365 Beers in One Day

We drank a year of beer and built a monument to our achievement: the world’s craziest hangover.

We drank a year of beer and built a monument to our achievement: the world’s craziest hangover.

The question: Could we drink a different beer each day for a year? The answer: Yes, we can—in cans! No offense to bottles, but cans are better bouncers for flavor-killing light and oxygen. So we assembled a holy mountain of delicious, bubbly, and—once in a while—downright horrible aluminum beauties. And as we stared at the pile, we thought, Screw one a day—let’s drink ’em all at once!

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Props for the most balls-out crazy craft-can designs go to the Frisco-based 21st Amendment Brewery, which coats its crea­tions with historical drawings. Drink while wearing a patched tweed jacket and instantly look smarter!


This year’s winner is the home of Congress, a giant Abe Lincoln idol, and some of the laxest beverage laws in all the land.


Wondering why your town has no good beer bars? Blame the distributors! Thanks to old-timey laws, they’re the ones who decide what brews your local bar can get its frothy hands on. But not in D.C.! In the anarchic, Mad Max–like District, a bar can act as its own distributor, giving it free rein to pluck the best beers from this fair, suds-filled Earth.


Before 2011 it had been 50 years since a commercial brewery operated in D.C. Today there are two full-scale shops (and a handful of brewpubs), with at least two more scheduled to pop open this year. The biggest and best of the bunch is D.C. Brau, which fills mugs at 175 bars in the city and promises to begin shipping elsewhere in the U.S. by year’s end.


Churchkey, 1337 14th Street, NW 

Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club, 1103 Bladensburg Road, NE 

Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar, 1104 H Street, NE 

Meridian Pint, 3400 11th Street, NW 

Pizza Paradiso, 2003 P Street, NW 

R.F.D. Washington Brewery, 810 7th Street

NW D.C. Brewers: D.C. Brau

Chocolate City Beer

3 Stars

Capitol City

Old Dominion

Yes, we drank all these beers.

