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Take a Tour of Washington D.C.’s Emerging Craft Beer Scene

The Capital City might be best known for its monuments, but it also has a burgeoning brewery culture

Bluejacket Brewery is one of the newest additions to DC's local beer scene. (Eric Laignel)

Bluejacket Brewery

Greg Engert has been involved in the D.C. beer scene for 12 years, but only recently as a brewer—before that, he cut his teeth by purveying beer for some of the city's most popular restaurants and bars, including ChurchKey and Birch and Barley on 14th Street. But he had always wanted to try his hand at making the stuff he was so good at buying—and when a space opened up in the Navy Yard neighborhood, Engert jumped at the chance to dive in to brewing.

The result is Bluejacket Brewery, which opened its doors in October of 2013. The brewery, which features tours and tastings as well as a restaurant, has made over 70 different types of beers since it first opened. "We wanted to build a brewery without boundaries," Engert explains. "We didn’t want to make a standard brewery: we wanted to make it something new."

That new approach includes featuring 25 different beers at all times—20 on tap and five from casks. And Engert prides himself on his breweries ability to create a diverse range of beers for patrons to sample. "We’ll never have 20 different IPAs on tap. We’ll always have something hoppy, but also something sour, something smoky, something crisp and refreshing," he says. "We’re trying to represent the myriad of flavor profiles you can find."

Free tours offered Saturdays on the hour from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Special tasting tour packages available from $29. 
300 Tingey St SE, Washington, DC 20003 ; (202) 524-4862

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