Old Capitol Brew Works and Public House | Iowa City, Iowa
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Old Capitol Brew Works and Public House
Good based on 25 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

525 S Gilbert Street
Iowa City, Iowa United States 52240 [ print map ]
319 337 3422

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25 reviews for Old Capitol Brew Works and Public House
 Ambiance  60%
 Service  51%
 Selection  61%
 Food  56%
 Value  54%
 Overall  53%
 Rating  62%
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  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
ajnepple  (100) Clear Creek, Colorado | March 29, 2014| Updated May 24, 2014
Former brewpub. Brewing operations moved to Davenport and changed names to Great River. That happened about 5 years ago I believe. Anyways they had 16 taps, 8 of which were Great River. I had just been there the day before (Great River), some beers were OK, some were pretty good. No food here anymore either. The bartender was cool and the service was fine. I came here mostly for nostalgia, I used to live 2 blocks away and came here often. Go Hawks!
64
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 4/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
pepsican  (46) @ $13.99, Iowa | July 10, 2013
Pretty much a turd in the student ghetto. While some beers can be pretty damn good, most are just garbage. The food side is no longer around, think they still serve frozen pizza though. Old outdated booths arenít bad. Outdoor seating is uncomfortable but a nice option in the summer if itís cool enough. Plenty cheap.
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  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 5/20
jcnielsen  (224) Charlotte, North Carolina | May 11, 2012
I definitely wouldnít come back to this place again. Every beer I had was horrible and the atmosphere wasnít that good.
44
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 3/10   OVERALL 7/20
MPalecek  (22) Racine, Wisconsin | May 4, 2011
Was disappointed in this brewpub. Stout was unremarkable.
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  AMBIANCE 1/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 5/20
TwoSipDip  (413) Fort Collins, Colorado | April 8, 2011
This place now serves beers from a Davenport brewery and without exception, they were all horrible. The atmosphere is like you walked into a neighborhood bar in Cleveland with a huge stench of burnt popcorn.
36
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 3/10   SELECTION 5/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 8/20
BrianHagmeier  (13) Coralville, Iowa | April 1, 2010
Iím rating this a couple years after the fact only because I realized I donít rate places often. The beer, the bar and the service here was quite memorable. The beer was reminiscent of my first year of home brewing, not bad but not refined, the conditions in the bar is what you would expect in a top ten collage party town and the bartender was very bothered by my need to spend money.
50
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 10/20
GJF  (43) Mount Vernon, Iowa | August 12, 2008
Certainly nicer now that thereís a smoking ban (used to get really thick in there). A fairly run down bar side and an overly spiffy restaurant side. I like the bar side ok. Pretty comfortable. Decent beers, but not much variety, and not especially great either. I think they need to clean the tap lines though.
50
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 10/20
3fourths  (1270) Boulder, Colorado | January 9, 2008| Updated January 21, 2013
Visiting on a winter Wednesday night, the entire town was essentially dead, and this spot was fairly dead as well. In the front door of the restaurant and itís nearly 100% empty, and up to the bar at the back of the high-ceilinged, lodge-like main rom we walk only to find that itís closed, and the side bar next door is open. So down a couple of steps into this side bar (this being the actual public house), and weíre greeted by a thick fog of cigarette smoke and an ambient air temperature in the 80s. Sweating in our coats as we take a seat at the bar, a quick look at the beer menu shows the standard fare of pale ales, wheats, and lights accompanied by two stouts and a seasonal chestnut brown ale. A pint each of each stout, that had a bit of a sweet twang and no real depth, and weíre back out the door onto to greener pastures. The beer quality wasnít terrible, just boring and uninspired. The coffee stout was probably the least coffee Iíve had in a stout, and it didnít taste much different than their standard oatmeal stout. So, in short, beer quality was mediocre, the crowd was a bit honky-tonkish, and the smoke and heat made my visit quite uncomfortable.
52
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 9/20
KAF  (100) Coralville, Iowa | October 22, 2007
I love the atmosphere here but it was much better as Fitzapatrickís. They brew about eight different styles none of which are overly impressive. They also have a few Belgian imports on hand. The beer is not pricey and they have a sampler. The service has never been very good but I usually go after an Iowa home football game and it is busy.
48
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 6/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 8/20
Boesky  (44) Galesburg, Illinois | October 14, 2007
Brewpub at the location of the old Fitzgeraldís (Fitzpatrickís?). Had 5 or 6 handles of their offerings. The pale ale was decent, if unremarkable. The Oktoberfest was mediocre. Didnít try any of the remaining handles, but the styles offered were nothing too interesting. At the other end of the bar were 6 guest handles, all well selected. Unfortunately, the first three selections I requested (LaChouffe, St. Bernardus, and ?) were out. A disappointment. Didnít try the food, as we had heard good things about the Thai restaurant down the street and that was on the agenda. Unlike some of the previous ratings, I found the service to be courteous and efficient. Iíll check in again next time Iím in town.

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