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Beer Available At Rustico Restaurant - Alexandria (arranged by most recent)
Heavy Seas Red Sky at Morning , Evil Twin Femme Fatale Kabosu 95, Hardywood Toasted Coconut Porter , Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA (Coffee) , Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald (Cherries) , Great Lakes Holy Moses White Ale 76, Great Lakes Lawn Seat KŲlsch 64, TrŲegs Nugget Nectar Ale 99, Beavertown Black Betty 99, Birrificio del Ducato Beersel Morning 99, Zure van Tildonk 2014 83, Lagunitas ScareCity #2: Rye Cocoa Porter 97, Evil Twin Femme Fatale Yuzu Pale 98, Ardent Saison 46, Evil Twin / Intangible Ales Sour Bikini 96, Boulevard Smokestack Series - Imperial Stout 99, Boulevard Smokestack Series - Harvest Dance Wheat Wine 97, Victory Storm King Imperial Stout - Oak Chips , Port City Maniacal 96, Victory Donnybrook Stout - Vanilla Bean
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Pivoyager (88) Gaithersburg, Maryland | September 25, 2009
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 18/20
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.
sthlm (144) Minnesota | May 17, 2009| Updated May 30, 2009
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Stopped here a little before 11 pm on a Saturday. Was somewhat busy, but really not nearly as many people as I had expected, as there were many open tables and a number of open bar seats as well. The staff at the front door was very friendly, and the people behind the bar were quick to help, and quite nice as well. The place had a good feel to it, and I have little to complain about in that respect. The beer selection is outlined in a metal binder, with its pages sorted by tap/bottle, and then by flavor profile/vintage. Tap selection was good, and they seem to rotate their stuff fairly often. Bottle selection was better, but prices on the more interesting things were too high for me to even consider them. Food was fast and good, and although many things cost an arm and a leg, the pizza isnít unreasonable. Overall a very good place that is worth visiting.
radagast83 (213) Fairfax, Virginia | March 6, 2009
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Rustico was a fantastic find. Hidden away at the edge of Alexandria, the place is out of this world. Itís large, the seating is comfortable, and when we arrived there was not a commotion about getting into the place. The best beer selection I could compare it to (from memory) is DCís RFDís, which I have last been to over 2 years ago, so the comparison may not be apt anymore. 30 taps, some great finds as well. Bottle selection is very good, and quite a few of them can be viewed from the bar area.
We arrived after the kitchen closed, so we were unable to eat any of the food, assured by one of our party as being very good.
I really liked the pre-created beer samplers. Nice touch.
Prices are not too out of this world, even for "city prices."
Certainly a place to return to.
SamGamgee (182) down the whirlpool, California | February 6, 2009
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
I have to say that I enjoyed Rustico. large, new, clean, and bistro-like interior with huge windows. Not a very personal feel, but comfortable and classy. They have definitely put some solid effort into creating a good beer list. Thirty beers on tap with a list on their website that is up to date. One rotating cask ale, and a few pages of bottles including a full page of vintage stuff. They do sampling draught flights with funny names that looked interesting. Most draught beers are available in six ounce glasses for half the price of the regular fourteen ouncer. That was pretty cool. The server that I had was a bit off his game though. It took him like fifteen minutes to get my beer and somehow my pizza came first. Delicious pizza by the way. I had the duck and brie drizzled with balsamic reduction and it was great. The beer prices were slightly steep, but thats par for the area I guess. The food is more reasonable, though still reflective of the high quality of the place. A soli
WeeHeavySD (111) Portland, Oregon | December 22, 2008
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, ok, Im really surprised I havent rated this place yet. I went tonight for the 3rd time, and I was impressed once again. Its nice to be able to try great beer on tap that I havent rated and the other beer on tap was stellar. I have to say the food is very good, the dessert tonight the peanut butter triffle was killer and the beer list is pretty good. The value is preety good but not amazing. Nice to see Chokolat, Weyerbacher 13, World Wide Stout, and another bunch of good beers. Bottle list is decent but limited.
Travlr (1887) Washington, Washington DC | December 14, 2008| Updated September 12, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Upscale strip mall style, but pleasant enough. Emphasis is clearly on the food, at least in the restaurant portion, and the entrees did not disappoint. Impressive beer list, more than a dozen on draught, seven or so additional pages of bottles. Classifications were not helpful, but maybe that is quibbling. Worth trying.
wickedpete (5) Lexington Park, Maryland | August 21, 2008
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
This is one of my favorite places to go. The prices are a little high for both food and beers, but both are great. I havenít had anything from the menu I didnít like. They have 30 taps that always have a few highly interesting things as well as some hard to find beers occasionally. The rest of the lineup is a solid cast of a wide variety. The bar staff is great and most of the bartenders Iíve met will introduce themselves. Many remember me when I come in even though thatís fairly infrequently.
handsomejn (51) Arkansas | July 6, 2008| Updated June 29, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
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 Iíve ever had. The salad with duck ham was like something out of France. If you love beer and good food, go there. WOW.
Stine (185) Minneapolis, Minnesota | June 2, 2008
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Location in a new-ish condo park type area of old town alexandria. Big atmosphere. Kind of flashy. But nice, definitely. Wait service was fine. Beer menu was detailed and seemingly chosen with care. A wide range of style choices represented from an equally wide range of sources, which is much more interesting than the several taps from regional micros and standard imports that many beer bars tend to keep to. Had a nice kellerbier, a great vienna and finished with racer 5 on tap. A pretty unbeatable, refreshing happy hour. Probably a good dinner date type of place. Food seemed carefully done, and my pizza was pretty good if a bit lacking in a few ways (smoked tomato sauce was barely noticeable, goat cheese tasted sandy and not tangy enough). A great place to be if youíre in the area, or to visit now and again if youíre reasonably close.
BeerBelcher (134) Columbus, Ohio | May 21, 2008
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
I visited Rustico during a visit to the DC area for the Brewerís Association SAVOR event. Between the two experiences, I left the weekend thinking that beer certainly enjoys a classier image in DC than it does in the taverns of my current locale (Wisconsin).
Rustico is a nice, not-over-the-top-expensive restaurant with an excellent (but not cheap) bottle list and a clear understanding that beer and food belong together. There were some beer/cheese pairings on a chalkboard and beer was featured in numerous menu items. Draft beer could be had in one of three sizes (sample, medium, large). I had a Brigand Belgian and it came in Brigand branded glassware. I had some home-made fettucine with pork shoulder which was quite good. 2 x entrees + 1 beer = $51 including tip. Didnít challenge our server, but she seemed capable.
Incidentally, I thought this place was very kid/family friendly both from a menu and dťcor perspective while I think adults will still find it to be nice and sophisticated. Non-beer drinkers will also enjoy it. It did not strike me as a stop-by-for-a-few-on-the-way-home place. I would recommend it for dinner or lunch, and hope to return.
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