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jackl (455) 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 (50) 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 (280) Hilversum, Netherlands | 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 (284) 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).
GT2 (613) San Diego County , California | April 25, 2012
58 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 11/20
The redux of local legend cum miserable failure The Brickskeller, Bier Baron looks almost identical inside. No updating of decor. Same low ceilings fit for dwarfs and hobbits. Incredibly difficult to navigate with an upstairs bar, downstairs bar, downstairs dining room, and downstairs billiards secret room seemingly inside the kitchen. Bottle list was absent, but the large set of fridges boasted some upgrades from Brickskeller. Rogue has been replaced by Stillwater. Secret bottles of BA Rasputin. Taps were still odd. Random German beers coupled with Leinenkugels Summer Shandy, arguable worse than Bud Light Chelada. I was here for a Founders tap takeover full of keys they were given at various points but saved in order to tap all of them at once in one big event. The result was an understaffed nightmare. It took 25 minutes to CLOSE out my tab. Not to mention 10 minutes to even order. One person was waiting 80 people in the Billiards room. Wildly understaffed. Price gouged $12 pours of all special releases. One waiter dumped 8 bottles of beers on the concrete floor exploding glass all over the place. Food looked mediocre. Burger and fries. Atmosphere disorganized and claustrophobic. This place needed a severe gutting and revamp. Neither have taken place.
robgibbens (16) Gaithersburg, Maryland | October 7, 2011
46 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 5/20
This place is no better than what the Brickskeller used to be. The service is still absolutely horrible. It took 10s of minutes to get an order in and a beer in hand on a dead week day! I was hoping that things would have been improved with the new owner, but I am not impressed. I hear that the upstairs may help when itís completed, but I will not be waiting.
There are plenty of other great beer bars in DC. Skip this one.
radagast83 (189) Fairfax, Virginia | May 29, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Yesterday was the first time I had been to this establishment since just before the Brick closed in December. The place was falling apart for years. The beer list was *willfully* neglected, and it was a well known "joke" that a patron would need 3-4 backup choices in case their first, second or third choices were unavailable.
Well, I finally returned. And I to my surprise, I was greeted with taps downstairs! Finally! No "smart alec" responses that youíll have to go upstairs to get a draft beer.
Their beer menu is almost entirely honest. The specials were a bit out of date, but the rest of the offerings on first-choice were there. Far better to only list 400 instead of saying "GUINNESS RECORD!!!" and having 500-600 beers "unavailable."
Iíve been spoiled by places like Rustico and Churchkey, with very unique offerings, served as most of them presumably should be. I have to say that the changes from the Brick to the Baron have only improved the place. New menís bathroom! Honest beer list! Food a vast improvement over the previous ownerís food! I can now say that I want to return, and will tell all the people I know to do so.
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