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DC Beer - Is Here

The Washington DC area offers many places that cater to lovers of great craft beer; here are some:

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  • Updated 01/05/2012
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Named after the many motorcycles that decorate this quirky bar, Iron Horse serves 20 drafts in a two floor venue, with the dark and cavernous downstairs bar serving as a game room (with fees.) This place has probably one of the best Happy Hours in the area besides. A great place to grab some craft beer should RFD not appeal to you.


With 50 beers on tap (including five casks) and over 500 beers in bottles, Churchkey DC is a "World Class" Beer Bar and a MUST destination for any and all beer lovers.


Located in the wilds of Falls Church, the Mad Fox is a stylish brewpub offering the excellent beers of local brewing legend Bill Madden. Nuff said.


The long-awaited sibling of Rustico Alexandria is a classy beer bar-lounge with sleek decor, comfy chairs (No, not the comfy chair!), decent menu and a balanced beer menu of 40 taps. This is not surprising as Rustico is owned by the same folks who gave us the world class Churchkey.


One of America's most exalted regional brewers, Dogfish Head makes many excellent, if not unique, types of beer. The Alehouse carries most of them along with some tasty pub grub. There are other locations in Northern Virginia, as well.


The Brickskeller's little "sister,"R.F.D. currently offers the largest selection of draft beer in the city - at least until the new Rustico bar opens. The service can be spotty and the atmosphere is similar to an airport sports bar, but ....?


Just south of Dupont Circle, here one finds your usual dive bar, dark and foreboding, complete with dirty bathrooms and surly bartender. Just one thing that makes the Big Hunt worth the trip: an excellent draft list; and beer s what it's all about.


The older sister to Birreria Paradiso, this location offers a smaller, but equally select, draft list along with a wide variety of bottled beer. While somewhat smaller than the Georgetown location, this one is just as atmospheric.


Since I live about a 10-minute walk from here. Growler's is pretty much my regular hangout; it is also Montgomery County's only brewpub - and located opposite the Gaithersburg MARC Station. Ecclectic menu meet craft beer.


An bizarre minimalist setting houses a superlative selection of draft craft and bottle beer. Owned by the folks that brought you Churchkey (No. 1) They now have a location on Wilson Boulevard (near the Ballston Metro) that offers 40+ taps.

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