You know those people who never leave northwest DC or whatever other small area of the District they have carved out as their own? I have been guilty of this in the past (and still rarely venture into Virginia or Maryland, I am sorry to say). I’m also very guilty of this behavior in my beer-buying life. I tend to visit my same corner convenience liquor store when I need a 6-pack, and at that store I am faced with nearly the same selection each week.

It’s hard to know what you’re missing when you never go looking for it, and we were certain the #dcbrews community has had some experience in finding the perfect gem of a craft beer store or department that the rest of us beer savvy Washingtonians could capitalize on. We were right. As one of our Friday questions, we asked you where you go to find great beer and why. And you answered!

You can see the full Storify of your responses to our Friday below, but we have also put together a short guide to some great places to find a 6-pack, 750mL, or growler of your favorite brew. Variety, quality, knowledge, and freshness were several key factors in the picks highlighted below. Our Twitter followers contributed greatly along with the DCBeer team.

Our picks are organized by the most-mentioned favorites, and then highlighted by area of town. If a dinner party or gathering is bringing you to an unfamiliar part of town, be sure to check out the “Other Favorites” section for a quick recommendation on where to pick up some good brews on your way!

What did we miss? If you have a favorite shop at which to buy beer in the District or its surrounding suburbs, let us know in the comments! Away we go!


Top Picks

Whole Foods Market P Street
Logan Circle
1440 P Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
P: 202.332.4300
T: @WholeFoodsPST

Hours: Open Daily from 9am-10:30pm (for beer and wine sales)

Why People Like It: Great knowledge from the beer buyer, unique brews, ever-changing selection of great, fresh beer with good prices
Pro-Tip: See our post tomorrow for an extensive interview with Whole Foods P Street’s Beer Buyer, Randy Kuczor!

Arrowine Inc.

4508 Lee Highway
Arlington, VA 22207
P: 703.525.0990
T: @ArrowineInc

Hours: Mon-Sat: 10am-8pm; Sun: 11am-5pm

Why People Like It: Great selection and craft beer knowledge curated by beer buyer Nick Anderson
Pro-Tip: You can sign up for beer updates on their website at

Columbia Heights
3103 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20010
P: 202.234.0044
T: @dvinesDC

Growler Hours: M-Th: 12:30-9:30pm; Fri-Sat: 12:30-10:30pm; Sun: 12:30-8:30pm

Why People Like It: Great growler prices and a wide variety of beers on tap
Pro-Tip: Check out the 14 beers they have on draft for growler fills at their website ( Some 64oz growler refills are on sale from 5-8 on Thursdays.

Friendship Heights
5100 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
P: 202.363.3466
T: @RodmansDC

Hours: Mon-Sat: 9am-9:30pm; Sun: 10am-7pm

Why People Like It: great selection, knowledgeable and friendly staff, fresh beer at good prices, great selection of international beers
Pro-Tip: Search their beer shop (including prices) online at


Connecticut Avenue Wine & Liquors
DuPont Circle
1529 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
P: 202.332.0240
T: @ConnAveWines

Hours: Open Daily from 9:30am-10pm

Why People Like It: friendly, great selection (including some beers that are unavailable most places in DC), convenient location (right off the Dupont Circle Metro)

GRAPE + BEAN–Rosemont
2 East Walnut Street
Alexandria, VA 22301
P: 703.888.0709

Hours: Tues: 11:30am-8pm; W-F: 11:30am-10pm; Sat: 9am-10pm; Sun: 11am-6pm

Pro-tip: Sign up for the weekly beer e-mail newsletter to see what’s on tap, what new beers are coming out, etc.

Other Favorites by Neighborhood

District of Columbia

Adams Morgan

Capitol Hill?

Chevy Chase?

Dupont Circle?

Eastern Market?



Navy Yard?


U Street?

Tenleytown/Van Ness/Cleveland Park?

Woodley Park?


Falls Church?

Del Ray?


Old Town Alexandria?




Silver Spring?

Your Responses!