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Foggy Bottom is one of Washington, DC's oldest 19th century neighborhoods, so named because, as a low-lying area, fog (widespread in the swamps of early Washington) tended to concentrate there. It is located to the west of downtown DC in the Northwest quadrant, southeast of Georgetown along the shore of the Potomac River and south of Washington Circle.
Foggy Bottom was once a community of Irish, German, and African-American laborers employed at the nearby breweries, glass plants, and the city gas works. The historic neighborhood is preserved and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
"Foggy Bottom" is often used as a nickname for the United States Department of State, whose headquarters is located in the neighborhood. The main campus of George Washington University is also located here, as well as the infamous Watergate Hotel and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
"Foggy Bottom" is also the name of a line of beer by the Olde Heurich Brewing Company. The firm was founded in the neighborhood, but the modern beer is actually brewed in Utica, New York.
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