Not too long ago, beer in D.C. was a thing of the past.

The city’s last production brewery had closed in 1956. We had a handful of brewpubs clustered downtown, but few real beer bars (other than the Brickskeller), no growlers, no beer week, no “tap takeovers.”

That’s all changed now. With three production breweries churning out beer, glass jugs of the stuff getting filled around town, brewpubs and beer bars popping up everywhere, and five straight years of D.C. Beer Week, the District’s beer scene is on the rise. But that doesn’t mean those decades in the wilderness have been forgotten.

Inside our Beer Issue, you can read about how DC Brau is reviving an old local brew and why an even older technique—barrel-aging—has made a big comeback. We’ve also got imaginary designs for bottles and cans of beers that only come on draft and listings for all the sudsy events around town for D.C. Beer Week (of which Washington City Paper is a sponsor). Enjoy, and drink up.

—Mike Madden