Wineries and breweries are officially old hat now that DC is home to a new crop of local distilleries. Take a weekend to head out to some of our favorite spots for locally made vodka, gin, whisky, and rum.
A ten-minute drive from the St. Gregory, this airy U Street distillery features steampunk-style decor (think giant, brass vats). Make sure to sign up for a tour so you can sample the spirits on offer, which include rum, vodka, gin, and whiskey. Once you’re done snapping pictures and sipping your shot glasses, head to the bar for a smooth cocktail.
1414 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Women power is the name of the game at this 100 percent female-owned distillery in Northeast DC. The vodka-and whiskey-focused spot offers tours of its premises, along with private tastings, to interested booze-lovers on weekends. You can also head to the tasting room to try cocktails like a ginger-inflected Moscow Mule.
1369 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002
This well-known DC distillery crafts one of the city’s top spirits: Green Hat Gin. You’ll see this staple on menus all across the city, so you can’t leave the District without paying a visit to this spot, which offers free Saturday tours and tasting, along with delicious seasonal $5 cocktails.
1832 Fenwick St NE, Washington, DC 20002
At this Northeast DC distillery, you can take a free tour of the spacious facilities and sample some whiskey, gin, or vodka. We recommend hanging out at the bar afterward to try one of the housemade cocktails so you can discover how One Eight’s spirits taste in a mix.
1135 Okie St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Sure, vodka and whiskey are great, but good times call for a shot of rum. To play pirate, head to DC’s only rum distillery, run by two former NASA-staffers-turned-booze makers. You can enjoy a selection of delicious cocktails along with a tour of the premises
1330 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002