Red Bear is an anchor of Northeast DC’s NoMa neighborhood. The beer here has a bit of a West Coast flare, thanks to the Seattle roots of its co-founders.The space is open and inviting, with shelves of free board games, indoor and outdoor seating, and weekday happy hour from noon to 6 pm Monday through Thursday. Expect a lot of variety on the draft list as the brewers experiment across styles and flavor profiles.
Beers to try: The seasonal Gourd Riddance pumpkin brown ale is sweater weather in a glass, packed with warming spices and roasted notes. After that, fire up the grunge albums and sip some Skookum, Red Bear’s Pacific Northwest-style red ale. It combines a malty backbone with grapefruit and piney hops in a way that’s bitter, dank, and balanced.