Here are a few of our favorite sources:
Run by two D.C. bartenders, 13th Street Meats
’ freshly ground half-smokes and spicy Italian and lemon-basil chicken sausages have become staples at popular bars, including Boundary Stone and Breadsoda. The sausages are available at the DC Brau brewery on the first Saturday of the month and at various festivals and farmers markets. Follow @13thStMeats on Twitter for updates.
Connected to Robert Wiedmaier’s Brabo in Alexandria,
The Butcher’s Block
offers locally sourced meat and freshly baked bread. 1600 King St., Alexandria. 703-894-5253. www.butchersblockrw.com.
While Nathan Anda prepares to open the brick-and-mortar version of his popular Red Apron Butchery in Merrifield this fall, his house-made sausages, hot dogs, beef and pork are being sold at local farmers markets, including the ones on Vermont Avenue NW near the White House on Thursday and at Dupont Circle on Sunday. You also can find Anda’s creations at Planet Wine in Del Ray. For details, visit www.redapronbutchery.com.
, Cathal Armstrong’s Alexandria market and butcher shop, has you covered from whole chickens and everyday cuts of beef and pork to more exotic fare, including antelope, boar and head cheese. 277 S. Washington St., Alexandria. 703-683-3247. www.societyfair.net.
Long a fixture at farmers markets, Jamie Stachowski’s sausages are now available for pickup at his Georgetown store,
Stachowski Market and Deli
. 1425 28th St. NW. 202-506-3125. www.stachowskibrand.com.
The family-owned delicatessen and butcher shop
is one of the area’s premier destinations for gourmet meat and fresh seafood. You also can find such specialty items as imported hams and wild game. 4845 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-363-5698. www.wagshals.com.
What to drink
A 30-pack of mass-produced domestic lager will never go out of style at large tailgates. But your friends will be happier to host if you show up with a couple of growlers, which hold 64 ounces of freshly tapped beer from a local brewery. Most breweries charge between $10 and $15 to fill the glass jugs.
The newest brewery in the Washington area,
3 Stars Brewing Company
, opened its doors in August. Visit on Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. to fill up and sample three beers, including a refreshing Belgian saison. 6400 Chillum Pl. NW. 202-670-0333. www.3stars brewing.com.
The year-old Brookland brewery
Chocolate City Beer
specializes in English-style ales and shows its D.C. pride with the new Little Chair IPA. It’s open from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays. 2801 Eighth St. NE. 202-351-6197. www.chocolatecitybeer.com.
The largest of the Washington-area breweries,
offers as many as eight kinds of beer during its growler hours, from about noon to 4 p.m. every Saturday, as well as six-packs of its three flagship beers. Don’t miss the DC Brau merchandise, which includes T-shirts in Redskins colors. 3178-B Bladensburg Rd. NE. 202-621-8890. www.dcbrau.com.