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Capitol City Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Capitol City Brewing CompanyCapitol City Brewing Company

61 Ratings
Ratings: 61
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.81%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1100 New York Ave NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20005-3934
United States
phone: (202) 628-2222

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Reviews by AndyAvalanche:
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4.05/5  rDev +15.4%

This was a pretty cool place. Myself, my wife, in-laws and brother in law went there after spending the entire day in DC doing touristy things all day for a late dinner. The place has a cool modern/urban upper class look to it. Since it was fairly late we got seated right away. Everything got to us pretty quick when we ordered too. My wife and I split wings and a sampler of 5 of the beers. The beers weren't bad, but I really liked the Prohibition Porter and the Red Waves Amber Ale, both good. There were a couple more beers you could pick from too, but that's all we had. The food was very good, we both really liked the wings and we each got a burger too. The burgers were really good, but I found them a bit pricey. The Burgers were like 12 bucks and I sub sweet potato fries for regular fries which put it up to 13. I know it seems pretty picky, especially since they were really good, but I kind of have an unwritten rule that a burger meal shouldn't eclipse 10 bucks. I get it though, it's in the middle of the city, they can get away with it. They make some decent beer too, so all in all I liked the place and would go back if I were to visit the city again.

AndyAvalanche, Jul 10, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of kevintaraross
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

kevintaraross, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of misternebbie
2/5  rDev -43%

misternebbie, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%

There are a lot of good places to grab a beer in DC, so I would not call this place a must-hit stop. But if you're in the area, particularly around happy hour, come in to try one of their brews.

I had the kolsch and found it pretty average. It wasn't bad, just didn't have anything notable about it. In general, this is a tough style to make good and interesting, but if you're used to a tame beer, dislike hops, and/or just want something light and easy-drinking, this is the beer for you.

Now, the doppelbock I had here. That brew was a gem. It was much more memorable and was very much a good representation of the style. It was a big beer, thick, malty, sweet and heavy on bread-like flavors. It was a meal in a glass as any good doppelbock should be. The serious beer drinker should ask for this if it's available.

I didn't try the food here, but I wasn't keen to, as this place resembles a chain restaurant or generic Irish pub. This place is less for the beer geek and more for the hard-slamming beer drinker.

ONovoMexicano, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of Shootpassbeerme
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Shootpassbeerme, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of freimuth
2/5  rDev -43%

freimuth, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of coldriver
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%

I previously visited Capital City back in 2008 when I was first getting into craft beer and thought the place was great at that time. I've come along way since then and I must say my June 2014 visit was a disappointment. The beers are basic and bland and it's same with the food. Atmosphere was not that beer-centric vibe that most of us crave, rather it was dominated by tourists and young political types drinking cocktails after work. I asked our waiter if I could get a flight and he stared at me blankly. I patiently explained what a flight was and he finally said, "Oh, you mean a sampler." When I mentioned that "flight" is a very common beer term he said he wasn't interested in beer so he really didn't know...

coldriver, Jul 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

BarleyHunter, Jun 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14%

Sound_Explorer, Jun 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

mkf629, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

paulish, May 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

speedvagen, Mar 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14%

Storning, Mar 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Boone757, Feb 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14%

ColSanders123, Feb 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Plissken, Feb 07, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Golden32, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of jophish17
3.06/5  rDev -12.8%

Visited last week while visiting for the holidays. I was pumped to see a brewpub so close to my hotel

My visit was pretty late on a weeknight, so the bar was only about half-full. The atmosphere is pretty generic and open - nothing offensive, but bland. Lots of space occupied by booths and tables surrounding a large oval-shaped bar. TVs at the bar, tuned to hockey

Service was extremely prompt, and they worked together which I always appreciate. They had 4 standard beers and a seasonal - I ordered a sampler, which included the standards. My first beer was the kölsch, which was awful. The pale was decent but the other two were forgettable. With the beer being so meh, I decided to skip the seasonal. Nothing on the menu was very adventurous, all pretty approachable styles.

Prices were ok, though in the end I don't think I really feel he need to come back. Just an underwhelming "brewpub" overall.

jophish17, Dec 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

sgttibbs, Oct 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

BlackBelt5112203, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of Mantooth
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%

Sitting there now, first stop on my way to Churchkey. We lucked into happy hour, $3.50 beers they brew themselves. The porter and white IPA were on point. Great app specials during happy hour in a town that is usually quite expensive. Very nice touch... three massive soft pretzels with horseradish dipping sauce, free. Everyone drinking gets those, enough to fill you up alone. We had two beers, nachos and the pretzels for $13. Gr8 joint to stop and fuel up prior to hitting the bigger brew destinations.

Mantooth, May 23, 2013
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3.38/5  rDev -3.7%

I don't think Capitol City Brewing actually does any brewing; however, the place always seems to be hopping. It has a cool vibe. The food is decent. The service is attentive. The beer selections are pedestrian. Overall, you could do better, but you could do worse too.

DWolf, Mar 30, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev +3.4%

I went to this Capitol City Brewing location on a Friday afternoon before most of the after work crowd showed up, so it wasn't overpacked, but it was pretty busy. They've got a really cool copper-covered bar with about 30 seats all around - these were mostly full. There was plenty of seating for sitting down to eat. I liked the big windows and being able to see the ductwork in the ceiling - made the space feel very open. Several TVs for watching sports.

I tried 5 of their beers, all brewed off site. They were decent enough, but not spectacular. Probably the best in my opinion were the Porter and the Stout. Of course the Hefeweizen was out, so I'd want to try that next time. Would have liked to see a good IPA on the menu.

More than anything, this was just a fun place! Lots of people in there getting the weekend off to a good start.

ackleydg, Jul 02, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

A- Bustling and a bit loud, but they had a couple tv's and nice big windows and that kind of thing.
Q- It was nice of them to serve my beer in a chalice/goblet, but the beer itself was not that great.
Ser- More or less friendly, but they seemed not altogether different from most chain restaurants.
Sel- Four permanent beers, three rotating/seasonals, but none of them were that great.
F- The fish tacos were pretty average. The soft pretzels were a nice touch.
Considering it's DC, I can't complain about prices.

jsprain1, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Located on H ST actually within the 1100 New York Ave building sits Capitol City.

They normally have four yearly brews consisting of a Kolsch, an Amber Ale, a Pale Ale (Pale Rider), and a Porter. There are also some seasonals offered too.

Some beers are better than others but most aren't that great to begin with. The atmosphere at this location is fairly big, but a little crammed at times. It's obvious as well that the place draws in many tourists.

The food is inexpensive, but it's barely a step above your typical TGIF Benningans chains stuff. Service is a bit annoying and pushy but your meal will show up without any fuss, the staff do a little too much upselling and in your face "so how is everything"?? I dunnno looks like a typical frozen beef patty to me for a hamburger, was this suppose to be better than that or am I mistaken?

It is what it is.

smakawhat, Mar 02, 2011
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Capitol City Brewing Company in Washington, DC
81 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.