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Arlington’s breweries and beer-centric restaurants offer something for newbies and craft beer enthusiasts alike.

Arlington takes its brew seriously with craft breweries, restaurants and bars offering exceptional beer selections. And it is quickly becoming recognized as a go-to spot for great beer. “One thing unique to Arlington is the array of good beer places concentrated in the Wilson Boulevard corridor,” said Stephen Lipps, D.C. correspondent for Mid-Atlantic Brewing News. “D.C. has areas with good beer bars, but not so many as this area between Clarendon and Courthouse offers, which is even more enticing when you have the Metro available at either end of this strip.”

Local Breweries

  • Heritage Brewing Co., in Clarendon’s Market Common, is a combination of a brewery, bottle shop and a farm-to-table restaurant. The location operates as a barrel aging house and provides small pilot batches.
  • The New District Brewing Co. in Shirlington features a brewery and tasting room with a warehouse vibe. Sample beers like the popular Belgian style saison 1821 or something from their seasonal selection.

Beer-Centric Restaurants & Bars

Beer lovers’ oases include Heavy Seas Alehouse in Rosslyn, Fire Works American Pizzeria & Bar in Courthouse, Lyon Hall in Clarendon, and Rustico and Crafthouse in Ballston. Continental Beer Garden, in the Rosslyn neighborhood, offers a drinking spot with games and outdoor seating in season. Rosslyn’s Hyatt Centric Arlington offers a growler program featuring 10 local beers. Arlington even has a Great Wall of Beer, a who’s who of craft brews, at the Westover Market & Beer Garden.