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Taps: 62 / Bottles: 300
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
917 Caroline St
phone: (540) 371-2337
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Reviews by mactrail:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
Narrow, vast space that was filled, but not crowded on a Monday night. Claims to have 60 taps, many of which are actually craft beers. Quite a few imports. Growlers apparently available of nearly everything. Prices are $3.50 to $5.00 for nearly all of the 10 oz pours. $6.75 to $8.50 for the large beers.
Lots of Colorado beers (Breckenridge, Great Divide, Left Hand) as well as California (Lagunitas, Boont, Anderson). Plenty of brews from up and down the east coast. Virginia brews include Port City, Blue and Gray, St. George, Legend, Starr Hill, etc.). Plus zilliions of bottles in big display cases.
Food is the usual pub selection. Ranges from Monday two dollar burgers, which look sensational, to the astoundingly priced pretzel, cheese, and sausage plate for 20$.
Right downtown, walk from the Virginia Rail station. Not too noisy considering the crowd. Great selection. Service is "on demand." They have Keep the Glass night Tuesdays and a local beer night with nice prices.
06-20-2011 23:50:29 |
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District of Columbia
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The wife and I hit this place after a day of seeing the battlefield and doing more than a bit of antique shopping. However, we've been here many times and the experience has always been the same.
Atmosphere: It's in the perfect location to quench that post-antique store shopping thirst. Located right in the heart of Fredericksburg, this place has a really long bar area, with an ice strip to cool your beer to boot. Gotta love that!
Quality: Sure, the amazing tap list is great, but the food always surprises me. Clean place, clean tap lines, great beer selection, killer location, and excellent food.
Service: I've always been able to see quality training in every employee who has ever waited on me (us). Lots of knowledge all around about the beer and food.
Selection: The thing I like most is that I don't have to squint to see the beer taps. I can merely get out of my seat and walk over and see them up close and personal. This is part of the layout of the bar: The taps aren't lined up behind the counter, but behind a wall to the left hand side of the bar (facing the coolers). Don't ask, just go see it.
Food: Always absolutely fantastic. Folks, even if you don't like beer, please eat here. I can't imagine a restaurant in the area being better. I especially like the massive cheese and sausage appetizer. Sure, it's $20, but it feeds a multitude! I ordered the Mac and Cheese the last time I went. Yum!
Value: The wife and I spent WAY too much the last time we went, but it was a long day of shopping: Exhausting for here, boring for me. It was our own damn fault.
My highest recommendation in the Fredericksburg area!
05-14-2013 03:48:08 |
More by Chaney
District of Columbia
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited for lunch on St. Patricks day with the family.
A - Friendly, clean, open, well lit. Great for kids. Lots of bar space. Big six person booths. A lounge-like area in the back with darts. Not sure what else you could ask for in a place that serves great beer.
Q - No issues. Beer was served in the correct glasses.
S - Service was fine. Server was there when we needed him. Polite. He knew the menu. Answered my wifes question when she asked for the lightest draft on tap (no BMC on tap).
S - Nice broad selection. Not much for Farmhouse/Saison styles. Nothing too rare. Majority were regional brews. Very please though. Something for everyone.
F - Food was great. Was served quickly. Kids liked their food (very important). The menu was a step or two above pub food, which is perfect for a craft beer joint.
O - Very pleased. The craft beer place to go to in Fredricksburg. I will keep it in mind the next time I'm driving from Nova to Richmond and Rt. 95 and Rt. 1 are parking lots. A great place to stop when passing by.
03-30-2013 00:28:35 |
More by Sludgeman
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$
the reasonable rating overall is for the food....the beer, while an amazing selection, is definitely a bit overpriced. the bottle list was really good (300+), as was the draft list. had an excellent douchesse flanders red, oak aged rauchbier on tap!
the burgers were amazing! perfectly cooked, tasty. belgian style fries were perfectly crunchy...
service was a bit slow, but they were pretty busy on a sat. night. some parts of the restaurant were waaay too loud though.
overall, my new fav restaurant in VA.
03-10-2013 07:12:44 |
More by speedvagen
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Love this bar. Great food and events. Oktoberfest every year is amazing.
The beer selection is out of this world, it is always changing and they have a wide range of styles. The beer prices are high, sometimes way too high ( as much as $10 or more for a 16 oz. glass ), but the food is pretty fairly priced. Some of the beers are rare and go way too quickly.
Great atmosphere in the bar area with all the different taps and tap handles, plus the seemingly mile long fridge behind the bar.
Always love steal the glass and dollar burger nights.
