Capital Ale House - Downtown | Richmond, Virginia
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Capital Ale House - Downtown
Excellent based on 80 ratings
Type: Bar

623 East Main Street
Richmond, Virginia United States 23219 [ print map ]
804 643 2537

capitalalehouse.com

Hours: M-Th 11am-12am, F-Sa 11am-1:30am, Su 10am-12am


Mayor: Braudog (1) | Taps: 40 | Bottles: 200+


Capital Ale House - Downtown

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Port City Long Black Veil , Stone 18th Anniversary Golden Brown IPA 95, Lickinghole Creek íTil Sunset Session IPA 44, Hardywood Virginia Blackberry 75, Flying Dog Brewhouse Rarities: Cinnamon Porter 59, Samuel Adams Rebel IPA 75
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80 reviews for Capital Ale House - Downtown
 Ambiance  80%
 Service  74%
 Selection  87%
 Food  73%
 Value  69%
 Overall  83%
 Rating  93%
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
intheric  (1) Richmond, Virginia | July 1, 2005
This is just my favorite place in Richmond. Itís 10 minutes from work and 10 minutes from home, and itís equally dangerous each way. Their food is excellent and not all that pricey (burgers at 8 or 9 bucks) and their fries are perfection (served with flavored mayo, of course). They are always rotating thier taps and they get some really special beers. Most people there donít know what the hell they are drinking but seem happy to be there. Itís almost out of place in little Richmond, but Iím glad to see it doing so well.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
cuthallgood  (1) Glen Allen, Virginia | June 28, 2005
Innsbrook location: The perfect location - half way between the office and home. Phenominal selection, great food, and service with a smile. A great place for luch, happy hour, or brunch (highly recommend the Abita Purple Haze pancakes).
88
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
Aubrey  (74) Bellingham, Washington | June 22, 2005
Just went to a wedding in Williamsburg and spent a short amount of time in Richmond visiting old friends. Unfortunately no time to meet up with any Ratebeerians (yes, I leged some fine folks, and Iím not happy about it ... but Iíd never hear the end of it if I leged old friends) ... but it was also a weekday. Anyway, dragged them out to Capital Ale House in Innsbrook and also hit the one downtown. The Innsbrook location had MANY MORE tap handles and bottles, and much more room, but both were nice. Youíd have a hard time finding a better selection anywhere in the Midatlantic (other than The Brickskeller).
88
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
hopdevl  (3) Far West End, Richmond, Virginia | May 10, 2004
Capital Ale House - Innsbrook opened 04/27/04. Here is my review from the Glen Allen location. The new location has been open for over a week now. The place is huge with tons of seating. There is a smoking bar with 51 taps, a non-smoking bar with 12 taps plus two hand pump selections, and a patio bar with an additional 12 taps. The signature bar rail of ice; is also found at this location. The patio has seating for about 100 people or so. There is a separate game room available. Beers are served in the appropriate glassware and drafts are usually available in small 14 oz. and large 23 oz. servings. High ABVs are typically served in smaller 10 oz. sizes. Regardless of what bar you are sitting at, you can order any beer on the menu. This can add some additional time to the delivery but gives you a chance to contemplate your next drink. We had Sunday brunch here last week. They provided the table with a free Sunday paper and a plate of scones that were to die for. I had the Bay Benedict which was rich and tasty. I washed it down with a Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier. I canít imagine a better start to the day. Overall a wonderful place and it may become a daily ritual to visit.
100
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 20/20
MotoRacerX36  (1) Hampton, Virginia | March 31, 2004
An absolutely amazing place for great beer and great service. A beer selection to die for, with 40+ beers on tap, and 200+ bottled beer. A service staff with an extensive knowledge of all things beer, polite, and always willing to make you comfortable and happy. The first time I went to CAH, I actually was able to speak to the owner, who was a perfect host. A must see if in Richmond! They are opening a new resturaunt in early April! Check the home website for details.
74
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
JFGrind  (79) Glenside, Pennsylvania | March 22, 2004
I was in Richmond to visit friends and got them to take me to the Capital Ale House. We were there on a Saturday afternoon so the bar was very quiet, mostly people in for lunch. 30 taps, and an excellent micro beer selection including local, and beers from all over the country. Draft selections included Stone, Three Floyds, Victory and Legend. Day bartender was a timid young girl, who was not a service oriented bartender. We sat in a near empty bar with empty glasses a few times during our session there. We left after the night barstaff came on and they seemed more like the 'A-Team' noticing immeadiately that our group were beer geeks who tipped. No televisions in the bar, but there was a frozen rail on the bar to keep your drink ice cold. I did not order from the food menu it looked diverse but a bit pricey.
76
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
jeffc666  (93) Fairfax, Virginia | March 19, 2004| Updated March 20, 2004
This place has great potential but my visit was fraught with frustration, frustration due it seems to having visited on the day after St Patrickís Day. First the good, they have an enormous tap and bottle selection. The beer I was served was fresh and served in clean glassware. The food was very good (excellent salad), but a little bit pricier than average bar food (quality was far better also so the prices are not unexpected). As for the bad, it seems that since I visited on the day after St Patrickís Day their beer menu was out of date. This caused me great frustration in that many beers that excited me were not available. It seemed I had a penchant for picking beers off of the menu that were not available. Our waitress was very understanding and helpful throughout. The other complaint, which is also St Patrickís day related, was the preponderance of Irish beers (not the most exciting lot but I guess they made sense given that it was the day after St Paddyís).
90
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
VA Homebrewer  (7) Portsmouth, Virginia | February 25, 2004
By far the best beer bar in Richmond located in the heart of downtown Richmond. Easily accessible from I-95/I-64 for those travelling from other cities. Food is excellent and ranges from typical bar fare (great burgers and sandwiches) to upscale (several dishes incoporating the beers they offer). This place is busy EVERY night of the week, especially on Mondays ($1.25 burger night) and Wednesdays (Steal the Glass night). 2 recently installed handpumps, roughly 30 taps, and around 300 bottles. They ALWAYS have something that is difficult to find in Virginia and they generally "rotate" a few of their taps every few weeks. Parking can be a problem, but there is an open parking lot 1/2 block up 7th Street from the bar. Wait staff is generally knowledgable and a few have outstanding beer knowledge. Don't come to Richmond without going here.
90
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz  (64) Glen Allen, Virginia | February 15, 2004
What TBG said. Should note that they now have two casks going as well. Enjoyed a nice V-Day meal there with the spouse, prix-fixe menu with a beer matched for each course. Soon to have a second location opening up in the Innsbrook area of Richmond.
88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerGod  (108) Newport News, Virginia | January 8, 2004
WOW! Nice place here. Best beer bar in Richmond, IMHO. The interior itself is almost all wood, while the bar is wooden with a "cooling strip" running parallel through the middle of the bar. Designed to keep your drink cold, should desire it that way. The beer selection is generally phenomenal, although the prices can be somewhat high. They do get some very special beers in at times, especially on draft, like SN Harvest Ale, and DFH 120Min IPA. The food is standard bar fare, like burgers, sandwiches and pizza along with other more upscale meals. However, there is nothing standard about the food. The Special Events make this even better. Though there are several events each week, the "Steal The Glass Night" on Wednesday allows a person to bring home up to 4 glasses, I believe, of whatever brewery is sponsoring that evening. Recent breweries have been: Smuttynose, Anchor, SN, North Coast, and Weyerbacher. No one should miss this. Folks from the DC area should come down at least once - it's only a 2 hour drive!

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