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D.C.'s Breweries and What to Eat There

Because one needs something to soak up the booze.

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Typically, an afternoon exploring one of DC's breweries might consist of visiting a Tasting Room, trying several varieties of the in-house brewed beers, purchasing some growlers and perhaps getting slightly inebriated. Another part of the plan might include food, because why not? It can taste good and simultaneously serve as the sustenance required to continue tasting — even provide enough energy to make a day of it and make your own brewery crawl.

Truthfully, this order of events is not one that is novel and some breweries have opened as brewpubs to effortlessly combine the eating and drinking portions of a brewery tour into a one-stop shop. Other breweries have remained strictly as production breweries, but welcome food trucks and outside food to face hunger without deviation from the literal task-at-hand. The following list includes both iterations of the beer and food appreciation.

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DC Brau Brewing Co

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As DC Brau is a production brewery, they don’t serve food. They do, however, have a rotating cast of food trucks when the Tasting Room is open. Bringing outside food is also possible. One of DC Brau’s best-selling beers includes the Public Pale Ale, one of their flagship brews, and The Wings of Armageddon double IPA. The latter has a cult following, with people regularly calling to find out when it’ll be in stock.

Bluejacket Brewery

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Some of Bluejacket Brewery’s most-recommended items from their dinner menu include the Bluejacket Double Burger, the Cobb Salad and the Rotisserie Half Chicken. The best beers to wash these down are the Lost Weekend, Forbidden Planet and Mexican Radio.

Atlas Brew Works

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Like DC Brau, Atlas is a production brewery that doesn’t serve food. They, too, try to have food trucks available when their Tasting Room is open. They are actually working on expanding the Tasting Room, making it all the better to enjoy the District Common, Rowdy Rye and Ponzi IPA.

Capitol City Brewing Company

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Capitol City Brewing Company has been around for 24 years and was the first brew pub in DC. Their signature brews include the Capitol Kolsch and the award-winning Amber Waves Ale. In April, they’ll be putting out their seasonal Cherry Wheat, just in time for the cherry blossoms. From their menu, some recommendations include the hand-dipped chicken tenders and the Steakhouse Burger, topped with a sauce made from their Prohibition Porter.

Right Proper Brewing Company

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Right Proper specializes in saisons, also known as farmhouse ales. Their most popular include Raised by Wolves, an aromatic pale ale made in their Brookland production house, and Diamonds, Fur Coat, Champagne, a sour wheat ale. To eat, the recommendations include the Brussels sprouts with sweet Thai chili sauce and peanuts and the seasonal strawberry and goat cheese salad with arugula and toasted almonds.

3 Stars Brewing Company

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The Peppercorn Saison is by far one of 3 Stars’ most popular beers and the Citra Lemon Peel Saison is another one that is flying off their shelves. These beers and many others are available to taste during tasting hours, offered Tuesday - Sunday.

Mad Fox Brewing Company

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Mad Fox is a brewery accompanied by a brewpub with locations in Falls Church and Glover Park, offering in-house brews at each. Some of the highlights include, but are not limited to the Mad Fox English Summer Ale, Orange Whip IPA and The Rye’T Stuff Rye IPA.

Denizens Brewing Co.

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The pretzel bread with house-made beer cheese is made with Denizens’ own beer runoff and their kitchen burger is two brisket patties, goat cheese, pickled onions and served with fries. Recommended beers are the Southside Rye, seasonal Macadocious Maybock and the Born Bohemian Czech-style pilsner.

Port City Brewing Company

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Similarly to DC Brau and Atlas, Port City doesn’t have a kitchen on the premises, but they do have food trucks around for hungry Tasting Room enthusiasts to offset the buzz from their signature brews. Some of these are the Essential Pale Ale, Optimal Wit and the Port City Porter.

Caboose Brewing Company

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The Gulf Shrimp and Grits made with spicy pork sausage, Anson Mills Antebellum grits, rainbow chard, roasted shrimp fumet and topped with a sourdough bread crumble is a must-order. Beer-wise, focusing on the Carhopper IPA, Crossroads Vienna Lager or Bandwagon IPA should provide a comprehensive taste of what Caboose has to offer.