Miller Lite • RPM IPA, Hilliard’s Amber Ale, Steel Reserve 211 • Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, Allies Win the War Ale, Joe’s American Pilsner, SanTan Hefeweizen, Hop Slayer Double IPA, Pearl-Snap Pilsner, 113 IPA, Stevens Point Oktoberfest • Old Milwaukee N.A., Taiwan Beer, Porkslap Pale Ale, Jeremiah Weed Roadhouse Tea, Old Chub Scotch Ale, Sankaty Light Lager, Blue Moon Belgian White, Triangle White Ale, Stevens Point Amber Classic, Maui Mana Wheat • Guinness Draught, Okocim O.K. Beer, Golden State Ale, Boddingtons Pub Ale, Crabtree Oatmeal Stout, Crank Yanker IPA • Belhaven Scottish Ale, Deviant Dale’s IPA, Tule Duck Red, Miller Highlife, Uncommon American Special Bitter, Tallgrass Oasis • Bud Select, Sapporo Reserve, Bud Ice, McKenzie’s Hard Cider, Tilt Piña Colada, Modelo Especial, Natty Daddy, St. Ides High Gravity, Colt 45 Grape Blast, Sapporo, Genesee Ice, Iron Mike Pale Ale • Joose Lime Malt Beverage, Bud Chelada, Joose Mas Mango, Keystone Ice, Tilt Red, Colt 45 Raspberry Watermelon Blast, Schlitz Malt Liquor, Bud Light Lime, Dog Bite High Gravity Lager, Dundee Honey Brown Lager, Tilt Purple, Labatt Ice, Jeremiah Weed Spiked Cola, Busch, Colt 45 Strawberry Lemonade Blast • Boxer Lager, Ska True Blonde Ale, SlyFox Dunkel Lager, Natural Ice, O’Doul’s, Big Sky Moose Drool, Triangle Golden Ale, Morning Wood Wheat, Baxter Amber Road, Paddy Pale Ale, Anderson Valley Winter Solstice Ale, Golden Trout Pilsner, Skol Brasil, Firewater IPA, Bomb Lager, Wild Onion Pumpkin Ale, Crazy Mountain Amber Ale, Tailgate Hefeweizen • McKenzie’s Black Cherry Cider, Colt 45 Blueberry Pomegranate Blast, Gubna IPA, Rumspringa, Pamola Xtra Pale Ale, Hop Crisis IPA, Farmer Ted’s Farmhouse Cream Ale, Colt 45, Harpoon Summer Beer, Mustang Golden Ale, Colorado Kolsch, Mountain Crest Lager, Mama’s Little Yella Pils, Maui Coconut Porter, Caldera Pale Ale, Third Eye Pale Ale, Tribute Sunbru, Butternuts Heinnieweisse, Annie’s Amber Ale, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Joose Lemonade, Beck’s • Viennese Lager, Pako’s IPA, Coors Light, Newcastle Brown Ale, Natural Light, Immersion Amber Ale, Snapperhead IPA, Nectar Del Razo Pulque, Avalanche Ale, Desert Magic IPA, Lancaster Kolsch, Copper Bell Lager, Snake River Pale Ale, SoDo Brown Ale, Lion Stout, Pikeland Pils, Epicenter Ale, Yuengling Black and Tan, Harpoon IPA, Hookiebob IPA, ESB Special Ale, Silverback Pale Ale, Phoenix Pale Ale, Rocket Girl Lager, Happy Camper IPA, Lucky U IPA • Coors, Olde English 800, Wild Onion Summer Wit, Cornstalker Wheat Ale, Cherry Bock, Old Milwaukee, Amstel Light, Hop Knot IPA, Magic Hat #9, Peacemaker Ale, G’Knight Red Ale, Corona Extra, Avery IPA, Fireside Chat, White Zombie Ale, Ellie’s Brown Ale, Rail Yard Ale, Simpler Times Lager, Aooni IPA, Saranac Pale Ale, Sunny Haze Ale, Tokyo Black Porter, Festie Amber Ale, Bud Light, Lazy Daze Lager, Sunken Island IPA, Mudshark Full Moon Ale, Mt. Livin’ Pale Ale, Santa Fe Oktoberfest, Yuengling, Kirin Ichiban • Budweiser, White Rascal Ale, Lift Bridge Brown Ale, Tecate, Back in Black IPA, La Playa Lager, Ashland Amber Ale, Stowaway IPA, Yona Yona Ale, Nola Blonde Ale, Mucho Aloha IPA, Fat Tire Amber Ale, Hazed & Infused Ale, Lionshead Pilsner, The Public Pale Ale, Northern Lights IPA, Boont Amber Ale, Dale’s Pale Ale, Persnickety Pale Ale, Before Noon Stout, Summer Solstice Cerveza, Fire Eagle IPA, Lord Chesterfield Ale, Moo