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Best Hotel for Brewery Tours in Alexandria, VA

Our fair city of Alexandria, Virginia comes steeped in heavy-duty American history, and part of that history is of the sudsy variety. These days, you can “tap” into that heritage and enjoy some high-quality craft beer touring local breweries and pubs—with a home base, of course, at The Alexandrian: not only the perfect place to bed down in Old Town, but also to sample local brews!

Beer in Alexandria: Deep Roots

From the colonial era until Prohibition, Alexandrians heartily enjoyed their beer: safer to drink, after all, back in the day than easily contaminated water. The city played host to the biggest brewery in the pre-Prohibition South: the Robert Portner Brewing Company (est. 1869), whose TIVOLI Hofbrau Pilsner was enjoyed far beyond Virginia and whose founder and namesake, a German immigrant, was elected the very first president of the United States Brewers Association in 1879.

Alexandria’s Historic Breweries: A Walking Tour & Pub Guide

You can delve into the backstory of brewing in Alexandria and quench your thirst with some very here-and-now libations on the self-guided Alexandria’s Historic Breweries: A Walking Tour & Pub Guide, the map for which you can procure over at the Alexandria Visitors Center, just steps away from The Alexandrian at 221 King Street.

Stops include a variety of restaurants and breweries, among them Port City Brewing Co. (3950 Wheeler Ave), which brought craft brewing back to Alexandria in 2011. Named Small Brewing Company of the Year at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival, Port City offers such high-quality and diverse brews as the Downright Pilsner, Ways & Means Session Rye IPA, Port City Porter, and Essential Pale Ale. Over at Hops Grill & Brewery (3625 Jefferson Davis Hwy), meanwhile, you can savor the establishment’s signature Thoroughbred Red Ale or Lightning Bold Gold—or try other fine brews from greater D.C.

And then there are a host of eateries and pubs for enjoying high-quality beer, among them our very own Jackson 20 here at The Alexandrian, an upscale American tavern-restaurant on the official Walking Tour & Pub Guide that pours a whole lot of hoppy, malty goodness, including Port City’s outstanding Optimal Wit. Each and every Sunday beginning at 4 PM, Jackson 20 runs an awesome Beer Garden putting the spotlight on local Alexandria craft beer: In other words, you can survey the brewing horizon in our neck of the woods without leaving our hotel!

Enjoy Craft Brews in Alexandria, VA With a Stay at Our Autograph Collection Hotel

From safaris to Port City and the Hops Grill to beer appreciation right here at Jackson 20, you can’t beat The Alexandrian for exploring the local and regional craft-brewing scene. Come join us—Prost!


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