Travlr (2467) Washington, Washington DC | May 10, 2010| Updated August 18, 2010
A step above your average airport bar. 8 Du Claw beers on tap, including two seasonals. They got rid of their Sam Adams on tap because of low volume sales, but kept the Miller Light for non-beer drinkers. Sample tray included 6 of their year-round brews. Sadly, no Du Claw bottles. Food was average, and prices were decent for an airport bar. Definitely wait here for any flights through BWI.
Addendum: theyíve ditched their rotating taps of seasonal DuClaw beers, opting instead for Miller Lite, Guinness and Yeungling, so I took a point off selection.
I canít say this was a great experience. The place is located inside the Southwest Terminal at BWi so it looks like an airport. They have the typical 6 brewpub taps and assorted other BMC product. The foam on the beer rapidly dissapears and yet the bartender never waited for it to settle so I never got a full glass. The fries I had were cold I guess from sitting out to long. Somehow me asking for a bacon cheeseburger was interpreted as "please dip my bacon in a really shitty barbecue sauce." The beers were fairly boring with the brown ale being the exception. I wonít stop by here again and itís doubtful now if Iíll ever visit any of the other DuClaw locations.
Didnít see the point of this place. It is Outside security so who in the world is going to relax out here without having gone through the TSA nightmare of security here? Tap list is inferior to their other locations, still is okay if you are wanting to tick stuff and not have to pay $12 a sixer for their regular stuff. Nothing on tap Iíve havenít seen in their other locations. Plus macro taps. A scroll past type of place- like DuClaw beers in general. Service was slow, ambiance is awkward out in the open in the middle of the check-in terminal area.
Pretty much nothing can be said about this place that canít be said about any other airport bar/brewpub - cramped, loud space - crappy atmosphere - limited selection (7 standard DuClaw brews) - horrid prices (8 dollar pints) - meh service that doesnít know jack about what they are serving - yes, itís outside security, but it isnít like BWI is all that busy a airport, so if you have time to kill (and I canít imagine any other reasonwhy you would be in an airport bar), then that shouldnít be a big deal - hell, having a beer beforehand might make your trip through security more bearable - so yeah, itís pretty lame - but itís craft beer - at the airport - better than the days where there wasnít any craft beer at th airport, I guess.
Decent for an airport brewpub, all things considered. Especially compared to the Good Island one in Chicago on my way back from this trip. You get 7 or 8 beer flight for $11 - pretty cheap for an airport. And some of the beers were stuff I hadnít seen before around D.C. Food kind of sucks though - the Cuban sandwich I had was dry and a little drab.
This is located in the Southwest Terminal, BEFORE the security entrance. That sucks because you may not have time for a quick beer when the lines are long. They have all their flagship beers on tap, but gave up the three seasonal taps for Bud, Yuengling, and Guinness. I understand from a business standpoint that you have to cater to swill drinking travelers, but why not just offer them in bottles and leave the seasonals? Oh yeah, I guess providing a "tall" of Bud Light is more important that you better beers. But thatís business I guess. Now to the beer. I used to love Duclaw beers, and always stopped at the Arundel Mills location before returning to the airport. Now their beers seem to be more phenolic and are not as good. Not sure what happened - new brewer?. The bartender seemed to not really want to be working, and my service was very mediocre even though it was slow. Same with the Bowie location a few days earlier (employee hiring and training slipped too?) The menu is the same as all the other locations. Everything I have had is good, with the exception of the fries - they suck (unless you like thick and soggy).
Ambiance: Typical airport bar that seats a lot of people in a smallish space, several TVs around the spot but weird that it was outside security.
Service: Somewhat decent but typical of a place where it seems fast paced
Selection: 7 Du Claw beers on tap with 3 macros. The Du Claw beers were a typical array of IPA, DIPA, Porter, Pale, Amber, Blonde and Wheat...flagship du claw beers.
Food: Decent enough, had crab cake sandwich with side salad.
Value: Overpriced like most airports, beers were almost $10 each for 22oz pours, not horrible by any means
Overall, other than it being outside of security, I really donít have any complaints...would rather have the hassle of going through security for a good beer than to drink a shit beer inside.
Just as others have mentioned, itís exactly what you would expect from an airport bar in terms of atmosphere and service. Oddly itís outside of security, so you have account for the time to go through security. Only 6 of the basic Duclaw beers on tap with a few other generic macros, though the 6 may be ticks if youíre not a local. Food was actually pretty good and fairly priced for an airport spot.