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Name: Atlas Brew Works
Address: 2052 West Virginia Avenue NE, Suite 102, Washington, DC 20002
Type: Production Brewery

Year Founded: 2012

General Description: From their website: "We produce hand crafted artisanal beer in 20 barrel batches at our facility in Ivy City in Northeast DC. We welcome visitors to stop in for a tasting, tour, growler to go, or just to say hi. Atlas Brew Works was born of passion for craft beer and community. CEO Justin Cox and original Head Brewer Will Durgin met at Vanderbilt, but went their separate ways come graduation: Cox came to DC for government work, while Durgin honed his brewing chops at Telegraph and Pyramid. When Cox finally committed to starting his own brewery, Durgin came on board to help open Atlas and they decided that DC’s burgeoning craft scene would be perfect for their varied and oftentimes sophisticated offerings. In just a few years, Atlas has expanded in big ways, both in terms of output and styles brewed."

Flagships:

  • Rowdy Rye (Rye Beer / 6.2%): Big, citrusy hops match spicy, chewy rye step for step. There are lots of intense flavors at work, but they strike a balance.
  • District Common (California Common / 5.1%): Approachable without being boring, District Common’s warm fermentation, lager yeast, and Czech Saaz hops make for an eminently drinkable beer.
  • Home Rule (India Pale Lager / 5.8%): You think you know what you’re getting with a pilsner malt base and lager yeast, but what’s this? Tropical New Zealand hops? Now that’s different (in a good way).

Notable Non-Flagships:

  • NSFW (Imperial Black IPA / 9.2%): Is it a black DIPA? Or a hoppy imperial stout? Whatever it is, it is bold. Pine meets roast meets booze. Definitely be wary when sipping on this one.
  • Saison des Fetes (Saison / 7.1%): Last made for the holidays in 2013, Saison des Fetes was brewed in the vein of Christmas beers of the farmhouse tradition: rustic, rich, and complex.
  • Town and Country (Belgian Strong Dark Ale / 8.2%): The first of Atlas’s barrel-aging program, T&C spends some time in VA red wine barrels, and it shows. Vinous and smooth.

Growlers: Yes

Growler Hours: Friday 5-8pm, Saturday & Sunday, 1-8pm.

Tours: Saturdays on even-numbered hours