Capitol City Brewing
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Reviews by PorterLambic:
4.33/5 rDev +16.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
I came into D.C.'s Union Station on a Sunday to switch trains and had a few hours to kill before leaving. Never been here before, what was I gonna do other than a little sight-seeing? I walked out the front entrance, turned to my right and saw a huge banner with Capitol City Brewing Company on it hanging on the building across the street. The beer gods like me.
After the required photo stops at various monuments I returned to 2 Massachusetts Av. NW, one of four locations I found out. It's in the same edifice as the US Postal Museum (which I never got to), a beautiful building.
Upon entering I was greeted immediately by a smiling lady and given a choice between the bar and a table. Gotta go with the bar. Copper topped, shiny and about 50 feet long, it surrounds 5 big, shiny coppery serving tanks in the middle of the establishments' first floor. The tanks are at least 12' tall.
Chalkboards all over list the beers currently on tap.They also have a full bar and during happy hour appetizers were 1/2 off.
The beer selection includes Bull Run Bitter, Saint Adrian's Alt, Pale Rider Ale, Blackout Stout, Prohibition Porter, Nut Brown Ale, Amber Waves Ale, Capitol Kolsch, Oatmilk Stout and Hefeweizen.
The menu was of a fairly decent size, about 10-12 items, plus salads, appetizers, etc. I ordered the steak as I hadn't eaten since dinner the night before and it was well into the afternoon already. I was famished. The steak was honestly the most well prepared peice of meat I've had outside of my own barbeque. Exactly as ordered, it came with a side of just done, crunchy green beans & carrots (lightly buttered) that were excellent. But the best was the sauce. A dipping sauce (Tim's Sauce) made from garlic, gorgonzola, horseradish & sour cream. I could have eaten it with a spoon it was so good. It complemented the steak perfectly and I don't really like anything on my steak!
I was so pleased with the meal that I ordered the hummus appetizer to go for dinner on the train that night. It too was excellent. Nicely spiced with a very generous amount of fresh pita wedges, enough to finish the hummus which is more than I can say about this dish anywhere else I've had it. Also, about a half dozen huge slices of cucumber, diagonally ripple-cut along with tomato wedges and olives. This was a very filling meal in itself.
The ambience of the place was great, open, airy with plenty of room to move throughout. The upper floor had a beatiful wrought iron railing running around the opening that the tanks stuck up through. Big clean windows looked outside. Very friendly staff, although one gentlemen kept singing the same line to an unknown (to me) song over and over and over.
I was sad to hear my Timex telling me I had to leave to catch my train, I really didn't want to leave. I wish this place was closer to home, I would go there so often my mail would have to follow me. All told, a great resturant with good beer and a great location.
07-03-2004 01:51:36 | More by PorterLambic
More User Reviews:
3.4/5 rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Tried a sampler of 6 their different ales (and ordered an IPA that never came, so marks off for service).
Of all the beers, my whole party and I liked the Fuel (Coffee infused RIS) the most. The selection of beers was solid overall and the only beer I didn't really like was the Kolsch. Good, solid brews, but nothing too special.
The food was actually quite good. My Hickory BBQ Burger was cooked very well and they kept the soft pretzels (a personal favorite, so this review is a bit biased) stocked. We split a dessert 7 ways that was kind of forgettable, but nice (should have gotten more of the Fuel to go with it).
Had a great time with an awesome group.
02-28-2011 09:46:09 | More by dafizzif
3.18/5 rDev -14.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $
In DC for 2 hours, this was my first stop so I could tick a DC beer. Located in one of the many Smithsonian museums and right next to Union Station this is easy to find, meaning its also touristy in appearance and quality. The place is new looking and cleaning inside, but sterile, no personality to it. Too big to be a nice cozy brew pub. Metal casks in the middle of the bar, some brewing equipment on the second flood that you don't have access to...A beer draft menu of 8 beers, 4 regular and 4 rotating. Represented a variety of styles, a little heavy on easy drinking easy appealing beers. The beers are average brew pub quality. The server was not very knowledgeable about their brewing process or other area beer haunts. Offered us decent selections of their beers.
A place to get your DC tick but this is totally touristy and you can tell in both the location, atmosphere and beer selection.
12-12-2010 06:28:09 | More by jrallen34
3.63/5 rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Ate and drank at the postal service location after a long day on the mall.
8 house beers on tap, maybe half sounded interesting, went with the beire de gaurde, actually a tasty beer but not a bdg. More of a malty hefeweizen, lots of banana and clove with backend sweetness, still pretty tasty.
The food was decent but nothing to write home about, had bratwurst two ways, neither wowed me, but nothing offended as well.
Overall a nice place to grab a beer and bite after playing tourist all day but not really somewhere I'd actively seek to go find new/entertaining beer.
09-08-2010 23:17:46 | More by SShelly
3.1/5 rDev -16.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$$
Overall impression was that this place was more about the scenery and tourist aspect moreso than a true beer destination.
