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D.C. Breweries Can Now Serve Pints — So Are They?

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D.C. is home to a handful of breweries which have helped revitalize the city's craft beer scene over the past few years. But unlike Virginia and Maryland, breweries within D.C. previously had not been allowed to serve customers more than 12 oz of beer per day.

A recent amendment to the law now allows breweries to serve full pints of their product, meaning thirsty customers can come for more than just a tasting and enjoy beer when it's fresh, directly from the source.

Here's a rundown of what new options the city's breweries are now offering visitors.

The Brewery: 3 Stars Brewing Company:
The Location: 6400 Chillum Pl NW
www.threestarsbrewing.com
The Situation: 3 Stars added four tap lines and reformatted its brewery space a bit after the new tap rules went into effect. The brewery has seen an uptick in visitors and extended visits as a result, said Dave Coleman, the brewery's president. "It has been a very warm reception from our guests and people are extremely excited to have the opportunity to hang out and have a couple beers in the brewery," he said.
On Draft Now: Anywhere from 6 to 10 beers at any time from the standard lineup, including pandemic porter or peppercorn saison. The occasional brewery exclusive may also make an appearance, Coleman said.
Price: $5 per 14 oz pour, or $6 for a flight of four 4 oz pours. Individual 4 oz pours for $1.50.
Future Plans: 3 Stars plans to continue experimenting with different beers and featuring these new products at the brewery. Coleman says he also plans to add Sunday hours during the NFL season so people can stock up on growlers and enjoy a few pints while catching a game.

The Brewery: Atlas Brew Works
The Location: 2052 West Virginia Ave NE #102
The Situation: Atlas began serving pints in late July and has extended its hours to accommodate guests. Head brewer Will Durgin says that Saturdays have picked up a lot now that people are able to hang out and enjoy beers before or after tours.
On Draft Now: The tasting room has four tap handles include brews like rowdy rye, district common, NSFW and 1500 lager, which is available exclusively at Nationals Park and the brewery.
Price: Each beer runs $6 for an appropriately-sized pour. $8 buys a flight of all four beers plus another 10 oz pour of choice.
Future Plans: The brewery is planning an anniversary party on September 6, and will be releasing a special beer during the celebration.

The Brewery: DC Brau
The Location: 3178 Bladensburg Rd NE
The Situation: D.C. Brau blazed the trail for craft brewing's rebirth in to D.C., but is not planning a drastic overhaul in its brewery's bar offerings.
On Draft Now: 12 rotating taps, including standard beers like citizen and corruption, as well as other collaborations on a rotating basis.
Price: $5 a pint for standard beers and $7 a pint for the rarer and speciality beers.
Future Plans: For now, just to keep the beer flowing.

The Brewery: Chocolate City Beer Brewing
The Location: 2801 8th St NE
The Situation: Chocolate City said it is not offering pint sales at the moment, and plans to stick to Saturday growler hours for the time being.
—Travis Mitchell
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Editor's Note: Brewpubs like Right Proper Brewing Company and Bluejacket's The Arsenal were already pouring pints prior to the law change.

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