radagast83 (305) Alexandria, Virginia | January 5, 2012| Updated October 13, 2016
Got there at 5 on a Thursday, was pretty dead (a few people at the bar). Got seated and treated by nice staff.
Ambiance and atmosphere is about right, very good looking inside. Along with the bar and a bunch of booths/tables, there are a few lounge areas that look like they’d be great places to lounge and chill with some friends. Small pay lot (before 6) is across the street, but also what appears to be a huge parking garage a block away.
This place was rocking on a Friday night before a home game, though we managed two seats at the bar. The interior is nicely done and seems to be a renovated old building, retaining some of its old charm. The bar service was very good and efficient. There were 7 or so house beers on, and the 3 I had were solid. I ate no food, but intend to stop in again and will try out the menu.
If I had to choose a "bar" (more on that later) in town, this is the one I would go to. It can get really crowded sometimes, but it is a huge space with plenty of room to spread out as long as your not near the bar area. It has comfy chairs in one part, and intimate, high-backed booths that are good for talking with friends. Not sure how to rate the selection, since they just serve their own brews, but they are good. I only ate there once and didn’t expect anything from their food, but it was actually really good, and I’ve been meaning to go back. I think of it as more of a "bar" than a "restaurant that serves beer" and in that case it has better food than any "bar" in town, but I suppose that is not a fair characterization. Prices are pretty reasonable, and they have a great happy hour. These are good, strong beers (for the most part), not some cheap house brew, and I think the prices are better than average in terms of the quality. Getting a beer at the bar annoys me at any place, but if you’re sitting somewhere, a server will walk by occasionally and you can order that way.
Great atmosphere. Service was friendly, yet slow. Understaffed, I think is the correct word. The beers are all original, but they could be higher quality. They served me a "cask porter" which the server did not know the name of. The food was delicious.
Beautiful bar, great proper boozer feeling to it, but there is just something that stops it being a truly great place to go for a beer - although their beer is generally good (a little too much reliance on Cascade for my tastes having said that). It is definitely a better place later on in the evening when the "family friendly" crowd have taken their screaming precious darlings home.
Located near the downtown mall and just in front of train tracks .... parked in a pay lot across the street ..... nice ambiance old brick building with wooden ceilings ... old basement tavern feel ... bar filled with young working adults .... nice seating area and the food was good ..... brews were average not a bad place to stop in
For the town it is in and location it is a great value. After one time easily a new favorite. A couple nice beers. THe food is also excellent from the appetizer the the flank steak dinner. The boot was huge i was able to enjoy sitting there with my food and drink.
Crowded and parking can be tricky. The beer ranges widely and can be quite interesting. The food is good when you can catch a server and are willing to wait on a slow kitchen. The sampler makes it worth it.
Good atmosphere, but doesn’t open till 4:30 p.m. on a Saturday? Pretty empty when I was there at 6:00 on a Saturday evening. Sat down to have a sampler of beers and was pleased to find they had seven diverse beers on tap. The staff was friendly and semi knowledgeable. The beer was pretty dreadful. Watery and lacking any kind of depth or flavor all the way down the line. As I got toward the end, the bartender noticed that I was taking notes. She recommended that I check out Blue Ridge Brewery and noted that their former brewer moved over there taking some of the best recipes with him. Can’t say I was impressed in the least.
Last stop on the www.jrhb.org 2008 Brews Cruise. I had their Satay with Tuna and it was delicious. Service was really slow, but it was a Saturday night so that’s to be expected. The headbrewer was awesome and gave a great tour. I actually learned a lot and he gave us HUGE samples of all his beers. Satan’s Pony was my favorite beer they had on tap.