The Best Breweries in the Washington DC Area

by McEnearney on August 14, 2018

Beer lovers rejoice! August 19-26 is the District’s celebration of the region’s craft beer brewmasters and enthusiasts. This year, check out the new Lager fest from local breweries (August 19th at City Winery). Grab a special collaboration beer release, the Solidarity Pilsner from Atlas, and if you homebrew, check out this competition to replicate the recipe (August 22nd at Right Proper Brookland). The full calendar of events is here. Join on social media with #DCBW2018.

Additionally, Virginia devotes the entire month of August to craft brews in respect to its growing industry. That’s dedication! Join on social media with #VAcraftbeer and #LOVEVA for a chance to win prizes.

With so many excellent regional craft breweries in the Washington, D.C. area, it’s easy to celebrate with good friends at a favorite or new brewery, brewpub or bar. Check out our list of great local breweries—and then hop to it!

Note: Please check each website for individual hours as they may vary.

 

 

 


Right Proper banner

Washington, D.C.

 

RIGHT PROPER BREWING COMPANY
Brookland, NE Production House and Tasting Room | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter
Tours Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. (Reservations not required). Offers flights, glasses, or growlers fills. Does not serve food–outside food allowed. Food trucks/vendors on Saturdays.

Shaw BrewPub and Kitchen 
Southern-inspired American fare. Reservations not accepted.

 

3 STARS BREWING COMPANY
Takoma, NE | Facebook | Instagram
Tours Saturdays at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Offers tastings, growler fills, and a homebrew shop.

 

HELLBENDER BREWING COMPANY
North Fort Totten, NE | Facebook | Instagram
Tours Saturdays at 3 p.m., 5 p.m. Does not serve food–outside food allowed. Food trucks/vendors on most Saturdays.

 

ATLAS BREW WORKS
Ivy City, NE | Facebook | Instagram
Tours Saturdays at 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. Kid- and dog-friendly. No reservations on Saturdays after 2 p.m. Does not serve food–outside food allowed. Food trucks/vendors on most days.

 

DC BRAU
East of Brookland, NE | Facebook | Instagram
“Washington DC’s First Packaging Brewery Since 1956.” Trivia Thursdays and Half Priced Pints Fridays. Tours offered Saturdays between 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. Kid friendly. Does not serve food–outside food allowed. Food trucks/vendors on Saturdays.

 

BLUEJACKET BREWERY / ARSENAL RESTAURANT
Navy Yard, SE | Facebook | Instagram
Brewery on site. Restaurant has dinner time hours, lunch during weekdays, and brunch on Sundays. Growler fills not available.

 


Denizens banner

Maryland

 

DENIZENS BREWING COMPANY
Silver Spring | Facebook | Instagram
Dog-friendly beer garden. Happy hour Tuesdays through Friday, and all day Mondays. Sells food on site. Does not take reservations, but seating space for 400 guests. Children allowed, with exception that the outside seating is 21+ only Fridays and Saturday nights after 8 pm.

 

7 LOCKS BREWING
Rockville | Facebook | Instagram
Flights, pints, or growler fills. Happy hour all day Wednesday, trivia Thursday, live music some Saturdays. Dog-friendly on Sundays only. Outside food not allowed, but see food truck schedule on website.

 

FLYING DOG BREWERY
Frederick | Facebook | Instagram
Tours offered Thursday through Sunday by reservation only. Offers growler and crowler fills. No one under the age of 21 is permitted. A state driver’s license is required.

 

MONOCACY BREWING
Frederick | Facebook | Instagram
Sells pints, select bottled beer, and growler and crowler fills. Tours offered Saturdays at 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., and 3:15 p.m.

 

STREETCAR 82 BREWING
Hyattsville | Facebook | Instagram
New with limited hours – check Facebook for weekly hours.

 

FRANKLIN’S RESTAURANT, BREWERY AND GENERAL STORE
Hyattsville | Facebook | Twitter
Tastings, pints, and select bottles sold on site. Effort will be made to accommodate tours scheduled in advance. Keg rentals also available.

