Top Wineries, Breweries, Distilleries and Cideries in the Capital Region

Sip your way through more than 400 locations, starting with this sampling of some of the region’s finest drinks.

Bluemont Vineyards, winery, Loudoun, Virginia, views, mountains, wine, vineyard, scenic, USA
Bluemont Vineyards in Loudoun County, Virginia
2 Silos Brewing Co., brewery, Virginia, Manassas, Prince William, beer, USA
2 Silos Brewing Co.
McClintock Distilling, distillery, spirits, liquor, Frederick, Maryland, USA
McClintock Distilling in Frederick, Maryland
Boordy Vineyards in Maryland
Boordy Vineyard in Maryland
Bluemont Vineyards, winery, Loudoun, Virginia, views, mountains, wine, vineyard, scenic, USA
2 Silos Brewing Co., brewery, Virginia, Manassas, Prince William, beer, USA
McClintock Distilling, distillery, spirits, liquor, Frederick, Maryland, USA
Boordy Vineyards in Maryland

WINERIES

District Winery

More than 5,000 bottles of boutique wine line the windows of this Navy Yard hot spot, where you can embark on an urban winemaking tour and sip seasonal red, white and rosé on a terrace overlooking the Anacostia River. Washington, DC

Bluemont Vineyard

It’s tough to say what’s best about Bluemont Vineyard: the small-run wines, the farm-to-table cuisine or the tasting room’s expansive Loudoun Valley views. Mull it over during a guided Elevation Tasting of six stellar pours. Bluemont, Virginia

Old Westminster Winery

Everything at this sibling-run winery is done by hand, from hedging to harvest. That personal touch shines through Old Westminster’s elegant, natural, oft-honoured wines. Food trucks and live music make tastings even more joyous on weekends. Westminster, Maryland

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BREWERIES

Hellbender Brewing Company

Inspired by the endangered hellbender salamander, these clever brewmasters invented an efficient mash filter process that reduces the impact on natural resources. See how it works on a tour, then raise a toast to the hellbender with a rich stout or crisp Kolsch. Washington, DC

2 Silos Brewing Company

Located on a buzzing food-and-music campus called Farm Brew LIVE, 2 Silos’ lineup includes seasonal releases and flagships like Virginia Cream Ale, crafted with raw vanilla and orange peel. Stick around for live tunes at The Yard. Manassas, Virginia

RAR Brewing

Soak up laid-back Chesapeake Bay vibes at this coastal brewery that refuses to take itself too seriously — from playful pop-art graphics to quirky brews, which range from blueberry sour ale to breakfast stout. Cambridge, Maryland

DISTILLERIES

A. Smith Bowman Distillery

Founded shortly after American Prohibition ended, this family-owned distillery has earned multiple “World’s Best Bourbon” honours in its long run. Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey is the real showstopper, but the rum and gin are winners too. Fredericksburg, Virginia

Cotton & Reed

Reed Walker and Jordan Cotton both worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) before founding Washington, DC’s first rum distillery. Take a tour, then quaff rum-based rickeys, sazeracs and other craft cocktails at the bar. Washington, DC

McClintock Distilling

Its name evokes the spirit of 19th-century inventor McClintock Young, who would almost certainly approve of the vapour-infused gin, peppery white whiskey and other innovative refreshments made here. Sip them fresh from the still in the mechanic’s garage-turned-tasting room. Frederick, Maryland

CIDERIES & MEADERIES

Supreme Core Cider

You could plan a whole day around a visit to Supreme Core Cider, whose taproom features a bevy of tasty apple brews geared toward the craft-beer crowd. Pair it with an after-drink stroll in the National Arboretum gardens next door. Washington, DC

Blacksnake Meadery

Deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Blacksnake Meadery crafts its award-winning meads — that is, fermented honey wines — “from bee to bottle.” Savour them on the seasonal Sippin’ Porch or year-round at their Roanoke tasting room, The Hive. Dugspur & Roanoke, Virginia

Boordy Vineyards

Stop into Maryland's first winery, Boordy Vineyards, for a tasting hosted in the historic 19th-century fieldstone barn. Hydes, Maryland

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