Craft Beer in Washington, DC


Craft Beer in Washington, DC

You don’t have to look far to find exceptional craft beer in the District. Bars have expanded their draft lines to include a variety of breweries from around the world while also featuring the growing presence of local DC breweries. The unquestioned leader in bringing craft beer to the District is the Neighbourhood Restaurant Group which owns, among others, Churchkey, Birch and Barley, GBD, Rustico, Red Apron, and BlueJacket Brewery. You will find fantastic craft beer on tap at any of these locations.


While the number of beers available is impressive (5 cask ales, 50 drafts, 500 bottles), it’s the quality of the selection and attention to detail that has made ChurchKey the location of choice for those who enjoy craft beer. Temperature controlled draft lines, ideal glassware for every beer, and extremely knowledgeable bartenders are just some of the aspects that set ChurchKey apart. With draft choices from highly regarded breweries such as De Struise Brouwers, Avery Brewing Company, Goose Island, Fullsteam Brewery, and Ballast Point Brewing Company, beer lovers will have a difficult time deciding what to order. Luckily, 4oz pours are available for those who want to taste as many as possible. ChurchKey has already embraced the local breweries, but look for their selection of Blue Jacket beers to eventually increase, as they share the same owners. Arrive early if you want a seat at the bar, as it fills up quickly throughout the week. Address: 1337 14th St NW

Meridian Pint:

Located in Columbia Heights, Meridian Pint focuses on American Craft Beer and offers around twenty-five different drafts at any time. Look for tap takeover events where Meridian Pint features a specific brewery for an evening. Past featured breweries have included Allagash, DC Brau, Schlafly, and Perennial with several rare beers making an appearance. 4oz pours are also available for those trying to taste as many unique beers as possible. Address: 3400 11th St NW

Blue Jacket Brewery:

Michael Babin, Greg Engert, and Megan Parisi went all out when designing Blue Jacket Brewery, located within walking distance of Navy Yard metro. With nineteen fermentation vessels including open and horizontal types, 5,000 annual barrel capacity, and twenty beers available on opening day, Blue Jacket has spared no expense to bring top quality craft beer to the District. Built inside an old boilermaker factory, the brewery is beautiful, with three levels of brew kettles, fermentation tanks, and barrels. With a bar and restaurant within the brewery, visitors are able to try their complete selection through 4oz or full pours. Future plans include collaborations and 750ml bottles to be distributed at the brewery and outside the region. Since opening, new beers continue to roll out with no slow down in sight. Address: 300 Tingey St SE

Right Proper Brewing:

The Shaw neighborhood just east of the U st corridor has experienced a surge in restaurant and bar openings. Right Proper Brewing has gone a step further by establishing a brewpub. Initially opening with four of their own beers and several collaborations, Right Proper has already rolled out additional brews. The glass wall between the fermentation tanks and the bar affords a view of the brewery while drinking the results. Looking for food options as well? The chicken sandwich has already become popular with the kitchen run by Matt Richardson, formerly of 1905. Address: 624 T St NW

Big Hunt:

You are probably doing something right as a bar when your previous beer director goes on to open one of the respected breweries in DC (3 Stars). The Big Hunt could be categorized as a dive bar, but offers 32 beers on tap at their location in Dupont Circle. While you won’t find some of the rarities offered at Churchkey, expect drafts from breweries such as Allagash, Flying Dog, Schlafly, 3 Stars, Atlas, and Bells. Address: 1345 Connecticut Ave NW

The Black Squirrel:

With over 50 draft beers available between three levels, the Black Squirrel offers the Adams Morgan crowd an alternative to cheap jameson shots. The draft list includes breweries such as Stone, Avery, Bells, Goose Island, and Bear Republic. Like many of the other bars on this list, look for special events where a region or brewery is featured. Address: 2427 18th St NW

Galaxy Hut:

Located in Arlington, VA between the Clarendon and Court House metro stations, Galaxy Hut’s small bar is devoted to great beer and tater tots. Choose between 16oz, 9oz, and 4oz pours from a draft list of over 20 beers that is constantly rotating. After ordering from the bar, bring your beer back to one of the flat arcade consoles have been converted into tables. There is a good chance you will run into live music, but check their schedule. Address: 2711 Wilson Blvd

Craft Beer in Washington, DC
Craft Beer in Washington, DC