The Sovereign

1206 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, Washington DC United States 20007
bar  4.95/5.0 28 reviews
Sun-Thu: 5:30 PM-1:00 AM, Fri-Sat: 5:30 PM-2:00 AM, Brunch Sat-Sun 11:00 AM-3:00 PM

Mayor: WicksCherrycoke (4) | Taps: 50 | Bottles: 350
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Beers At The Sovereign


NameABVEntered
De la Senne Saison du Meyboom 5.5%11/7/2018
Jester King / Crooked Stave / Trois Dames Cerveza Sin Frontera (Batch 2)6.7%10/20/2018
Oxbow Saisondre’ 30005.5%10/20/2018
La Rulles Houblon Sauvage 4.9%10/3/2018
Tired Hands Corallet5.3%10/3/2018
Allagash Coolship Resurgam6%10/3/2018
Oxbow Frambiovese8%8/4/2018
Jandrain-Jandrenouille VI Wheat6%6/24/2018
Beersel Blond7%6/22/2018
Spencer Monk's Reserve Ale10.2%6/21/2018
Crooked Stave / Against the Grain Adambier9.18%6/10/2018
Grimm Amarillo Pop!4.8%6/10/2018
Jandrain-Jandrenouille III Gravity7.5%6/10/2018
Het Kapittel Watou Pater6%6/10/2018
Blackberry Farm Draft Lab: English Pale Ale5.5%6/10/2018
3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze (Cuvée Armand & Gaston)6.2%4/27/2018
The Veil Black & Blue Tastee5.5%3/30/2018
Oxbow Punch Brook7%3/30/2018
Fantôme Pissenlit8%3/30/2018
La Rulles La Grande 1010%3/30/2018
Jester King Super Ultramega Hyperforce4.5%2/5/2018
Jester King Montmorency vs. Balaton6.7%2/5/2018
Jester King RU-557.3%2/5/2018
Jester King Nocturn Chrysalis (Batch 2+)5.9%2/5/2018
Jester King Snörkel4.5%2/5/2018
Jester King Wytchmaker Farmhouse Rye India Pale Ale (Batch 9+)7.3%2/5/2018
Hill Farmstead Arthur6%2/3/2018
Boon Oude Kriek6.5%12/30/2017
De Leite Cuvée Mam'zelle8.5%12/30/2017
De Ranke XXX Bitter6%12/30/2017
Fantôme de Noël10%12/30/2017
Suarez Family Backroads5.6%12/30/2017
Blaugies La Moneuse Speciale Noël8%12/30/2017
Boon Oude Lambik6.5%12/30/2017
Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise6%12/30/2017
Oxbow Saison Noel9%12/30/2017
Lost Abbey Gift of the Magi10%11/14/2017


60
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
panopticum  (107) New York | November 4, 2018
94
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 19/20
theisti  (974) Kansas | October 31, 2018
Visited later evening on a Wednesday with beastiefan2k. Located in Georgetown, down a side alley. Rats greet you in the alley, so you know this place is legit. Very classy interior, split level, with bars both upstairs and down. We sat at the bar in the basement. Beer selection is crazy, all kinds of unique, and hard to find beers. I felt very out of the scene, as a good number of the breweries I had never heard of. The 50 draft beers on offer are available as half or full pours. Both of my beers came in wine glasses, which is always appreciated, particularly for half pours. The service was very into the beer, and trended towards condescending. No worries, I was here for the beer. Between Churchkey and here, certainly the top beer spots in DC. Thanks for coming out Eugene.

94 = ****½ (World class)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.
72
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Kristophe  (349) , Sweden | May 9, 2018
Dark basement bar with a pretty good tap list. Visited on a crowded night so the staff were pretty busy. Well worth a visit if nearby.
84
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
timtuff  (13) , | January 7, 2018
Staff is knowledgeable. Interior is beautiful. Food is hit-or-miss and expensive for what it is. Location is pretty bad, since Georgetown is fairly inaccessible and always crowded. The age on the bottles is an issue. If it's a style conducive to aging, you're good. If not, I'd steer clear of the bottles. The importer who will not be named of many of their brands has a big issue with freshness and beer integrity.
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Maverick34  (59) New York | December 31, 2017
Another quality joint from the NRG crew. COol undergound space, great selection of belgian/saison, good food.
96
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
BVery  (720) Plymouth, Minnesota | December 7, 2017
Elite beer bar, for all the reasons previously noted. Love the vibe downstairs - dark and upscale, yet chill. Private party upstairs so I couldn't drink there today. Massive beer list. Service is top notch and truly professional- these guys are not beer slingers, they are experts.
76
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Schlenkerla  (810) Vienna, Austria | October 9, 2017
Came here on 9.10.2017. Dark belgium beer bar / restaurant located in Georgetown. Estimate they have around 50 Belgium beers on tap (some Belgium style US beers included). Had a De Ranke - XX Bitter, De La Senne - Schieven IPA and a Fantome - La Dalmatienne. All were in great shape. A good selection of some rare Belgium breweries, but on the other hand some of the big names are completely missing. A good Belgium beer place for sure, but nothing outstanding.
88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
beskid  (15) , Germany | July 1, 2017
A little Belgian colony in the heart of Georgetown. Amazing selection of Belgian and American Belgian-like beers.
90
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
Stine  (259) Minneapolis, Minnesota | May 31, 2017| Updated June 1, 2017
Dimly lit, and a bit more compact than expected in the austere, serious-looking downstairs bar (more open, casual environment with televisions upstairs). The food did not disappoint - casual but refined Flemish and Belgian informed bar food. Obviously there is a true wealth of options here for beer, certainly more so than anywhere else in the U.S. In close competition with the most impressive lists in the world.

At this point, things get interesting. Four of my personal most favorite breweries in the world are staples on tap here, in De La Senne, De Ranke, Blackberry Farm, and Thiriez. None of the tap pours I had on this visit were quite up to that particular beers normal standard, sadly. The lines were not flawed - the beers just seemed tired, in a hard to describe how or why kind of way. Diving into that massive bottle list, it became clear that freshness was not going to be possible with many selections. We received excellent service from the bartender, who checked freshness levels on several bottles for me and also generously gave us a brief tour of their keg cellar. He commented that the bar has not had to order De La Senne since they opened, so all those bottles are quite old at this point; again this is not the fault of the bar but it remains true nonetheless. His opinion was that the bottle list (and the excellent, thoughtful wine list) were generally under-appreciated (ignored) by the Georgetown clientele. This seems likely, and a major bummer.

Of course, I hold none of these disappointments directly against the establishment, as it seems to me a nebulous problem. I am unsure of how sustainable the deep bottle lists of D.C. - a staple of the bar scene at large here - can be. As it stands here, most positively, there are a lot of fun old lambics that are next to impossible to get in a bar in the U.S. Most negatively, there is also a staggering amount of old bottles that might have been better fresh, but at this point are stuck waiting for demand to catch up with supply.

Regardless of all this, the Sovereign supplies a higher quantity of world-class beer on tap than anywhere I have been outside of Europe. The rest of my thoughts here are definitely tertiary to this fact.
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
weihenweizen  (521) Charleston, West Virginia | February 28, 2017
Parking is on the street and is difficult; on a Monday night I felt lucky we were only three blocks away. My wife and I had dinner and beers in the bottom level. This place is dimly lit high end restaurant. Service was quite good. The lambic selection is probably the best in the US. I had the curry mussels and the desert waffle which were quite nice. Food prices are pretty good and beer prices are going rate due to rarity. If you like lambic, go check out this place.

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