Craft beers are served together in a sampler tray for the beer enthusiast at a restaurant in Oregon.

Long gone are the days when drinking beer was reserved for football fans and over-eager college partiers. Now it’s as much of an aficionado’s delight as wine or food. Micro-brews, local ingredients and exploratory flavors are all the rage these days, and you can sample each of these popular trends at one of our favorite craft breweries in Washington, DC.

DC Brau

This award-winning brewing company has championed the local scene for years. Stop by for one of many free Saturday tours where you can imbibe with a pint or walk away with either a 32oz or 64 oz growler. Brau’s must try beer is called On The Wings of Armageddon, a single hop blend with pale malt and pilsner creating a citrusy smooth sip.

District Chophouse & Brewery

This restaurant and brewery in Washington, DC offers a hearty bite of America with steakhouse classics paired with handcrafted beers from its onsite brewery. From New York Strips to Center Cut Angus Filet Mignons, the fare matches up well with hoppy IPAs, malty amber ales and sweet oatmeal stouts.

3 Stars Brewing Company

This brewing company is devoted to bringing locally hand crafted brews to Washington, DC, and it does well with white IPAs, farmhouse ales and more. Those looking to see the facilities can learn about the brewing process during free Saturday tours at 2 & 3pm. The brewery also does growler and tasting hours Thursday-Sunday.

Atlas Brew Works

Atlas features one of the best brewery tours and tasting rooms in all of DC with free admission and a reliable cohort of food trucks constantly hanging around the premises. The brewery also hosts a variety of events including burger pairings, beer scavenger hunts and barbecues. Atlas’s go-to brew is the District Common, which features biscuit malt and Czech Saaz hops.

Right Proper Brewing Company

Right Proper is exactly the type of brewery that its name claims to be: proper. Its “yeast forward” concoctions use various mixes of yeasts traditionally seen at farmhouse breweries. From a strong Belgian Saison to a golden ale named after Duke Ellington, there are plenty of crafty sips and local insights at this distributor. Also a restaurant, Right Proper lets visitors taste each of these delightful beers with a burger, sandwich or salad.

Alewerks

A short drive from Capitol Hill Hotel, Alewerks offers tours Mondays through Saturdays and Taproom hours every day of the week. Top drafts from this brewery in historic Williamsburg, VA include the Drake Tail Ale IPA, Washington’s Porter and Pumpkin Ale, all available at Capitol HIll Hotel’s Pumpkinpalooza!