Capitol City Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Capitol City Brewing CompanyCapitol City Brewing Company
BA SCORE
84
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47 Reviews
Reviews: 47
Visits: 74
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: 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: 47 | Visits: 74
Reviews by BeerSox:
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4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Located in due north of the Metro Center metro stop, several blocks north of the National Mall. There is also a large public parking lot near the area. I've been to the location in Baltimore in the Inner Harbor (now closed), and this one was very similar to that location.

There is a good selection of beers - four regulars then five or six on a rotating release schedule. The Prohibition Porter is great, and the last time I tried fuel it was a good choice for anyone who loves stouts. The staff was friendly and had good knowledge of the beer (such as which beer compares well to Coors Light). The bartender named Mike even topped off my pint glass when I dorked it up and almost knocked the beer over.

There is a nice selection of food, a little better than the usual bar food selection, though a bit pricey (typical these days). In the middle of the place is an oval bar with plenty of seats, surrounded by tables and boothes in the rest of the place.

I've had my eye on this place for quite a while and I'm glad I stopped in. Good food, good beer, good atmosphere, and a good place overall. (1,099 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Emersonio
3.45/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

Photo of MUTINY
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

This place is always fun. (25 characters)

Photo of DbbC
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of lorenwhite7
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Chris_Baumgart
2.53/5  rDev -30.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Good food. Good beer. Service left something to be desired. (59 characters)

Photo of KWolf
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

Photo of dukeandduke
2.84/5  rDev -21.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

3/10/15 - Good food, great free pretzels, service hit or miss (sometimes excellent, sometimes poor - depends on the luck of the draw). Crowded during happy hour, folks file out afterward. Beer isn’t very good. (211 characters)

Photo of AdamTebbs
4.58/5  rDev +26.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Had beers here before and after the Marine Corp Marathon, awesome place to get pretty decent brews. Service was a little slow but not a reason not to try this place out. They had a great pumpkin beer. (200 characters)

Photo of DavidSomers
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of LADaveBN
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Busy place with decent beers and good food. Was really too crowded to enjoy but I liked it. (91 characters)

Photo of kevintaraross
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of misternebbie
2/5  rDev -44.9%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%

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. (1,020 characters)

Photo of Shootpassbeerme
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of freimuth
2/5  rDev -44.9%

Photo of coldriver
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

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... (719 characters)

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of speedvagen
3/5  rDev -17.4%

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Capitol City Brewing Company in Washington, DC
84 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.