beer, etc. in dc
I'm making a trip to DC this weekend for a wedding and was wondering what beer sights to see. The obvious ones that I know of are the Brickskellar and Dr Dremo's. I was hoping for some suggestions about other good beer bars/brewpubs. Also, where are the good places to pick up brews to bring back home? I think the two I've patronized are Cairo and Central Liquors.
And if you have any solid cheap eats recommendations, too, they're more than welcome (Vietnamese, Chinese, burritos, pizza, you name it).
You're in luck, because the Post just did a big article on artisan breweries in the area -- should still be available on their website. One tip: the new Gordon Biersch downtown is probably not worth a trip. I used to work next to the original one in Palo Alto, and can say that it's gotten too chain-y with a concomitant decrease in quality of food and atmosphere.
Other good retailers are Whole Foods Markets (my employer, although I don't work at these locations) on P St and in Georgetown, and Chevy Chase Wines & Spirits.
Thanks for the responses. I also received suggestions from the Atlanta beer list and ones a buddy got from the DC beer list about a month ago.
Jim, I'm curious whether you've come across a friend of mine who is a corporate trainer for Whole Foods. His name is Michael, he lives in Philly, and he reminds me a lot at times of Woody Allen (doesn't hurt that he's a big fan). Great guy- our wives went to college together.
Good Beer Bars
DC-The Brickskeller, The Big Hunt, Kramerbooks/Afterwords Cafe-All are in or near Dupont Circle
Bedrock Billiards-Adams Morgan
The Saloon-U St
THe Lost Dog Cafe-Arlingon, VA-Also a great place to grab some lunch
Galaxy Hut-Arlington, VA
Hard Times Cafe-Woodbridge, Herndon, VA-There are a few other locatons for Hard Times but these two have the best selections
Good cheap eats
Pho Sate-Falls Church, VA-Best pho place on the planet, make sure you get Cha Go GA(Chicken Rolls)and Cafe Suda(iced coffee with condensed milk)
Cafe Asia-Arlington, VA
Busara-Upper Georgetown, DC-Great Thai restaurant with a wonderful beer selection, not that cheap but worth it
Restaurant Abby-Arlington, VA-Great El Salvadorian Rest.
There is a few recomendations
Craft Brewers Guild
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