12-31-2012 04:31:15 |
More by ZachKelly
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Capital Ale House is the bar I most frequent in Fredericksburg. The tap list changes about once a week, always with plenty of variety and quality brews. The only macrobrew on tap at any one time is Guinness. The bottles can get a bit expensive, but the drafts are overall well-priced. They have some sort of special for every day of the week, with my favorite being American Micro Day, every saturday before 7pm, with most drafts, at $2.50. They carry everything from Rogue and Founder's to DFH and Lagunitas. Any beer you could possibly want (within regional limits) exists or will exist at this bar at some point.
The food is quite good, the burgers are fantastic, the soft pretzels are (most often) delicious, and the frites are plenty. They have seafood and prime rib specials that are a bit above my budget. I'm just there because of their motto: "Let no one thirst for a fine ale."
The service is quite variant from server to server and bartender to bartender, I've had some of the best and worst service from this bar. Some have tried every beer in the house and give some phenomenal recommendations and help you through the menu, and others are just trying to get their shift over with.
Overall it is an absolute must if you are in the Fredericksburg Area.
02-07-2012 05:39:33 |
More by dhabersetzer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Sixty beers on tap with a number of bottled beers available as well.
This establishment was quite large and spread out. Going on a Saturday night a bit of a wait for a table was expected and was not unreasonable.
Upper dining area's acoustics had that perpetual din of voices you often experience at most busy pubs. We were fortunately seated in the basement dining area which appeared to be the overflow. With less tables and far less patrons it was definitely much better suited to a quiet dinner conversation.
Servers were attentive and the food was well done. If you're ever in this area I would highly recommend this place.
09-04-2011 13:28:21 |
More by ErikTheRed
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | $$
I've had lots of good experiences at the Richmond Cap Ale locations, but my one trip to F-burg was sub-par service-wise.
We rolled in on July 4 to grab a couple of beers, and maybe a burger, on our way back from DC. Wasn't too crowded but we stood at the bar and placed our order with the bartender. My buddy ordered a draught costing $5 for a 10oz, bartender immediately came back and said they were out but it was available in a bomber. Knowing the bomber ran $6 at the shop, we figured it would most likely be around $12, but no more than the $17.50 growler for said beer. Unfortunately bartender did not mention that there was some crazy price differential on this beer and that the bomber was $33. Called a manager after bartender set down the tab and she explained that their distributor wouldn't give them reasonable pricing on this bomber and the price was appropriate given Cap Ale's usual markup. Manager said the best she could do was a 25% discount on that beer to compensate for the bartender not telling us the price differential.
We bugged out after that, skipping a second round and food. I still think something fishy is going on with this one and an e-mail has been sent to management to get an explanation. Somebody had to have made a mistake when pricing this one. If there is that much of a price difference between the draught and bottle on a reasonably well distributed beer, the bottle shouldn't even be available.
Again, I love Cap Ale and what they've done for making good beer available in Central Virginia, but you still need to check the menu or ask prior to ordering or you might get a surprise.
07-10-2011 20:30:21 |
More by nandemo1
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $
Not stuffy at all but still pretty modern, you walk in to find a seemingly endless bar capped by a ton of great taps and backed by cooler after cooler of bottled beer. Beer menu is divided by draft and bottle, and each of those is sorted by style. Some nice finds I wouldn't normally get to try in NJ included Bell's batch 9000 and 10000 and some cool things on tap, Delerium Nocturnum, St. Bernardus 12 and others. Nothing blew my mind, but there were plenty of solid beers to occupy my taste buds. Six of us attended, three guys looking for beer and three girls who could not be more disinterested in beer, but this was not a problem. Food menu was fantastic and the mixed drinks for the girls were creative and quite tasty. Service was impeccable. My first round was at the bar where the bartender was friendly, knowledgeable, efficient and talented. We were then seated where our server, Nick, was beyond helpful. I may have gotten lucky, but his knowledge of the beers was fairly impressive. An evening full of several appetizers and various samples of beers seemed great. When the check came, it was nearly half of what I would have guessed it to be. Value was through the roof for the experience I received. I have zero complaints
02-23-2011 22:52:11 |
More by Hoops4life511
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Located right in historic Frederksburg downtown with parking off of Sophia Street behind. The Capital Ale House is a very long and narrow establishment with three distinct rooms. Typical Capital Ale House setup. We sat at the bar area the first time we were there. The menu boasts an extensive beer list on both draft and bottle. Prices seem reasonable, about $1 to $2 mark-up. Tons of local beer offerings via tap (looked like about 40 to 50 on tap). Very friendly staff. Burger was pretty decent. My wife had a german pretzel. Not too shabby. Neat basement cellar. Nice couches, dart board, and I think pool table too on the first floor.
Overall, can be pricy but you may find a value too. Best beer bar in Fredericksburg.
02-17-2011 19:31:59 |
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Capital Ale House in Fredericksburg, VA