A number of great craft beer restaurants are participating in Restaurant, and a few are featuring their brews. DC’s winter Restaurant Week runs January 17-23, and Alexandria’s Restaurant Week is January 21-30.

While DC is probably known more for its food than its craft beer (trust us, we’re working to change that impression), DC and Alexandria’s Restaurant Week has its advantages for beer-lovers.  A number of great craft beer restaurants are participating, and a few are featuring their brews.  DC’s winter Restaurant Week runs January 17-23.  A few end a tad sooner, and others extend it through January 30.  Just the 3rd ever winter Restaurant Week for Alexandria runs January 21-30.  Most restaurants offer a standard, $35 (plus tax and tip) prix-fixe menu with three courses for dinner, and some offer a lunch-only menu at a lower price of $20.  A few restaurants, like Birch & Barley and Old Town’s new Pizzeria Paradiso, are pairing beers with their courses.  And who wouldn’t like “Belgian beer doughnuts” from Belga with double chocolate milk and cherry jam?  Krispy Kreme-haters…that’s who.

Anyways…below is our hopefully exhaustive list.  All of these restaurants have great menus, with some featuring superior food while others offering superior beer.  Personally, I’d go with Birch & Barley; but you should also use this opportunity to try some hidden gems (Againn, Columbia Firehouse, Vermillion, etc.) that are more known for their food than their excellent selections of craft brews.

DC Restaurant Week (Runs January 17-23 and all menus feature a $35.11 plus tax/tip, prix fixe, 3-course menu unless noted otherwise.  Links to menus embedded.)

Againn; 1099 New York Avenue NW; 202-639-9830

Sponsorship

Belga Cafe; 514 8th Street SE; 202-544-0100

Birch & Barley; 1337 14th St NW; 202-567-2576

District Chophouse; 509 7th Street NW; (202) 347-3434

Liberty Tavern; 3195 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201; 703.465.936

Mad Fox Brewing Co.; 444 W. Broad St, Suite I (Eye), Falls Church, VA 22046; 703-942-6840

Smith Commons; 1245 H St NE; 202-396-0038

Alexandria Restaurant Week (Runs January 21-30)

Bilbo Baggins; 208 Queen St; 703-683-0300

Sponsorship

Columbia Firehouse; 109 South St. Asaph Street, Alexandria VA 22314; 703-683-1776

The Light Horse; 715 King St.; 703-549-0533

Pizzeria Paridiso; 124 King Street; 703-837-1245

Union Street Public House; 121 S. Union Street; 703-548-1785

Sponsorship

Vermillion; 1120 King Street; 703.684.9669

Thanks to DCFoodies and Visit Alexandria for compiling participating restaurants and menus.  Bethesda and Chevy Chase have a joint Restaurant Week January 24-30, but their participating restaurants aren’t for the craft beer enthusiasts as far as I can tell.

Let us know in the comments section if we missed any, or if you make it out to any of these places.