DC’s Craft Beer and Artisanal Distilling Scene

Whether you’re sipping a chilly craft beer at Logan Circle’s ChurchKey or a craft cocktail over at the Passenger in the Shaw neighborhood, you’ll notice something altogether blissful: DC has never been more attuned to the riches of a good drink, thanks in part to creative mixologists and a slew of brewers and distillers who’ve set up shop in the region.

Hopheads looking to quench their thirst with a brew from the Chesapeake watershed have plenty of options on tap.

Superior suds, such as Chocolate City’s Cornerstone Copper Ale and DC Brau’s the Public, are made within the city limits. Lost Rhino’s Rhin’Ofest and Mad Fox’s Kellerbier Kölsch hail from Virginia, while Baying Hound Aleworks’ Śarvara Black India Pale Ale and Heavy Seas’ Peg Leg Imperial Stout are Maryland natives.

The largest local boutique brewery is Frederick, Md.’s Flying Dog, which ships to 33 states and 19 countries.

This year, the award-winning ale masters will produce 44 different beers, including Secret Stash, made with hops, potatoes, corn, honey and wheat sourced from nearby farmers.

Available in limited quantities a little over two weeks after the hops are harvested in late July or early August, it’s the epitome of a local beer. “The hops pick up some of our terroir—the limestone in the earth and the unique climate,” says general partner and CEO Jim Caruso. “That beer is distinctly different than any of the others we produce.”

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