Belgian Style White Ale


Tastes likes sunshine and happiness

ABV: 4.9%

When something is optimal it has everything it needs and nothing that it doesn’t. The optimal amount of spices, wheat and hops is found in our Optimal Wit. Brewed as a traditional Belgian style witbier, it is crisp and citrusy with layers of flavor that evolve in the glass. We brew this with Virginia grown wheat and use Spanish orange peels and coriander, which are traditional wit spices. Our unique twist is Grains of Paradise, which gives it a subtle peppery character on the finish.

This beer was the first Port City beer to roll out to the markets in 2011.


Original Gravity:
11.5 plato


Final Gravity:
2.0 plato



Awards & Press

    For the third year running, the Good Food Merchants Guild awarded our beloved Optimal Wit with a Good Food Award.[...]

  • Virginia Is Making the Area’s Best Beers Now?

    DC Beer “Virginia breweries are killing it, culminating in Port City winning the nation’s Best Small Brewery Award, having medaled at GABF for their porter, IPA, and witbier.”[...]

  • Port City Brewery wins big!

    WJLA – Good Morning Washington “A local brewery took home the award for “Small Brewery of the Year” at the Great American Beer Festival. But that wasn’t the only award[...]

  • Port City Brewing Co. takes home top national honors

    Washington Business Journal “Port City Brewing Co. in Alexandria has plenty of medals and honors to its name, but it just brought home a huge one this weekend. ”[...]

  • It’s official: Port City is the best small brewery in America

    The Washington Post “Alexandria’s Port City Brewing Company had a pretty stellar weekend at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, winning silver medals for its Porter and Monumental IPA,[...]

  • Alexandria’s Port City Named Best Small Brewery In America

    DCist “While it is often said that the best beer in the world is the one currently in your hand, it’d be especially difficult to dispute that with an award-winning[...]

  • Craft Beer & America’s Favorite BBQ

    Craft Beer “A crisp Belgian-style witbier pairs well with white sauce, as I find the peppery and slight vinegar characteristics are subdued nicely by my Belgian selections.”[...]

  • UPDATE: WTOP’s Local Beer Bracket, Final Round

    wtop “All week long, beer-lovers have been voting for their favorite local brews, and on Friday, it came down to the final two: (2) Flying Dog Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA[...]

  • The Best Bars and Places to Drink Around Washington

    Washingtonian “It’s everything we want in a summer sip—crisp, easy-drinking, but with enough character to hold its own at the dinner table, thanks to such aromatics as orange peel, coriander,[...]

  • Food! – Old Town Alexandria Pub Crawl

    The World – A to Z “We give a big shout out to Port City Brewery for sponsoring this fun and festive event. It gave us a great opportunity to[...]


    Brightest Young Things ““This is what happens when you’re growing at 60% a year,” Butcher says. “We’re over four years into this thing, and we still feel like we’re working[...]

  • A Guide to Northern Virginia Breweries and Distilleries

    Where Traveler ““That tank allows us to shoot hops into the fermenting beer without oxygen. It improves the beer and its shelf life,” says founder (and ex-wine marketer) Bill Butcher.[...]

  • 4 Locally Brewed Beers to Try

    DCWKLY “Virginia once produced the largest brewery in the Southern United States and was Alexandria’s largest employer until prohibition in 1915. Realizing the rich history and need for choices in[...]

  • Rolling With the DC Brew Crew

    Roll Call “Across the river in Alexandria, Va., the Port City tasting room was overflowing. Music was blasting (Misfits, Dropkick Murphys) throughout, and large groups of people were doing their[...]

  • How to Drink Responsibly
    How to Drink Responsibly

    ecowatch.com “Probably the first thing you think about when you settle in at the bar and order your favorite beer is not “How is this impacting the climate?” But a[...]

  • 2015 GFMG | Good Food Award Winner
    2015 GFMG | Good Food Award Winner

    Our famous Optimal Wit was honored by the Good Food Merchants Guild for the second year in a row, winning the Good Food Award for being, well, so darn good.[...]

  • 2014 GFMG | Good Food Award Winner
    2014 GFMG | Good Food Award Winner

    The one and only Optimal Wit was give the Good Food Award Winner by the Good Food Merchants Guild — a true honor for PCBC and our most popular brew.[...]

  • 2013 World Beer Championships | Gold
    2013 World Beer Championships | Gold

    Our Optimal Wit does it again! We’re proud to receive such a great award for such a great beer, from the Beverage Testing Institute’s World Beer Championships![...]

  • 2013 Great American Beer Festival | Gold
    2013 Great American Beer Festival | Gold

    Port City Brewing Company’s Belgium style wheat ale, Optimal Wit, proudly took home the Gold Medal at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival.[...]

  • 2013 Virginia Craft Brewers Fest | Gold
    2013 Virginia Craft Brewers Fest | Gold

    Our Optimal Wit struck Gold at the 2013 Virginia craft brewers fest! Our fan-favorite Belgium style wheat ale has proven it is a force to be reckoned with.[...]

  • 2012 Wine Enthusiast | Top 25 Beers
    2012 Wine Enthusiast | Top 25 Beers

    Wine Enthusiast Magazine named our Optimal Wit one of their Top 25 Beers of 2012. Our flagship Belgium style wheat ale placed 14 among the country’s top brews.[...]

  • 2012 Virginia Craft Brewers Fest | Bronze
    2012 Virginia Craft Brewers Fest | Bronze

    Our Flagship Belgium style wheat, Optimal Wit, was awarded 3rd place and PCBC’s second award at the Virginia Craft Brewers Fest in 2012.[...]