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Top 9 Breweries in Washington DC

Nestled within the bustling streets of Washington DC lies a craft beer scene that is both diverse and thriving.

people toasting at breweries in Washington DC

Join us on an adventure as we explore the finest breweries in the area, where innovative brewmasters are pushing the boundaries of flavor.

From hoppy IPAs to smooth stouts, these establishments are at the forefront of the craft beer revolution.

Get ready to savor unique brews and immerse yourself in the vibrant beer culture that Washington DC has to offer.

Aslin Beer Company

1740 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 810-4555
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Aslin Beer Company, located near the U Street area and Black Cat theater, is where to get a drink if you want to enjoy an airy beer garden and lots of space.

They also have a wide selection of craft brews, delicious rotating food truck options, and plenty of tables to gather a large group of friends.

It’s the perfect spot to watch a Nationals game or make a stop before heading out for the night.

I recommend the Selfish PRedator because I like double-hopped IPAs, but you can’t go wrong here.

Red Bear Brewing Co

209 M St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 849-6130
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Red Bear Brewing CO is one of the most fun places to get drinks with friends who love beer, cider, wine, or all of the above!

I appreciate this lively brewpub’s industrial-hip digs, delicious chicken tenders, and fun board games.

Located in NoMa near Songbyrd Music House, Red Bear is also conveniently located, making it easy to meet up with your pals.

Plus, it has an LGBT-friendly atmosphere making it one of the most inviting and welcoming breweries in town.

Other Half Brewing Washington DC

1401 Okie St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 747-0050
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Other Half Brewing is a chain brewery, and I love their DC location in Northeast Washington, thanks to its gorgeous, open space.

This dog-friendly brewery also offers a delicious array of sour beers that are tasty! I don’t usually like sours, but I like the ones at Other Half.

Plus, it can be challenging to find parking in DC, but this brewery has its own garage parking, which is such an impressive touch for a bar in DC.

I highly recommend checking this place out!

DC Brau

3178-B Bladensburg Rd NE, Washington, DC 20018
Phone: (202) 621-8890
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DC Brau is one of the most fun places to go out in the summer in DC because of its airy outdoor patio.

Located in a convenient spot near Fort Lincoln Park, I appreciate that this brewery offers free tours and tastings so you can try out various options before settling on your top picks.

I always end up leaving with at least a couple of growlers (as well as some additional stickers for my water bottle and merch)!

Get a flight of beer, a specialty pizza, and lots of laughs at DC Brau. 

Atlas Brew Works Ivy City Brewery & Taproom

2052 West Virginia Ave NE #102, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 832-0420
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Atlas Brew Words Ivy City Brewery & Taproom is seen as one of the best breweries in Washington, DC because it’s a small craft brewery that hasn’t been overcrowded.

I recommend going to this brewery, located near the Glorious Health Club and Art Gallery if you love beer and want to try out some of the most delicious craft brews in town.

There’s so much I want to recommend here, but I’ll start with the Ponzi West Coast IPA, the Home Rule IPA, and the La Saison farmhouse ale.

Right Proper Brewing Company

624 T St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 607-2337
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There are two DC locations for Right Proper Brewing Company, but my favorite is the one by Florida Avenue in Shaw.

I appreciate many aspects of this brewpub, such as the delicious, scrumptious, Southern-influenced food and the cozy yet spacious industrial-chic space.

It’s hard to choose what to get here, but I usually go for cheese curds, the Chick Fillet sandwich, or the pan-seared salmon.

Whatever food item I get, I make sure to select from the guest beer menu to go with my meal.


300 Tingey St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Phone: (202) 524-4862
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Bluejacket is a popular and lively brewery with many windows, creating a bright and inviting space.

Located across the Anacostia River from the Anacostia Park, this microbrewery and restaurant cater to a variety of beer lovers, with many options to choose from.

You can go for IPAs, Dunkel lagers, pilsners, and much more.

Recently, I’ve enjoyed their stouts, vintage beers, and fruit sours more than ever before. Feel free to give them all a try!

Hellbender Brewing Company

5788 2nd St NE, Washington, DC 20011
Phone: (202) 827-8768
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Hellbender is one of the best breweries in town for both European and American-style ales.

The ales are served by big growlers, so it’s important that you come thirsty when you arrive at this bar, located by Legacy Memorial Park.

They have a separate tasting room to really dive into the variations of ales and a delicious food truck posted outside for when your stomach starts to growl.

Plus, I love the variety of board games as well, which is always appreciated at a brewery!

City-State Brewing Co.

705 Edgewood St NE, Washington, DC 20017
Phone: (202) 525-4410
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If you want more than just board games, hit up City-State Brewing Co., located near Bryant Street Dog Park.

This brewery not only has an array of board games but also offers retro arcade games, skeeball, and other “adult-friendly” toys!

I appreciate that it’s both kid-friendly and dog-friendly, meaning you can bring the whole crew along to have a great, entertaining time.

Please drink responsibly, be fully accountable with your alcohol consumption, and show others respect.

Written by Paul Kushner

I have always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. My restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time I turned 17 I was serving tables, and by 19 I was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, I opened my first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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