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Beer Available At Capones Restaurant (arranged by most recent)
4 Hands Chocolate Milk Stout 95, Lucky Beer (Lucky Buddha) 2, Heavy Seas Uncharted Waters: Blackbeard’s Breakfast 98, Bells Planet Series: Uranus - The Magician 99, Bells Planet Series: Saturn - The Bringer Of Old Age 98, He’Brew Wishbone Session Double IPA 93, Rivertowne Jah Mon 43, Liquid Hero Extended Stay , Magic Hat Stealin’ Time 33, Erie Brewing Soleil Shandy 29, Shmaltz She’brew Triple IPA 73, Stone Stochasticity Project HiFi+LoFi Mixtape 84, Summit Hopvale Organic 89, Heavy Seas Smooth Sail 47, Thomas Hooker Defiance Double IPL , Susquehanna Hopcellerator , Magic Hat Art Hop Ale 2015 49, Boulevard Heavy Lifting IPA 90, Left Hand Introvert Session IPA 69, Thomas Hooker Tenacious Belgian IPA
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Travlr (1870) Washington, Washington DC | December 8, 2011
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Really friendly place, owner Matt is always checking to make sure you’re having a good time. Draft list is extensive, bottle list is small but solid. Good food. Nice place.
3fourths (1439) Boulder, Colorado | September 24, 2007| Updated May 13, 2008
50 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 3/20
Here’s the problem. I gave Matt a bottle of Divine Reserve 5 as a gift during my visit, a single bottle, and then a week later a Philly RBian rates it and says they bought the bottle at Capones. WTF? If the guy took my gift and tried to get $4 out of it, then I’m not coming back, ever. Bad karma.
Here’s my review: Small interior, with a nice, dark and comfortable color scheme but the restaurant side is a little on the small side. The beer shop seems stuck in an awkward space, but the selection is stellar, and that’s really all that matters. Amazing finds that you won’t see elsewhere on the east coast (grey market beers), and of course the tap list was fantastic, though I did visit a few days after an event, so they had Pliny the Elder, Rogue 10,000 and Expedition Stout on draft. They make a lot of fans for bringing in grey/black market bottles, but some of the breweries who have found out about it aren’t exactly pleased with the sneakiness and 400% price markup.
Theydon_Bois (853) Tourist Town (West), England | April 12, 2015
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Visited on Black Friday, 29/11/13.
Capones is a moderately sized bar/diner that accomodates perhaps 60 or so folks seated with around a dozen stools at the bar where we managed to squeeze in.
Probably an a-typical visit in terms of it being Black Friday which carries a special beer list and the place was pretty swamped at 12.45 pm.
We stayed for a couple of hours and the place maintained it’s same busy edge but the service held up just fine.
Crowd was local with a few beer geeks evident ticking some of the rareties and one offs, local BA specials plus a HF beer and other interesting stuff from around the US.
The bottle shop is located to the rear and caries a solid selection of singles (not common in many PA liquor stores) from PA and around the US and Europe.
Tasting flight available at the bar which helped us work through the list.
Had a hot sandwich at the bar which was decent.
Solid venue with the bonus of a decent bottle shop adjoining.
As I said, I hit it with a special tap list on offer so I could have dropped a few points on another day so whilst solid - probably not quite the world class tag for me.
BeerandBlues2 (803) San Diego, California | April 19, 2014
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
So, this is the famous Capones? The service was mostly cougars hitting on young guys. I watched one waitress who was battling a foamy keg pour beer into a second glass and then decant from one to the other, using her finger (unwashed after handling money) to hold the foam back. Wow! The food was standard pub food, nothing special. I finished up and walked around back to check out this special beer store, and found a 10 x 10 cramped room with a few bottles, nothing particularly special - maybe I am jaded.
DiarmaidBHK (747) Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | March 28, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Not what I was expecting. They have 30 drafts and a huge bottle list but you wouldn’t know it if you go at 5pm where most of the folks are swigging BMC from the bottle. The decor, at least in the bar area, is a bit shopworn and rough around the edges. Service was perfunctory. They had a really good draft list, no crap on tap here. Still it was a bit disconcerting to see a large ice display full of macro lagers. I might go back if I’m in the area but I won’t make a special trip.
