t0rin0 (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 12, 2013
Visited July 2011.
I was curious to try their beers after having had some of the old stuff before the Anheuser buy out. I’m sure the place hasn’t changed much and I’m sure InBev didn’t mess with the recipes too much but the beers I had were all a bit boring. The food was alright but standard pub food (nachos, fries, etc). They had a number of guest beers on tap as well which I thought was interesting but I went with the flight. I don’t need high end food when having a beer and I don’t mind the place being popular and busy, so if the beer got better and I was in DC again I would stop back. Until both of those things happen I’ll spend my time elsewhere.
This place really worked out for me. I wanted a bar to watch the game and drink some good beer and this really delivered. It’s got typical sports bar ambiance with a quirk of sushi being the highlight of the menu. The Dominion beers have never been that good to me but they have more than enough guest taps to make up for that. Delicious regional and micro options abound. I really lucked out by being here on Wednesday when they do $4 pints. That is a steal by DC standards. Every single other bar I’ve ever been to in DC has exorbitant prices, so paying what I’m used to in the poorer states was nice. Services was very attentive and efficient. I didn’t require any service beyond having a a few pints poured for me.
This place was empty on a Friday right before happy hour. The bartender didn’t seem to know anything about the house beers, although he was a very personable guy. The beers aren’t that good, but they’re passable, and there’s maybe 20 or so other tap lines in addition to the 8 house beers. Not really worth stopping in unless you just wanna tick the house beers and get out.
gsmitty80 (202) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | April 3, 2010| Updated April 4, 2010
This was a horrible brewhouse experience. They were only serving appetizers at 11 pm on a saturday night. The servers were not helpful and hard to understand. The Goose Island beer i ordered was 9 dollars for a 6 ounce. Plus the dominion beers aren’t any good.
This place is apparently run by the same people that own the sushi place next door, which is weird, but the place had an alright college bar feel. We got the sampler and of all that we tried we liked two. The Old Dominion Millennium, which was a good barley wine (I’m a sucker for barley wine) sweet, but not sugary. The other was Old Dominion Pale Ale, which was loaded down with Centennial hops and had a great citrus aroma. Food was decent and the waiter knew nothing about beer (probably more about sushi). This may be a place to stop for a beer if you are crawling around the neighborhood, but definitely not my first choice.
Decent food, nothing out of the ordinary. Tried two beer samplers, and each beer I tasted was worse than the last. Only one drinkable brew in the place. Staff knew nothing about the beers. Skip it - there are plenty of decent beer places in DC, and there isn’t much else in this neighborhood.
Visited 9 August 2008 (Saturday) at 4PM. Connected to a Mongolian barbecue for food. Neither the waiter nor the bartender spoke English well, and neither knew anything about the beer or food that they were serving. 32 taps. Food was pretty decent (although the Mongolian barbecue was ordered rather than assembled by the customer as other Mongolian barbecue restaurants usually do), but having the servers ignorant about the beer was definitely disappointing. The beers were all above average, with both of the ambers as well as the barleywine standing out as very good. It was necessary to buy two samplers and a pint to sample all of their beer.
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This is often my go to place for a NBA game and some good beer. The bar has all of Old Dominion’s brews on tap and about 10 other micro taps (Smutty, DFH, Bells, SH, Stone) which cover most styles you’d reasonably expect to have. Has the feel of a sports bar and might cater a bit more to tourists than locals. My service there has always been attentive and speedy, but you’re certainly not getting trained beer experts. The food from the Brewhouse kitchen is seriously lacking BUT they have a deal worked out with the sushi bar next door that lets you order anything off that menu. High quality sushi AND craft beer? What more could you ask for?
Made it there not too long after it first opened earlier this year. Was practically empty except a few places at the bar, probably due to how new the place was and how late it was when I made it there.
The selection was decent from what I expected. Plenty of Dominion taps, with quite a few other quality micros as well. I was glad for the lack of so many major macro brew beers since there are hundreds of those bars that cater to that in the area.