If you're going into DC, check out Churchkey, they've got an excellent selection, with usually four or five cask conditioned ales which they serve at the proper temperature (yay!). In Silver Spring the best place to drink beer is the Quarry House, which has a very nice bottle selection, and is my favorite dive bar. I'd invite you over for some homebrew, but I'm going to be on the other side of the country. Safe travels!
For they garner the succulent berries of the hop and mass and sift and bruise and brew them and they mix therewith sour juices and bring the must to the sacred fire and cease not night or day from their toil, those cunning brothers, lords of the vat. -James Joyce
On deck: Orange Cranberry Wit, Dusseldorf Altbier
Primary: Belgian Partigyle Tripel/Saison, 1/1
Bottles: Northern Brown Ale, 1/10; English IPA, 12/31; Cider, 12/9; White House Honey Ale AG, 12/9;