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Two beer pros’ guide to D.C.

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Sam and Rachel Fitz // Scott Suchman for DRAFT

Sam and Rachel Fitz // Scott Suchman for DRAFT

This brother-sister duo of Sam and Rachel Fitz has worked in D.C.’s beer and restaurant scene for years, both together (at beer mecca Meridian Pint) and separately (when Sam became bar manager at beer-and-pie destination Pizzeria Paradiso). Now, they’re collectively taking the reigns with a forthcoming Basque-influenced restaurant and cider bar that the pair hopes to
open before the year’s up in Northwest D.C. Passionate about exploring “off-the-Hill” neighborhoods, the siblings have a handle on the side of D.C. you definitely won’t see on House of Cards; Sam walks through their favorite spots.

“Red Derby’s a cash-only, can-only dive bar with super-friendly staff, beer-and-shot combos, and a surprising beer list with cheap American lagers and craft beers alike. I drink Union Duckpin Pale Ale from Baltimore; Rachel drinks Stiegl Radler with a shot of Overholt. It’s also an awesome place for brunch.” 3718 14th St. NW,

“The National Portrait Gallery is our favorite museum. The gorgeous Courtyard Café has quiet tables covered by a rippling roof in the heart of the building. It’s free and located above the Gallery Place metro station, and there’s not a more peaceful place in the area.” 8th and F Streets NW,

“When we’re looking for the zoo, great bike paths or a place to picnic, Rock Creek Park’s 1,700 acres is a favorite spot of ours for an outdoor break.” 3545 Williamsburg Lane NW,

“Union Market is a great spot to eat, drink and shop from local purveyors. Stop by Rappahannock for oysters with a glass of cava, or stock your hotel room with some of the incredible cheeses from Righteous Cheese.” 1309 5th St. NE,

RIght Proper

RIght Proper

“Right Proper offers topnotch farmhouse ales at affordable prices. The brewmaster, Nathan Zeender, has a unique touch with homemade beers. From growler fills to an extensive artisanal cheese selection, this is a great place to start your night.” 624 T St. NW,

“Izakaya Seki is an off-the-beaten-path spot. Get a sushi platter and anything from the specials menu.” 1117 V St. NW,

“Ivy and Coney’s a Michigan-style upstairs dive bar brimming with character, peanut shells on the floor, Coney dogs and beers from Michigan. An industry spot for sure.” 1537 7th St. NW,

“D.C.’s first modern distillery, New Columbia Distillery, makes Green Hat gin and is open for tasting tours and sales on Saturdays.” 1832 Fenwick St. NE,

Charcuterie at Mockingbird Hill // Scott Suchman

Charcuterie at Mockingbird Hill // Scott Suchman

“From the group that owns Proof, Estadio and Doi Moi—all worth a visit for great meals in their own right—2 Birds 1 Stone is the place to go for innovative cocktails; it has handmade menus laid out like a comic strip. It’s a great place to start or end your evening.” 1800 14th St. NW,

“Mockingbird Hill is a small space devoted to sherry and cured meats without pretention. If you’re new to sherry, ask for an educational flight; if you’re feeling adventurous, try their sherry/garlic back shot.” 1843 7th St. NW,

“Red Hen is walking distance from Right Proper on a nice day, in another up-and-coming neighborhood, Bloomingdale. The Italian food, funky wine menu and warm environment are perfect for date night.” 1822 1st St. NW,


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