As August winds down, so does Virginia Craft Beer Month—but that doesn’t mean the celebration has to stop! As once home to the largest pre-Prohibition brewery in the south, Alexandria has heaps (and pints) of beer history, with sites of former breweries, museums featuring brewery artifacts and countless restaurants with craft brews on the menu dotting city streets. Plus, new this month, an Alexandria Historic Brewery Walking Tour & Pub Guide is hitting the streets to ensure you don’t miss a sip. So make the most of the last few days of Craft Beer Month (and remember in reality, every month is perfect for craft beer) with these hop-notch (get it?) brew experiences in Alexandria. As always, please drink responsibly!
1. Alexandria Historic Breweries Walking Tour & Pub Guide
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New this month, beer enthusiasts can cruise the streets of Old Town and the West End by following a Historic Breweries Walking Tour & Pub Guide, viewing sites where famous breweries once stood and designated “Hops Stops,” restaurants and pubs where you can order a pint. Plus, you’ll find historic sites that feature brewing artifacts and tidbits on Alexandria’s history as home to major production plants. Pick up your walking tour at the Alexandria Visitors Center or any of the Hops Stops and get to sipping!
2. Port City Brewing Co. Tour
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It’s one thing to taste Port City Brewing Co. beer and another to learn how it’s made. At the Port City Brewing Co. in Alexandria’s West End, go on a behind-the-scenes tour and see the operation in action before sampling PCBC beer in the Tasting Room.
3. Get to Know the Portners!
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Before Prohibition, the Robert Portner Brewing Company was the largest production brewery in the south, taking up an entire city block in Old Town Alexandria. In 2015, two of Robert Portner’s great-great granddaughters will revive the famous brewery with their own brewhouse, featuring original reconstructed beer recipes, German-American cuisine and an all-new Craft Beer Test Kitchen, which will allow budding brewers to make their beer concoctions on a larger scale and get personal feedback from Portner customers! Join the “Taste Test Team” to hear the latest updates and receive invites for pre-opening events.
Learn more about where to grab a pint of beer here.
Header image by Virginia Tourism Corp.