Capitol City Brewing Company
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3.06/5 rDev -15.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 4 | selection: 2.75 | $$
Visited last week while visiting for the holidays. I was pumped to see a brewpub so close to my hotel
My visit was pretty late on a weeknight, so the bar was only about half-full. The atmosphere is pretty generic and open - nothing offensive, but bland. Lots of space occupied by booths and tables surrounding a large oval-shaped bar. TVs at the bar, tuned to hockey
Service was extremely prompt, and they worked together which I always appreciate. They had 4 standard beers and a seasonal - I ordered a sampler, which included the standards. My first beer was the kölsch, which was awful. The pale was decent but the other two were forgettable. With the beer being so meh, I decided to skip the seasonal. Nothing on the menu was very adventurous, all pretty approachable styles.
Prices were ok, though in the end I don't think I really feel he need to come back. Just an underwhelming "brewpub" overall.
12-30-2013 01:32:29 | More by jophish17
3.7/5 rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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.
05-23-2013 22:25:16 | More by Mantooth
3.38/5 rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
I don't think Capitol City Brewing actually does any brewing; however, the place always seems to be hopping. It has a cool vibe. The food is decent. The service is attentive. The beer selections are pedestrian. Overall, you could do better, but you could do worse too.
03-30-2013 20:38:36 | More by DWolf
3.63/5 rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
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.
07-02-2011 15:05:12 | More by ackleydg
3.25/5 rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
A- Bustling and a bit loud, but they had a couple tv's and nice big windows and that kind of thing.
Q- It was nice of them to serve my beer in a chalice/goblet, but the beer itself was not that great.
Ser- More or less friendly, but they seemed not altogether different from most chain restaurants.
Sel- Four permanent beers, three rotating/seasonals, but none of them were that great.
F- The fish tacos were pretty average. The soft pretzels were a nice touch.
Considering it's DC, I can't complain about prices.
06-15-2011 22:40:33 | More by jsprain1
3.25/5 rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
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.
03-02-2011 18:27:26 | More by smakawhat
3.9/5 rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Great open spaces making what would seem like a crowd look more dispersed and inviting. Large copper bar top right next to the fermentation tanks on a big island. This place offers samplers as well as pints directly on tap. I usually get their flagship Amber Waves. I've also liked their rotating offerings such as Fuel or Tripel, etc. I also usually order the amber chicken sandwich. I've noticed the quality has gone downhill these days in regard to food and beers. Service was laid back. A pretty decent microbrew pub in the DC area...
02-17-2011 19:49:49 | More by CuriousMonk
3.48/5 rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped by here because I was downtown and wanted a locally produced beer. I had several of their beer offerings, I will review them separately, and a sandwich.
Capitol City Brewing has the look and feel of a TGIFridays or a Chilis. The place was very busy and has a centrally located bar with tables on different tiers surrounding the bar. They serve their beer, I think when I was there there were 4 different ones you could pick from. I had 3 of them. The food was good and the wait staff was about what you would expect from a middle-class feeding trough like a Chili's. The beer was marginal, but that really isn't part of this review. My waiter did give me a Capital City pint glass for free, just because I asked how much it was. I did enjoy my meal and beer at this place, its worth a look, just don't expect a conversation about beer or anything that will knock you over.
12-26-2010 15:29:37 | More by drabmuh
3.55/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
The original Cap City.
Atmosphere: Large, open floor plan. On entrance, one is surrounded by tables. A bar, along with plenty of televisions, creates a sports bar feel. The brewing, no longer done here, remains in the form of plenty of copper and a few pieces of brewing equipment.
Quality: Bar and waitstaff are friendly, as is the hostess group. Cleanliness is high, both in the bar/dining area and the restrooms.
Service: Attentive, if not always fast. Like many establishments in DC, timing is everything. Lunch and weekends can get hairy.
Selection: Cap City has four standard offerings, a kolsch, amber, porter and pale ale. Seasonals vary by season and have included maibock, barleywine, stout and others. All beers are technically solid, if not a little ho-hum. A good ho-hum though.
Food: Food is varied, from greasy pub grub to dinner entrees and salads. Enough for most palates.
09-19-2010 02:21:32 | More by akorsak
4.13/5 rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Located in a former Greyhound Bus Terminal, this is the Capitol City's original site. It is a large open, airy place surrounded by large windows that look out onto H Street - and the large empty lot where the old DC Convention Center once stood (and where thrifty folks can now catch the mega-cheap buses to NYC.) The bar is a huge oval thing with plenty of room, around which hand several TVs that lend a rather sports bar atmosphere during playoff season.
The beer, while never overwhelming, is always fresh and tasty and runs the gamet of German and English styles. Check the board for their four core beers and seasonals. Please note that the beer, though once brewed on-site, is made at the location in Arlington, Virgina. (The Union Station location closed about a year ago.)
The service was great; always efficient and eager to keep my pint filled. And when the food came late, your humble reveiwer was compensated with a free pint. Very nice. The menu is pretty decent and the kitchen tries to provide more than the burger and fries. For lunch, I enjoyed a tuna steak sandwich and corn chowder. On previous trips, I had a delicious Cuban Sandwich and brats. They also serve a mean soft pretzel with horseradish.
DC can be expensive, so CCBC tries to ease the pain with real cheap specials. My visit coincided with the Dallas-Vikings playoff game, which coincided with $3.50 Pint Specials. (Dallas lost.)
01-20-2010 02:01:05 | More by jjboesen
Capitol City Brewing Company in Washington, DC
83 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.