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Where to Get Draft Beer To Go in DC

Draft beer

One of the things people have said they missed most about closed bars was drinking draft beer. Even most breweries stopped filling growlers and selling draft beer to consumers directly earlier in the pandemic. While a majority of spots have reopened, many people are not dining/drinking on premises (or not that often). So, to get your draft beer fix, and in honor of DC Beer Week, here’s an incomplete (send me your updates) list of spots that do sell draft beer to go. I”m mostly focusing on spot you can order online or call. beer brands offered as representative at of Sept 2020]

  • H Street/NoMa
    • Fresca: 16 oz.: $7.50 Solace Double IPA, Ocelot Pilsner , $5.50 Port City Porter/Dos Equis
    • The Big Board: 20 oz, 32 oz BYO growler, 64 oz BYO growler (might be able to purchase glass):
    • Haymaker Bar: $10 32 oz (Kona, Blue Point, Goose Island, Victory, Hoegaarden) Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest, Deschutes Black Butte Porter, Solace Partly Cloudy, New Belgium Bohemian Pils, New Belgium Voodoo Ranger, Anderson Valley Blood Orange Gose, Jailbreak Feed The Monkey, Union Duckpin
    • Biergarten Haus: $10 32 oz mason jars (around 12 German beers)
    • Duffy’s: $16-24 32 oz growlers (Miller Lite, Bold Rock Cider, Hellbender Red Line)
    • Fare Well: 64 oz growlers. $25 Appalachian Divide Blonde Ale, RAR Groove City; $35 Union Divine IPA
    • The Queen Vic: $32 64 oz growlers (15% discount for pickup), $18 32 oz growlers. Several British and Irish beers.
    • Red Bear Brewing: $12-13 32 oz crowler cans or BYO growlers, mostly $16.50-18.50 64 oz BYO growlers ($9 for glass)
    • CR NoMa: $8-9 16 oz, $16 32 oz growler, $32 64 oz growler. Includes Atlas Bullpen Pilsner, Upland Petal to the Kettle, Diamondback Green Machine
  • Capitol Hill/Barracks Row/Navy Yard
    • Cafe Berlin: $5-8 12 oz (3 varieties of German beer), $25-30 64 oz growler fills ($5 for glass) (7 varieties of German beer
    • Shelter at The Roost: roughly 20 beers on draft. Can get $3 tasters and $7-9 full size.
    • Valor Brew Pub: growlers of in-house brewed
    • Atlas Brew Works: (Mostly $12) 32 oz crowlers.
  • Adams Morgan/Dupont/Shaw/Logan/U Street/Bloomingdale/Woodley Park
    • The Blaguard: $4 16 oz, $8 32 oz (Bud Light, Guinness, Bold Rock Cider, Port City Optimal Wit Bell’s Oberon, Great Lakes Porter, Red Bear Sour, PBR, Brau Pils, Hellbender Red Line Ale, Right Proper Raised by Wolves)
    • Grand Central:  16 oz drafts to go
    • Franklin Hall:  Mostly $12.50-15.50 32 oz Franklin Hall branded growlers (bring it back for $2 off). Includes rice krispy treat. About 22 brands.
    • Right Proper Shaw$8 1L BYO growler fill (select in-house beers), $17 64 oz BYO growler fill (+$5 for screw top growler)
    • Service Bar: Possibly $6-8 pints
    • Boundary Stone: mostly $7-8 pints, $12 32 oz BYO growler, $27 64 oz BYO growler (add $5 for 32 or 64 oz glass. Guinness, Optimal Wit, Raised by Wolves, Corruption, Old Pro, Manor Hill Pilsner
    • Macintyre’s (Woodley Park): Mostly $7-8 pints. Mostly $28-30 64 oz growlers. 14 beers
    • Logan Tavern: $3-$3.50 pints, $6 32 oz. BYO growler, $12 64 oz BYO growler (+$6 for glass) (DB Vienna Lager, FD Snake Dog IPA, Optimal Wit)
    • Commissary: $4 pints, $7 32 oz. BYO growler, $14(?) 64 oz BYO growler (+$6 for glass) (Allagash White, Goose IPA, Great Lakes Dortmunder, Hellbender Koslch
    • The Pig: $12 BYO 32 oz growler, $18 BYO 64 oz growler (+$6 for glass) (RP Lil Wit, Sly Fox Saison, Peak HH Pils, Lost Rhino Finale Gilde, Brau Session IPA, FD Bloodline IPA, Union Craft Rye Baby IPA 
    • Lost and Found: Mostly $10-11 32 oz growlers. Also pints
  • Columbia Heights/Park VIew/Petworth/Manor Park/Takoma/Brightwood Park
    • Lou’s City Bar: Pints to go
    • Homestead: $4 16 oz, $8 32 oz (Flying Dog The Truth, RP Raised by Wolves, Optimal Wit, RP Haxan, Red Bear Mystic Storm, Bold Rock, Oliver Oatmeal Stout, Atlas Blood Orange, 3 Stars Peppercorn Saison, Denizens Big Red Norm, DC Brau Joint Resolution)
    • Midlands: Mostly $18 32 oz growlers, mostly $28 64 oz growlers (about 8-9 options)
    • Moreland’s Tavern: $25 BYO 64 oz growlers (+$5 for glass) (Sloop Juice Bomb, Corruption, Dance of Days, Founders Porter, Allagash White, Magners Cider, Denizen’s Born Bohemian, Union Oktoberfest). Pints available to go apparently.
    • 3 Stars Brewing: $12 32 oz crowlers
    • Hellbender: $11-15 crowlers available
  • PQ/Chinatown/Downtown
  • Brookland/Ivy City/Woodridge

