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Beer Available At Capones Restaurant (arranged by most recent)
Southern Tier Rum Barrel Aged Pumking 98, Lost Abbey Box Set: Track #8 (Number of the Beast) 99, River Horse IPA 50, Lost Abbey Agave Maria Ale 95, Goose Island The Muddy Imperial Stout 92, Sly Fox Nihilist Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout , Brooklyn Hand & Seal 98, Tröegs Master Of Pumpkins 91, Avery Pump[KY]n 99, Chris Banker / Insurgente / Stone Xocoveza Mocha Stout 100, New Holland Incorrigible Reserve 96, Avery Barrel-Aged Series 22 - 5 Monks 99, Founders Backstage Series # 8: Sweet Repute 98, East End Toaster 99, Deschutes Chasin’ Freshies 2014 - Mosaic 99, Stone 18th Anniversary Golden Brown IPA 95, Hardywood Gingerbread Stout 99, Tröegs Scratch 161 81, Narragansett Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout 80, Hardywood Farmhouse Pumpkin 76
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Travlr (1656) 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 (1352) 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.
DiarmaidBHK (737) 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.
BeerandBlues2 (706) Hanover, Maryland | 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.
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 (613) 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.
Sammy (561) 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.
theisti (551) 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.
BVery (471) Burnsville, Minnesota | June 3, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Wow - unreal spot. 9 FiftyFifty taps this day. 3 Firestone Walker. 8 Terrapin. Flights available. Mercy.
Glouglouburp (423) Montreal, Quebec | August 30, 2013
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
The renown Capones Restaurant didn’t disappoint during the RBSG. Over 20 taps of carefully selected beers, no turkey there. An extensive bottle list. Large bar to sit around. The place itself looks like an old semi-classy restaurant that manages to keep a true pub atmosphere. A bottle shop in the back where you can buy things to go. Again the bottle shop is small (VERY SMALL) but the selection is carefully selected and you may come across a gem or two. I did. Prices (especially at the bottle shop) are a bit stiff but PA beer bars in general are the not very cheap. A place I’d really like to go back to but that may not happen because this place is not super accessible unless you drive there. But with a beer selection like this, I just cannot take the car to such a bar.
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