Thunder Stout, Prescott IPA, Mustang Washita Wheat, Snake Handler Double IPA, Hop Shock IPA, Scape Goat Pale Ale, Chupacabras Pale Ale, Whale’s Tale Pale Ale, Second Wind Pale Ale, Pali Pilsner • Crazy Stallion Malt Liquor, Tilt Green, Brew Free or Die IPA, Good People IPA, Jack Stout, Crow Peak Porter, Bear Ass Brown, Shiva IPA, Cascade Pale Ale, Panorama Wheat Ale, SlyFox Royal Weisse, Hop Ottin’ IPA, 11th Hour IPA, Olde Ore Dock Scottish Ale, Jeremiah Weed Lightning Lemonade, Czech Pilsner, Buried Hatchet Stout, Caldera IPA, Westbrook IPA, Epic IPA, Maui Bikini Blonde Lager, Yuengling Light, Wheach Peach Wheat Beer, Kilt Lifter Ale, Rolling Rock, Evolutionary IPA, Wittekerke Belgian, Oregon Trail Raspberry Wheat Ale, Modus Hoperandi IPA, Pick Axe Blonde Ale, Labatt Blue • Labatt Blue Light Lime, Heneken Light, Rheingold, Mexican Logger Lager, Heineken, Hell or High Watermelon, Prescott Amber Ale, Halcyon Wheat, Stevens Point Special Lager, Tailgate Blacktop Blonde, Resurrection Ale, Bomb Lager, Devil’s Ale, Golden Frau Honey Wheat, Trailhead ISA, Flagship IPA, Bombshell Blonde, Trout Slayer Wheat, Oskar Blues Gordon Red, Milwaukee’s Best, Genesee, Freestyle Pilsner, Red Jacket Amber Ale, Genny Cream Ale, Good People Brown Ale, Big Swell IPA, Sky Blue Golden Ale, Schaefer, Shock Top Belgian White, Brooklyn Lager, Ska Euphoria Pale Ale, Westbrook White Thai, Name Tag Lager, Skilak Scottish Ale, Corona Light, Michelob Ultra • Foster’s Premium Ale, Murphy’s Stout, Double Haul IPA, Pine Belt Pale Ale, Konig Pilsener, Baltika 7, EB Pils, Sparks Plus Malt Beverage, Furious Beer, Triomphe IPA, Righteous Ale, McKinney Eddy Amber Ale, Old Speckled Hen Ale, King Cobra Malt Liquor, Stella Artois, Bitter Brewer Beer, Original Orange Blossom Ale, Narragansett Lager, Surlyfest Lager, Blackthorn Cider, Cornerstone IPA, Bengali Tiger Beer, Cynic Ale, Baltika 3, Farm Hand Ale, Coffee Bender Beer, Keystone Light, Daisy Cutter Pale Ale, Native Amber Ale, Obolon Cerveja, Solitude Ale, Pilsner Urquell, Buffalo Sweat Stout, Obolon Lager, Sparks Orange Malt Beverage, Strongbow Cider, Bender Beer, Flaming Damsel Lager, Dortmunder Lager, Rhtaphoe Beer, Eclipse Black IPA, Over Ale, Zywiec, Heady Topper Double IPA, Asahi Beer • Molson XXX, Karpackie Mocne, Grand 95 Ale, Tetley’s English Ale, I. C. Light, Velvet Rooster Ale, Kpenkoe Beer, Cold Smoke Scotch Ale, Iron City Lager, Baltika Grade 9 Lager, Golden Wing Blonde Ale, Bacon Brown Ale, Uncommon Golden Pale Ale, Louie’s Demise Ale, Bitburger, Sir Perry Pear Cider, Narragansett Summer Ale, Sixpoint Sweet Action, Eddy Out Pale Ale, Black Noddy Lager, Sixpoint Crisp, Narragansett Light, Sixpoint Diesel, Uncommon Baltic Porter, Sparks Lemon Stinger, Surly Hell Lager, Narragansett Fest Lager, Yossamer Golden Ale, Ballantine XXX, Siamese Twin Ale, Horny Toad Cerveza, 7 Seas Pale Ale, Brik Red Ale, Surly Abrasive Ale, Surly Wet, Cut-Throat Pale Ale, Pabst Blue Ribbon, AXL Pale Ale, Missouri Mule IPA, Okocim Malt Liquor, Golden Pheasant Beer, Hollandia Lager, Foster’s • Guinness Draught • Pug Ryan’s Morning Wood Wheat • Sixpoint Sweet Action • Narragansett Lager • Blue Moon Belgian White • Pabst Blue Ribbon • Whale’s Tale Pale Ale • Corona Extra • Heineken • Surly Coffee Bender • Oskar Blues Imperial Ten Fidy Stout •

Maui Brewing Co. Coconut Porter • New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale • Avery Brewing’s Ellie Brown Ale ••••••