Drake (823) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | February 9, 2011| Updated January 21, 2012
Located right downtown with a cheap parking lot immediately adjacent. Kind of a cool vibe. The menu was expansive and cheap, pub food, but I’m glad I didn’t eat given the fact the beer absolutely sucked and from what I saw, they didn’t seem to see the need to keep perishables cold. Bartender and hostess both seemed preoccupied. On the bright side, the store is cool, and is quite a nice bottle shop. I got several bottles including some that were out of stock elsewhere. They were on the pricy side. Overall it’s an interesting place, but not one I’ll probably be making again.
Decent brewpub in the heart of Hyattsville. Used to avoid going here to often because the brewer, while definitely innovative, lacked a little in the execution department. Beers tended to be overly hopped and always tasted slightly off. A new brewer has recently taken over and the quality of the beers has improved significantly. The beer selection is nice, with a few solid standards and some nice seasonals thrown into the rotation. The place is very family friendly and has a nice toy store attached to the restaurant. There’s a nice bottle selection in the back of the shop as well. Worth a visit.
Interesting place here. Restaurant vibe on main lever with sort of brewpub feel at the upstairs bar. General store was pretty nice with nice bottle selection including Brewdog Tokyo and some other nice brews. Had the Fish and Chips at the bar upstairs which was pretty good. Had a 8 beer sampler which was a hell of a deal for $8 when each sample was at least 4oz. The beers were pretty mediocre overall. They were out of the DIPA and IPA which was a little disappointing. Worth a stop.
Meh. I was not particularly impressed with this place overall. It was my first time there, and I went striaght upstairs to the bar. So I can’t comment about anything else. It was the middle of the day during the week when I was there, and there were not a lot of folks there. The bartender was a friendly guy, and the food was decent. The beer was nothing to write home about in my opinion. But I only had two of them. I had the Private IPA and the Hop Zen. The IPA was pretty lackluster, but the Hop Zen was decent. It reminded me of a young SN Bigfoot a little bit. Anyways, I don’t know man, I wasn’t really feeling it there. I wouldn’t mind going back for another shot, maybe at night during the weekend with a little more ambiance. But I’m not going out of my way to get there.
Pretty interesting place, takes me back, I use to love this place in College, but I hadn’t been here in years until I went this past weekend. Their beers are pretty solid, and the food is pretty good too. Hyattsville is not exactly a beer mecca (or a food mecca for that matter), but this place is pretty good. Don’t expect the employees to be very knowledgeable, but they try. I remember once the bouncer looked at my ID when I had been 21 for at least 5 months, and then argued with me for about 5 minutes that I wasn’t 21. As I tried to explain to him that my DOB was over 21 years ago I realized he wasn’t exactly a math scholar... Anyway, I have a soft spot for the place, as it was the only place within miles of the UMD Campus where you could get a decent beer.
As for the general store next to the restaurant, imaging a cross between the store at a Cracker Barrel and a pretty decent beer/wine shop. Yes, it is a weird combination, but it works.
definitely worth the short drive from DC if you’re in the area. casual and comfortable atmosphere with friendly staff. the food was very good and the beer was solid. visited here on a Friday evening and even though the place was busy, we only had a 20 minute wait to be seated.
Not Bad. Not great but not bad. Their beers are decent, but tend to lack any real backbone. Food is plentiful but bland. Service was great 2004-2006 and only ok since (2009). Only place in the area, so one cannot be too choosy. Good for kids.
I had the pleasure of visiting Franklins and getting a private tour with Greg, the assistant brewer. Definitely a unique place with a lot going on. They have a good selection of house beers, all good to above average, with a cask offering, several English-style and American-style ales, along with some Belgian stuff. The store also has a very nice bottle selection, plus lots of other random stuff that you just have to see. A bit tricky to get to from DC with public transport, but I managed.
Near DC and worth a stop if nothing else than to say you have been. The best part of the place is the incredible General Store which does have a good beer selection. I could have spend a lot of money if not travelling the next day. Outside that the place seems to offer solid food, good service which is prompt and friendly, colorful decor and a variety of beer.
Cool place in a historic building. They had nine beers on tap, with a tenth being a nitro version of the regular porter, although they were out of one of the regular taps. Pretty good variety of styles offered as well. Food was good and so was the service. Definitely worth stopping by.