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Capitol City Brewing Company

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Capitol City Brewing CompanyCapitol City Brewing Company
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66 Ratings
Ratings: 66
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: n/a
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[ 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 ckeegan04:
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4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of AdamTebbs
4.58/5  rDev +29.7%
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.

Photo of DavidSomers
3.69/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of LADaveBN
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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

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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of misternebbie
2/5  rDev -43.3%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

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3/5  rDev -15%

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2/5  rDev -43.3%

Photo of coldriver
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
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 -15%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of jophish17
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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Capitol City Brewing Company in Washington, DC
82 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.