5 places you need to hit for Oktoberfest in DC

Published On 09/25/2014 Published On 09/25/2014
Laura Hayes
Laura Hayes
Laura Hayes
Bar Dupont
Mad Fox Brewing Company
Biergarten Haus
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1. The Fainting Goat 1330 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (U Street)

The Fainting Goat has an impressive selection of craft brews on draft, along with a tiered food menu (Nibble, Graze, Chomp, and Feed) to make sure you don't resemble their namesake after too many beers.

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2. Dacha Beer Garden 1600 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (Shaw)

It turns out Russian owners Ilya Alter and Dmitri Chekaldin know a lot about German beer -- their friendly, open-air Shaw garden offers a broad selection of international suds, plus a menu that not only features standard bratwursts and pretzels, but also extends its reach with a bucket of mussels, a chicken schnitzel sandwich, and grilled steak skewers. Grab a communal picnic table and raise a pint in the seasonal garden, which is open in spring through fall.

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3. Bar Dupont 1500 New Hampshire Avenue, NW , Washington, DC , DC 20036 (Dupont Circle)

Perfect for happy hour and having a drink outdoors (they have a patio), Bar Dupont, located in Dupont circle, also has a great selection of beer and top-shelf liquor.

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4. Mad Fox Brewery 444 West Broad St , Falls Church, VA 22046 (Falls Church)

With brews named "Headcracker" and "Blithering Idiot", it's OK to be afraid of barleywines. But if you're not, head out to Mad Fox this weekend for the two-day bash with live music and more than 30 of the high-octane suds on draught and cask.

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5. Biergarten Haus 1355 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002 (Washington Dc)

The Haus is a 7,000sqft bastion of Bavarian revelry, with twin darkwood upstairs/downstairs bars backed by rows of ornamental steins and mounted deer heads, plus a gorgeously wood-fenced, massive outdoor space for you to enjoy in warmer weather.



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