Liquor/Beer Stores:

Most grocery/liquor stores have discontinued growlers for the time being but it looks like these spots may be offering.

  • Sherry’s (Woodley Park): 5 options for $9-13 32/ $19-23 64
  • World Wine (Hill East)

Right Proper Brewing Releasing SAY THEIR NAMES on Friday to Support Black Lives Matter

 

DC’s own Right Proper Brewing Co., which collaborated with Barred in DC to brew the still-available, popular Beered in DC, is doing something way more awesome.

On Friday, June 5th, the brewery will be releasing SAY THEIR NAMES, a limited release kellerbier. 100% of profits will be going to BLACK LIVES MATTER DC. At the risk of stating the obvious, this is based on the #SAYTHEIRNAMES hashtag to make sure people say and remember the names of black people who are murder victims of police brutality and other racial violence. Several of these names are on the label of the 750mL bottle.

The 5.0% ABV kellerbier (which is a German lager) will be available for sale from the Shaw brewpub and the Brookland production facility (not available at bars or in retailers).

SAY THEIR NAMES will be available in draft form pints to go/on patio ($6), 750mL flip-top bottles ($12), and 64 oz. growler fills ($17 + $15 for flip-top growler glass if you want one). Due to limited supplies, only 144 750mL bottles were produced, and they’re asking you to limit your purchase to 1 bottle per order.

Expect the bottles to be sold out in first day or two and the beer to gone pretty soon after. Note that originally RP was going to donate some of the profits to ACLU of DC but ACLU asked that all the donations goto BLM. Employees working will be donating 100% of their tips to BLM as well.

How To Buy

  • Shaw
    • Open Noon-9p F-Sat (Noon-7p Sun-Thurs)
    • order on Toast Tab for pickup or limited delivery
    • Walk-in will be available as supplies last
    • Can drink pints on-site on patio, space permitting
  • Brookland 
    • Open Noon-6p F-Sun
    • Online orders already sold out
    • Walk-in will be available as supplies last
    • Can drink pints on-site on patio, space permitting

DC law still prohibits breweries from shipping their beer directly to consumers in other states even where that is allowed. 

