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Beer Available At Capones Restaurant (arranged by most recent)
Petrus Aged Red 71, Knee Deep Simtra Triple IPA 99, Knee Deep Hoparillo 3x IPA 99, Knee Deep Citra Extra Pale Ale 96, Penn Ginger Beer 35, Knee Deep Hoptologist DIPA 98, Deschutes Pinedrops IPA 92, Southampton Burton IPA 70, Starr Hill Bandstand Barleywine 63, Founders Backstage Series #13: reDANKulous Imperial Red IPA 99, Samuel Adams Kosmic Mother Funk (KMF) Grand Cru 96, Allagash Session Brett Ale 98, East End Session #07 - Wheat Hop 66, Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2009 97, Allagash Nancy 99, Weyerbacher Nineteen 83, Stone 19th Anniversary Thunderstruck IPA 99, Clown Shoes Mangö American Style Kölsch 87, Heavy Seas Red Sky at Morning 90, Coronado 19th Anniversary 98
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Travlr (2019) 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 (1458) 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 (856) 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 (832) 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 (754) 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 (662) Oceanside, 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 (636) 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 (611) 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.
bytemesis (585) Sunnyvale, California | September 17, 2015
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 3/10 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty solid place on a major road with plenty of parking in front and on the side. Bar area as you enter is nicely decored with plenty of seating. Restaurant area behind looked pretty nice as well. I did not check the bottle list, although I should have. Tap list was pretty good, although there was a bit of a focus on west coast stuff. I can see that being attractive to the locals, but being FROM the west coast I didnt really need Knee Deep and Lost Abbey ticks. I ordered a flight of four and my bill was like $15, which seems a bit crazy to me. There is also a bottle shop in the back. Selection is fair, but the prices on the more unusual bottles are kinda crazy expensive. $18 for a World Wide Stout?? Otherwise, nice place.
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