Where to Find Craft Beer at The DC Wharf
We drank a lot of craft beer at the DC Wharf….just for you. What we found is there are plenty of options to find good, hard to get, beer at the Wharf. After sobering up after our recent craft beer binge at the Wharf we cobbled together our notes and are happy to present our rundown of where to find the high-end hops.
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Pearl Street Warehouse
In January, Pearl Street Warehouse tapped Bell’s Hopslam, a double IPA with 10% ABV (alcohol by volume). This is the first of many future limited-release brews on rotation. Also on tap are local selections from the likes of Solace Brewing (Dulles, VA), Peabody Heights (Baltimore, MD), Jailbreak (Laurel, MD), and Anxo Cider (DC…cider counts in this post), and nationally from Bell’s Brewing (Kalamazoo, MI), North Coast Brewing (Ft. Bragg, CA) and Cigar City (Tampa, FL). Beverage director Joelle Callahan chooses what patrons love. Pair your brew with great tater tots or chef specials every day of the week at Pearl.
Union Stage offers 24-plus craft brews mostly on tap and a few in cans at the intimate, live music venue. In both the tap room and the speakeasy-style underground jam venue, patrons can try the Union Stage IPA and the Union Stage Pilsner, proprietarily crafted for Union Stage by Caboose Brewing located in Vienna and Fairfax, VA. That’s the tip of the iceberg for any cicerone (yep, that’s the official word for beer expert). Ocelot (Dulles, VA), Flying Dog (Frederick, MD), Atlas (DC), Right Proper (DC), Victory (Downingtown, PA)…just to name a few, are on tap and poured to be enjoyed while jamming-out to incredible local music or enjoying a pizza at the bar in the tap room.
Cordial at The Wharf
Need to pick up a six-pack for home or a gift? Cordial at The Wharf has an outstanding selection of craft beer, and business is hot. In fact, owner Chuck Waldmann tells us the beers fly out the door so fast that creating a list is futile because it is constantly changing. Waldmann pulls from a robust rotation of 30 to 40 craft beers that are brewed within 100 miles of the District. Walk into Cordial and you can save yourself the hour-plus drive north to Maryland. Instead, pick up the Brookeville Prevailing Winds (Brookeville, MD), Union Duckpin (Baltimore, MD) or stock up on Manor Hill Grisette Farmhouse Ale (Ellicott City, MD). Catch the salty breeze without the bridge delay, and grab the shore originals RAR Groove City (Cambridge, MD) and Back Bay Apple Blossom (Virginia Beach, VA). Or fuck it, just stay within the DMV with your choice of DC Brau Pils, Three Stars Peppercorn Saison, and Port City Optimal Wit. Anyway, I could go on about the remaining 30-something breweries represented in the hidden cooler past the checkout station, however, this list is probably outdated, so stop reading and go buy local craft beer at Cordial.
Still thirsty? Brighton serves 15-plus local and national craft beers, on draft and in cans or bottles from the likes of Heavy Seas Loose Cannon from nearby Baltimore, Peak Organic Happy Hour Pils from Portland, Maine, and Oskar Blues Old Chub Scotch Ale with locations in Longmont, Colorado, Brevard, North Carolina, and Austin, Texas.
Hank’s Oyster Bar
There’s time for one more before last call, and that’s at Hank’s Oyster Bar. Hank’s is pouring it’s namesake Hank’s Hops brewed by Atlas Brew Works based here in the District. Additionally, local staples from 3 Stars, DC Brau and Port City are all represented alongside Dogfish Head Sea Quench, a salty nod to our neighboring Delaware beaches. Enjoy and live the #wharflifedc!