This is a great place to drink beer. There is a large selection, at least 20+, craft beers on tap that rotate regularly. They also have a rotating selection of two cask conditioned ales as well. Their bottle selection is probably close to 100 with a well thought out beer menu with everything that is available. The menu is designed to help you pick just the right beer. Don’t fall into the peristalsis by analysis and just pick something if you can’t decide, you wont be disappointed.
Their staff is knowledgeable and are friendly to talk to. They have a large dining area and a great bar area with a first come first serve policy in the bar. As for the food, it is great as well. A limited menu but it changes often with the season. One thing that never changes is the pizza. A great crust with excellent ingredients.
Another great place from the same owners as Churchkey in DC. High ceillings and comfortable climate with a suburban feel. There is a well selected bottle list at fairer prices than Churchkey, but certainly not as extensive. It feels less posh and more colloquial, which is good for getting people in the door. The staff is passionate, attentive and honest. The Pizza is all I tried here for food, and it’s certainly tasty and reasonably priced. The draft sanitation is top-notch and the rotation of drafts is great as well. Two casks are on at all times and about 30 taps. I don’t think they serve as accurately to temperature as Churchkey, but that’s not to big of a concern for me. As Dr. Steve Brule would suggest, "just warm it up with your hands, ya turkey!"
The only problem with this place is the location if you are in the DC metro area. The cab fare is not cheap, as it’s about 20 minutes out of the city. Either way, it’s definitely worth a visit.
Great place with very good selection of beers, including local micro’s plus some obscure internationals. I went there for a farm to fork dinner event showcasing local farmers produce paired with local beers. The food was great, as were the beer pairings.
Awesome, awesome place. I actually liked this better than Pizzeria Paradiso: cool ambiance (lots of original tilework, low lighting, young professional crowd that’s more pleasant than DC), lounge aspect is open and relaxing, outside patio for when the weather warms, easy parking, quick, knowledgeable and friendly service (even while the kitchen was about to close), and an awesome beer selection. I happened to time it right to pick up Victory Donnybrook Stout and St. Michaelsburg Kellerbier. They had Nugget Nectar on cask and Hopslam in bottles already. Up-to-date menu, nothing uber-rare or old, but any place that has 3+ Kolsches and 4+ Geuzes consistently is wonderful in my book. I could always fine something I’d happily drink. Slightly overpriced on the larger-format bottles ($32 for Ommegeddon?). A comparable markup to what you’d see for wine, I guess, but still pretty high prices compared to other places in DC. Looking forward to trying the food.
Décor was pleasing, with wide open spaces and large chalkboards displaying upcoming events and specials. We had our meal in the restaurant section at first. I enjoyed my Beer and cheese soup, and the beef carpaccio was tasty and went well enough with the passable local Saison I had. My buddy seemed to have enjoyed his flat iron steak, especially with the Arrogant Bastard I suggested he paired it up with. We had our first post-dinner pint standing up, and eventually got to belly up at the bar. Great selection of brews from all over the place was on tap. Imperial Pilsner on Cask, some barleywines, tripels, and other high-octane stuff were in hearty supply. Any place with De Glazen Toren Beer on tap is worthy of high marks in my book. And I didn’t even mention the bottle list too, that had plenty of great stuff, truly something for everyone. I liked the fact that you could buy Beer to go. Service was great all around, Greg was really nice and even though he was quite busy he still took the time to chat a bit. Highly recommended.
I loved this place. The service was off the scale good. Fantastic beer selection, draft, bottle and reserve. The duck confit pizza is the best pizza I’ve ever had. The salad with duck ham was like something out of France. If you love beer and good food, go there. WOW.
Located in Alexandria (VA) in an up and coming part of town, Rustico is well out of the way, but well worth seeking out. One of the best beer bars in the area , hands down. Although the interior is somewhat funky, and the bar could be larger, this is a great establishment that serves great food and matches it with a superlative selection of beer, bottled and draft. I reccommend the flights offered.