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A Dozen Places to Order a Beer Flight (or Two)

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Mockingbird Hill brought the city flights of coffee and flights of sherry. BLT has created Wagyu flights for those who want to sample a selection of the high-priced meats. And there are plenty of wine bars that offer the usual flights of wine (one Chinatown wine bar is even called Flight Wine Bar, after all).

But where should the indecisive beer drinker go? With the mushrooming of local breweries, there are more options for beer flights for those who trek to the brewery, but the hours many be limited to just weekends. Plenty of bars and some restaurants have beer flights on the menu. Some of these flights are super local, others are thematic and still others are DIY. Even Silver Liners can get in on the beer flight action. While the settings for these beer flights may be different, the result is the same: a sampling of brews for those who want a bit of everything.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. American Tap Room

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1811 Library St
Reston, VA 20190
(703) 834-0400
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With the Silver Line open, this is now an option for carless readers. The American Tap Room in Reston has two different flights available: the local brews flight and the sunset flight. The first is all about local beers, and the second goes from a light beer and ends at a dark one.

2. Atlas Brew Works

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2052 W Virginia Ave NE #102
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 832-0420
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When the beer is coming straight from the brewery to the glass from the brewer himself, it doesn't get much more local than that. Atlas Brew Works - one of about a half dozen breweries in DC proper - has flights in its tasting in Ivy City on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

3. Bluejacket Brewery

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300 Tingey St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 524-4862
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The beers come in tasting glasses for a few dollars, so it's easy to create your own flight. Or just ask the knowledgeable bartenders who will customize a flight. And the brewery in Navy Yard is about to hit its one year mark, so who knows what new beers will be coming onto the list?

4. ChurchKey

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1337 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 567-2576
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There's hardly a bar in this town more famous than ChurchKey. With dozens of beers available on draft, beer lovers can create their own flight by ordering a selection of 4 oz. pours. The flight can run two or three beers or a whole lot more.

5. City Tap House

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901 I St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20536
(202) 644-9433
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Downtown's City Tap House offers four beers for $15 with a selection of cask, pales, porters, pilsners, and a bunch of other brews - both local and not-at-all-local. These guys also let people know the next six beers that are on deck ready to be tapped once a keg is kicked. So the menu is changing all the time.

6. Glen's Garden Market

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2001 S St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 588-5698
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The beer flight here only has local brews on draft. Seven of the eight drafts rotate all the time, with the eight being the house beer Port City Optimal Wit. So pretty much everyday, drinkers can saddle up for a different flight. And yeah, it's also a grocery store.

7. Kangaroo Boxing Club

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3412 11th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202) 505-4522
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At this bar in Columbia Heights' 11th Street restaurant scene, $12 gets drinkers 5 oz. pours of all the four drafts available. And if that's not enough beer, there's the bucket o' beer option where imbibers can get 5 beers for the price of 4.

8. Lyon Hall

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3100 Washington Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 741-7636
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There are four beer flights to choose from. "The Director's Set" is all about the seasonal and rotating beers, while "The Belgian" takes care of cravings for Belgian brews. The "Hop a Flight" is for those who like the beer with a hoppy bite, and the "Dark Side Flight" is not for those who like light beers, like lagers and pilsners.

9. Mad Fox Brewing Company

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444 W Broad St
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 942-6840
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As to be expected with a brewery, the flights here are incredibly affordable. Four 4 oz. pours of beer made at Mad Fox will only set a beer lover back $6.25. And the food here is well-loved so order a butcher's block pizza (loaded with meat) and go back for another flight.

10. Mad Momos

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3605 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202) 829-1450
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Named for a Himalayan dumpling, this Petworth beer garden keeps 20 craft beers on its menu. The beers can be local or far away, but the selection changes all the time, so check out the blackboard for the specials. And of course, order some momos to go with the beer flight.

11. Right Proper Brewing Company

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624 T St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 607-2337
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Right Proper is almost as famous for its chicken sandwich as it is for its beer. There are eight beers made in-house and a few "guest" beers as well. Ordering a flight is never a problem, and with beers running the entire spectrum, there's something for everyone's palate. But the Haxan porter is where it's at right now.