 


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Virginia

 

PORT CITY BREWING COMPANY
Alexandria | Facebook | Instagram
Tasters, flights, pints, growlers, six-packs, cases and kegs sold on site. Tours Thursdays and Fridays at 6:30 p.m., Saturdays at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., and Sundays at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (private bookings available). Check the website for robust event lineup.

 

HERITAGE BREWING COMPANY
Manassas HQ Tasting Room  Facebook | Instagram
Taste beer and coffee roasted on site. BBQ truck on Saturdays during warm months.

Arlington Brewpub and Roastery (Clarendon) | Menus
Serving select beers, coffee, and locally sourced food in a “casual rustic American setting.”

 

AUDACIOUS ALEWORKS
Falls Church | Facebook | Instagram
Tasting and pints. Games in taproom.

 

MAD FOX BREWING COMPANY
Falls Church | Menu |  Facebook | Instagram
Flights, pints, and growler fills available. Brewpub with full service restaurant. Also serves weekend brunch. Half off growler fills Tuesdays.

 

CABOOSE BREWING COMPANY
Vienna | Facebook | Instagram
Tours available, keg available for purchase. Also a full-service restaurant serving locally sourced and humanely raised food. Reservations highly recommended for dining. Limited brewery seating. Outdoor patio available, dog-friendly.
Location in Fairfax is coming soon!

 

CHUBBY SQUIRREL
Fairfax | Facebook | Instagram
Taster, pints and some food available. Also serves beers, wines, ciders, and meads from around the region.

 

OCELOT BREWING COMPANY
Sterling | Facebook | Instagram
Tastings, pints, growler fills, some bottles, and kegs. Reservations accepted Sunday through Thursday (not Friday and Saturday). Informal tours available when requested. Outside food allowed and occasional food trucks. Children welcome. Dogs allowed outside.

 

ASLIN BEER CO.
Herndon | Facebook | Instagram
Not available for on-site consumption: take away only. Releases 2-4 beers per week and rotating favorites every 6-8 weeks. Can releases begin at Thursdays starting at 3 p.m. and Saturdays starting at 11 a.m. Growler/crowler fills Friday through Sunday during posted hours only.

 

VANISH FARMWOODS BREWERY
Leesburg | Facebook | Instagram
Ingredients locally sourced. Also serves wine, cider, fresh sangria and wine slushies. Children welcome (there’s a playground!). Dogs allowed in some areas. BBQ smoked on site Saturday and Sunday. Wood-fired pizza available Thursday through Sunday. Burger and Mexican food trucks.

 

CROOKED RUN BREWERY
Facebook | Instagram
Leesburg location: At least one can release every Friday at 11:30 a.m. Small amount of food offered, outside food allowed. Dogs allowed on patio. |
Sterling location: Taqueria on site. Dogs allowed on patio. Weekend live music.

 

DRAGON HOPS
Purcellville | Facebook | Instagram
Local sourced hops in Loudoun County. Happy hours offer specials on food, drink and growler fills. Some in-house and local food truck food available.

 

BREW REPUBLIC BIERWORKS
Woodbridge | Facebook | Instagram
Tastings, pints, and some bottled varieties, growler fills, and kegs to go. Tours Saturdays at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Small plate food selection. Happy hour specials and robust event calendar: trivia, tacos, bingo, karaoke, open mic, yoga, game day television viewing, and more to come.  

 


If one week dedicated to beer in D.C. is not enough, check out these websites for local Virginia and Maryland beer festivals. Also consider making a special trip to explore Loudoun County’s LoCo Ale Trail, featuring more than 23 craft breweries.
Plus, at the rate summer is slipping by, Oktoberfest will be here before you know it!

 

 


Photos (in order of appearance) courtesy of Adobe Stock, Right Proper Brewing Company Facebook, Denizens Brewing Company Facebook, and Port City Brewing Company Facebook


 

 

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