Hellbender Brewing Company

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Hellbender’s flagship beers are the Red Line Ale, the Ignite IPA and the Southern Torrent Saison. They’re located five blocks from the Ft. Totten metro station, making it easy to hop on the train and getting food post-tasting, but what’s even easier is when they have food trucks on site. Check their Facebook or Twitter for updates on these.

DC Brau Brewing Co

As DC Brau is a production brewery, they don’t serve food. They do, however, have a rotating cast of food trucks when the Tasting Room is open. Bringing outside food is also possible. One of DC Brau’s best-selling beers includes the Public Pale Ale, one of their flagship brews, and The Wings of Armageddon double IPA. The latter has a cult following, with people regularly calling to find out when it’ll be in stock.

Bluejacket Brewery

Some of Bluejacket Brewery’s most-recommended items from their dinner menu include the Bluejacket Double Burger, the Cobb Salad and the Rotisserie Half Chicken. The best beers to wash these down are the Lost Weekend, Forbidden Planet and Mexican Radio.

Atlas Brew Works

Like DC Brau, Atlas is a production brewery that doesn’t serve food. They, too, try to have food trucks available when their Tasting Room is open. They are actually working on expanding the Tasting Room, making it all the better to enjoy the District Common, Rowdy Rye and Ponzi IPA.

Capitol City Brewing Company

Capitol City Brewing Company has been around for 24 years and was the first brew pub in DC. Their signature brews include the Capitol Kolsch and the award-winning Amber Waves Ale. In April, they’ll be putting out their seasonal Cherry Wheat, just in time for the cherry blossoms. From their menu, some recommendations include the hand-dipped chicken tenders and the Steakhouse Burger, topped with a sauce made from their Prohibition Porter.

Right Proper Brewing Company

Right Proper specializes in saisons, also known as farmhouse ales. Their most popular include Raised by Wolves, an aromatic pale ale made in their Brookland production house, and Diamonds, Fur Coat, Champagne, a sour wheat ale. To eat, the recommendations include the Brussels sprouts with sweet Thai chili sauce and peanuts and the seasonal strawberry and goat cheese salad with arugula and toasted almonds.

3 Stars Brewing Company

The Peppercorn Saison is by far one of 3 Stars’ most popular beers and the Citra Lemon Peel Saison is another one that is flying off their shelves. These beers and many others are available to taste during tasting hours, offered Tuesday - Sunday.

Mad Fox Brewing Company

Mad Fox is a brewery accompanied by a brewpub with locations in Falls Church and Glover Park, offering in-house brews at each. Some of the highlights include, but are not limited to the Mad Fox English Summer Ale, Orange Whip IPA and The Rye’T Stuff Rye IPA.

Denizens Brewing Co.

The pretzel bread with house-made beer cheese is made with Denizens’ own beer runoff and their kitchen burger is two brisket patties, goat cheese, pickled onions and served with fries. Recommended beers are the Southside Rye, seasonal Macadocious Maybock and the Born Bohemian Czech-style pilsner.

Port City Brewing Company

Similarly to DC Brau and Atlas, Port City doesn’t have a kitchen on the premises, but they do have food trucks around for hungry Tasting Room enthusiasts to offset the buzz from their signature brews. Some of these are the Essential Pale Ale, Optimal Wit and the Port City Porter.

Caboose Brewing Company

The Gulf Shrimp and Grits made with spicy pork sausage, Anson Mills Antebellum grits, rainbow chard, roasted shrimp fumet and topped with a sourdough bread crumble is a must-order. Beer-wise, focusing on the Carhopper IPA, Crossroads Vienna Lager or Bandwagon IPA should provide a comprehensive taste of what Caboose has to offer.

Hellbender Brewing Company

Hellbender’s flagship beers are the Red Line Ale, the Ignite IPA and the Southern Torrent Saison. They’re located five blocks from the Ft. Totten metro station, making it easy to hop on the train and getting food post-tasting, but what’s even easier is when they have food trucks on site. Check their Facebook or Twitter for updates on these.

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