In the past few years, the craft beer scene inside the Beltway has exploded. Drinking in our nation's capital isn't a completely buttoned-up affair, but power lunches near deep beer lists feel grown-up. Commercial brewing here is still new, which means you will find plenty of scrappy upstart breweries with unpretentious tasting rooms, such as Right Proper and DC Brau.
Best Brews, Breweries, and Bars
A can't-miss beer destination, Bluejacket Brewery, occupies a former industrial Navy Yard space that has become an airy brewery and ground-level restaurant. The brewery makes a range of beers to supply the 25 on-site taps, and Beer Director Greg Engert helps design beer recipes to pair with specific dishes, such as the low-alcohol Black Lager, which was made for the Lucy Juicy dry-aged beef burger.