MacDowell Brew Kitchen

Taps: 6 | Bottles: 60+
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Elwood  (108) Leesburg, Virginia | July 22, 2013
It’s definitely time for an update on this one. Things have expanded quite a bit since my initial review when they first opened. They have an outdoor "beach" complete with palm trees and a boat that’s been cut in two. Let’s get down to the nitty gritty: Positives: -Generally the staff is very friendly -Good beer selection with some cool stuff coming in now and then -Food is pretty decent -General ambiance has taken on a life of it’s own (almost upscale dive bar if that is such a thing) -They are happy to give you a sample of anything before you order a pint. Keep in mind, this isn’t an invitation to tick. Negatives: -Occasionally dirty glassware (check it before they pour!) -House beers (Mud Hound) vary wildly from solid to downright bad. Ask for samples first. -Staff knowledge and responsiveness varies significantly. I suggest sitting a the bar. Expect long wait times when it’s busy. Overall, it’s blossomed into it’s own little genre and has developed quite a following. Worth stopping by to see what’s on tap and a great place to have a few drinks outside on a nice day.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138  (386) Falls Church, Virginia | May 2, 2014
Bartender disappeared on my first visit here before I could order but luckily the second visit was much better. Interesting place with an inside bar and an outside bar on a "beach". Beers were served in a plastic cup, not ideal but I’m not one to complain about that. Haven’t tried the food. Service is average. Not sure if some of the taps are mislabeled or bartender error but travlr ordered a stout and got an IPA.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 12/20
Drake  (832) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | February 12, 2014
Update: It looks a little less design store now, and they have a second bar in the back of the restaurant. Still a real weird layout. The last two times I’ve stopped by they had zero house beers on tap. Employees have been nice enough, but they did not provide good customer service.

Weird place. Very weird. As others have mentioned it’s a former kitchen design store, and that leads to a weird layout, including a tiny bar. Lots of taps and bottles with some nice selections, but their house brewed beers are not part of the "nice" selections. Their hefe was incredibly bad and the other three I tried were mediocre at best. Did not try the food. Do not know the prices. Parking is street. Across the street from Fire Works and Tuscarora Mill. They do have good beers on tap, including a Devils Backbone beer (local to me) that I didn’t expect to see this far North, so it’s worth a stop and hopefully their house beers will improve. Frankly, I can’t see how its possible they won’t improve. On the bright side, the bartender was great.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
garebear22  (1) Virginia | December 22, 2013
Nice place to have a brew. Solid selection, friendly staff. Didn’t try the food. If the small bar on the ground floor doesn’t do it for you, head to the new upstairs area. They have a ton more space up there and an entirely different selection.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
radagast83  (325) Arlington, Virginia | November 30, 2013
Went there last weekend. No beers of their own on tap. Some pretty good local and other beers on tap there though, so perhaps worth a quick stop in. Didn’t stay for the food, so not sure how that is. Might stop on by next time to see what the deal is when I’m next in town.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
Travlr  (3055) Charlotte , North Carolina | November 24, 2013
Small bar on the left as you walk in, restaurant to the right. No beers of their own on tap, oddly enough. But the eight beers they did have on were interesting and well chosen. An easy stop while in the area.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 8/20
Davetopay  (15) Leesburg, Virginia | July 5, 2013
Wanna go to the beach? Wanna drink beer on the back of a crab boat? Wanna sit around a camp fire with your friends? Wanna do it in downtown Leesburg? Hell yeah! It isn’t fancy, but it is fun. They make some of their own beer, and build the place bit by bit as they go. Everything about this joint is repurposed and reclaimed. Just what this town needed.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
DiarmaidBHK  (948) Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | May 14, 2012
Like Elwood said this place is very much a work in progress. According to a recent article in Northern Virginia magazine, the eventual plan is for this place to be a brewpub. As for now they have about a dozen taps and over a hundred bottles. most of the taps were DMV craft while the bottles were more national and European in scope. They didn’t ha ve anything too rare but it was a solid list. The restaurant used to be a kitchen design store and the place still has that feel to it. The entrance is dominated by a large table with the bar to the left and more seats to the right including a booth made out of a large barrel. They also have a popular patio area. I’m certainly rooting for this place especially since it’s in that Harrison Street craft beer corridor that includes Tuskie’s, Doner, and Fireworks.

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