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Vintage 50 Restaurant And Brew Lounge
Active Beers: 15
Beer Ratings: 41
Beer Avg: 3.79
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Eatery, Store ]
50 Catoctin Circle NE #100
phone: (703) 777-2169
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Reviews by brentk56:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Vintage 50 is the type of restaurant I would avoid if it was not also functioning as a brewery.
Make no mistake, I am a big proponent of upscale restaurants serving quality beers to match their focus on wine but this place just didn't cut it for me.
I felt that the beer was a prop rather than a foundation, if that makes any sense and I didn't get the sense that the waitstaff was particularly knowledgeable about beer.
Basically, this is a typical suburban strip center American restaurant - a step or two up from the Applebee's and Chili's of the world. OK, maybe three steps up. Clean and polished, with a decent and somewhat engaging menu that will not offend a soul.
The servers where well trained and efficient but there was no passion in the place. I enjoyed my food but couldn't wait to leave.
Maybe I'd go back, but I would have to hear that there was an outstanding beer to try before I would make the trek again.
03-29-2007 02:40:12 |
More by brentk56
More User Reviews:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Had dinner/drinks here this past weekend. We sat in the bar waiting for our table and had a pint. The bar area is pretty small and they have a good bar crowd.
Beer - I tried their brown ale, the pale ale and the IPA. All were good.
Food - Really good, some of it was gastro-pubish sort of fare. The taco nachoes were awesome.
Service - Bar service was great, very quick despite being very crowded. Table service was also good.
Overall, a place worth going to.
04-08-2013 23:48:41 |
More by EricP
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
At the suggestion of my host, we visited this place for dinner. I was pleasantly impressed with this brewpub. They have a really wide range of price points for food; they have a regular menu and also a "bar menu," which has cheaper items like burgers etc.
The server was remarkably attentive, and extremely polite. It had been a long day for our group, and I'm sure we were not the easiest people to serve, but he did a fantastic job making sure we were fed and our glasses were full.
I was pleasantly impressed with the quality of their beer as well, which is the only beer served here. I tried a sampler, as well as a couple pints. Everything was good. I was especially impressed with their IPA.
If I have the opportunity I would definitely visit this establishment again.
04-13-2012 13:18:31 |
More by jco3rd
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Instead of wine...
I was down around this area to run in the inaugural Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon. Of course I checked BA for the best places to go. Since I had just one night I picked Vintage 50.
I do not have a bad thing to say about this place. After 6 days of no alcohol, this was a gift. I went there by myself (because everybody else was tired) around 9pm. As soon as I got there the place was just clearing out from the other runners that had stopped by for dinner. As I walked in you can see 2 large brew vats on the right and the bar is on the left, split into a Y as somebody else mentioned. I grabbed a seat at the bar and immediatly Matt, the bartender introduced himself to me and asked what I would like.
The service there was top notch from Matt and the food was not dissapointing and very well priced. I had the Tuna Sashimi Lollipops and the Duck Fat Fries. I had the sampler of beers which included the Saison V-50, Hell Boy Lager, Revolution Porter, and the Wee Heavy Ale. Matt also poured me a very generous sample of the 50 Cat IPA on cask. All of the beers were very good and on point. I could go into to detail about each one, but I will save that for the beer reviews.
Overall, this place is excellent and when I run the halh next year, you will find me here again.
06-05-2011 23:32:32 |
More by buyBinboaVodka
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I came here for an alumni event which included food pairings, an opportunity to meet with the brewmaster (Dean), and go on a mini tour of the brewery. This restaurant and brew is situated near main street in Leesburg off a shopping outlet strip located inside a corporate-like building. Though the logo was really nice and old-world classic surrounded by bricks. Classy stuff. Once you walk into the brewpub there are two medium size VATs in front of you and to the left is the bar / lounging area and to the right are the fermenting tanks and the dining area (overall Y-shaped design). Really nice inside - dark wood and marble along with brass copper rails and photos up on the wall. There were 7 beers on tap (with one being on cask). I was impressed with the food/beer pairing - in fact, I believe I was more impressed with the food over the beers. The beers were a bit flat and watery. Of all the beers available, I liked the saison, imperial stout, and the golden ale the best. The staff were awesome - very attentive, cool, laid back, and eager to help out with everything. I definitely would come back to try out the other styles when they're being offered as well as try their main entrées.
