View Photo Gallery: Fast-growing local brewers, a wave of new bars and crowds of thirsty drinkers have D.C.’s beer scene on the cusp of greatness.
Ask brewmasters, beer writers and frequent travelers about the best “beer towns” in America, and you’ll repeatedly hear “Portland,” “Denver” and “Philadelphia.” D.C. doesn’t come up as often as it should, but that’s slowly and surely changing. Here are three reasons the Washington beer scene is on the cusp of greatness.
No. 1: “Locavore” isn’t just a dinner term
After the Christian Heurich Brewing Co. closed in 1956, Washington spent more than 50 years without a brewery inside the city limits. Then, in the past two years, the DC Brau, Chocolate City and 3 Stars production breweries opened their doors. Two more, Atlas Brew Works and Hellbender Brewing Co., plan to open later this year. Three brewpubs are on the way.
(Outside Washington, Northern Virginia is a high-growth area, too, with Port City and Lost Rhino opening in 2011, and a whole flock of new brewpubs and breweries that don’t yet distribute in the city.)