Do you have a DC beer bucket list? You do now! We asked 10 brewers, beer writers, beer directors, bar owners, and the like to name their all-time favorite local beers for the benefit of the thirsty masses. See which local suds they never pass up -- it should cure your case of local beer FOMO now that there are so many options. ("Local" is being defined as DC, MD, and VA.)
Hardywood Park Craft Brewing Cream Ale
"A legendary American beer invention." That's what Garrett Peck calls cream ales. "They're crisp and slightly citrusy, not unlike a Kölsch, yet they're relegated to relative obscurity today. It’s a fine session beer," says the beer author. Hardywood's take comes in a can as a nod to Richmond's claim to fame of introducing the world to canned beer. First released in May 2013, Hardywood's homage to Krueger Brewing Company's cream ale is unfiltered, smooth, and super-refreshing. Garrett points out that the forthcoming Portner Brewhouse in Alexandria plans to make a cream ale when it opens.