Ongoing project: a map of DC’s distilleries and breweries. At least ten new distillers and brewers have opened shop in the District within the last few years. The brewpubs can operate in commercial districts, but the other producers have fewer options.
Zoning regulations restrict breweries and distilleries to sites that are designated for manufacturing. DC has little industrial land, and the remaining areas are increasingly lost to redevelopment. It’s almost as if these establishments can only open on tiny, shrinking islands.
See also February 2014 version of these maps.