Usual suspects in a brewpub. Light, pale, porter, stout, red, brown etc. . . the ones I tried (ipa, pale, stout) all had that similar taste, or yeast strain that you often find, you know, when a brewery's beers all have that similar tasting vein in them. You see it a lot with homebrewers too.
The food was overpriced, I dunno, for almost $70 total, a couple of burgers and pints should do more for me than this. Nothing was bad, don't get me wrong. Nothing was particularly memorable either, other than the stuff outside. Just kind of left with a meh feeling.
08-05-2010 15:31:39 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.75/5 rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Situated in the Postal Square building, this place consists of a long, somewhat narrow room surrounding a copper-covered rectangular bar area. It's pretty well-lit and has only a couple TVs for the viewing of the sports, etc. It's a bit on the noisy side (or, at least, it was around 1:45pm on a Wednesday afternoon), but not overly so; there was no ambient music cluttering the air, either. There is a decent selection of brews to choose from, though I felt that they leaned toward the lighter end of the color spectrum, lacking any stouts and having only a porter and a bock to represent the darker aspects of the brewer's art. At the bar, the servers are semi-attentive, but seemed slow and generally uninterested, though they were relatively knowledgeable about their house brews. From what I could tell/taste, the food is quite good: I had the flat-iron steak with smashed potatoes and veggies. It was very tasty, nicely seasoned, and perfectly cooked. The dishes I saw around me also looked rather good. The only real knock against this place would be the prices, which I thought were a bit on the expensive side. That said, this place is a definite must if in the Capitol Hill area.
02-25-2010 04:33:50 | More by TMoney2591
District of Columbia
3.28/5 rDev -11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Atmosphere: Good lighting, wood paneling, giant brass fermenting tanks in the middle of the bar. Good seating and very lively.
Quality: The beer could be better. They seem to have a couple beers year round that work really well, but most of the beers were not very satisfying.
Good service: The wait staff really knows about the beers on tap and they really try to encourage you to try a lot of them.
Selection: All in-house beer. Usually a lot of different types.
Food: Good Food that does well to pair with the different beers.
Value: This place seems to be on the right track but I did feel like I wanted to get more for my money.
02-21-2010 16:34:48 | More by pzrhsau
3.9/5 rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I really like the feel of this place, having been coming here over 10 years but visting this past weekend for the first time in a very long time.
High, arching ceilings. Can get very noisy during the week, but the crowds aren't so bad on the weekends. Some outside seating, though that wasn't much of a factor on a 26 degree January day.
Very good selection of beers with 9 on tap, covering a wide vareity of styles. Their beers aren't world class but are all very serviceable. Their 2010 was particularly good.
Service has always been punctual here. Maybe I've been lucky, but the servers I've had did know something about the beers they pour - even quoting hops, malts, and abv for most of them.
Food is upscale bar with sandwiches and pizza dominating. Prices are pretty reasonable for the area.
Easy to find off the Union Station Metro stop. Worth a spin if you are in the area.
01-16-2010 02:40:39 | More by beer2day
3.85/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Finally got to taste a local brew here after missing out the first few times.
Atmosphere is good. It's a huge place with high ceilings and a giant bar with seating available on all sides after walking in the door. A good amount of TV's are scattered about. It looked like extra seating was available upstairs and there's a raised floor near the back.
Quality is good. Everything was in unmarked pint glasses at a good temperature with good amounts of head.
Service is good. I didn't wait long after sitting at the bar to place my order and everything came out promptly. The waitress was very friendly.
Selection is good. I believe there were 4-5 that were staples and 3-4 seasonals, from a pale to a stout to a pumpkin.
Food is good. I had a bowl of potato soup and was pleasantly surprised.
Value is good. Drinks were fairly cheap and the food was similarly priced.
Overall the beers were nothing special but they were solid and the food was not bad either. I would recommend the District Chophouse first if you're looking for a brewpub but this isn't a bad second option.
11-08-2009 05:49:11 | More by glid02
3.48/5 rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
The union station location is slightly different than the other location, closer to the white house. This place is basically an oval bar with a bunch of booths around it and an upstairs balony that stretches around the top of the establishment.
I sat at the bar. The service was good. I think the beer selection at this location is slightly better than at the other one, 4 regulars and 4 rotating seasonals. Fun. Beer is all served too cold but whatever, it's craft for the masses.
My bartender was very attentive and if you sit at the bar you can have free soft pretzels which I took advantage of easily. The food is decent if you like "up scale" fast food, the time I was in there it was mostly locals that work down town eating there on a federal half day. Interesting. I don't know if I ever have to go back unless I want to do some sleuthing for new beers that are going on.
08-25-2009 19:08:36 | More by drabmuh
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Capitol City Brewing in Washington, DC
85 out of 100 based on 49 user ratings.