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DCLawyer (129) Falls Church, Virginia | July 2, 2015| Updated July 24, 2015
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Cool place in a dungeon-like setting. Service was pretty good, great section of beers.
JCB (246) Durham, North Carolina | June 19, 2015
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty much still the brick, but without the sprawling, ancient bottle list. Nothing inside has changed, which I found oddly comforting, but itís still degenerated over the years. Glad to see itís still being used for beer, and itís now focus on taps. Fairly well chosen, mostly regional stuff, but the neighborhood overall is so rocking (not to mention the area as a whole) that itís hard to imagine making this one a destination. Still worth a stop, depending on whatís on.
ads135 (188) Lawrence, Kansas | April 25, 2015
72 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
A nice beer bar in a really nice basement location. Good selection of beers, both domestic and abroad. Service was lacking and the DC beer prices are always a problem, but worth a visit.
jackl (543) Charlottesville, Virginia | December 21, 2014
62 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
This place has a very long history and was apparently one of the first places on the east coast to take beer seriously. Anyone with an interest in the history of craft beer in the states should definitely check this place out. Unfortunately, this place hasnít evolved with the times and is now sort of an afterthought in the DC scene. Itís a dingy, dark basement joint that feels as if it hasnít had a thorough cleaning in a few years. I entertained myself while drinking by watching mice scurry behind the bar. Thereís 30ish taps of not particularly impressive stuff available. The bottle list is very large, thereís easily 250+ beers listed as being available. We settled on a pretty cheap bottle of mead from Moonlight, crushed it, then moved on. Overall, this place is now more of a curiosity than a serious beer destination.
Feuerbach (53) MalmŲ, Sweden | May 17, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (345) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | December 15, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
I knew this place back when it was The Brickskeller. As a fresh 21 year old spending a summer in DC, this was a frequent weekend stop. Back in 2008, it was a booming business, and although the bottle list was never completely up to date, there were so many new beers to try. This place opened me up to the world of craft beer. Well, I went back home to NY after that summer and did not return to DC until 2012 on a trip to see some friends. It was a bit different, but still mostly had the same look as the old Brickskeller. A cozy, tight downstairs with brick interior. When I was there I had some Hopslam on tap and a few special Stone beers still on tap from an event earlier that week. I also had a shepherdís pie which was really tasty. Overall, probably not the beer mecca it was back in the day and I am certainly not a regular visitor to attest to its quality. Perhaps there are better places, but it will always hold a certain special meaning to me.
JulienHuxley (344) Trois-RiviŤres, Quebec | July 28, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Visited on a Sunday evening. Enjoyed the home style food which was good. Prices were reasonable and the selection was interesting (despite the fact that they had an issue that kept half the taps out of service.) Iíd have to check, but I seem to recall there being only 24 taps here, not 40. Anyhow, I definitely get what others mean by this place being a sort of sad, damp cellar. Definitely very old, canít say it affected me very much for one visit, but I wouldnít necessarily make it on of my gotos either.
jcos (63) Maryland | April 28, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Still a basement place compared to the old setup, but some decent stuff on draft. Reserve bottle list had some decent stuff too, like a 2009 Older Viscosity. Believe we got the last bottle.
Munkky (50) , Denmark | October 28, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 3/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
A Nice bar but a little to cold and to light. The selection is good with som interesting Stuff on the reserve list
JoeinDahlem (301) Berlin, Germany | July 11, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Still looks, feels and smells like the Brickskeller, for better or worse. Had a couple of starters and they were decent, which is more than I can say about the old place. Server was attentive, friendly, and knew her stuff. Draft list leaned toward strong stuff (donít they all these days), but thankfully also had Bitter American at 4.5%. We drank it into the wee hours. Bottle list was serious, Iíd like to go back and play with it. Prices were low for DC (but high for elsewhere, if you dig).
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