The Great War With Prohibition - Atlas Obscura

Washington, D.C., United States

The Great War With Prohibition

Talk Prohibition with historian Garrett Peck at D.C.'s first solar-powered brewery Atlas Brew Works.

In 1929, "The Bartender's Guide to Washington" in Collier's Weekly Magazine observed,"...of all cities, Washington, where all the prohibition laws are passed and millions of dollars appropriated to exterminate the liquor traffic—well, Washington ought to be dry. But shucks. The city's so wet that it squishes."

Join Garrett Peck, historian and author of Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, he whirls through the history of how WWI made Prohibition possible, focusing on the legendary breweries and distilleries, bootleggers, speakeasies, and social clubs in our very own backyard. For the next round, we'll have a private tour of D.C.'s first solar-powered brewery Atlas Brew Works, followed by a beer tasting.

No alias needed to drink with us, chin chin! 


  • The ticket price includes a tour, tasting glass, and one beer flight per person. 
  • Each guest will be automatically entered into a raffle for Atlas Brew Works merchandise.
  • The brewery is accessible by bus or car
  • Parking: There is limited street parking and a nearby garage within walking distance. Please read signs carefully and park at your own discretion. 
  • This event is strictly 21+; please bring I.D.


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