It’s always puzzled me that DC doesn’t have a truly local brewery. What’s a beer-drinking locavore to do? Microbreweries are par for the course in small towns and large cities on the West coast. Even out here in the East, plenty of cities have their own local favorites. But as far as I know, there are no breweries that make and bottle beer within the city limits of DC.
Yes, it’s true, there are a few restaurants that brew and serve their own beer in-house (District Chop House, Capital City brewpubs, maybe some others I don’t know about). And maybe I’m being too literal, demanding there be a brewery in the district proper. I need to try something from Shenandoah Brewing Company, located in (a non-Metro-friendly part of) Alexandria – obviously, that’s very close. And there are some notable beers from the greater DC/Baltimore area, such as Delaware-based Dogfish Head and Frederick, MD-based Flying Dog.
Still, it surprises me that there haven’t been any serious recent attempts at a DC microbrewery. It could be that rents are just too expensive to make a go of it, but that factor certainly hasn’t prevented a number of breweries from succeeding in Brooklyn and San Francisco and Seattle. Is DC not enough of a beer town?
This post is part of DC Blogtoberfest, a series of beer-themed blog posts taking place all month. Join in the fun here.