Travlr (2466) Washington, Washington DC | February 27, 2012| Updated May 19, 2014
Sleek and modern brewpub with some brightening tanks plunked down in the middle. Three handpulls, although only one was on during my visit. Beers are OK, available in 4 four ounce pours fir six bucks. No complaints.
Well, my first impression is centered on lackluster service. My server never told me that there were three beers available not on the menu, or that there were cask beers. I had to overhear the bartender talking to patrons to find this out. The place is an upscale brewpub with a fair selection of house beers, along with other beverages, to include mead and cider. I did not order food, but the menu looked reasonable.
Had to scramble a bit to make a visit -- unfortunately they wouldnít let me sit on the patio with the old dog. I know this isnít their fault, but how can the "health board" make such a rule for a patio covered in bird poop? So I barely had time to pop in and have a beer. That said, I was left with a good impression; the one beer I had was very good, and one of the proprietors complemented my Troegs t-shirt. Itís expensive ($7 pint), but welcome to the NoVA. Iíll go back -- but will give myself more time to park. (Brewery #680)
Massive space located in an upscale development though it feels more like a movie set of a brewpub than an actual brewpub. Itís oddly designed. For examples they have this massive bar area and this massive dining area but the only bathrooms were behind the conditioning tanks. I hate bars that have bathrooms that are far from the staging area. We visited on a busy Sunday night and for some reason they only had one bartender so service was rushed and stressful. The beers I had were fairly solid so I might try those again but the food was not good. The pizza continues DCís reputation for dodgy pizza. I had hoped this was going to be a better experience so Iím a bit disappointed it wasnít.
Modern, if almost cookie cutter corporate chain looking brewery cum restaurant interior. Thankfully the food and beer are much higher quality than Capitol City Brewing or the likes. Service was much better as well. Very courteous, attentive, allowed us to stay in the main dining room until almost 11pm with no hassle. Could get $1.50 samples of everything on tap so I just went buck wild. Some great beers here. The Oaked Ivan was insanely good as well as their Dingo IPA and Two hemispheres IPA. Some of the beers tapped werenít on the beer menu yet so make sure to ask the server. The ífricklesí or fried pickles were awesome. Fig and balsamic white pizza was excellent. We spent about $50 for two people including tip. So a bit higher end, dress code is causal, interior is slightly more formal looking. Nice patio seating. Parking garage inside the complex is free, a first in the DC area. Had a great time.
Drake (671) Free Union, Virginia | October 20, 2010| Updated October 25, 2011
Located in some kind of mixed use building complex. Plenty of parking in an underground garage. The place is large and features a nice large wooden bar. Fairly upscale ambience. I didnít eat, but the menu looked decent and not terribly overpriced. The beers were a bit mixed... some were excellent, but there seems to be a diacetyl problem going on here, as 3 of the 6 beers I tried had signs of that, two of them overwhelmingly. I have to echo earlier comments about the servers not mentioning beers on cask or changes to the beer menu, though the servers were nice and did go out of their way to answer questions for me. Overall they have room to improve but a nice stop and a welcome addition to the Virginia beer scene.
I stopped by here again, and I have to give the bartenders a shout out as they were awesome. Also, no diacetyl problems this time, and all the beers were good. Iíll update my score to reflect the better experience. Old score was 68.
OK... thought I had already said this but, it looks like I need to update again. One of the best breweries in the state easily. The beer is always solid, excepting my first experience, with standouts on a regular basis. The food is always excellent... a little pricy, but high quality. I always make it a point to stop by when Iím NoVa.
Nice brewpub in a trendy area of Falls Church. The place looks nice enough but a little bit generic/corporate. I knew this place was in the area but visiting was not high on my list...until recently when a family member moved to nearby Annandale. So I stopped here this past Sunday. Iíll tell you...the food is quite good...a step up above bar food with some better than usual items on the menu. The service was average...nothing special...nothing bad. As for the beers...I tried 8 samples of the 12 on draft including 4 limited edition or cask ales. I found a couple of the beers to be above average...and the rest ordinary...but definitely not bad. None however were ones that I could highly recommend. Mad Fox is a good stop if in the area...especially for the food. I would not drive out of my way for the beer though.
A pretty solid brewpub. The food was pretty good, the beers were really solid, especially for a brewpub, and the selection was quality as well. They had like 12 or so different offerings, which is above and beyond my expectations for a brewpub. I had good service, prices were reasonable, and I enjoyed my visit. Iíd return.