Iím utterly biased, as I love this place. Yes, the bottle prices are steep. But I consider it a small price to pay for the absolutely stunning selection. Then there are the huge number of taps, the regular bar, the outside bar, the smoke-free bar. Tap prices quite reasonable. 2 cask ales going at all times. And to wrap it up, the place gets stuff in that is incredibly rare for the area. Cask beers from Victory are quite frequent, for instance. They just had Pliny the Elder in. They had bottles of Peche Mortel! Fantome selections! Friendly service. Great food at varying price points. An absolute must visit in the area. Either location. A few authentic lambics and I would consider it utterly stunning. Can be practically empty (mid-afternoon on the weekends) or slam packed full (on Steal the Glass night).
More upscale than downtown, more modern cleaner feel. Knowledgeable staff. Food is great, althoough selection somewhat limited, but this is a beer bar. Beer menuís are up to date and thorough. Organized well. Outdoor area is nice, brook runs by only drawback is the tall buildings nearby. Prices could be a little less. Overall this is a real classy place with great food, service, events, great beer and nice setting.
Great place to find and try rare beers. They even have a small selection of domestics to keep "that guy" from complaining too much. Food is great if you want to take a date and impress her while enjoying quality brew.
Selection is excellent, even had a cask of Victory Storm King. Food was good, although everything was high-priced. Waitstaff is nice, attentive and somewhat knowledgeable. Ice rail is something of a gimmick, and seems unnecessary, but its easy to avoid using it.
Stopped by for the Kierstbier festival. Great food, excellent service and a wide selection of beer in both bottles and drafts i(over 65 taps, ncluding several local VA beers). Staff is very knowledgeable and goes out of the way to make you feel at home. Without a doubt worth a visit if you are in the area.
This was walking distance from my hotel. It was a weeknight and very busy and loud with a mixed crowd as far as age. The inside is open and very modern, with dim and colored lighting. There is a front non-smoking bar that has 8 or so taps. The main bar where all the good stuff is located allows smoking (I took some points off for that). Dining area is open and right next to the bar. Tap selection is outstanding, and the bottle selection is as well. The bottles are nicely displayed in coolers behind the bar, and they have a beer list that stays current. The food is a little pricey, but I was here for 2 for 1 wing night. The wings are excellent! Be sure to ask about vintages or new releases. This is a place worth checking out, just on the selection alone. One thing to note, no TVs at any Capital Ale House location. I guess they figure that is a distraction to the experience and concept. However, I bet that kills business during games.