37 Local Microbreweries to Visit
These brewers know their suds and they're all within 30 miles of Arlington.
Once upon a time there was Budweiser. Then came America’s craft beer explosion as legions of aspiring brewers left their desk jobs to pursue their true passion. Today, Virginia alone is home to more than 200 microbreweries, and it’s never been more fun to be a connoisseur. Better yet, you don’t have to travel far to find good libations and a growler to go. What follows are snapshots of just some of the brewers located nearby. Check their websites and social media feeds for intel about hours of operation, tours and what’s on tap.
This 30-barrel brewhouse, opened last fall in a former dairy barn, is part of the Farm Brew LIVE campus at Innovation Park, which includes a live music venue, a barbecue-and-beer garden and a forthcoming restaurant that will highlight whiskey and wine. Brewmaster and co-founder Forrest Morgan incorporates farm ingredients into flagship brews such as 2 Silos’ NoVa White Belgian and Mason Pale Ale. Also tasty is its Virginia Cream Ale, made with vanilla bean, honey, orange peel and milk sugar—a tribute to the brewery’s former days as a dairy farm. –R.R.
9925 Discovery Blvd., Manassas
When Dave Coleman and Mike McGarvey debuted 3 Stars in 2012, their brews quickly landed on area restaurant beer menus, helping to make canned beer cool again. The Peppercorn Saison and Pandemic Porter are two popular ones. On Saturdays, the brewery offers free tours and food trucks roll up outside. DIY-ers will appreciate the on-site home brew shop that sells equipment. –R.R.
6400 Chillum Place NW, Washington, D.C.
Solar-powered beer? Sign us up. Justin Cox’s Ivy City operation in Northeast D.C. has been running entirely on sunshine (thanks to a 67.5 kW rooftop solar panel) since 2015. Taking that eco-conscious model one step further, Atlas packages its beers in cans rather than glass bottles. (The average can contains 40 percent recycled aluminum, whereas glass bottles are typically composed of only 20 to 30 percent recycled glass.) If you’re into heavy metal, check out the brewery’s event calendar, which is stacked with live bands of that ilk, and enjoy the next concert with a draw of District Common (a lager), Ponzi (an American IPA) or seasonal offerings such as a Blood Orange Gose (a German sour brewed with Himalayan pink salt) and La Saison des Fêtes, a farmhouse ale. –L.T.
2052 West Virginia Ave. NE, Washington, D.C.