Washington craft beer guide

Craft breweries abound in DC—here’s where to find the best artisan beers in the city

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The Washington, DC craft beer moment has arrived. When it comes to grabbing a cold one, it's no longer a choice between an Anheuser-Bush can and one from MillerCoors—thanks to a new wave of Washington, DC craft breweries taking over the city. And thank goodness.

Beers these days have come a long, long way. They can be as complex as wine; their potent hops grown in different terroirs and even sometimes aged in barrels made of French oak. DC microbreweries have made way for nanobreweries. And while the pint may still reign supreme, more and more Washington, DC pubs carry a bevy of snifters, goblets, flutes, tulips and more for properly sniffing and slurping your suds of choice.

Before you think honing in on a hops haven to be too overwhelming, check out our city-spanning guide to where to find America's most quaffable beverage in Washington, DC. Whether you're looking for a beer garden, a basement dive, an after-work watering hole, or a quality restaurant that serves up great beer pairings, our team of beer geeks cut the foam and poured a list of the capital's best places for craft beer. Without further ado, here is where to bend an elbow when you have a taste for things fermented.

  1. 1200 Bladensburg Rd, NE
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Birreria Paradiso

  • Rated as: 3/5

Pizza paradise above, beer heaven below, what more could you want? Birreria Paradiso is in the basement of the hugely popular Pizzeria Paradiso and the English-style hand pumps behind the bar serve up cask-conditioned ales that will soon produce heavenly visions in

  1. 3282 M Street, NW, (between Potomac Street & Georgetown Park)
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Bluejacket

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

Bluejacket was one of the most hotly anticipated openings of 2013, and after numerous delays it finally opened in October, making the Navy Yard neighborhood a bona fide destination for craft beer connoisseurs. ChurchKey's Greg Engert is behind the program of 25 drafts

  1. 300 Tingey Street, SE, Navy Yard
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Boundary Stone

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

Café Saint-Ex

  • Rated as: 3/5

Named for Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the French aviator and author of The Little Prince, this brasserie aims to evoke the watering holes of Paris’s Latin Quarter and, in the basement-level lounge, the heroic days of aviation. And if pressed-tin ceilings,

  1. 1847 14th Street, NW, (at T Street)
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ChurchKey

  • Rated as: 4/5

The upstairs bar above sister restaurant Birch & Barley has one thing on its mind: beer. More than 500 varieties, to be precise. But this isn’t your average brewhouse—the shiny wood floors, sculptural light fixtures and bustling crowd should tell you that.

  1. 1337 14th Street, NW, (at Rhode Island Avenue)
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Roofers Union

  • Rated as: 4/5

If you’re willing to brave the college crowds to get there, this new three-floor spot, housed in the old Reef space, offers an experience far above Adams Morgan’s usual college-party feel. The smaller first-floor bar is great for a casual drink and bar snacks such

  1. 2446 18th Street, NW, Adams Morgan
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Mockingbird Hill

  • Rated as: 4/5

Part of cocktail guru Derek Brown’s trio of Shaw bars—including the adjacent Southern Efficiency and nearby Eat the Rich—this dimly lit spot is a paean to the particular pleasures of ham and sherry. Inspired by Brown’s teenage fascination with the Clash (it

  1. 1843 Seventh Street, NW, Shaw
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Ronald M
Ronald M

How GOOD are these craft beers?

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