Very friendly staff, large comfortable bar, lots of TVs. Decent food, nothing special. Rotating selection of brews, most are good. More cozy and friendly than the Capitol area location, but not as impressive interior.
3fourths (1569) Boulder, Colorado | July 22, 2006| Updated January 21, 2013
Ehh... beer is ok, never terrible but rarely stellar. Food is kinda crappy due to a new manager. Crowd is blah. You’ll find some new beers to rate but for this local it’s not a place I like to go.
t0rin0 (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 12, 2013
Visited July 2011.
First beer place visited in DC and (I think) my first beers sampled made in DC though these may not count as DC-=brewed anymore. This place is large with plenty of tables surrounding a bar. I sat at the bar and ordered the flight. This was just before the dinner rush so service was prompt and fairly friendly. Most of the beers were regular styles but I did get to try a keller pils which was pretty good. The rest were OK. It’s an easy stop from the subway so I would probably stop in for some ticks the next time in DC but that’s about it. Can’t comment on the food. The prices were OK.
I had been to the Shirlington location recently, decided to hit downtown. Pretty large and upscale yuppy place, copper surfaced bar was interesting. Very modern brewpub in terms of decor. They had 4 core beers and six seasonals on tap when I was there. Unfortunately the only flight they offer is the four cores plus your choice of one seasonal, and they don’t offer taster sizes individually. The bardender gave me two free tastes of the two I wanted to try even though I said I would pay for a full pour of one of them. I ended up tipping $5 and moving on to the next place after that. Both of the beers I sampled were pretty solid, IMO
The set up is a little different from the other two locations in that there are no brew tanks at the bar. Otherwise, everything else is the same. The servers were running all over the place, but there were only two bartenders attempting to serve a packed bar and all restaurant drink requests. There were three seasonal on tap at my visit.
Have visited this venue a couple of time, originally in ’05 and most recently in June ’11.
Large open plan modern looking brewpub, lots of glass, metal etc with the bar centrally located.
Service was decent and I was offered some samples.
House beers are ok/nothing special although amongst the pale ales and European style imitations they did have (wasn’t ticking/rating at this particular point in time so no notes) a decent 10% ish coffee imperial stout on!
A large sportsbar, brewpub and restaurant. European tourists watching soccer (Germany vs Slovakia) The flight was not big glasses, but 4 oz. Perfect for me! Beers ranging from average to pretty good. Friendly service and well worth seeking out when you are downtown. (Visited June 26th 2016)
(Visited 08/2009): This Capitol City location is right downtown on the corner of New York and 11th. There are pay lots nearby which is what we used, but there is surely public transportation nearby as it is close to Union Station.
The outside kind of looks like a 50’s diner with all the chrome and neon. The interior is spacious with windows nearly floor to ceiling. Hand-painted murals adorn the wall and the bar is U-shaped and near the entrance. The rest of the main floor is split level table seating, and it looked like there was an upstairs as well. They also have a lot of kegs up near the ceiling for decorations(?).
The beer selection is decent, although I was bummed this location did not actually brew beer on site. They have around 7 taps and the beers are available in a sampler. They range from an Organic Wit to a Smoked Porter, with everything in the middle being more or less standard brewpub fare.
Service was good on a weekday lunch. Both the server and manager stopped by several times and were happy to chat about beer.
The food at Capitol City is good. I had a crab cake sandwich that was solid. Good fries too.
Overall this spot is worth visiting between tourist attractions if you are hiking around downtown.
First visited way back in 2006 and have popped in on a couple of other occasions over the years (but not recently). Comfortable enough place but nothing very distintive about it. Feel was a bit lacking in atmosphere. I preferred the old Capitol Hill location, which had the benefit of some architectural merit, but has now closed I understand. Beers were fine but not exceptional - 8 taps I think. I’ve not eaten here, just sat and the bar and had a drink or two. Although I wouldn’t call it unmissable I guess most people who are visiting DC for the first time are going to want to visit as it’s a decent enough brewpub (although I’m not sure the beers are actually brewed here any more) and the other remaining branch is a bit out of the way.
Located in an extremely boring part of DC surrounded by hotels and office buildings- no city vibe. More like an Applebee’s food and drink wise. Waitstaff is clueless about beer, the beer served is very low quality. Usually served frozen cold without head formation. All had some brewing flaws. Food was substandard. Depressing venue and decor. Drab, cheap, and outdated. An anachronism from when DC was clueless about craft beer.