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Mad Fox Brewing Company
Active Beers: 73
Beer Ratings: 801
Beer Avg: 3.87
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
444 West Broad Street
phone: (703) 942-6840
(Place added by: drabmuh on 07-12-2010)
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Reviews by tlazaroff:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I have visited this place quite a few times now but I am only getting to review it right now. This has become my favorite "local" beer bar, and by local, I mean it's 45 minutes away.
The atmosphere is that of an English Pub, you walk in there, and you are greeted by 3 fermentation tanks as a backdrop for the host podium. To the left is seating, and to the right is a 60 foot bar which stretches about half the length of the restaurant. It's decor is beautiful, especially around Christmas, they have a simple, yet gorgeous tree they put up, and it just lights up the neighborhood. I must also give them props for their utilization of the air blade in the restrooms, what a fun device!
Quality is quite high, they take pride in their food and beer, and it defiantly shows. Presentation of their food is done with the utmost respect - all the plates come out looking like they are being judged on Chopped or Top Chef. Ingredients are always fresh tasting. The beer is always fresh too. I haven't had a bad pour, and from what I can tell based on their beer, their tap lines are cleaned regularly. Overall cleanliness of the restaurant is high.
Service overall has been exemplary. There was one foul up when I met a buddy and his girlfriend for dinner, and the waiter put in everyone's order except the lady's order. They made the wrong right though, and the last round of drinks was on the house. An example of the high service levels was my first time at Mad Fox. I had ordered two samplers (4, 5oz beers of your choice) and there was a point where I wanted a dessert, but I didn't want to order one - but I wanted another beer. I ordered their Stout, and asked the bartender if I could get a shot of whipped cream on top to make it a dessert beer. After he shot me a strange look, he went off to the kitchen looking for the whipped cream. It took him five minutes, searching high and low - behind the bar, in the kitchen - everywhere. Finally, he found some whipped cream, he poured the beer and topped it with the cream, then asked jokingly, "Want some chocolate sauce on top of that?" Playing along, I told him that I would like chocolate on top, and he obliged. To date, I am still the only person who has ordered that delicious concoction.
Selection comes two fold, they always have a good selection of beer on tap and cask, but I find that they don't necessarily update their beer menu online (and in-house) with their current line-up. I had made the trek out there because the website said they had Tupper's India Ink (an American Black Ale) on tap, only to find when I got there that it had been out for a day or two. Beside this slight disappointment, I still had a great time and great beer.
The food, oh boy the food. Mad Fox is as much a food destination as it is a beer destination. Do yourself a favor, and get the specials - which I'll get into in a minute. The regular fare is excellent. The pizzas are phenomenal, the sandwiches are artisnally delicious, and the desserts (Beer-imissiou - Tirimissiou made with Stout instead of coffee) are just phenomenal. The specials, they are out of this world, mind-blowing. I ate my first rabbit at Mad Fox, gotta love their sense of humor, serving it with a side of carrots. I had a braised lamb grilled cheese, and the best, was steak tartar. It was my first experience eating raw steak, and it was served with a raw quail egg on top. The chef does excellent work, and the food really should be winning multitudes of awards.
The pricing isn't too bad, I was struggling giving it a 2 for 3 $ vote, but ended up giving it a 3 because if you really want the good (unique) stuff, it's going to be a bit pricier. It's well worth it, though, as I understand it, everything they sell is hand-made from the bread to the ketchup - and the ketchup is EXCELLENT (I hate ketchup).
I highly recommend giving Mad Fox a whirl if you are in the vicinity. It is a moderately priced, high-class, casual dining experience that I have yet to find anywhere else.
12-29-2011 11:47:49 |
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I've been to Mad Fox a couple of times, and it is fastly becoming one of my favorite brew pubs. Their beers, at least the ones that I've tasted, range from very good to excellent, and their food matches the beer. The brewpub has a very comfortable, very lively space, dominated with a very beautiful, long bar, flanked to its right, by the beautiful brewing kettles.
My favorite beers so far have been their Abbaye Des Chutes Belgian Strong Dark Ale, Oktoberfest, their Brown Ale, their Barrel-aged Black Saison, and a brandy barrel-aged wee heavy. For such a small(ish) brewery, Mad Fox has an extensive barrel-aging program that is, in my opinion, one of the best barrel-aged programs in the Maryland, DC and Northern Virginia.
Each time I've been to the brewpub, I've only had lunch, and I've found that food-wise, the kitchen is very good, and very imaginative. Their lamb bitterballen (a traditional Dutch-style bar snack of curry, lamb-beef croquettes with a curry mayonnaise dip) are excellent! As are their flatbread pizzas, burgers (love that bacon-jam) and the pulled pork sand which!
Mad Fox is an excellent brewpub, one that should be visited, and often!
10-30-2013 02:09:47 |
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District of Columbia
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
In my experience, this outshines all the brewpubs I have patronized (except for London). I have searched DC and NoVA. The brewmaster is a genius. Oddly, his ESB doesn't match up to Fuller's. His pilsner is not quite the same as Urquell. And his weiss doesn't seem to match.... (anyway I don't like weiss). In general, his wide variety of beers provides selections that are much better than their ancestors. Generally brews need to be fresh. Many brewpubs have a clientele that is not adventurous and doesn't adapt. The interesting beers grow stale in their casks. This doesn't happen at Mad Fox. All the beers always seem to be fresh, lively and aromatic.
The favorite beer seems to be an Orange Whip IPA. It far better than a classic IPA. Don't miss it. I recently had an excellent stout that I had to drink slowly, that was a first for me. Usually strong beers, barley wines and Imperials are a challenge, but this brewmaster gets them right.
08-27-2013 17:39:20 |
More by jimknock
District of Columbia
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This is definitely a brewpub, with about 80% "bar area" to restaurant seating. Outside seating is available, weather permitting.
The brewery offers a dozen beers regularly, with 3 year rounds and the rest rotating. Additionally some of the brews are on cask. There are no non-Mad Fox beers offered (as far as I know), but they do offer mixed drinks, including local distiller Catoctin Creek.
The food selection attempts to be higher end, but I haven't found anything special or bad about the offerings. For a "higher end" brew pub, it's simply ok.
The thing that has hurt this place in my mind more than anything is service, specifically at the bar (shockingly). Our long running tactic was to get a bar table serviced by an actual waiter to get better service. After watching a busy day, I have a modicum of sympathy for the bartenders, but it's outweighed by the times a seemingly non-pre-occupied bartender overlooks an empty glass.
08-03-2013 01:42:28 |
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