Garrett Peck is a literary journalist and independent historian. His fifth and latest book is Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C. He leads tours through the Smithsonian Associates, as well as the Temperance Tour of Prohibition-related sites in the nation’s capital, which has been featured on C-SPAN Book TV and the History Channel program “Ten Things You Didn’t Know About” with punk rock legend Henry Rollins.


Peck was involved with the DC Craft Bartenders Guild in lobbying the DC City Council to have the Rickey declared Washington’s native cocktail in 2011. He researched and pinpointed the Washington Brewery site at Navy Yard, and is particularly proud that Green Hat Gin is named after a character Peck wrote about in Prohibition in Washington, D.C.: congressional bootlegger George Cassiday. He has lectured at the Library of Congress, delivered the Ruth Ann Overbeck Lecture, and often speaks at historical societies, literary clubs and trade associations.

Peck is on the board of the Woodrow Wilson House and the Arlington Historical Society, and is a member of the  Association of the Oldest Inhabitants of D.C. A native Californian and VMI and George Washington University graduate, he lives in lovely Arlington, VA.

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Peck’s latest book, Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C., is now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Politics & Prose and The History Press.