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Regional Food & Drink (R.F.D.)
Taps: 30 / Bottles: 300
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
810 7th St NW
District of Columbia
phone: (202) 289-2030
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Clock watching, by necessity yes, although I think we're good on time just now. We've walked a pretty good ways from the in-laws'. The 'burbs dropped off quickly, I think we're in the thick of it now, whatever it is that it is. Schnickel Fritz Mike says he knows where RFD be, I'm just not sure he knows where in DC we be. Hmmn, a Ruby Tuesdays, oh, and the Irish joint, and now a Fuddruckers, by deduction it's got to be hiding here somewhere...
Another inconspicuous storefront face there on a strip of stuff in town. Dodging the reception counter on entering (fake this way, quick that way, run, run!!), there's a lower nook to the left holding a half dozen small tables running a "U" around some couch action below the large front windows lined with tap handles, and a far staircase up to the corner of the bar. To the right, another up front window area tiled & bricked with a dozen small tables for you know, seating. Up the stairs on center, 2 rows of tables running to the rear, the area expanding widening there, all in all 3 dozen tables or so. A backwards question mark shaped wood bar seating 20 wraps around to the left and across from it, an open kitchen where foodings happen.
30 taps on 2 rows (15 over 15) on a stainless steel panel on the barback wall and just to the right of them, 5 glassfront coolers, 6 shelves each, 9 to 10 bottles per shelf. I'm thinking (like) 250 bottles, or so the list says anyway. A glassware rack sits in front of the taps and a bar island inside the hook. The wall above the coolers pasted with brewery stickers and holds 4 flat screens, plus pub signage and neons. Roundish coneish pillars, brick & beigeiness painted walls with slanted mirrors and mounted lamps, brewery placards & signage, and large brewery banners hanging everywhere. Fritz Maytag & Michael Jackson quotes written on the walls up front. Wicker canoesque covered lighting overhead that I'm sure a thorough investigation afterwards will be determined as the cause of the fire, and some sunken spots, large ceramic tiling under foot up front, and a black & white checkerboard floor to the rear. Along the back wall, a shirt & book case next to the doorway to a back covered patio, a dozen tables and what looks to be a small service bar there.
So, 30 taps, half of them micros (Avery Collaboration not Litigation, Bells Oberon, DogFishHead 60 Minute IPA & Raison D'etre, Rogue Dead Guy, Stone Arrogant Bastard, Bear Republic Racer 5, Troegs Troegenator, Sam Adams Lager & Summer Ale, Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball, Magic Hat Odd Notion & #9, Brooklyn Pennant Pale Ale, Fordham Fleet Wheat, Wolavers IPA), the other half are a mix of blah imports (Guinness, Hoegaarden, Stella, Boddingtons, Czechvar, St Louie Framboise) save a few Germans (Schneider Aventinus Weizenwonderfulness, Franziskaner & Weihenstephan Hefes, how can you be down on them, right?), some big brewery stuff (Blue Moon, freaky Shock Top Belgian White, Miller Lite, Yuengling), and Cider du Woodchuck (I like it dark and dry, oh yes). We felt like the tap list was just okay, don't get me wrong, I did alternate shortys (samples) of the Bells Oberon and Avery Collaboration not Litigation on this day and the next, so maybe it's the non micro half that's gone made me sad (yes, like the clown), or maybe it's the lack of local. Sometimes, they have something on cask, this is not one of those times. And the bottle list, annoyingly sorted first between Lagers, Ales and Hard Ciders and then alphabetically within each header. People, when your bottle list spirals well out of control of 250+ as such, sort that shit by country first, just so I don't have to comb through all the beers from Vietnam, Russia and Argentina just to find me a Prima Pils, okay? Other than that, it's a solid bottle list with all sorts of goodies but I feel like they could unload a bunch of the beers of the third world and nobody would miss them terribly.
I could sit here and drink that Bells Oberon all day, I tell you. It's seriously tasty. "Hey, doesn't that cat over there look like Tomme Arthur?" Could be, maybe, they are in town for SAVOR it's possible, yes. Clock watching, we'll have to move soon but I am enjoying the tunes just now. "Hey, who makes Pyramid?" I asked aloud seeing some of their beers in the coolers there. "Pyramid does", said the plain clothes Pyramid people sitting next to me at the bar. "Oh".
