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Before most Washingtonians had ever stepped into a speakeasy-style bar, Thrasher was dreaming up his second-floor cocktail hideout in Alexandria, with adventurous drinks and rules on the wall. Always a rum lover, he will soon be turning out his own with the opening of Potomac Distilling Company at the Wharf, complete with a fully appointed tiki bar. (Image: Jon Thorpe)
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The 13 most important people in DMV booze

Here in the District and its environs, we’re rightly proud that we can now boast of some of the country’s best beer bars, cocktail dens and craft distilleries.

But these places didn’t just sprout up out of the clay soil. They were painstakingly midwifed into being by an obsessed group of brewers, vintners, distillers and bar owners.

Click through the gallery to see our homage to the 13 people who have made our local drinking culture what it is today.

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