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Capitol City Brewing Company

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Capitol City Brewing CompanyCapitol City Brewing Company
BA SCORE
82
good

64 Ratings
Ratings: 64
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.25%
Taps: --
Bottles: --
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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @capcitybrewers

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Reviews by ckeegan04:
Photo of ckeegan04
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Dropped in on a Friday night while in town for a quick guys weekend with some old college friends. The place was very crowded but we managed to snag a couple of seats at the bar. Kind of a weird art-deco/modern mix for style. Couple of TV's around with sports on. Bartender quickly greeted us and took our order. He was very friendly and knowledgeable and he also gave me a sample of their RIS when I asked what 'Fuel' was on the menu. All the other beers were listed as 'Kolsch', 'Pale Ale', etc so I was interested.

Had the Kolsch and Pale Ale over dinner and I was very impressed. Neither were knock your socks off amazing but they were both certainly very good beers. There were also a few others around who you could tell were into beer and the bartender was chatting it up with them as well.

I had a burger and it was certianly passable. Nothing great, but still above average for bar food.

Prices were a touch high compared to what I am used to, but certainly within reason for a place in the heart of DC.

More User Reviews:
Photo of LADaveBN
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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

Photo of kevintaraross
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of misternebbie
2/5  rDev -43%

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.

Photo of Shootpassbeerme
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of freimuth
2/5  rDev -43%

Photo of coldriver
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
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...

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of mkf629
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of speedvagen
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Storning
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Golden32
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of jophish17
3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 4 | selection: 2.75

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.

Photo of sgttibbs
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Mantooth
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

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.

Photo of DWolf
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

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.

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Capitol City Brewing Company in Washington, DC
82 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.