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Where to Do Yoga in a Brewery

These breweries are combining asanas and ales to reach new audiences.

Yoga at Port City Brewing Company
Yoga at Port City Brewing Company

Finish this sentence: After finishing their downward facing dogs, yogis in the DC area love to wind down by...

a) stretching
b) meditating 
c) gulping a pint of beer?

Anyone who guesses "c" has caught onto the fact that several breweries in the area have teamed up with yoga instructors to pair asanas and ales. Capitol City Brewing Co., Hellbender Brewing Co., Old Bust Head Brewery and Port City Brewing Co. all clear their space once or twice a month to make way for dozens of yoga mats. After class, they serve a pint or beer sampler after class as a reward.

Though beer and yoga seem like an unlikely combination, brewery staff say that holding yoga classes attracts folks who might not otherwise step foot in their brewery.

"It helps us to reach out to a crowd that wouldn't have found us in the 
first place," says Hellbender Co-owner Patrick Mullane says. The brewery has been offering yoga for three months. They had 20 in their first class and close to 35 — their limit — at the last one. "We used every bit of space."

Holding yoga classes also promotes the tasting rooms as places that build community, says Capitol City Brewing General Manager Al Chadsey. Yoga classes at Capitol City are limited to 25 and have filled up the last two months.

Here's a list of local breweries offering yoga classes.

Capitol City Brewing Co.
4001 Campbell Ave. Arlington VA 703-578-3888
Event info:
Frequency: Last Monday of every month
Next event: Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. 
Cost: $15

Hellbender Brewing Co.
5788 2nd St. NE Washington DC 202-827-8768
Event info:
Frequency: Last Thursday of every month 
Next event: Aug. 27 at 6 p.m. 
Cost: $25 to $30

Port City Brewing Co.
3950 Wheeler Ave. Alexandria VA 22304 703-797-2739
Event info:
Frequency: Weekly on Tuesday nights
Next event: Aug. 25 at 7 p.m.
Cost: $15

Old Bust Head Brewery
7134 Lineweaver Road Warrenton Va. 540-347-4777
Event info:
Frequency: Varies; held on Sunday mornings
Next event: Sept. 27 at 10 a.m.
Cost: $12