It's a good joint, but I'm left a little disappointed somehow, could be the youngish crowd that isn't us. I'm sure I could easily always find something to drink here but I was expecting something much more something.
07-04-2008 14:21:32 |
More by slander
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Open letter to D.A.: Dave Alexander, how could you let me down? I was expecting so much more from you. The way that you expanded the selection at The Brickskellar is the kind of stuff that goes to legend. People from other countries talk about the Brickskellar. But here I am sitting in D.A.'s Regional Food & Drink and all I see are guys with stupid hats and football jerseys watching lots of big screen TV's. All eyes are focused there. No one is talking to one another. In a way it's almost like a scene out of "1984" or "Brave New World" or the movie "Brazil". Now I know that's not the way it always is here, but hey, what is this other than just a big pizza joint with a few coolers full of bottled beer and a good tap selection? So, OK, I do have to give you credit for the beer selection - AND the fact that the servers know about beer. Kudos! But what the hell is "regional" food? Are some of the most crappy nachos I've ever had somehow associated with the Del-Mar-Va area? Did I miss something?
12-27-2007 06:49:34 |
More by NeroFiddled
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
The same owners own a couple of places. a good long bar, people from wherever, and conventional and unadventerous beers whether tap or bottle. Good size inside, created relaxation while wiating for the traffic to clear. I saw a dozen or so taps, a few crafts on but the wheats and the like. I saw 100 or so different bottles, again a few local craft but mostly the popular ones. AT the bar, they were drinking Heinekins and hard liquor which is unusual for where I have been to over the past 5 years.
06-27-2008 20:50:54 |
More by Sammy
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stopped by here the other day, as I'd heard they had hopslam on tap (which they did, for $9 a 12 ounce glass). This was my first return to RFD since I attended Lupulin Slam 1 back in 2004 (if memory serves).
As one walks in off the street, one notices a good size wrap around bar area to the left, probably accommodating around 15 or 20 customers. There is also a fairly good size dining area, with a number of craft beer pennants hanging from the ceiling, with other beer related paraphenelia adorning the walls and shelves behind the bar. There is very much of an informal, almost sports bar like vibe to RFD (4 flat screen TV's over the bar turned to various sporting events helps), and I thought it a comfortable place to hang out and have a few beers.
As for service, I think the word that best describes it is distracted. The folks behind the bar were friendly enough, but they just seemed inordinately busy socializing among themselves, cleaning and clearing glassware, etc.
As for the beer selection, I believe they had around 30 beer on tap (one cask), as well as a bottle list with something like 200 entries. I know that sounds impressive, and it's not bad, but there's some pretty mundane beers both on tap and in bottles here. There were some interesting beers on tap as well (obviously, the hopslam was one of them), as they had yeti and the siren noire from clipper city on, as well as several Belgian selections (leffe blond and corsendonk X-mas). Generally speaking, I get the impression that RFD is not the place to come to try to find any unusual, hard to find beers in the area. God knows how or why they got the hopslam - very few folks ordered it while I was there, which surprised me, but I think that tends to reflect the clientele here.
Prices are high, but as this is DC, I pretty much expected that. They don't serve pints here, but shaker glasses of most beers (like SNPA and Loose Cannon) were in the $6 to $6.50 range, with stuff like the Yeti coming in 12 ounce snifters for $8 or $8.50. They do have a happy hour, during which they discount what I assume are the more slowly selling beers here (there were 3 this day, and they had to be the most uninteresting, unappealing beers on the tap list).
I don't know. This is an OK place, but it seems to lack any real personality, and I'll be damned if I can think of any reason to return here (absent some other hopslam-like event). This is a place I might stop in for a beer if I happened to be in the area, but I otherwise can't imagine this as a destination beer stop.
01-18-2011 18:06:29 |
More by johnmichaelsen
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Just up three blocks from District Chop House, so we stopped in for a nightcap. The building is of the warehouse style, high ceilings, plenty of exposed pipes, with a hard look and feel. The bar is quite large, with part of it looking into a large glass refridgerator showing you the large selection of bottles. Beer lists were plentiful so our group could all review the offerings without sharing a menu. About 25 beers on tap, ranging from Miller Lite (only macro) to SN Bigfoot. I enjoyed a Racer IPA, while my friends had Magic Hat, Stella Artois, and a Pilsner Urquell (no they are not overly adventurous).