 

THIS IS NOT A DRILL – Beered in DC Available from Right Proper #ByDCForDC

 

Beered in DC, the collaboration beer between the DC Metro region’s recently crowned favorite brewery, Right Proper Brewing Company, Barred in DC, and Lost Lagers,  is available for purchase from both the Shaw brewpub (walk-in or order on Toast Tab for pickup) and the Brookland production facility (walk-in or order online for pickup and delivery) beginning 4p, today, Friday, May 1st. More details on how this came to be here.

Brewed #ByDCForDC, this beer was born from the votes of Barred in DC’s followers This 5.5% copper saison is not too bitter, not too sweet and just enough flowery, ester-driven yeast character to compliment the Czech and German hops that round out the rye, oats, and barley in the mash. Available in $9 (w/ tax) 500 mL (16.9 oz) bottles  #teamsaison

Limited availability at the FRESHFARM Market Brookland Saturday FRESHFARM Market Dupont Sunday. Available for delivery now for Delivery beginning Tuesday ($25 min, within 5 miles in DC only).

In addition to Mr. and Mrs. Barred in DC, Thanks to Bobby Bump (head brewer of Right Proper), Mike Stein (Lost Lagers), and our two Golden Ticket winners who helped make the beer (Kelsey M. and Matt. S).

A release party was scheduled for late March, but it has been postponed indefinitely for some reason. Hope to celebrate with you some day but this is still awesome.  Zoom happy hour details to come so make sure you buy at least two!

Right Proper Shaw: Pickup available Noon-7p Sun-Thurs, Noon-9p Fri-Sat (curbside pickup available), walk-in or order on Toast Tab for pickup

Right Proper Brookland: Pickup available (Noon-6p Fri-Sun); Delivery (noon-3p Tues-Fri; order by 10a for same day delivery, $25 order min-i.e. 3 bottles, 5 mile radius within DC), walk-in or order online for pickup and delivery

 

 

Beered in DC Release + Barred in DC 7th Anniversary Party – Saturday March 21st – 1p – Right Proper Shaw Brewpub

Beered in DC pre-fermentation


UPDATE: Get your shirts ordered by March 6th so they arrive in time for the event.

Beered in DC, the beer being brewed #ByDCForDC by Right Proper Brewing Company in collaboration with Barred in DC as well as Lost Lagers, will be released to the public on draft only on Saturday, March 21st, beginning at 1:00 p.m. (end time TBA). This free-to-attend event, held at Right Proper’s Shaw Brewpub (625 T St. NW), will also “celebrating” SEVEN years since Barred in DC ignominiously was launched on a fateful day in March 2013.  As you should know, this beer, generally in the saison style of beers, was created based on a series of Barred in DC’s not-quite-but-should-be-trademarked Twitter polls (see here for details on results).

Monday, Mr. and Mrs. Barred in DC met with Right Proper’s head brewer, Bobby Bump, and Lost Lager’s Michael Stein, as well as Matt and Kelsey, two awesome Twitter followers who won a “contest” to join them, to brew the beer. It will be copper/ruby in color; not too heavy/not too light in body; made with German/Czech hops; rye used in the brewing; and around 6.0% ABV. The beers are currently fermenting in a 5 barrel tank, which produces about 10 kegs (over 1600 12 oz beers). Expect the beer to be on tap for at least a couple weeks.

Beered in DC, logged.

Look for more details in this space as the event gets closer; there will likely be Barred in DC giveaways and hopefully some merchandise for sale. To be eligible for any giveaways, make sure you follow Barred in DC on Twitter and/or Instagram; ditto for Right Proper. We will be excited to meet everyone IRL we’ve met in person over the years while we see how wise the public was in devising the beer’s attributes.

The collaboration has already been covered by a Beer Me, a live radio show/podcast recorded on Full Service Radio and by DCist and Washingtonian.

