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Brewpubs They're the new brew thing.

Photograph by Darrow Montgomery

If 2011 was the year of the brewery, with DC Brau and Chocolate City Beer opening their doors and 3 Stars Brewing teasing us with a few collaboration beers, 2012 was the year of the brewpub—or at least brewpub anticipation. News of two restaurant/brewery mashups broke months ago: Thor Cheston and Nathan Zeender’s Right Proper Brewing and Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s kinda-sorta-brewpub, Bluejacket. (Technically, NRG says, Bluejacket is a full-scale packaging brewery with a restaurant attached, but that’s a little like calling a hamburger a meat patty with a bun attached.) Slated to open in early-to-mid-2013, they’ll be joined by the D.C. reincarnation of Arlington’s defunct Bardo Rodeo, which brothers Bill and Andrew Stewart are reviving on Bladensburg Road NE. Even if these projects take a while, D.C. is no longer a chain brewpub kind of town, Gordon Biersch and District ChopHouse notwithstanding. For now, you’ll have to tide yourself over with the knowledge that Right Proper recently bought 34 barrels in which to age sour ales. And you can already taste the collaboration beers that Bluejacket is crafting with everyone from Mad Fox Brewing to Dogfish Head.

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