37 Local Microbreweries to Visit
These brewers know their suds and they're all within 30 miles of Arlington.
If you ever find yourself feeling parched while biking the Washington & Old Dominion Trail, take a break at this trailside brewpub, named for the trains that traversed the same route back when it was a rail line. The 3-year-old watering hole was formed by two local families—the McLaughlins and the Greers—and makes both old-style and new-fashioned brews. Customers give high praise to the Caboose lagers, says brewer Justin Weems, but fans can also look forward to a soon-to-be-released double IPA aged with habañero and ghost chilies. A second Caboose location (a sustainable brewpub) is currently under construction in the Mosaic District. –R.R.
520 Mill St. NE, Vienna; 2918 Eskridge Road, Fairfax (coming soon)
This revered old-timer welcomed its first guests in 1992. The Shirlington outpost closed this year, but the original Penn Quarter location remains a District go-to for beer lovers, featuring brewing facilities and an extensive menu of dishes developed to pair well with such signature brews as Capitol Kolsch, Amber Waves Ale and Pale Rider Ale. In warm weather, seasonal brews might include a pilsner, a gose (they released a mango one last year) and a summer blonde. –R.R.
1100 New York Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
Jake Endres and Lee Rogan were 25 when they opened their Leesburg venture in 2013, naming it after the stream that runs through Endres’ land in Loudoun County. Fast-forward to now and the partners have expanded with a larger Sterling location, along with a wide variety of suds styles, including IPAs, stouts and sours. Customers especially dig the Heart and Soul IPA, the Raspberry Empress Sour IPA and Cruise Control, a hoppy pilsner. This spring brings a golden sour, an aged barley wine made in partnership with Charm City Meadworks and a tropical fruit-infused IPA. –R.R.
205 Harrison St. SE, Leesburg; 22455 Davis Drive, Sterling
Touted as the District’s first packaging brewery since 1956, DC Brau opened on Tax Day 2011—a nod to the push for D.C. Statehood—and used the tagline “Fermentation Without Representation” for several years after. Known for its hoppy ales, the operation founded by Brandon Skall and Jeff Hancock has garnered props for The Citizen, a Belgian-style Pale Ale, and The Corruption, an IPA. Watch for a summer seasonal, Space Reaper Double IPA, slated for release on the summer solstice. –L.R.R.
3178-B Bladensburg Road NE, Washington, D.C.
When they opened their doors in 2014, owners Emily Bruno, Jeff Ramirez and Julie Verratti named their Silver Spring brewery Denizens (a word synonymous with “locals”) because they wanted everyone to feel welcome. Brewmaster Ramirez, who learned his craft in Germany, says the Southside Rye IPA and Bohemian pilsner are Denizens’ most popular brews. Stop by in the springtime to enjoy a strong pale German-style lager, Macadocious Maibock, in the dog-friendly beer garden. –L.R.R.
1115 East West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland