Beer in Alexandria:
Old and New Places to Enjoy a Brew
It’s March which means St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. We all know Alexandria celebrates St. Paddy’s Day in a big way, complete with lots of beer! Just in time for the big day, there is great news for Alexandria beer lovers. Several new beer-centric establishments are in the works in Alexandria which will complement the existing establishments like Rustico, Port City, Murphy’s, Brabo, and Union Street Public House.
Aslin Beer Co.
847 S. Pickett Street
Herndon-based craft brewery Aslin Beer Co. is moving its headquarters to 847 S. Pickett Street in the West End. The 25,000 square foot space will include production space, a tasting room, and space for private events. Check out Aslin’s lineup of beers here.
Augie’s Mussel House
1106 King Street
This Old Town Belgian mussel house and beer patio had temporarily opened as a pop-up over the summer. Renovations are currently underway and the permanent space is expected to open later this spring. Plans include garage-style doors that will create an indoor/outdoor flow, promising to make Augie’s one of the best places to drink or dine outdoors in town. Augie’s will offer an excellent array of domestic and Belgian beers, in bottles, cans and on draft. Insider tip: Be sure to try the Frites & Dips when Augie’s re-opens!
1503 Mount Vernon Avenue
Charlie’s on the Avenue team plans to open The Garden adjacent to its current establishment (former site of Greenstreet Gardens). This team, which also owns Live Oak, plans to offer beer, wine, and cocktails, a menu of Mexican cuisine, small plates, and charcuterie. Word is that The Garden will be dog-friendly and offer lots of games, including corn hole, Jenga, and Connect Four!
In the meantime, you can enjoy a St. Patrick’s Day beer at one of the many other established beer gardens in Alexandria and around the Washington, DC area.
Hops ‘n Shine
3410 Mount Vernon Avenue
Just north of Del Ray, the Hops ‘n Shine offers an amazing selection of beer – 54 drafts in all! The beers are organized into categories such as Dark & Malty, hoppy, and even gluten-free. Visit hungry and be sure to try the artisan spiral hot dogs with tater tots or one of Hops ‘n Shine’s signature grilled cheese specialties, such as the “Let’s Shroom,” with muenster cheese, portobellos, arugula, and a balsamic reduction.
1007 8th Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
Calling itself DC’s “secret beer garden,” this German-style beer garden is located on Capitol Hill near both Nats Park and the new Audi Field. The Brig serves a variety of German and American craft beers from 20 taps, plus bottled and canned craft beers and ciders, including many local brews. The beer offerings change seasonally and of course, there’s wine and cocktails too. Enjoy traditional German fare at The Brig, including Bavarian soft pretzels with spicy mustard and beer cheese, brats, German potato salad, and the “Debreziner,” which is smoked pork, beef, garlic, and red peppers in lamb casing. Bring the whole family – The Brig prides itself on being kid- and dog-friendly.
The Midlands Beer Garden
3333 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20010
This Parkview craft beer joint features a cozy outdoor space to enjoy your beer, complete with picnic tables and fire pits. Midlands Beer Garden offers 22 draft beers inside and additional taps outside (plus wines by the bottle and some spirits). Beers are served in 10,16, 25, or 34-ounce sizes. Its five HDTVs and two 100″ HD projector screens carry Direct TV and the Big 10 Network. Midlands serves up the usual bar food with some German classics, like a bratwurst and kraut dish and large soft pretzels. Midland’s happy hour takes place every Monday through Thursday from 4-7 p.m. Other draws – Midlands offers free pool, live music, and is dog-friendly! Check out its special events like Saturday morning yoga – the $15 ticket includes a yoga class and a DogfishHead Namaste Wit-bier.
Dacha Beer Garden
1600 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Located in the Shaw neighborhood, this classic Bavarian beer garden features German, Belgian, and American craft beers along with wines, meads, ciders and other. Bring your dog and enjoy your brew at one of the picnic tables below its giant mural of Elizabeth Taylor. Dacha serves classic beer garden fare such as fried pickles, currywurst, brats, and those giant soft pretzels! Stop by for Happy Hour every Monday through Thursday from 4 – 7 pm. Dacha celebrates many special events like Springfest, Sour Liz Week, DC Beer Week, Cider Liz Week and Oktoberfest. Join the Dacha Beer Club, which meets every Wednesday from March to November, to check out new, special, or seasonal releases from one of Dacha’s favorite breweries.
Westover Beer Garden
5863 Washington Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22205
Part neighborhood market, part beer garden, Westover Beer Garden offers an astounding variety of domestic, import, and microbrews on 10 draft lines inside and six more in its leafy beer garden. Also recognized as one of the Northern Virginia’s best butcher shops, Westover’s meaty menu items such as burgers with house-cured bacon, brisket, pulled pork, house-made roast beef and corned beef, do not disappoint. While you’re there, be sure to check out the market’s “Great Wall of Beer,” with over 1,000 beers! Check the events site for occasional live music.
The Bottom Line
There you have it! The best places to enjoy beer in Alexandria and around town this month – or anytime!
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