Travlr (2486) Washington, Washington DC | October 14, 2013| Updated April 4, 2015
This is a pizza joint. Itís an Italian deli. Itís a beer store. Oh, and itís a brewpub. Hard to find, we passed it three times, and actually switched to a different GPS, then had to stop and ask at the hotel across the street. It was worth the effort. Filled to the brim with locals, plus a steady parade of people coming in for pizzas or growler fills (and, oddly, a case of PBR or Miller Lite - oh well). The pizza is terrific, and the beers are interesting enough to keep coming back. Plus, the selection of guest taps is very solid. And the prices?? $4 a beer, holy cow! Great place, and now that Terry Hawbaker is brewing here, Iíll definitely be back. 5-8-13-8-9-18, 88.
SECOND RATING, now that theyíve moved into their new digs. The brewery portion is amazing, all new Braukon stuff, and now surrounded by barrels of every flavor, red wine, white wine, rum, bourbon. Seems like every small nook and cranny had a barrel in it. There are far more beers on tap, with the usual amazing stuff by Terry, some with fruit added, courtesy of Al. The pizza, thankfully, is just as delicious, the bottle shop is the same. Growler fills still available. The star of the show was the Pizza Boy sours in bottles for in house consumption. Staff is terrific, and Terry took time out from his long day (already past 6 pm) to show us around, share some beers and chat. Amazing place, worth going well out of your way to find. The only way to improve, I think, would be for them to offer sampler sizes (say, 4 ounces), especially now that the number of taps has grown so much. I want to try them all! A minor point in an otherwise amazing place. And now that they offer 8 ounce pours of any beer, even this is solved!
A huge warehouse with food, beer, video games and open seating. No real service the guy serving the beer was a geek and liked to chat. Selection is just awesome with tons of guest taps. Food was good and prices a bit high but worthy of the food quality. This place rocks, with the only issue being no small pours or samples, you must commit.
Superb bar and brewery with kitchen and bottle shop all in the same space. Itís layout reminded me a little of a cafeteria but somehow Al manages to make it work and provides a comfortable environment to imbibe in. Great selection of draft beers, and honestly the main reason to visit is for the excellent Pizza Boy and Intangible Ales (bottles only) available here. Food is tasty and hearty with pizzas, subs, soups and stromboli being dished up from the kitchen. Staff are generally excellent and very friendly. Crowlers can be filled for takeaway. This place rocks - a must visit!
Al runs a tight ship here and Terry brews some great beers. The new place is large and open with ample seating and parking. An enticing pizza display greats you up front along with an impressive wall of taps. The cooks are humming along keeping the pizzas fresh and the bar service is constant. This is a top notch establishment. Thanks for hanging with us Al and Terry.
Not at all the place shown in the photo, this must be a new location ... a well appointed warehouse-y joint with a step-up bar and step-up pizza ordering spot that share the same tabs. An amazing lineup of 60 taps, all well displayed on a first-class electronic board ... full of local and regional choices, not to mention about 10 Pizza Boy Brewing options. The pizza was delicious, delivered hot and handmade. And the three beers I tried were all very good. Understand we were lucky to visit on Monday night ... it can apparently get packed. It was pretty full, always a great sign. Blue star! (Brewery #661)
What a find this place is. Itís in the middle of nowhere but there were a lot of people there on a Sunday night. The turn is a bit tight so watch out for it.. I didnít have the food so I canít talk of it. They had over 20 taps and most of them were unusual or rare selections for the area. They do a lot regional craft and also there seems to be some Belgiaphilia there as well. They sell growlers of their draft but they also sell samplers as well. They also have a fairly sizable make your own sixer section. Itís a bit pricey at $14 a sixer but your are getting it 1. cold and 2. to go from a restaurant so it could be worse. The also had a nice large bottle selection including 4 from Lost Abbey which I was shocked to find.. I thought Philly was the only place you could find it on the east coast. The guy behind the counter was really nice as well. Iíll definitely stop back when Iím in the area.
Large, bright, open. Huge dining room, long bar. I was worried as the parking lot was full but found a bar seat no problem. Did not try the food this time. No flights or tastes which is lame, but 8 ounce pours are in the $3-5 range. Prices on growler fills are solid as well. A million-ish taps with a good range of house beers and local / US micros with some rarities. Decent selection of bottles as well. Bartenders were helpful and somewhat friendly. I miss the coziness of the old place, but this is still a world class stop.
For historical sake, my review of the old location: Located in a mini-strip mall next to a fairly residential area. Itís RIGHT off the interstate, which makes it convenient. Itís a pizza/sub kinda joint, and the bacon cheeseburger sub I had was tasty. It was fairly steady the whole time I was there especially for mid-day on a work day. I can imagine this place gets crowded. Lots of taps with their own beers and a lot of other high quality craft beers, including up to three cask options at a time (I had Thirsty Dog Wee Heavy on Cherries). The four Pizza Boy (the house brand) beers I had were all good. A sampler of 5 beers is $10 and my total bill including tax was less than $19. Prices on full pours looked solid. They fill growlers but I didnít see growler fill prices. Tons of bottle options to go. Some prices were high, some were quite reasonable. The people there were really helpful and friendly. If I lived around here, this would be my local.
I agree with GenDV138ís comment that Alís feels a bit like a cafeteria. However, thereís an amazing number of quality taps, friendly service, and great pizza, so I have no complaints. My group visited after the lunchtime rush and found the place still pretty busy. The draught options were pretty dizzying. There were roughly 30 Pizza Boy beers on plus another 60-odd guests. The Pizza Boy beers, especially the sours, were very good and inventive. The guest beers were also strong, and certainly werenít there just to fill space. The staff were uniformly pleasant, friendly. We split a pizza and were pretty damn satisfied with it. The only downside of this place is that the staff is very hesitant to give out samples, and no flights are available. However, smaller pour sizes are available, so large groups should be able to make a decent dent in the list. Overall, this place is world class.
Very cool place enjoyed after a Troegís Splinter release. Unassuming exterior. Inside it is crowded, cramped, and a lot of fun. Heavy, large portion Italian food served very informally. Just eat your food from a red plastic basket on a red and white checkerboard table cloth. I had a pretty boss Italian sub. But you are surrounded by fridges of craft beer everywhere and quite a lot of top notch stuff on tap as well. Very interesting concept. I found Alesmith, Lost Abbey, Ballast Point, Hair of the Dog, and local PA stuff. Bottle prices were a little on the expensive side for the gray market stuff. Tap beers are very cheap and are all listed on a organized flat panel monitor so you can see exactly what is on tap. Quick service, fun atmosphere. Just slightly overwhelming and a bit cramped. Also in the middle of nowhere. Now they have a new brewer, former brewer for Cabinet Artisanal and Bullfrog, so their "Pizza Boy" house beers should be getting quite awesome.