Each Capitol City Brewing Company location comes equipped with an in-house brewing system. It allows brewmaster Kristi Mathews Griner to monitor every step of her process and start serving her latest handcrafted batches within hours of completion. The system is a point of pride for Capitol City, whose Arlington eatery prominently displays its brewing technology for visitors.
Capitol City's set-up yields four signature beers year-round, including Amber Waves Ale, winner of the Great American Beer Festival's bronze, silver, and gold medals on three separate occasions. Inspired by English-, Belgian-, and German-style brews, Kristi also creates a rotating selection of seasonal beer such as golden ale made with real fruit, rather than the tempting fruit snacks she found in her lunchbox.
Beer not only fills up at least seven or eight Capitol City taps year-round, but also finds its way into the kitchen. Chefs marinate grilled breasts of organic chicken in Amber Waves Ale and flavor juicy bratwursts with Prohibition Porter. Though beer-free, other regional dishes—such as crab cake sandwiches served with house-made Old Bay tartar sauce—are specifically made to complement the bar's pours.
Most people are rightfully terrified of ghosts, but the guides at Nightly Spirits approach the supernatural with a hearty blend of knowledge and wit. Whether they're shedding light on those who once frequented a local pub or the ethereal figures who stalk its rooms at night, they strike a confident pose that sets their guests' beating hearts at ease?if only for a moment.
Each Nightly Spirits pub tour delves into the history and supernatural lore of the area. Dressed in period costume, the guides lead guests to some of the most haunted locales. The tours include stops at up to three pubs and taverns, where guests can fuel up on liquid courage while their guides recount tales of lives past.
There are drinking events, and there are music events. But for ticket-holders to On Tap Magazine's Can Jam Beer & Music Festival, there's no need to choose between the two. Festgoers can sip canned suds from breweries such as Flying Dog, Oskar Blues, Starr Hill, and Yuengling, as they boogie to the Latin-infused rock of Lloyd Dobler Effect, sway to reggae sounds, or channel their inner Grateful Dead as they jam to the sounds of Justin Trawick Group. There will also be games to play and food trucks to sample from the likes of Sol Mexican Grill, Willie's Po' Boy, and Top Dog. A portion of the event's proceeds benefits Southeast Tennis & Learning Center.
Year round, Dandy Fine Dining Restaurant Cruise sets sail down the Potomac in riverboats that fete short-distance travelers with live music, dancing, and gourmet continental cuisine. Passengers snap photos of cherry trees fluttering in pastel pink from the expansive upper deck on springtime cruises, or savor bites of beef burgundy and watch the President balance a star on top of the Washington Monument in the winter. Cruises embark from Alexandria and glide up to Georgetown before making their way back to port.
United Social Sports brings recreational athletes together to socialize and showcase their hand-eye coordination. Free agents or team-sized groups register for the organization’s casual coed leagues dedicated to traditional sports such as softball and volleyball as well as carnival games such as cornhole and skee-ball. Each league hosts 6–8 weekly matches, which culminate in a final tournament and an end-of-season party—much like youth-sports leagues, but with postgame drink specials.
Washington, DC, is ripe with history, and Go-DC Tours’ buses comb the streets to find every bit of it on their city-spanning tours. The tours, which can last three to eight hours, follow the scent of varied topics, from hunting the trails of the many memorials and their makers to exploring military history. The local excursions, though shorter, delve more deeply into the history of some of the DC area’s famed locales, such as Georgetown and Old Town Alexandria. As the air cools and fall turns the leaves, tour guides lead seasonally themed outings such as the Halloween Ghost Tour, which chills guests with the more gruesome tidbits of the city’s story, including the grisly evening when Lincoln’s ghost tried in vain to tip over the Washington Monument.