Glad to saw this thread, as I was going to start a topic on it. I will be in the DC, Alexandria area the second week of September and was wondering if one the DFH pubs would be worth the ~30mi drive, also if there any good pubs/breweries closer to Alexandria. We will have a car and about 2.5days of free time.
Google Port brewing company. I think they are in Alexandria Virginia. I didn't make it out there but I wanted too.
While I was in the DC area I found MANDU to host a great happy hour 4-7pm 7days a week. Beers were $3 dollars. They had four beers on tap, which included Bells Two Hearted Ale, Anderson Valley Summer ale, A good pilsner from Great lakes brewing company and Stone IPA.
Try and make use of Beeradvocate.com, specifically the icons on the left where you can choose location and places for beer.
I found that the Trader Joe's in George Town (fogggy bottom) carries a wide variety of local craft beer. They had Bell's two hearted ale, DC BRAU, Port Brewing Company and Founders Centennial IPA.
BTW, Churchkey is a must. They know beer, and the atmosphere is great. It's worth the money.