Best Beer Selection at a Lounge
1904 14th St. NW; (202) 387-7654
The resto-lounge and beer-bar crowds rarely overlap, which explains why, three months after D.C.’s supply of Life & Limb was presumed gone, Sierra Nevada/Dogfish Head’s prized collaboration brew remained on Policy’s bottle list. Foodies who frequent the restaurant for chef Brian Murphy’s seasonal small plates or partygoers who head upstairs for signature cocktails and thumping DJs can choose from more than 60 beers. The list includes Belgian imports like Gouden Carolus and Rodenbach, serious canned brews from 21st Amendment and Oskar Blues, and less-common offerings from the same breweries you see at other local beer spots. Beverage director Chris Schmid experiments with aging kegs, puts big beers like Dogfish Head Olde School Barleywine on draft, and casually stocks a few bottles from Russian River, one of the country’s highest-rated and most sought-after breweries. That’s enough to make even a beer geek shake her booty.