6400 Chillum Place. N.W.
Washington, DC 20012
Two To The Dome by 3 Stars Brewing Company is a perfect Independence Day beer. Available in 16 oz. cans, it is a double IPA that is brewed with three different types of hops and has a heavy 8.9 percent ABV. The beer is bright and juicy with floral and citrus notes and finishes with balanced bitterness. It pairs very well with grilled meats and summer salads.
3178 Bladensburg Rd., N.E.
Washington, DC 20018
DC Brau’s Brau Pils can pair with freshly cut watermelon as easily as it can with spicy barbecued ribs. A German Pilsner, it has a light body, moderate carbonation and an assertive yet restrained hop character with 4.6 percent ABV. According to the brewer, you will find aromas of earthy, spicy noble hops are chased by a rich, cracker-like note backed up with clean, malty notes and a neutral lager yeast profile.
2052 West Virginia Ave., N.E., Suite 102
Washington, DC 20002
District Common is a cool crisp lager that is very quaffable in the D.C. heat and pairs perfectly with hot dogs, burgers and crabs. It is a California Common style beer with 5.1 percent ABV and features biscuit malt and Czech Saaz hops. This beer is brewed by Atlas Brew Works, which is a 100 percent solar-powered brewer — so you can feel extra good as you kick back a few brews.
5788 2nd St., N.E.
Washington, DC 20011
Hellbender’s Southern Torrent is light and crisp with big flavor, making it a perfect refreshment for an afternoon cookout in the hot D.C. summer. It is a traditional Belgian Saison with a burst of apple, citrus and pear flavors up front and a floral aroma complemented with spicy, peppery notes from late Noble hops additions. Southern Torrent has 5.5 percent ABV.
3950 Wheeler Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22304
Named Small Brewery of the Year at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival, Port City knows how to make good beer. And its Derecho Common is a great choice for any backyard summer gathering. A California Common style beer that has 4.85 percent ABV, it is deep golden in color with biscuity malt flavors and a spicy, citrusy hop finish imparted by Centennial hops. This summer seasonal is the perfect refreshment when the mercury starts to rise, but is assertive enough to pair with anything coming off the grill.