Mapping D.C. distilleries and breweries

The Brewer’s Archipelago and Distillery Islands

[The interactive map is not currently available. It was hosted on an older mapping service, which has now been sunset, but I hope to bring it back.]

Why are D.C.'s distilleries and breweries clustered?

A project to produce a map of DC's new alcohol producers, and to examine the ways in which modern craft economies are shaped by zoning and historical land use.

Even microbreweries and craft distilleries need open, industrial spaces. Zoning regulations restrict them 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 companies could only operate on tiny, shrinking islands.

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