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Breweries that offer beer to go

Fritz Hahn  |  Updated 11/26/2014

Growlers have long been a fixture at brewpubs, which almost never commercially release beers outside their own bars. But you can also go to most local breweries and get fresh beer from a tap for far less than you're paying for a pint at local pubs. Here's a quick guide to filling growlers on the burgeoning local brewery scene.


3 Stars Brewing Company

Washington, DC

Tastings and growler fills are offered from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays, 4 to 8 p.m. on Fridays, 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Tours are offered on Saturdays only. Growler fills cost $15 to $20, depending on the beer; a 3 Stars growler is an extra $5. Food trucks provide snacks during growler hours on Saturdays.


Atlas Brew Works

Washington, DC

Buy growlers, have a pint or sample a flight of Atlas beers in the tasting room from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, or 1 to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tours are offered at 2, 4 and 6 p.m. on Saturday.


Chocolate City Beer

Washington, DC

The brewery is open Saturdays from 12:30 to 4 p.m. for growler fills ($16, or $10 if you bring your own growler) and hourly tours.


Corcoran Brewing Company

Waterford, VA

Corcoran Brewing Company opens its tasting room for tastings and growler fills from 3 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, noon to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.


DC Brau Brewery

Washington, DC

The pioneering D.C. brewery is open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, with tours at 2, 3 and 4 p.m.. If you're over 21, you can sample all of the beers on tap -- usually three or four -- to decide which you want to bring home. Buying a growler and getting it filled costs $16; the price is usually $10 per fill if you bring your own. There's frequently a line to get in. While you're waiting, look for eats from food trucks or other local vendors like 13th Street Meats or Dangerously Delicious Pies.


Flying Dog Brewery

Frederick, MD

Stop to get a growler filled between 4 and 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, or noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday. You can also purchase a growler fill after the brewery tours on Thursday or Friday (on the half-hour between 4:30 and 6 p.m.) or Saturday (offered between 12:30 and 4 p.m.). Don't miss the gift shop, which sells everything from growlers to socks to dog collars with bottle openers.


Hellbender Brewing Company

Washington, DC

Washington's newest brewery, which opened in November 2014, is open from 5 to 8 on Thursday and Friday and from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Tours are offered at the bottom of the hour on Saturday. Expect to pay $13 for most growler fills.


Lost Rhino Brewing Company

Ashburn, VA

Run by brewers from the Old Dominion Brewing Company, Lost Rhino's tasting room, which boasts its own kitchen, is open from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. There are usually a dozen beers to choose from on tap, and tours are offered hourly between 1 and 5 p.m. on Saturday. Live music is offered on Friday and Saturday nights.


Port City Brewing Company

Alexandria, VA

Port City is a rarity: A production brewery open daily for growler fills and pints in the Tasting Room. Stop by between 4 and 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 3 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tours of the large production brewery, led by Port City owner Bill Butcher or one of his brewers, are offered at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, hourly between 1 and 6 on Saturday, and at 2 and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tours take about 20 minutes, and cost $10, which includes a tasting of the current draft selection.


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