37 Local Microbreweries to Visit
These brewers know their suds and they're all within 30 miles of Arlington.
Jeremy and Sarah Meyers opened BadWolf pHunk House in Manassas in June 2013, following it up with the nearby Kao Circle BrewHouse two years later. The brewery specializes in quirky flavors, such as the best-selling Mother Pucker Raspberry Sour Wit and Clara’s Vanilla Porter. Why BadWolf? Sarah will only say the name was inspired by a TV show. “We want to leave it up to the…customers to guess,” she says. The staff happily give tours and tastings whenever they’re not slammed. Watch for a Strawberry Basil Saison and some new lagers in late spring. –R.R.
8420 Kao Circle; 9776 Center St., Manassas
Longtime Arlingtonians know the name. Bardo—whose name references a Purgatory-like realm in The Tibetan Book of the Dead—gained a cult following after it opened its original location on Wilson Boulevard in the early ’90s. Now in its fourth incarnation, the beloved brewery has been resurrected in D.C. as an urban beer garden near Nationals Park by owner brothers Bill and Andrew Stewart. Bardo is known for its faithful renditions of old styles such as barley wine, Imperial stout, sour mash beer and Viking pine beer. Hopheads will also have some new wild sours to sample soon. –R.R.
25 Potomac Ave. SE, Washington, D.C.
Unlike most breweries, Beltway is essentially a brewery-for-hire. Sten Sellier founded the fully equipped operation in 2011 to help bring newcomers to market and maximize production for established beer-makers. The tasting room features one-off batches of Beltway’s proprietary suds (IPAs, barrel-aged stouts and sours), along with those of other labels. Though the name alludes to I-495, the brewery’s reach now extends nationwide. –R.R.
22620 Davis Drive, Sterling
Neighborhood Restaurant Group—the team behind Rustico, Evening Star Café and a handful of other popular eateries—launched this ambitious Navy Yard brewery with the adjacent restaurant, The Arsenal, in 2013, in part to showcase the talents of its resident beer guru, Greg Engert. Named for a term used for new Navy recruits and housed in a former ship and munitions manufacturing site, Bluejacket boasts 5,600 square feet of brewing space and serves 20 original ales and lagers, plus five Bluejacket casks daily. You can work your way through the options by sampling in 4-ounce tastes, or go whole hog with a full glass. If the Nats have a home game, expect it to be packed. –R.R.
300 Tingey St. SE, Washington, D.C.
Opened in fall 2016, the brewery formed by Jeff and Amy Frederick states its mission right there in the name. “The word ‘republic’ was chosen deliberately to reflect our philosophy,” Jeff says, meaning power to the people who want to “enjoy a better beer.” Discerning drinkers flock here for the Vanguard Irish Red, Freestyle Alliance New England-Style IPA and the flagship brew, Patriot 212 Helles Munich Lager. Mondays bring limited-edition releases, such as a Blood Orange New England IPA, with only about 100 glasses available of each. –R.R.
15201 Potomac Town Place #120, Woodbridge