12. Rustico

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827 Slaters Ln
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 224-5051
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Rustico has two locations across the Potomac - Ballston and Alexandria. The bottle menu is fairly extensive, but its draft list is much more manageable. Tastes of beers run from $2-4 so it's wallet-friendly to have a few tastes for a flight. There's no emphasis on local beers, so the drafts run the gamut both in location and flavor profiles.

1. American Tap Room

1811 Library St, Reston, VA 20190
With the Silver Line open, this is now an option for carless readers. The American Tap Room in Reston has two different flights available: the local brews flight and the sunset flight. The first is all about local beers, and the second goes from a light beer and ends at a dark one.
1811 Library St
Reston, VA 20190

2. Atlas Brew Works

2052 W Virginia Ave NE #102, Washington, D.C. 20002
When the beer is coming straight from the brewery to the glass from the brewer himself, it doesn't get much more local than that. Atlas Brew Works - one of about a half dozen breweries in DC proper - has flights in its tasting in Ivy City on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
2052 W Virginia Ave NE #102
Washington, D.C. 20002

3. Bluejacket Brewery

300 Tingey St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
The beers come in tasting glasses for a few dollars, so it's easy to create your own flight. Or just ask the knowledgeable bartenders who will customize a flight. And the brewery in Navy Yard is about to hit its one year mark, so who knows what new beers will be coming onto the list?
300 Tingey St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

4. ChurchKey

1337 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
There's hardly a bar in this town more famous than ChurchKey. With dozens of beers available on draft, beer lovers can create their own flight by ordering a selection of 4 oz. pours. The flight can run two or three beers or a whole lot more.
1337 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

5. City Tap House

901 I St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20536
Downtown's City Tap House offers four beers for $15 with a selection of cask, pales, porters, pilsners, and a bunch of other brews - both local and not-at-all-local. These guys also let people know the next six beers that are on deck ready to be tapped once a keg is kicked. So the menu is changing all the time.
901 I St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20536

6. Glen's Garden Market

2001 S St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
The beer flight here only has local brews on draft. Seven of the eight drafts rotate all the time, with the eight being the house beer Port City Optimal Wit. So pretty much everyday, drinkers can saddle up for a different flight. And yeah, it's also a grocery store.
2001 S St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

7. Kangaroo Boxing Club

3412 11th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20010
At this bar in Columbia Heights' 11th Street restaurant scene, $12 gets drinkers 5 oz. pours of all the four drafts available. And if that's not enough beer, there's the bucket o' beer option where imbibers can get 5 beers for the price of 4.
3412 11th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

8. Lyon Hall

3100 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
There are four beer flights to choose from. "The Director's Set" is all about the seasonal and rotating beers, while "The Belgian" takes care of cravings for Belgian brews. The "Hop a Flight" is for those who like the beer with a hoppy bite, and the "Dark Side Flight" is not for those who like light beers, like lagers and pilsners.
3100 Washington Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

9. Mad Fox Brewing Company

444 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046
As to be expected with a brewery, the flights here are incredibly affordable. Four 4 oz. pours of beer made at Mad Fox will only set a beer lover back $6.25. And the food here is well-loved so order a butcher's block pizza (loaded with meat) and go back for another flight.
444 W Broad St
Falls Church, VA 22046

10. Mad Momos

3605 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20010
Named for a Himalayan dumpling, this Petworth beer garden keeps 20 craft beers on its menu. The beers can be local or far away, but the selection changes all the time, so check out the blackboard for the specials. And of course, order some momos to go with the beer flight.
3605 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

11. Right Proper Brewing Company

624 T St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Right Proper is almost as famous for its chicken sandwich as it is for its beer. There are eight beers made in-house and a few "guest" beers as well. Ordering a flight is never a problem, and with beers running the entire spectrum, there's something for everyone's palate. But the Haxan porter is where it's at right now.
624 T St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

12. Rustico

827 Slaters Ln, Alexandria, VA 22314
Rustico has two locations across the Potomac - Ballston and Alexandria. The bottle menu is fairly extensive, but its draft list is much more manageable. Tastes of beers run from $2-4 so it's wallet-friendly to have a few tastes for a flight. There's no emphasis on local beers, so the drafts run the gamut both in location and flavor profiles.
827 Slaters Ln
Alexandria, VA 22314

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