Looking for a great beer in the Washington, DC area? The capital region has a variety of pubs and breweries that offer an extensive selection of beers. Check out these microbreweries, beer gardens, bars, and restaurants with a huge selection of local and international beers.
DC's own 3 Stars Brewing Company has released 40 brews, including popular options like "Above the Clouds" farmhouse pale ale and a peppercorn saison. The brewery's "Urban Farmhouse" tasting room serves up tastings and growler fills. On Saturdays, there are tours on the hour at 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m., and food trucks pull into the brewery's parking lot to make it even more of a party.
The 100% solar-powered brewery produces artisanal beer in 20 barrel batches, and you can visit Atlas Brew Works for a tour, tasting, or a growler to go. The Tap Room is free to visit, with no reservations required. The dog-friendly Tap Room is open every day, and local food trucks stop by often. Tours of the brewery are offered on Saturdays at noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m.
Bardo Brewpub made the move from Trinidad to the Navy Yard neighborhood in 2017. The local brewery and beer garden is now located next to Nationals Park baseball stadium, serving Belgian IPA, pale ale, sour beer, and much more. The sprawling riverfront space includes 750 outdoor seats and an off-leash dog park.
In the Navy Yard neighborhood, Bluejacket brewery occupies a soaring industrial space that was once home to a converted boiler plant. There's 5,600 square feet of brewing space over three levels, two barrel rooms with capacity for over 60 barrels, and 20 original Bluejacket ales and lagers are on tap daily.
This Logan Circle bar is truly a beer geek's dream. Since it opened in 2009, Churchkey quickly established itself as a place to learn about all things craft beer. The upstairs bar boasts a collection of 555 beer labels. Churchkey's Beer Director Greg Engert is also the mind behind Bluejacket brewery.
City Tap House
This restaurant and bar near Chinatown and Penn Quarter offers a wide selection of craft beer, and a menu featuring brick oven pizzas and American fare. Enjoy late night dining options, acoustic music at the bar, and seasonal outside dining. It's a popular place to watch Caps and Wizards games too.
Shaw's Dacha Beer Garden is a beloved go-to for Washingtonians looking for an open-air drinking spot. Try German, Belgian, and American craft beers here, with food options inspired by traditional Bavarian beer gardens. You won't be able to miss Dacha either: just look for the 40-foot tall mural of Liz Taylor.
DC Brau Brewing Company tapped its first keg of beer in 2011, and today, you'll find DC Brau's pale ales and other silver cans all over town. The brewery's tasting room is open every day for growler fills and on site consumption. There are also tours on Saturdays, trivia events on Tuesdays, and half-priced pints on Friday.
The craft brewery with a two-level taproom and 10 rotating taps is located near the Silver Spring Metro station. Denizens Brewing Company's five flagship beers include traditional lager, ale, and Belgian styles, but there are rotating seasonal selections too. There's a 200-seat, dog-friendly outdoor beer garden that occasionally hosts events like yoga classes — or for another activity, you could take a tour of the space.
Heavy Seas Alehouse's Rosslyn outpost is the brewery's second location, branching out from the original Baltimore flagship. The restaurant focuses on craft beer and a menu featuring fresh and seasonal ingredients that are sourced locally whenever possible. Think hearty pub fare here, from burgers to "Peg Leg Fish and Chips."
This craft brewery in an industrial area of Alexandria produces craft beers that can be found all over D.C. and the Mid-Atlantic market. The brewery is known for its award-winning Optimal Wit, a Belgian-style white ale. The tasting room offers tours daily for $12, which includes six tasters of what's on tap.
Inspired by traditional German biergartens, this tavern in Dupont Circle offers plenty of beers on tap and a variety of local and European craft beers in both cans and bottles. The German beer hall's menu includes Bavarian-style pretzels, bratwursts, and frankfurters. It also features live entertainment and open mic nights.
A giant panda mural that looks straight out of a comic book is right at home at Right Proper Brewing Company's quirky Shaw Brewpub & Kitchen. The brewery and restaurant pairs beer with Southern comfort food. This isn't the only location for Right Proper: you can also hang out in the industrial Brookland Tasting Room & Production House.
In spring 2018, the beer-focused chain Yard House opened up a huge restaurant in DC's Chinatown neighborhood. The bar and restaurant boasts 110 taps with a state-of-the-art system to transport beer from upstairs down to the lower-level bar. There's a large private dining space upstairs too, and over 100 American-style dishes on Yard House's menu.
This German beer hall in the H Street NE neighborhood near Union Station packs in Washingtonians for pretzels, sausage, and liters of beer. There's room for more than 400 drinkers in the huge outdoor beer garden, which includes three bars and a roof deck. This is the place to be for Oktoberfest, obviously.