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Best brewery tour/tasting?

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katecm Jun 12, 2012 09:35 AM

My parents are coming down to visit this weekend and, after 11 years of sightseeing on visits, I'm looking for new things to do. I thought a brewery tour and tasting would be just the ticket. I've done the Port City one and it was FANTASTIC. But I'd prefer to stay in the city proper, for a variety of reasons. So, I was wondering if anyone had done the DC Brau tasting and tour, and how it was. Any input is much appreciated! Thanks!

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  1. agarnett100 RE: katecm Jun 12, 2012 12:18 PM

    DC Brau tasting and tour its okay if have done a tour of a larger brewery its could be disappointing. The best part is always the free samples. They have a small stand set up serving tasty treats

    1. air RE: katecm Jun 12, 2012 12:28 PM

      Most small craft breweries have similar setups and tours: located in spartan industrial park-ish areas, has a food vendor/food truck, relaxed vibe, lots of sample pours provided. In a sense, it's almost like once you've been to one, you've seen them all ("here are our bright tanks, here are some fermenters, this is where we age the beer, this the canning/bottling line").

      Either way, it's still a lot of fun and it's certainly worth supporting your local brewery. Their tour is given by their brewer (one of maybe like four or five employees of the brewery) and it hits a good balance between simplicity and being informative. Just get there early on, because it's a small place. They only have a limited number of taps and few volunteers so it can get crowded with long waits for samples.

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        katecm RE: air Jun 12, 2012 01:08 PM

        Good to know. Thanks both. There's nothing anywhere near their teeny town that resembles a brewery, so it'll be a first - and at least it avoids another trip to Mt Vernon or the Natural History Museum.

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        flavrmeistr RE: katecm Jun 13, 2012 10:10 PM

        Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick has a cool tour and a great tap room where you can sample all their available products, plus some that aren't yet distributed. You can skip the tour and just go to the taproom. Bring a driver.

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          Insidious Rex RE: flavrmeistr Jun 14, 2012 10:45 AM

          Yeah I thought of that too and maybe hit Brewers Alley while you are there but Im thinking if Alexandria is too far Frederick would be light years out of range. And I dont think Chocolate City does brewery tours yet so your choices are limited in DC proper.

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            katecm RE: Insidious Rex Jun 14, 2012 12:53 PM

            Yeah, sounds good for a road trip with friends but not for this trip. And it's not even distance - it's more a "please, Mom and Dad, PLEASE see how great DC is!"

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