The best place to drink beer is obviously at a brewery. The ales and lagers are far fresher than at your local bar, and if you fall in love with a new IPA, for example, someone on site can tell you all about the malt and hops that provide its flavor. Washington's brewing scene is more crowded than ever, and an increasing number of breweries are acting like bars, offering happy hours and events to lure more patrons into their taprooms. Check out these 10 brewery and brewpub happy hours and you won't have to pay full price for your beer all week.
All pints are $4 in Hellbender Brewing's tasting room from noon to 6 p.m., including both flagships and rarities.
Denizens Brewing has happy hour all day in its bar and beer garden, which means all house beers are $5.
Lost Rhino Retreat, the Brambleton restaurant offshoot of Ashburn's Lost Rhino Brewing, offers half-price growler fills from 4 to 10 p.m. A selection of pints, including Face Plant IPA and Rhino Chasers Pilsner, are $2 off between 4 and 7 p.m.
Mad Fox Brewing Company in Falls Church fills all growlers for half-price from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (All drafts are $2 off between 3 and 7 p.m. if you need to taste a beer before you take it home.)
3 Stars Brewing usually charges $5 per pour in its Urban Farmhouse tasting room, but all beers are half-price from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday.
Right Proper's sparkling new Brookland production facility recently changed its hours, deciding to close on Monday and Tuesday. Happily, they're keeping the happy hour: Pints are $4 and growler fills are $10 between 5 and 9 p.m.
Need another reason to visit the brand new Atlas Brew Works tasting room or the sidewalk beer garden? All growler fills are half-price on Wednesdays between 4 and 10 p.m.
Fair Winds Brewing pairs an all-night happy hour (all beers are $4) and with a trivia contest each Thursday. Doors are open from 4 to 9 p.m.; trivia begins at 6:30.
Pints in the DC Brau tasting room are usually $5. But on Fridays, from 3 to 11 p.m., all draft beers are half-price.
The underrated Franklins in Hyattsville has a daily happy hour that knocks $1 off the regular price of brewer Mike Roy's sour beers and IPAs between 4 and 6:30 pm.