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Up until last year, D.C. hadn’t seen a production brewery in nearly 60 years. Now, we’ve got three. Here’s what you need to know to pass muster with your beer snob friends.

DC Brau

Launched: April 2011
Founders: Brandon Skall and Jeff Hancock
Availability:about 300 bars, restaurants, and retailers
Signature beers:
The Public:American-style pale ale
The Citizen: Belgian-style pale ale
The Corruption: IPA
Tours and Tastings: Saturdays, 1-4 p.m.
Location: 3178-B Bladensburg Rd. NE

Chocolate City Beer

Launched: August 2011
Founders: Jay Irizarry, Ben Matz, Brian Flanagan, Don Parker
Availability: about 39 restaurants and bars, rotating in and out of 24 more
Signature beer:
Cornerstone Copper Ale: Amber ale
Tours and Tastings: Saturdays,
12:30-4:30 p.m.
Location: 2801 8th St. NE

3 Stars Brewing Company

Launched: August 2012
Founders: Dave Coleman and
Mike McGarvey
Availability: 25-35 bars and restaurants to start
Signature beers:
Pandemic Porter: American imperial porter
Farmhouse Ale: Belgian-style saison
Southern Belle: Imperial brown ale
Tours and Tastings: Starting as soon as Aug. 25
Location: 6400 Chillum Pl. NW