Grains about to be Brewed

Barred in DC and Right Proper Collaborating on Beer Designed By DC, For DC

UPDATE: The Beer Will Be/Have:

  • Copper/ruby in color

  • Not too heavy/not too light in body

  • Old World hops (saaz/hallertau/tettnang)

  • Rye as an adjunct

  • 5.1%-6.3% ABV, and 

  • A Saison

Here’s the big news folks. [Now covered in a PODCAST/RADIO SHOW, BEER ME, and by DCist and Washingtonian

No, we are not moving to Clarendon. Instead, Barred in DC is teaming up with the great folks at DC’s own Right Proper Brewing Company (head brewer, Bobby Bump) as well as Michael Stein (Lost Lagers, DCBeer.com) to collaborate on a new beer designed by DC, for DC (well, our Twitter followers at least).

We’ve devised a series of Twitter polls querying DC on their preferred beer characteristics (including appearance, body, hops, other ingredients, ABV, and others). The beer will be crafted based on whatever characteristics are the top result of each poll, which will be tweeted out over the next few weeks. This may be either brilliance or madness (why not both?), but the beer will be available for all at a release party at Right Proper’s Shaw Brewpub in the coming months (TBD date).

This idea was hatched when Mr. and Mrs. Barred attended the wildly successful collaboration with Black Brew Movement for a Cuffing Saison earlier this month. Bobby and Michael have always been great supporters of Barred in DC, so this is a great fit.

Let the polling and brewing begin.

Polls

Appearance/Color (1528 votes): Copper/Ruby (33.2%), Pale/Hazy (30.4%), Pale/Clear (18.8%), Dark as Night (17.6%)

Body (733 votes): Not too heavy/too Light (39.6%), Light/Crisp (37%), Creamy/Thick/Robust (23.5%)

Type of Hops (489 votes): Old World (41.5%), New School (25.2%), Old School (22.7%), No Hops on Brew Day (10.6%)

Specific Type of Hops (328 votes): Saaz/Hallertau/Tettnang (38%), Northern Brewer/Fuggle/East Kent Golding (27%), Perle/Lublin/Fuggle (21%), Northern Brewer/East Kent Golding/Tettnang (14%)

Adjunct (498 votes): Rye (37.3%), Honey (31.5%), Flaked Barley (19.3%), Dark Candi Sugar (11.8%)

More Wild Card Ingredients (291 votes): Please no mas (46.7%), Citrusy fruit peel (26.8%), local spice blend (26.5%)

ABV (586 votes): 5.1-6.3% (41.6%), 6.4-7.6% (22.4%), 7.7-8.9% (18.8%), 3.8-5.0 (17.2%)

Favorite Right Proper Beer (203 votes): Raised by Wolves (55.7%), Haxan (18.7%), Baron Corvo (14.8%), Blanc Slate (10.8%)

Beer Style (874 votes): Saison (50.2%), Lager (49.8%)

City-State Brewing Coming to Ivy City in 2019

Credit: City-State Brewing (http://citystatebrewing.com/about/)

City-State Brewing, [Twitter, website, Instagram] which has had a name, a concept, a brewer, and some home-brewed beers since at least October 2016, has signed a lease to open in Ivy City in spring/summer 2019. City-State, which comes from James Warner, is slated to open in the Hecht’s warehouse development from Douglas Properties. Eater (Warren Rojas) reported in April 2017 that the brewery has been looking for a 30-barrel, 10,000 square foot facility.

According to its website, City-State claims to be the first all-bottle lineup in DC (though surely will sell draft beer via kegs) with 11.2 oz. Steinie bottles to differentiate from competition. The line-up is slated to have at least 5 different beers: an Abbey Dubbel, Dark Wheat, IPA, Saison, and a Maibox (all with great names and labels)

Warner has partnered with Mothersauce Partners and Nick Freshman, who co-owns Spider Kelly’s in Ballston and has partnered to open up the new The Eleanor in Noma.

As mentioned above, this spot has been in the works for a couple years as Warner and partners (some awkward back-story here) have looked for investors.

Once this spot opens a year or so from now, City-State will join DC’s other production breweries with sales off-site, after DC Brau, Atlas, 3 Stars, Hellbender, Right Proper, Bluejacket, and likely the new Red Bear coming to the old Uline Arena in NoMa (now known for REI), RIP Chocolate City!

