Block (31) Indianapolis, Indiana | September 6, 2011
Nice place. Only had beer and dessert and both were great. Flight at the time had ten beers. Nice environment and friendly staff. Worth the stop and one of the better "larger" breweries I visited in DC.
We walked about 30 blocks trying to find this place for lunch and were famished when we got there, but it was worth it to wet our parched lips with that which is Capital City Fuel! An awesomely rich imperial porter with a deep porter aroma and flavor that is hard to find anymore and an alcohol content to boot. We also tried the Kolch which was golden and dry with delicious mead like character. The only downside was we sat by the window were the sun poured in and were told that the $27,000 blinds they had installed did not work. Outside is was DC in early spring, but at our table it was Phoenix in the dead of summer. So we drank more beer…
A wide variety of beers on tap. I highly recommend ordering a flight. The sample glasses are about 7 ounces! Good location downtown. The food was very good. It was loud with lots of sports playing on TV,but I enjoyed my visit.
I did not try any food, son a N/A on the food, I did a sampler, it is a flight of five but they went ahead and let me try two more on tap, so I was able to try all the beers they had. Pretty coold bartendar, and answered all my questions. the sampler came and sample "mugs", no cards or flight notes, so I had to jot down real quick what each was before I forgot since they gave them all to us at once. This is the only location where they do not brew on location, but atmosphere is pretty good, off a crowded street, relatively busy for around 2-3 in afternoon. I did not check out any guest taps, I was only there for their beer. pretty good place.
After a few hours on at the Smithsonian I swung by here for appetizers and beers. The sampler tray contained very few interesting beers though the glasses were quite novel. Stylistically they do a great job - I just do not like lighter styles such as kolsch and pale ale that much.
The special offerings were hit and miss. I tried the Inaugur-ale which was mediocre. The Fuel (imperial stout) on the other hand was well done for a brewpub. While not fantastic it was done well enough that I would have ordered another pint.
Since I was there during a lull it was fairly dead. I can imagine at peak hours it gets crowded and noisy so if you can try to schedule a visit in the early afternoon.
They have a nice happy hour from 4-7pm with $3 pints and half price apps. Way too many smokers, but was told that DC becomes non-smoking January 1. Service was excellent, and the beer was average. They ahd a good selection of beer for most palates.
A nice brewpub in downtown DC (although technically not a brewpub as the beer is brewed elsewhere). A nice open restaurant, lots of seating, lots of TVs. They had around 8 taps on. The tap list definitely included some interesting beers - when I was there, I got to try a barrel aged imperial stout, Belgian golden ale with peaches, and low-alcohol IPA and all were excellent. I didn’t have any of the food, but mostly it is standard pub fare. I thought the beers were great, they definitely have some interesting seasonals and are worth a stop.
Went there twice during my stay in DC. Personel was friendly and knowledgeable, very sympathetic. Nice choice of food. Beer was not top notch, but I was able to find very nice ones. All in all, a good place.