Chilling the beer and heating up the grill are unofficial 4th of July traditions. However, finding the right beer to go with your barbecue can sometimes be a challenge. Fortunately, you will not go wrong celebrating Independence Day with one of these local craft beers.
Two To The Dome By 3 Stars
6400 Chillum Place. N.W.
Washington, DC 20012
(202) 670-0333
www.3starsbrewing.com

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.

Brau Pils By DC Brau
3178 Bladensburg Rd., N.E.
Washington, DC 20018
(202) 621-8890
www.dcbrau.com

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.

District Common By Atlas Brew Works
2052 West Virginia Ave., N.E., Suite 102
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 832-0420
www.atlasbrewworks.com

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.

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Southern Torrent By Hellbender
5788 2nd St., N.E.
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 827-8768
www.hellbenderbeer.com

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.

Derecho Common By Port City
3950 Wheeler Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22304
(703) 797-2739
www.portcitybrewing.com

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.

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Based in Washington, D.C., Troy Petenbrink is a freelance writer, blogger and social media influencer. A member of the North American Travel Journalists Association and the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association, he has written for Fodor’s, Travel Channel, and Miami Herald, among other outlets. http://www.examiner.com/wine-and-spirits-travel-3-in-washington-dc/troy-petenbrink