Sip Your Way Through the Capital Region

Explore more than 400 wineries, breweries, cideries and distilleries, starting with this sampling of some of the region’s finest.

Denizens Brewing, brewery, outdoors, Montgomery, Silver Spring, beer, Maryland
Denizens Brewing Co. in Maryland
Greenhill winery, patio, wine glasses, view, mountains, Loudoun, Middleburg, vineyard, Virginia, wine
mead, Silver Hand, honey, tasting room, Williamsburg, Virginia
Silver Hand Meadery in Williamsburg, Virginia
Denizens Brewing, brewery, outdoors, Montgomery, Silver Spring, beer, Maryland
Greenhill winery, patio, wine glasses, view, mountains, Loudoun, Middleburg, vineyard, Virginia, wine
mead, Silver Hand, honey, tasting room, Williamsburg, Virginia

Bordeleau Vineyards & Winery

Named for its location on the shores of Wicomico Creek (the name means “water’s edge” in French), Bordeleau Winery regularly hosts Wine & Music events to showcase its award-winning pours against the backdrop of a guitar duo or steel-pan melodies. Eden, Maryland

Greenhill Winery

Step back in time for a horse-drawn carriage jaunt around the grounds, including the historic stone manor house. The Grapes to Glass tour and wine-and-chocolate tastings at this Loudoun County winery are not to be missed. Middleburg, Virginia

Sagamore Spirit Distillery

Made with spring water from a 1909 Maryland farm, Sagamore Spirit’s signature rye whiskey and cask-strength whiskey are “as revolutionary as America’s risk-takers and history makers.” Learn about the triple-distilled spirits on a tour of the waterfront distillery, a short drive from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Baltimore, Maryland

Evolution Craft Brewing Co.

The brewery and Public House welcome visitors and locals with brewery tours, a tasting room and open display kitchen, all set in the former Salisbury Ice Plant. Salisbury, Maryland 

ANXO Cidery

Located in the Truxton Circle neighbourhood, ANXO (pronounced “an-cho”) boasts an extensive selection of ciders they produce, as well as imports from around the world. In the Pintxos Bar, enjoy tapas and bite-sized snacks; the upstairs dining room serves brunch and dinner. Washington, DC 

Pale Fire Brewing Co.

Lauded as one of the country’s best new breweries in 2015 by Beer Advocate magazine, Pale Fire Brewing Co.’s quirkily named brews — think Deadly Rhythm, Salad Days and Major Tom — and Geeks Who Drink trivia nights are an unbeatable combo. Harrisonburg, Virginia

Denizens Brewing Co.

Just a 20-minute metro ride from DC, this community-based craft brewery produces five flagship beers and scores of rotating seasonal selections. Visit the two-story taproom and enjoy a picnic-style menu in the spacious beer garden. Silver Spring, Maryland 

District Distilling Co.

Enter the historic 19th century row house at 14th and U streets to find a distillery, kitchen and bar. Current releases include Backroom Bourbon, Checkerbark Gin and Corridor Vodka. Washington, DC

Right Proper Brewing Company

With two locations (Shaw Brew Pub & Kitchen in the Shaw neighbourhood and Brookland Production House & Tasting Room at 10th Street and Girard Street NE), Right Proper Brewing Company serves up soulful and balanced beers accompanied by casual American fare with a Southern-comfort twist. Washington, DC 

Silver Hand Meadery

Mead — created by fermenting honey with added herbs, spices and fruits — is an ancient drink that has become popular again. Stop by for tastings, and if you’re there during one of Silver Hand’s Mead Up weekends, you’ll also be treated to fresh local food and live music. Williamsburg, Virginia 

Copper Fox Distillery

Winner of a 2016 Made in Virginia Award, Copper Fox has been distilling applewood-aged whiskey since 2005. Visit the original location in Sperryville or their newest distillery in Colonial Williamsburg for a tour and tastings of single malt whiskey, rye whiskey and gin. Sperryville, Virginia

Jos. A. Magnus & Co. Distillery

A distillery originally established in 1892 can be forgiven for bold proclamations about legacy, honour and “standing on the shoulders of ancestral giants” as long as the bourbon and gin they started making when they were re-established in 2015 can back up their claims. Luckily, DC’s “newest oldest distillery” does just that. Washington, DC

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