Went here back in July of 2006 at the RBSG. Pretty nice ambiance, but I felt a little out of place in shorts and a t-shirt. Selection was ok as were the beers. Nothing that stands out, but a few decent examples.
Maybe I just went on an off day. They were out of the bourbon stout and the imperial stout, so the selection was down to about 5 beers. Ambiance is fine, but nothing special. The food and service are average. Meh.
Easily the best of the DC brewpubs. Classy atmosphere, with terrible service if you are just getting drinks. However, the prices are absurd... eight 4oz+ samplers for $7. The beers are all pretty solid too, except that horrid BA nitro oatmeal stout. Yuck.
Visited on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2005. It has the feeling of being a very old place where lobbyists might go for a steak, whether or not this is actually the case. Good chalkboard with lots of data (O.G., abv., etc.) about the beers--a sign that they take their beer seriously. Reasonable service, the nicest thing was that they left me alone while I read the paper and rated my beers. They were distracted doing interviews for new bartenders anyway. I didn’t eat there. The downstairs private room, next to the clean bathrooms, looked nice. The beer selection was fine--a nice bonus getting a bourbon stout among the offerings. A decent experience, all things considered.
Went here on Monday, September 5th, 2005 with argo0. We sat in the bar area and I got a good look at the interior. Seems like an old style building and was uniquely set up. Our waitress was good and the beers serviceable, but the food came up a bit lacking. The onion soup was ncie but the tuna came out a little burnt and had to be sent back. Based on argo0’s experiences, this was a "bad herring" and not typical. I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt.
A decent place to stop if you are looking for steakhouse fare, but be prepared to pay a premium for it. A decent selectino of in house brews ranging from fair to good. Good steak, good cornbread. I miss their pizza as it gave you a less expensive option for dining.
jde123 (85) Washington, Washington DC | November 9, 2013
Not the greatest beer in the world. Also, not the greatest place in the world. Greatest places are few and far between. Yes.
I sat at the bar at this steakhouse/brewpub. Upscale establishment. They have 9 of their own beers on tap. I had 2 pints and the bartender was nice enough to give me samples of several others. Most were pretty good. I had their burger which was excellent (get it with the bacon). Cool place, but a bit pricy, so good on an expense account.