Rastacouere (664) Montreal, Quebec | August 4, 2010| Updated June 16, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
When preparing our trip to Philadelphia, I was very impressed by the distribution info here on RB. The rarer Pennsylvania offerings were of course often not available anywhere, but 95% of the time they were available in only one place, that place was Capone’s. I approached Capone’s expecting a paradisiac selection and while I would not go quite there (rarer offerings must be leaving the shelves quickly), it was still the best draught and bottles selection I’ve seen in a 10-day beer heavy roadtrip. The 25 or so draughts was superior to anywhere in Philly, a shame really since Capone’s is a fair bit out of the way, yet still accessible if you’re into walking and huge train rides. So basically, an outdated americano-italian restaurant is at the forefrunt of the place. Expect characterful, very experimented waitresses who’ll take care of you very well. Rare offerings like East End Kvass, a couple of pizza ports encounter local stuff in a varied, solid tap list with no clear focus, but a very good range of uncommon IPAs. The Manayunk California Dreaming was spectacularly aromatic, a bare 2 days out of the brewery! Honestly, it feels comfortable, but you’d never venture in here were it not for the beer. And the beer list is good enough that I’d spend the whole evening here, even though I’m not particularly fond of the ambiance. My grilled veggies salad was excellent though. The restaurant has no bottle itself, but a separated area in the back is a bottle shop. A small, but very focused bottle shop where it’s easy to spend a lot of money, especially with PA’s high prices which are actually reasonable compared to Capone’s, but you get the rarities you pay for. Church Brew Quadzilla, East End Gratitude, a couple of Voodoo’s, Fred from the Wood. They have a remarkable selection of singles though I would estimate it to be far under the estimated 600 here. Maybe 250-300? Hoping to score a Bullfrog, I have not seen any, but asking scored me an Undead Ed, the last one in the backstore. Great spot, but expensive shop.
GT2 (650) San Diego County , California | June 18, 2010
70 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Capone’s is in the middle of nowhere. It does have a pretty good bottle shop attached that has some pretty great stuff: Cantillon, Dark Horse, East End Gratitude, Russian River, maybe Lost Abbey. THe restaurant is like an old style diner blended with an Applebee’s: not necessarily impressive. Service was not bad. Food is decent to uninspiring, tap list had some very interesting rarities: Cigar City one-offs, Weyerbacher one-offs, tons of weird stuff I had never heard of. And it is obviously very popular with beer geeks since most of the good stuff from Philly Beer Week had been kicked by the time I arrived.
theisti (616) Leawood, Kansas | May 27, 2008| Updated September 8, 2014
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
I visited on Sunday, May 25th. I was in town for a wedding, and had precious little time to spend at this place. The building itself is a distinctive house on a stretch of road that is full of strip mall crap. I was able to hit the bottle shop and get some interesting bottles. The bottle shop itself is pretty cramped, but stuffed full of a ton of interesting beers. Good selection of micros from all over, and decent imports, including Belgians. Overall, certainly one of the better selections I have seen. In terms of the bar/restaurant side of the house, I only had time for one beer, but I made it count with a Bear Republic Racer X. Perfectly served by friendly bartenders. The scene in the bar itself is very locally - not at all a haven for beer nerds I was expecting. It seemed like a normal local tavern that also happened to have a crazy good tap selection. I would have loved to have time to try the Ramstein Eisbock, but oh well. Certainly a place to hit if you are in the greater Philly area.
88 = ★★★★ (best in area, a must for locals and visitors)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
Sammy (585) Toronto, Ontario | December 8, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 17/20
The restaurant is a friendly engaging place with many tables, many servers. Lots of good taps, including some rare ones, and reasonably priced The best part for me is the bottle shop. A bit pricey, like 25% over the best places I have shopped, but the quality and selection were incredible. Lots of special editions and oaked versons.Maine Beers I have missed. Matt was terrific, bringing up some bottles I have missed last year. A regular e-mail with all the latest deliveries. 18 bottles for $331, yet I even regret not getting more.
jackl (529) Charlottesville, Virginia | April 8, 2015
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Visited 04/03/15. Not an easy drive from Philly, even in light afternoon traffic. Capone’s is a tired-looking Italian restaurant with a small bottle shop attached. The bottle selection’s pretty modest, with perhaps 250 beers available (the listed number’s way too high). The selection available in the shop mixes high and low. For instance, I walked out with a local sour and a 40 of Colt 45 Double Malt. It’s a solid spot, but not particularly memorable. Service was bright and cheery. My experience in the restaurant was fine. I sat at the bar and received prompt if somewhat surly service. The 25ish taps offered a decent selection of Belgian-inspired beers (La Trappe, Chimay) alongside a couple of locals (Stoudts, Fegleys). While the beer list was decent, it fell short of what I expected from a place with such a lofty reputation. I walked away not regretting my visit, but feeling that there’s places in the area where I’d rather spend my time.
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