There was a large list of bottles I didn't even think of counting, probably over 100. Again a wide selection from all over.
My one disappointment was there was no local Maryland brews on tap. Other than that this was a place to have a great selection of brews. Service was pretty good, but it was on a Monday evening.
01-06-2005 20:31:47 |
More by Gavage
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Stop number two on our DC pub crawl. Came in for pre-dinner drinks and to watch some baseball. Kinda surprised it was hard to find the Orioles/Sox game on tv, had to make a request. Very cool looking place, lots of tvs with sport, tons of beer paraphanalia on the walls, and a sweet open air beer garden in the back. Our waitress was amazing. Even though it was packed on a Sat night, she came by our table exactly every 10 minutes to check on us. Large selection of draft beers, but I found the prices rather high. Instead, I stuck to the huge selection of bottled beers which was more reasonable. Went with the Duck Rabbit Milk Stout, the New Holland Oatmeal Stout, and the Great Divide St. Bridget Porter. My vote for best selection and best place to watch a game in DC.
08-07-2009 00:22:18 |
More by morebeergood
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
3rd stop on night 1 in DC
i believe this was my sisters pick for us.
big wharehouse feel - lots of tv's and a ton of seating. we showed up after midnight and it was only moderately crowded
the tap list was pretty long - maybe 25 to 30. there was a lot of good stuff but minimal great stuff. i would have been excited to try the great divide belgica but it recently turned over so i defaulted to the weyerbacher quad, which is entirely too heavy for a nightcap
the bottle list was also long but i didnt peruse for too long as i was pretty inebriated
if i lived here, i can see this place being useful to parlay with some baseball on tv
06-20-2009 16:25:26 |
More by dirtylou
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
RFD is a breeze to find on 7th. The place was a bit crazy to walk into on Halloween with a guy dressed as a bearded label in the front foyer. Later a pimp arrived, I figured the two should get together and could do a bit of business for the right clientel.
The beer list was well done and impressive, but at first the service was serverly lacking. After the first pint was ordered and received it picked up to near stellar levels, but you only get one chance to make a first impression, so a 4 is as high as I can go. The beer list is about 300 bottles with a nicely chosen 30 drafts and the occasional cask.
The atmosphere was not crowded, but still a bit smoky. I was told the place used to be a latin dance club and it still has a bit of that vibe. I met another BA at RFD and his bottled selection was not the freshest example ever so a 3.5 is all the quality I can muster.
I'd go back to RFD, good beers, ok service and a nice selection. I hear the food is not that draw so plan accordingly!
11-01-2005 02:41:13 |
More by GCBrewingCo
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Another fine stop on our DC tour, this place exceeded our expectations.
We sat at the very long bar. I think it was L-shaped but I could not see the far end to see if it squared off. Definitely a sports bar, but we were there in a non-prime time.
About 30 taps and 70-100 bottles available, and almost all high quality. Some macro but also Rogue Brewer, ST Creme Brulee and Cherry Saison, among others.
Service was competent and pleasant. The food we had was standard pub grub, prepared competently but without inspiration.
I would stop back anytime, except maybe meal time.
08-12-2008 18:08:59 |
More by sholland119
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Edit: Dinner during a follow-up visit. Hamburgers are a specialty. I had the breakfast burger (fried egg and bacon) and enjoyed it. Food goes to a 4.0.
A block and a half away from my hotel? Done and done! A late afternoon visit.
Atmosphere: RFD is spacious, huge with seating immediately on entrance, through the bar area, and all the way into a patio out back. The bar is wooden and large, the bar seating area decorated with Belgian-style beer flags (Ommegang, Tremens, Unibroue). I grabbed a seat at the bar.
Quality: Greeted immediately, I was handed a beer list. The restroom was clean and the entire restaurant quite impressive.
Service: The bartender was chatty and friendly, visiting often (note the bar was empty save for one person). She pointed out the Hoppy Hour listing that I ended up ordering off of.
Selection: 30 or so beers on tap, more than three times that in bottles, and a few casks to boot. The Firestone Walker Abacus was gone when I arrived, so I settled in with a Dubbel Cannon from Heavy Seas - a good pint. A 6 page, stapled beer list was also sitting in front of me.
Hoppy Hour specials were $4 a pint.
05-09-2011 22:09:24 |
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