Bardo Tries Again on the Anacostia Riverfront

Bardo’s planned spot on Anacostia (Credit: Bardo Brewpub Facebook page)

After losing its bid for a liquor license for Bardo Big River just south of Nationals Park (as first reported by Barred in DC), the folks behind Bardo are trying a different tack with ABRA. This time, instead of seeking for a bar (tavern) liquor license, the renamed Bardo River Brewery has applied for a Class B manufacturer’s license-a brewery license in other words.

Bardo will likely seek permission to sell and serve beer for on-premises consumption similar to most other breweries in DC. Manufacturer licenses, after a recent expansion in the law, allow beer to be served from 8a-midnight. It remains to be seen if Bardo will ask for the full hours as its closing time was a sticking point with the local ANC in its previous application. ABRA has requested a fact-finding hearing; undoubtedly the ANC will protest once again. Stay tuned whether Bill Stewart, Bardo’s charmingly don’t-give-a-damn owner, has figured out from the previous ABRA hearing and decision and is finally successful in bringing another cool drinking option to the Navy Yard/Capital Riverfront neighborhood.

The Brig Beer Garden Opens on Barracks Row

The Brig DC Public Beergarden, website, FacebookTwitter, 1007 8th St. SE (at L St.) opens at 4p (weekdays) 11a (weekends), HH 4-7p weekdays, est. 2006.

The Brig

The Brig

The long-awaited beer garden The Brig finally opened its doors last Friday, June 17th. The open air spot in lower Barracks Row/Navy Yard (about 10 minutes walk from the Eastern Market and Navy Yard Metro stations) first got its liquor license in January 2011 and has been under construction since November 2014 (JDLand has all the background).

The bar area at the Brig

The bar area at the Brig

Barred in DC made an early visit midweek and found a quite relaxed, chill crowd. Sporting 40 taps (a mix of both German standbys and local drafts), the Brig seats up to 210 people and can fit up to 400 people. About 15 long communal tables are shaded from the sun under huge sturdy German beer-branded umbrellas, while 25 seats front the long bar in the service building.

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Prices are fair and uniform and posted on a flat screen in the middle of the bar – all drafts are priced at $8 (for half-liters for German beers, 16 oz. for the rest) and $15 or $16 for the liter. Happy hour specials include $5 select half-liters-not too shabby. As a plus, taxes are included, a departure from most new bars in the city. Food options are limited at this time, though $5 pretzels with beer cheese looked tempting (brats were on the grill to the side). Looking forward to stopping by happy hour and seeing how the crowd evolves as the night goes on or on weekends.

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Where to Fill a Growler in DC

Barred in DC's rather sad collection of growlers

Barred in DC’s rather sad collection of growlers

Although there are many naysayers out there about the terrible value (and sometimes taste) of growler-filled beer, they are still very popular and the majority of you have a half-gallon sitting around somewhere. There are a number of spots to fill a growler in DC-breweries and brewpubs of course, but also grocery stores, corner liquor stores and other markets-all are listed below. I’ve also tried to approximate the cheapest price for a 64 oz. growler fill, though some stores with higher prices may have more expensive beer generally and many lists fluctuate regularly. Links included to current list of growlers, if available. If I’m missing any, please let Barred in DC know.

Cheapest: World Wine & Spirits ($8), d’vines ($8 Thurs. specials)
Most # of Taps: d’vines (19-20), 3 Stars (13),  YES! Organic Petworth (12)

