Pretty good looking place, but *small,* or at least the only part I saw was small. The building has a partition (or did earlier in 2011) that seperated the restaurant and bar sections. I can understand keeping the people standing around in one section, but it’s so tight and hard to move around on the bar side that Happy Hour can be a chore. Very good beer selection.
This place, while a total clusterfuck, is outstanding. Amazing service, amicable hostesses and enthusiastic, knowledgeable bartenders. While there, I was able to try the Oaked Cellar Door and Oaked Stateside Saison. ReAle Xtra was on draft and SUPER fresh! Simple Malt Impy Stout was bomb. And the pizza....holy tits it was spectacular. Ordered a Quatro Formage with anchovies and mushrooms. Never had anchovies so fresh. Freshness is key here. Raging Bitch was on cask (and it needs to be!). The bartender was the man!!! Dude was actually the guitarist for Magrudergrind. Couldn’t believe it. Greg, the beer directer here, goes to lengths to put together an outstanding, tasteful, selective list that never fails to impress even the geekiest of geeks. GO THERE!
JCB (289) Durham, North Carolina | November 15, 2011
Cozy little nook on the west side of P, and a particularly desirable joint if you can nab the window spot. Food is delish, as is the case with all PP branches. And while this locale doesn’t have quite the selection that Georgetown does, you also don’t have to go to Georgetown. Plus, this aspect has recently improved dramatically with more taps and some cask offerings. Winner.
MrChopin (100) Baltimore, Maryland | November 6, 2011| Updated November 6, 2012
A ton of feel at the 8-10 person bar, the structure really nice. Other than that, very bland restaurant feel, brightly lit and clean. Staff is friendly if a bit curt. Nice olive dish to snack on while waiting for a fantastic pizza (a large can be finished if hungry), and tap selection is short but very nicely balanced (Breakfast Stout v. Tilquin - $10 though), always fresh. Very nice, pleasant, my go-to spot in DC.
Wonderful place in Dupont Circle. Very nice selection both on tap and in bottles. Got a Cantillon Saint Lamvinus for a decidedly reasonable price ($40) and Stillwater’s Barrel Aged Stateside. Not the best pours by the waitress on either count, but I try not to be picky about that. Pizza is very very tasty. Definitely a must visit in the area.
Went here about three times, although the first time I was there, I didn’t have an ID on me, so I didn’t get beer. It is inside of an old Victorian mansion and the interiors are all redone and look a little rustic. Only downside to the interior is that it is usually packed and that the brick walls echo the sound, thus making the bar one of the louder places out there. Service is always excellent, with really attentive staff. Only one problem is that they will not seat you unless you have your WHOLE party with you. Selection on tap is always good with 12 taps of craft and import beer. Sometimes the beers seem to be chosen more because they are obscure than because they are legitimately good, but that is ok. Also, beers can be quite expensive here, but fortunately the happy hours cut those prices in half and make going there more palatable. Food is excellent. I have never had anything there that I didn’t like. Good salad, dank free olives, crafty pizza, ballin’ bruschetta.An excellent place and well worth a visit. You can also very easily take non-beer-drinking people there and they’ll have no idea that you are in it for the beer.
great great place...like the G town location They have awesome drafts that constantly rotate and a killer bottle selection which takes advantage of DC’s kickass import laws. In a year you will get stuff from just about every top tier brewery here, regardless of geography. This place is a little better cause it’s easier to get there, plus they have the best bartender in the city. I always get great service there.
This place can get pretty loud on a Saturday night what with the exposed brick and the low ceilings. Fortunately I was able to elbow my way to a couple of stools at the bar. Besides the noise, the crowd tends to be in the 20’s. The people next to me were having a philsopohical discussion so inane it would embarass a 5 year old. Clearly this is a place that worships and loves beer. They had over a dozen taps, including a cask, and they were all solid. The pizza was fantastic and the bartender was very knowledgeable about beer although you get the sense that they get a lot of posers who like the scene but know nothing about beer. He kept warning me about the attributes of each beer. "Hey that Saison is kind of tart." "Fantastic! Can’t wait to taste it." I did enjoy my experience there but I’m getting old so I think the next time I return it will be durning the day when it’s less crowded and people are quieter.