George Washington loved beer, Thomas Jefferson brewed beer and Samuel Adams not only inherited a brewery from his father, his name and likeness helped launch today’s craft beer movement.

America’s founding fathers knew their brew. Frothy pints played a central role in their daily lives and on dinner tables throughout the 13 colonies and, eventually, the newly minted United States of America.

Visitors to this year’s CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference can help celebrate America’s malt-and-hops heritage by visiting any of Washington D.C.’s four micro breweries. Three are working breweries whose products are widely available throughout the district; the fourth a spectacular new brewpub whose beers have to be sampled to be believed. All are off the beaten tourist path, and that alone can be a good thing.

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