7 D.C. Brewpubs Serving Up Great Beers and Food

Don’t expect peanuts at these local favorites.

October brings a taste for craft beer. And Washington, D.C.’s food-and-drink-obsessed residents raise a glass to some of the country’s best brews and tasty dishes. Say ‘cheers’ to just a few of our favorite brewpubs.

BIRCH & BARLEY

With brewery Churchkey just upstairs, this Logan Circle eatery has easy access to some of the city’s best brews, thanks to beer director Greg Engert. Hopheads have a wide range of styles (555 types to be exact) to sip from, while foodies indulge in dishes like foie gras toast and whole grilled snapper, plus a tasting menu that pairs creative fare with—what else—beer. 1337 14th St. NW, 202.567.2576, www.birchandbarley.com

Birch and Barley

BLUEJACKET

Opened in 2013, this massive brewery and restaurant in the Navy Yard is housed in a 1919 former munitions plant. The space, with its gleaming silver tanks and catwalks above, makes a stunning backdrop for beer guru Greg Engert’s in-demand brews, nicely paired with updated classics like Arctic char with a white soy reduction sauce, falafel burger and grilled kielbasa. 300 Tingey St. SE, 202.524.4862, www.bluejacketdc.com

Bluejacket

CITY TAP HOUSE

Two local outposts of this popular East Coast company make it easy to find good food and drink while you’re out and about in the city. Both locations are close enough to all the action and serve up can’t-resist sustenance like burgers and brick oven-baked pizzas, but also tandoori kabobs, ravioli stuffed with goat cheese and apple, and fajitas filled with pork shoulder. 901 9th St. NW, 202.733.5333; 1250 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.878.8235, www.citytap.com/location/penn-quarter

DISTRICT CHOPHOUSE

Located in a turn-of-the-century former bank, this restaurant takes Washington’s ubiquitous steakhouse concept and adds an in-house brewery. On the menu, find prime steaks and chops with all the classic accompaniments, paired with Barrett Lauer and Dave Warren’s handcrafted ales, stouts and more. 509 7th St. NW, 202.347.3434, www.districtchophouse.com

District Chophouse

HERITAGE BREWING COMPANY

This cozy spot located just across the river in Arlington does it all—it’s a brewery, a coffee roastery and a farm-to-table restaurant. Suds come from the eatery’s main brewery in Manassas, Virginia, with several taps on location here, plus guest brews from Port City, 3 Stars and others. The brewpub’s own creations also appear on the menu in bites like Heritage beer-battered dill pickles, lager-steamed mussels, shepherd’s pie and even deviled eggs. 1300-1398 N. Fillmore St., Arlington, Va., 571.319.0024, www.hbcmarketcommon.com

Heritage Brewpub & Roastery

RIGHT PROPER BREWING COMPANY

The self-proclaimed “crazy for yeast” founders here also come from lauded restaurant backgrounds, among them Brasserie Beck and Ris. As a result, diners can expect some good grub that goes well with the company’s in-house sips. On the seasonal menu, chef Jonatan Bohr sticks to American comfort food classics with a Southern accent in dishes like “Southern Fried Chick Filet,” his take on the fast-food favorite. But expect a few eclectic additions, too, like pozole and shishito peppers. 624 T St. NW, 202.607.2337, www.rightproperbrewing.com/shaw-brewpub

VALOR BREWPUB

As its name suggests, this newish Capitol Hill spot is dedicated to members of the armed forces, with veterans behind the bar and in the kitchen. No surprise it’s also located in Barrack’s Row. The tidy space turns out small batches of tasty suds, including Commandant’s Kolsch and Hellkat Hefeweizen, and pours craft styles like Bells Two Hearted Ale. To help soak up all those tasty pints? A globally influenced menu of dishes like Korean-style fried chicken wings, fried rice studded with D.C.’s iconic half-smokes, and pimento cheese perfumed with Thai flavors. 723 8th St. SE, 202.547.8459, www.valorbrewpub.com

Anne Kim-Dannibale
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