Port City Brewing Company is an award-winning craft brewery serving the D.C. and Mid-Atlantic area. The brewery is located in Alexandria, Virginia, which has a proud tradition of brewing beer since 1866, when the Robert Portner Brewing Company began its fifty-year history, eventually growing to be the largest brewery in the southern United States before Prohibition ultimately forced it out of business. Port City Brewing is proud to revive, celebrate, and continue this rich brewing history with a modern, artisanal approach, located just outside of our Nation’s Capital.
Port City Brewing Company was founded by Bill and Karen Butcher, a former fine wine sales manager and intellectual property attorney respectively. The couple found that the Washington, D.C. area did not have enough high quality, locally produced craft beer and chose to open a brewery in Alexandria, where the Butcher family has been based for generations.
The Port City team encountered some early regulatory and financing challenges from local government agencies and banks unfamiliar with the craft beer industry. Once they were able to resolve these, they got down to the business of brewing beer in their 30-barrel brewhouse.
To spearhead brewing operations, the couple hired Jonathan Reeves, an accomplished brewer with over a decade of experience and numerous awards to his name, including several GABF medals. When the company opened its doors in February 2011, it was the first production inside the Beltway since the road’s construction in 1961.
In their second year of business, Port City Brewing Company received its first medal at The Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado. The festival is known as one of the most prestigious beer competitions in the world. In 2015, the Port City team came back determined to put themselves on the map. Out of 6000 beers in the competition, Port City won more medals than any other brewery in the United States. The accomplishment earned Port City the title: Small Brewing Company of The Year. Accolades and recognition continued to roll in, such as taking home the silver medal at the World Beer Cup in 2018. On top of those awards, Port City has the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild title and has won more medals compared to any other brewery at the Virginia Craft Beer Cup Competition. Port City is the only brewery in Virginia to have won a medal every single year since the competition started.
Our mission is to be a reliable and innovative regional brewer of top quality beers that are delicious and well balanced, made from the finest ingredients available, and which celebrate their raw materials.