewing Company

The story of Hellbender is a story about two home brewers who could. Co-founder Patrick Mullane, a former Hill politico, and head brewer Ben Evans, a neuroscience geek, teamed up to take their side alley brewing project mainstream. Hellbender focuses on environmentally friendly pours. Its flagship beers include the German-style Bare Bones Kolsch, the citrus-y Ignite IPA and the floral Red Line Ale. Follow Hellbender's Twitter and Instagram for the local food truck line-up (outside food is also permitted) and more information.


Capitol City Brewing Company

Capitol City hopped into the DC scene as the first brewpub out of the Prohibition. Since then, the downtown location has become a favorite neighborhood sports bar serving up regional food and award-winning craft beer. Try the Capitol Kölsch, a German-style lager-like ale, or Amber Waves, a red-tinted American amber ale.


Valor Brewpub

Raise a pint, have a bite and contribute to a good cause at veteran-owned Valor Brewpub. Located across from the Marine Barracks, the brewpub champions veteran causes, employing vets and supporting veteran businesses and charities. Fill up on hearty pub classics, stuffed pretzels, smash burgers and, of course, the in-house lagers and IPAs.


Atlas Brew Works

Justin Cox and Will Durgin met at Vanderbilt University as two thirsty engineering scholars with a discerning taste for beer. Years later, the duo formed Atlas Brew Works to bring beer back to the neighborhood. They’ve succeeded with their popular growlers to-go set-up and an ever-changing stable of boutique brews you’ll find nowhere else.


Port City Brewing Company

Operating just outside of DC, Port City Brewery was the first production brewery to open in Alexandria, Va. The brewery tapped its first keg in 2011 and has been busy reviving the DC area’s craft brew scene and peppering its trophy case with top medals (including a 2024 World Beer Cup gold medal for its Optimal Wit). Growlers are at the ready – buy one there or bring your own to fill up with your favorite Port City brew.


Take a DC Brew Tour

We’ve given you the lay of the land, but one of the best ways to get around to many of the breweries in one day is if you book a City Brew Tour. Taste as many as 16 beers at four breweries in five hours, all while being shuttled around the city. The experience comes complete with a food pairing and easy pick-up and drop-off. The DC Original Brew Tour is currently offered Friday through Sunday. Note: wear closed-toe shoes, not sandals.

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