This Saturday, go on a local brewery crawl


Tour the DC Brau brewery — and sample four beers for free — this Saturday afternoon. (Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)

DC Brau

Open: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Bladensburg Road brewery — the first one in D.C. since 1957 — is opening its doors at 11 a.m. in honor of Labor Day weekend. The excellent On The Wings of Armageddon Imperial IPA is making a special return to the taps, and the 13th Street Meats butchers will be grilling in the parking lot.

Free brewery tours will be offered at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m and will fill up quickly: Last week, there were 75 visitors on the first tour and 60 on the second.

Expect six to eight beers available for growler fills ($10 to $13 per 64-ounce pour). Everyone 21 and over receives four tasting tickets.


The new 3 Stars Brewing Company will fill growlers with its beers — including a new experimental saison — at its Takoma brewery this weekend. (Fritz Hahn/The Post)

Open: 1-4 p.m.

The new kids on the block mark their second week by pouring a test batch of a lime-basil saison. If people like it, says brewery co-founder Dave Coleman, it may become a regular feature. (The Urban Farmhouse Saison was easily the most popular beer going into growlers at the brewery last week.) Tours of the Takoma brewing facility will be offered at 2 and 3:30 p.m.

3 Stars’ tasting and growlers are the most expensive around: It costs $2 for each four-ounce pour from the taps in the tasting room (which doubles as the 3 Stars Homebrew Shop), including the lime-basil brew mentioned above. Growlers of the Urban Farmhouse cost $15 per fill; growlers of the Pandemic Porter and Southern Belle imperial brown ale cost $20.


Chocolate City’s tasting room features its signature clenched-fist tap handles, plus T-shirts and growlers for sale. (Fritz Hahn/The Post)

Open: 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Chocolate City is the smallest of the D.C. breweries – visiting is like checking out your friend’s overstuffed garage – but there are free tastings of whatever beers are on tap, and filling a growler costs $10. The facility really isn’t big enough to warrant tours, per se, but the owners and brewers are on hand to talk about what they’re making.

This week, the Something Stuffed food truck will be parked outside, serving empanadas, burritos and dumplings.

Read more from the Going Out Guide: All local breweries that offer growler fills

Fritz Hahn has covered bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram.

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