Grocery Stores/Liquor Stores/Markets

  • Dupont
    • Whole Foods P Street
      • 1440 P St. NW
      • 9a-9p everyday
      • 5 taps
      • $12
    • Glen’s Garden Market
      • 2001 S St. NW
      • 10a-10p weekdays / 9a-10p weekends
      • 7 taps
      • $14
    • One West Dupont Liquors
      • 2012 P St. NW
      • 10a-9:30p Mon-Sat, 11a-7:30p Sun
      • 3-4 taps
      • $18
  • Shaw
    • Giant – City Market at O Street
      • 1400 7th St. NW (at O)
      • 10-8p Sun-Thurs, 10-9p Fri-Sat
      • 4 taps
      • $16
    • Glen’s Garden Market
      • 1924 8th St. NW (at Florida near U)
      • 11a-10p weekdays / 10a-10p weeknds
      • 8 taps
      • $14
  • Columbia Heights / Petworth
    • d’vines
      • 3103 14th St. NW (at Irving or Park)
      • 12:30a-9:30p Mon-Thurs / 11:30a-10:30p Fri-Sat / 11:30a-8:30p Su
      • 19-20 taps
      • $10 (2 for 1 certain days and $8 specials on Thursday)
    • YES! Organic Market – Petworth
      • 4100 Georgia Ave. NW
      • 7a-10p Mon-Sat, 7a-9p Sun
      • 12 taps
      • $13
  • Foggy Bottom / Georgetown / Glover Park
  • Eastern Market/Capitol Hill
    • World Wine and Spirits
      • 1453 Pennsylvania Ave. SE (near I St.)
      • 10a-10p Mon-Thurs / 10a-11p Fri-Sat / Noon-8p Sun
      • 6 taps
      • $8
    • YES! Organic Market – Capitol Hill
      • 410 8th St. SE (near D St.)
      • 1-2 taps
      • $17
  • Woodley Park / Cleveland Park / Tenleytown / Upper NW
    • Sherry’s Wine and Spirits
      • 2627 Connecticut Ave. NW (at Calvert)
      • 10a-10p Mon-Sat, 11a-9p Sun
      • 5 taps
      • $11
    • Little Red Fox
      • 5035 Connecticut Ave. NW (at Nebraska)
      • 7:30a-7:30p Tues-Sun (closed Mon)
      • 2 taps
      • $20
    • Broad Branch Market
      • 5608 Broad Branch Rd. NW
      • 9a-8p Mon-Sat, 9a-7p Sun
      • 3 taps
      • $14
    • Giant – Cathedral Commons
      • 3336 Wisconsin Ave. NW (at Macomb)
      • 10a-10p
      • 8 taps
      • $15
    • Whole Foods Tenley
      • 4530 40th St. NW (off Wisconsin and Albermarle)
      • 8a-10p
      • 5-6 taps
      • $14?

Breweries/Brewpubs

The Sovereign Opens Thursday in Georgetown

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The Sovereign, website, Facebook, Twitter, 1206 Wisconsin Ave. NW (essentially “32nd” and M), the Belgian bistro and beer spot in Georgetown from the Neighborhood Restaurant Group folks (Churchkey, GBD, Iron Gate, The Partisan, etc.), is set to officially open to the public this Thursday, February 4th.

The cozy two story bar (84 seat dining room on ground floor with 57 seats upstairs) features rare Belgian and Belgian-style beer as well as cocktails featuring genever (Dutch gin). The dark and moody spot is down a lantern lit alley (think Iron Gate) just off the northwestern corner of Wisconsin and M Street NW a few steps south of El Centro Georgetown (the signage is pretty noticeable walking by the alley on Wisconsin). 50 beers will be on draft (like Churchkey) and 300 more bottles will be available. The more formal first floor features many romantic booths as well as a chill bar area while the second, more lit, floor features a lot of great standing areas/high-top tables to rest your drink on along with two TVs. Although there’s not much natural light in the place, the vibe is still great and expect this to be popular, even though it is in Georgetown and was previously home to the unmemorable Champs and Blue Gin.

At a preview event Monday night, NRG beer director Greg Engert personally passed around pours of one of his favorite beers, the Saison D’Epeautre from the Blaugies brewery in Hainaut, Belgium. This fantastic brew is a reflection of the quality of beer at The Sovereign – I sampled a variety of Belgian beers styles including saison, pale ale with figs (acquired taste), stout, porter, and blonde ale.

For more details, I highly recommend (the slightly esoteric for non-beer dilettantes, but still great) 3 part interview on Dcbeer.com by Dcbeerbill; those with less time should check out Fritz Hahn’s piece in the Post.

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Limited drink menu for preview night.