37 Local Microbreweries to Visit

These brewers know their suds and they're all within 30 miles of Arlington.

District ChopHouse

If you’re in the mood for a malty oatmeal stout or nut-brown ale in an old-timey atmosphere that feels like a set from Boardwalk Empire, this Chinatown brewpub is the place. As the name suggests, it’s also a full-on steakhouse serving surf-and-turf, prime rib, rack of lamb and the requisite wedge salads. Other notable flagship beers include a highly rated amber ale and an East Coast-style IPA, plus head brewer Barrett Lauer maintains a rotating selection of seasonals like Cheque Please, a hoppy Czech-style Pils. –J.S.

509 Seventh St. N.W., Washington, D.C.


Fair Winds Brewing Co.

Casey Jones wrote his business plan for Fair Winds when he was a cadet at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, choosing a moniker that references the old sailor farewell, “Wishing you fair winds and following seas.” Try the Howling Gale IPA or Siren’s Lure Saison, and be sure to visit in May for the release of the brewery’s Hells Navigator Maibock Lager. –L.R.R.

7000 Newington Road, Suites K&L, Lorton


Forge Brew Works

Drawing inspiration from blacksmiths and carpenters, owner and brewer Matt Rose, a former NASA employee and home brewer, says he strives for the same attention to craft in the outfit he launched in 2013, where the most popular brew is Blonde Conviction, a Belgian style Blonde Ale. He also has an extra-special release planned for spring: Passionfruit Wit, a beer he is brewing for his wedding day. –L.R.R. 

8532 Terminal Road, Lorton


Growling Bear Brewing Co.

Brewer Michael Bliven, aka the “growling bear,” has at least four dark beers on tap at all times—even in summer—at the brewery he and his wife, Corinne, opened in 2015, where most beers have the word “bear” in the name. But for those who find dark brews too heavy for warm weather, there’s also a Mango/Habañero Pale Ale set for release this spring. –L.R.R.

14051 Crown Court, Woodbridge


Hellbender Brewing Co.

The name may sound like a badass biker gang, but it’s actually an ode to the endangered hellbender salamander, a native of the Appalachian rivers and streams just two hours outside of D.C. Even the operation’s mash-filter brewing system—which reduces the brewery’s environmental impact by making more efficient use of the grains in its ales—is designed with the amphibious creature’s habitat in mind. Try the Bare Bones Kolsch, a German-style ale spiced up with American-grown noble hops. –L.T.

5788 Second St. NE, Washington, D.C.


Heritage Brewing Co. in Manassas. Courtesy photo.

Heritage Brewing Co.

This veteran-owned brewery, which brothers Ryan and Sean Arroyo debuted in 2013, donates 1 percent of the proceeds from every pint sold to The Unquiet Professional, a nonprofit that supports Gold Star families. And it’s now easier than ever for Arlingtonians to quench their thirst with a pint of the microbrewer’s flagship Freedom Isn’t Free IPA or the newly released Civil Works Honey Lager. Heritage opened a spinoff brewpub and coffee roaster in Clarendon last year. –L.R.R.

1300 N. Fillmore St., Arlington; 9436 Center Point Lane, Manassas


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