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Best Beer Selection/Beer Halls in Washington, D.C.

May 18, 2011 5:22 AM

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When it comes to the best beer selection and beer halls in Washington, D.C., we’re not talking tailgate territory; this is serious beer. Prepare to devote serious perusing time to these menus, to have questions to ask the bartender, and to even be a little confused as to why your glass looks different from you dining companion’s glass. In short, prepare to learn more than you ever knew about beer upon visiting these spots with the best beer lists in D.C. – Allie Moore
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RFD (Regional Food and Drink)

810 7th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 289-2030
www.lovethebeer.com/rfd.html

“The World of Beer in the Heart of the City,” RFD Washington is centrally located in Chinatown, right near the Verizon Center. After a Capitals or Wizards game, head to RFD for some of the best beer selection in Washington, D.C. The menu, which labels Miller Lite as a “training beer,” changes weekly and offers servings by the sample or by the glass. Sip inside and watch people walk by on 7th Street, or step out back to the patio and sip al fresco.

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ChurchKey

1337 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 567-2576
www.churchkeydc.com

With more than 555 beers in stock, ChurchKey has quickly made a name for itself as a popular Logan Circle hot spot, with one of the longest bars in the district. The draft list is separated into categories, such as Fruit and Spice, Hop, Crisp and Authentic Cask Ale, and all beers are served in specific vessels designed to ensure maximum quality and taste of each type of beer. Don’t overlook the food, either, because this is not your typical bar fare. Choose from salads or innovative flatbreads, such as the cheddar broccoli flatbread or the fig and prosciutto flatbread with caramelized onions and Gorgonzola. As an appetizer, try the arrancini – peas, prosciutto and fontina risotto balls. For a more low-key environment, step downstairs to sister restaurant Birch and Barley.

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Rock Creek (formerly Brickskeller)

1523 22nd St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 293-1885
www.lovethebeer.com/brickskeller

In the cozy corner where Brickskeller once was sits Rock Creek, another one of the best beer halls in Washington, D.C. Start your beer-iffic experience with pierogies – pasta filled with potato and cheddar cheese – or the Pentagon Cheese Board – five cheeses served with a loaf of warm French bread. You’ll find it will be difficult to be disappointed with more than 1,000 beers served by the bottle. Cheers!

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Birreria Paradiso

3282 M St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 337-1245

2003 P St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 223-1245

124 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 837-1245
www.eatyourpizza.com

Part of Pizzeria Paradiso, beers on the beer list at these popular pizza joints pair perfectly with their prized pies. A birreria exists at all three locations with bar, lounge and table seating. The beer list features 16 drafts and more than 200 bottled selections, as well as a British-style cask ale, each served in distinct glasses. The creators hoped to bring attention to the beer and pizza pairing phenomenon akin to the ever popular wine and cheese relationship, and they certainly succeeded.

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