Stopped by mid-afternoon on Saturday and enjoyed a few beers along with a rather good burger. The beers are somewhat lacking overall, but the cask ESB was particularly good. The service I received was very good; the waiter had several tables and was really hustling. There were 6 house beers available at my visit plus 1 cask ale. The location is fairly easy to find and worth a stop.
Stopped by on a Thursday night, and there was a pretty decent crowd, mostly locals - had to wait a bit for a spot to open up. Solid beer offerings, mostly conservative with the exception of a molasses porter on cask. Server friendly and good recommendations. Worth a stop for sure.
Nate (330) Indiana, Pennsylvania | August 14, 2010
Had dinner here with my wife on our way to Chantilly. Nice upscale brewpub with good menu, tasty food, and attentive service. The beers were good. Definitely one of the more posh and expensive brewpubs Iíve visited, so that gave it a low value score for me.
I have been here a number of times when on business in the area. The beers are solid and well crafted. Unfortunately have not had the pleasure of embibing at the bar but have always taken a few growlers with me. Iíve found the food is quite good and reasonably priced. If the brewers are around they seem to have a few minutes to discuss whats going on and the service has always been excellent. If you are in this area I would highly recommend a stop.
Took a slight roadtrip out here with my wife and mj and lilannie. We ended up sitting in the lounge area of the restaurant, which had open seats throughout Friday evening. The table service was nice, casual atmosphere and generally peaceful. The food offered in the lounge (the roasted vegetable sandwich was excellent) is generally less expensive than the full entrees in the actual restaurant. The beer lineup was incredibly solid: kolsch, red ale, pumpkin beer, oatmeal stout, and a double IPA as the stealth beer. All of the beers were incredible well-made, even if the recipes were a little basic. Definitely worth the trip out from Maryland.
Great place to sit and drink. Sure itís located in a business park or whatnot, but the interior is very relaxing but modern. A lot of dark wood, a bit of metal, but the design works, and it doesnít feel pretentious or cheap. I like the setting of the bar, looked very comfortable. Food selection seemed ok, by far better than the average brewpub, but still had the staples of burgers, wings and pizza only dressed up a bit. That wasnít all they had, the seared ahi and jerk chicken looked good as well. Beer-wise I found no problems. The quality of the brewing was superb, which is really a rare thing these days. I read on BA that someone said Vintage 50 made some approachable styles, as if they were made solely for the uninformed BMC drinker to have something to sip while the big boys drink their 24% imperial this-n-that. Not even close. The kolsch and hefeweizen were fantastically made, the cask porter, at a hefty 4.8%, may have been the best porter Iíve ever had. Very, very few flaws found in the brewing, and the recipes seemed to work as well. Very recommended, and I will be back for more of that porter, hopefully to sit outside and drink one after another. Donít forget to ask for the stealth beer, unlike myself.
I really liked this place! Agreed, it is quite upscale for a brewpub, although its not a brew pub, its a brew lounge. The Spicy Shrimp Pepper appizter was as advventuresome culinary wise as anything Iíbe had at a place that brews beer. The Grouper was quite good, and the panini my girlfriend had was outstanding!
The beer ... what everyone wants to know about. I was curious, because I had the reviews of Thouroughbreds, its Leesburg location, and the amazing reputation of Bill Madden on this website. They too were quite good! One of the best pilsners Iíve ever had, and some very interesting brews. Definitely one of the best restaurants to eat at while enjoying good quality beer.
Very nice decor. Upscale, but comfortable. Good service. Great brewer (Bill Madden). The ahi lollipops, shrimp etoufee and potato crusted black cod (although itís not a traditional potato crust) are excellent. Nice flat screens and other mounted tvs to watch sports, but definitely not a "sports bar." The menu and quality of food has drastically improved with the new ownership/management.