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DC Craft Beer Invasion Visualized

We are now able to drink fresh craft beer brewed in our own backyards for the first time since prohibition and without going out of our way to do so. DC Brau and Port City are now offered at over 200 venues combined throughout the DC Metro.

It’s true. We are in the midst of a beer invasion, a phrase recently coined by DCist writer John Fleury in regard to the influx of local breweries. We are now able to drink fresh craft beer that was brewed in our own backyards for the first time since Prohibition and without going out of our way to do so. DC Brau and Port City are now offered at over 200 venues combined throughout the DC metro area. Fleury’s comment  got me thinking about how this growth could be visualized. How does this invasion translate to paper? My inner nerd started to conceptualize how I could present this data. I ultimately decided a heat map would do the trick and provide a graphic representation of this growth. We captured the latitude and longitude coordinates of all two hundred plus locations and created a custom heat map to show how local beer is spreading like wild fire. You could literally drive from Dulles to Silver Spring and never be more than five miles away from local craft beer. That’s impressive given the short amount of time DC Brau and Port City have been brewing. Hop and Wine have really done an amazing job here and are continuing to build upon their stellar reputation. The logistics alone seem daunting, let alone securing so many accounts in such a little amount of time. We tend to focus on who makes the product but mentioning such a great distributor is a must. Cheers to Hop and Wine ! Take a look at the map and let is know what you think? What neighborhoods need to step it up jump on board? How far are you from the nearest local beer?

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