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Best Craft Beer Bars In DC

October 31, 2012 6:00 AM

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The area’s beer scene has exploded not only with imports, but with delicious local brews perfect for any sud lover. Even the president’s brewing these days, which goes to show that D.C. likes a side of innovation with its politics. These bars offer some of the best craft beers in the area.

Daily Grill
1200 18th St.
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 822-5282
www.dailygrill.com

Enjoy a newly designed bar with fantastic happy hour specials perfect for any beer lover. With the $250,000 remodel of the space, guests will be impressed at the transformation implemented in part by StreetSense (design agency). Daily Grill hosts a weekly happy hour between 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. The location also hosts all-day specials for happy hour on Sundays.

Churchkey
1337 14th St.
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 567-2576
www.churchkeydc.com

Churchkey is a beer drinker’s best friend, the place responsible for some of the best Oktoberfest at Rustico events. Churchkey carries more than 500 beer labels from more than 30 countries. Nestled in the Logan Circle neighborhood, this is always a nice place to stop in for great-tasting selections. It’s by far one of the best-known favorites to many bartenders in the area, so you know Churchkey is doing something right.

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Brasserie Beck
1101 K St.
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 408-1717
www.beckdc.com

Fine dining is complimented here with unique Belgian influences, a staple for this innovative restaurant. Here you may enjoy more than 100 types of Belgian beers as well as some gluten-free selections. The venue offers a contemporary European atmosphere with half-price specials Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This is where you go when you feel like stepping your game up just a few notches for a high-end experience.

Meridian Pint
3400 11th St.
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202) 588-1075
www.meridianpint.com/

The slogan, “A Neighborhood Gathering Place” definitely holds true. Cozy among the transformed Columbia Heights area sits one of the best and most overlooked bars. Recently hosting an amazing beer and cheese pairing showdown for D.C. Beer Week, this among the friendliest places for novice beer enthusiasts to get schooled. Carrying labels such as D.C. Brau the Citizen, Port City Oktoberfest, and Lost Rhino Rye Wit, it’s the perfect place for everything from Oktoberfest to those weary winters that just call for a good brew.

Smith Commons
1245 H St.
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 396-0038
www.smithcommonsdc.com

Smith Commons is probably the fastest-growing venue among H Street. After hosting the Craft Club House during the H Street Festival 2012, it’s no wonder that many people venture away from the bustling downtown to drink some of the best selections here. With three uniquely designed floors courtesy of 36ixty (a design agency) and the newly added mural on the side of the building, Smith Commons continues to expand the dedicated loyalist following of consumers.

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Lorenzo Holmes is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. His work can be found on Examiner.com.
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