02-27-2011 21:04:11 |
More by CuriousMonk
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
This is a great little brew pub. They make some good beer. The food was really disappointing to me. Maybe it was a little too high class for my normal tastes, but I just didn't like it. They do have killer waffle fries. It is a great place to spend an evening enjoying beer and hanging out with friends. They also have a cask beer, which seems to be hard to find in Northern Virginia. They only serve their own beers and had about six on tap when I was there. They make really cool growlers and fills are only nine dollars. Refilling my growler had to be the best experience; the bartender was friendly and was able to try again the beers to pick which one I wanted to get.
12-31-2010 21:22:10 |
More by sympleesmshn
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
After a week's worth of edumacation down in Virginia, my co-worker and I finally have a little bit of downtime. So, to celebrate we decided to get a few drinks.
Only 15 minutes from our hotel in Sterling, we did a quick search of BA and found this place. We stop in, right around 4:30 or so, find a spot at the bar and order ourselves a brew. I order up their IPA, and am pleasantly surprised to see before me an actual size, big-boy pint filled to the brim with tasty brew. They are certainly not shy about portions here. Anyway, the beer is very good, though if I had to gripe about it I'd say it could use more hops...but then again every beer could use more hops :-).
The service is great, they bartender and the waiters and host are quick to chat about their beer, and have a very friendly and casual attitude. They seemed to know what they were talking about, and even though we weren't regulars they had no problem recommending brew and chatting us up.
Unfortunately, we didn't get a chance to try the food...we had our focus on some wood-fired pizza from another spot just down the road. We did see a few folks order some food, they just so happened to all order up their hot wings which did look really good. The prices were very reasonable, the brews I decided to sample both had some great happy hour prices. I would definitely recommend stopping in...I sure do wish I found out about this place a few days sooner.
11-19-2010 00:42:46 |
More by krisandajt
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Not a bad place to stop for a pint or two after work. I usually hit this place up late so it's pretty empty when I get there and of course the service is very attentive. Nice beers on tap and they always have something on cask as well. I'm partial to their oatmeal stout but the pale ale is decent too. Don't eat there too often but when I have it hasn't been disappointing. I would like to see them get a little bit more experimental with the brews here, but I think their focus is on the restaurant side of the business. Too bad, because I think this place has the potential to be a great brewpub.
08-02-2010 02:54:45 |
More by pythonmets
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Atmosphere - The brew lounge was good but not great. Maybe a bit fancier than a typical bar, but nothing too high end. The restaurant area looked very nice, with live musicians and linen table clothes and everything. My wife and I only stayed in the brew lounge area, though.
Quality - The beer was good, but didn't do anything to excite me. I could have been just as happy with a SN Pale Ale, in place of the Vintage 50 IPA.
Service - In the brew lounge, our server was good not great. I'm guessing the service is better in the actual restaurant area?
Selection - They only offered a handful of beers that are brewed on location there. I love the concept of a microbrew, but their beers were fairly boring styles, and not of the highest quality either. Similar to the Great American restaurants.
Food - In the brew lounge, the food was good not great. My wife enjoyed her burger, but I wasn't a big fan of my pizza. Excellent spinach and artichoke dip appetizer.
02-22-2010 20:42:13 |
More by Pencible
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This place is pretty cool to try some microbrews. I really appreciate their interpretations of some interesting styles. I had the beer sampler and tried their hefeweizen, scotch ale, Belgian strong pale ale, and saison. All were excellent renditions of the style (although the scotch ale left something to be desired). Great options to choose from, they also had a porter, ESB, IPA, and Kolsch on tap. Would like to go back and try them.
Our food was excellent. This was the first time in a looong time if not ever that I ordered a burger "medium" and it actually came perfectly medium. You gotta love that. They've got some really cool appetizers that are fun to split. Some great flavor profiles in their tuna sashimi lollipops. My wife got a veggie panini that was incredibly tasty.
I am thoroughly impressed. Much better my second time around than my first about 18 months ago. Is now up there as one of my favorites. We got to sit outside and it was one of the most beautiful evenings in recent memory and they've got comfy deck-syle cushioned chairs to sit it.
09-01-2009 18:45:16 |
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Vintage 50 Restaurant And Brew Lounge in Leesburg, VA