Cant find anything to do on the weekend? D.C.’s craft breweries serve up some of the best ales in the country and offer tours and tastings.
The craft beer scene of Washington D.C. and the East Coast in general produces some of the best ales, and it has a rich brewing history. While sipping your favorite ale at home on your porch or lawn is nearly an unbeatable feeling, brew tours can be just as or even more fun. DC is home to quite a few craft breweries, most of which are all ages and are family friendly as well as educational. Many of the tours are free and offer free and discounted samples of beer. The breweries that do charge a fee for their tours and tastings generally only charge $5-$10 and usually include a souvenir mug and as many as five whole beers. In and around D.C, there are more than a few breweries that offer free tours, with and without free sampling, each of which produces some of the best brews your money can buy. They're a fun way to spend the afternoon. Below are five breweries worth visiting.
DC Brau Brewing Company
DC Brau Brewing Company is a local favorite of many and is located in the city. On most Saturday afternoons the tours are free. The tour is open to all ages, while 21+ can enjoy the tastings and samples of what the company says is “a delicious and uniquely American blend of North American and European ingredients and techniques.” 3178-B Bladensburg Rd. NE Washington D.C. 20018
Heavy Seas of Halethorpe, Maryland offers free tours on the weekend and is the maker of a pumpkin beer that is a local favorite of many. The founder of Heavy Seas, Hugh Sisson, was involved in pushing the legislation that eventually made pubs legal in the State of Maryland. Heavy Seas’ brew tour is one of the best in the area and free, and for just $5 you can get a souvenir pint glass and five beers. 4615 Hollins Ferry Road Halethorpe, Maryland
3 Stars Brewery
On Saturdays at 2 and 3 p.m., guests can take a free tour of the 3 Stars Brewery in Washington D.C. which provides the Nation’s Capital with brash and bold beers. The company prides itself on being a local beer and not your typical or average brewing company. 3 Stars aims to make Washington D.C. one of the best places for craft beer while also having in place a program that aims to help solve the hunger problem in the city. 6400 Chillum Place NW • Washington, DC 20012
Atlas Brew Works
At one time the brew master of Atlas Brew Works was the youngest of California’s head brewers. Now Will Durgin and Justin Cox have started bringing their brews to D.C. from their own Ivy City Brewery. A tour of Atlas Brew Works’ facilities delves into the science of brewing and is 100% free on Saturdays at 2, 4 and 6 p.m. 2052 West Virginia Ave NE, WDC 20002
New District Brewing Company
New District Brewing Company is the first new brewery to open in Arlington since 1916. Visitors to New District will want to try the Belgian saison and limited release brews such as the Honeysuckle Hefeweizen. Tours of the facilities are free and informal but must be requested. 2709 S Oakland St. Arlington, Virginia 22206 Have you been to any of these breweries? Which one is your favorite? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!