A Tour of Old Town Alexandria’s Historic Breweries

with Garrett Peck

Saturday, November 10, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Everyone knows Old Town Alexandria oozes charm and history, but did you know that the greater D.C. area’s first brewery opened in Alexandria in 1770? Join P&P and author Garrett Peck to discover the town’s brewing past, from the home of the first brewer, Andrew Wales, to the massive Tivoli Brewery, opened in 1869. We’ll walk in the steps of George Washington as we explore cobblestone alleys, repurposed brewery buildings, historic taverns, and archaeological artifacts such as a colonial-era ice well—and of course, Alexandria’s magnificent 18th-century architecture. 

Your guide for the walk, Garrett Peck, is the author of Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C. and Prohibition in Washington, D.C.: How Dry We Weren’t, as well as the brochure Alexandria’s Historic Breweries: A Walking Tour & Pub Guide and the biography Andrew Wales: Alexandria’s First Brewer.

The tour lasts 2.5 hours, and participants should wear comfortable shoes and anticipate walking approximately 2.5 miles through charming Old Town. For those with a thirst afterward, the tour will end at an optional happy hour to celebrate with suds. (Drinks are not included in the cost of the walk.)

The tour starts at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House (323 S. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA), and ends on King Street. On-street parking is free on Saturdays, though limited; all-day parking for $5 is available in the underground garage below City Hall (Cameron at Fairfax Street). For those coming by Metro, get off at King Street (Blue/Yellow lines) and take the free King Street Trolley to near the waterfront.


If you have any questions, please email Bob Attardi (battardi@politics-prose.com).

Return Policy: Refunds are only guaranteed up to seven days before the trip. (November 2)

Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C. (American Palate) Cover Image
By Garrett Peck, Greg Kitsock (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781626194410
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: History Press (SC) - March 4th, 2014

Prohibition in Washington, DC: How Dry We Weren't Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609492366
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: History Press (SC) - March 25th, 2011

SKU: AlexandriaHistoricBreweries

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