Taps: 18 / Bottles: 90
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 39 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Dreadnaught33:
District of Columbia
4.1/5 rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$$
This is an excellent place in DC that focuses mostly on Belgian brews in terms of their beer selection. The food is focused on Belgian Brasserie fare, and really everything on the menu is fantastic. The menu rotates, but their mussels and dinner entrees are really top notch. This is a little more upscale dining experience that happens to have a killing beer list to pair with it, which seems rare (for now. My feeling is people will catch onto the craft beer thing more and more in nice restaurants like BB).
The beer director Thor is a really knowledgeable and friendly guy who gives excellent beer recommendations and stocks up the bottle list/10-12 taps with awesome stuff that is always changing- some notable breweries and beers he rotates in and out include De Struise (Pannepot, Black Albert on tap), The Bruery (He is friends with Patrick and gets great stuff like Oude Tart, BA Coton, etc.), North Coast, St. Bernardus, Rochefort, and the list goes on. It's always fun to come in and see whats new on tap or on the bottle menu as Thor does a great job getting new and interesting stuff as well as classics. The only thing I'd love to see is a little more US Breweries on there but really that isn't the focus of this place and they do an awesome job with everything beer wise. My hat is off to Thor every time I go in there. He even fuels my silly habit of collecting the labels of the beers I have by expertly giving me labels for my book!
In terms of prices for the beer, expect them to be high, especially the drafts. My recommendation for a great night here would be to have a beer or two at the happy hour 5-7pm everyday because the drafts will be half off (and actually manageable to pay for. E.g. last night I got Pannepot for $10 at the happy hour, normally $20 for a 12oz pour). I'd recommend getting one to bring to the table and then trying some of Thors recommendations with whatever you get to eat for dinner. This is GREAT date spot, my fiance loves this place!
Overall a great place to eat and drink, especially if you're ready to shell out some dough. Be nice and take Thor's beer suggestions and check out the bottle list, there are some gems he puts in there! Awesome place I will be frequenting over the years!
EDIT 2012: The beer has taken a huge slide, along with the food over the past year. The bottle list is not nearly as impressive as when Thor was there and the drafts are just OK, and WAY overpriced. The happy hour only features a handful of their beers now which is totally uncalled for. Go to Churchkey, Paradiso, or Meridian Pint before you consider this place.
12-17-2010 13:54:09 | More by Dreadnaught33
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4.58/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$$
While you'll pay a lot, the quality of what you get served can't be beat if you're looking for good Belgian beers. Their Happy Hour specials sometimes contain some real gems, but if you're looking for the best variety, look in their book of beers. The bartenders are generous in letting you sample what's on tap and very knowledgeable about all the options. Take advantage and describe what you like and you're sure to be provided a great beer in the right glass-ware.
07-29-2013 14:03:46 | More by wahnee86
District of Columbia
4.7/5 rDev +5.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Visited on a Thursday afternoon, after the lunch rush before dinner, the week before Christmas. Only spent time at the bar. A very polished clientle.
Food - I did not sample the food on this visit, but from past visits BB has a very tasty menu, albeit one that can fill you up quickly. What I might consider high quality, but typical brasserie food.
Beer - An excellent selection almost exclusively focused on Belgian beers, both on tap and by the bottle. I did find a Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout, which I ordered since I had never had one before.
The bartender, a young lady in her twentys was very knowledgable. She indicated that she was studying to be a cicerone. It was a pleasure talking beer and an opportunity to learn which I did not pass up. If only all my bartenders were this friendly and knowledgable.
Thursday afternoon also happen to be that time when one of the distributors made his visit to show his new wears. Staff kindly invited me to sit in as the distributor showed off about eight new beers. I was asked my opinion and I gave it. What a wonderful treat!
Very pleased with the BB. It is a regular stop for me when I need a good beer.
12-21-2012 03:09:12 | More by Sludgeman
4.6/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
I've been here about a dozen times in the past two years and ALWAYS make a visit here on a trip to DC.
This looks and feels like an upscale Brussels brasserie. The food is great, and it is always entertaining to watch the entire kitchen prepare the food in the open. There is a large bar area, with usually about 10 draft beers. They alternate between commercial (Palm) and artisinal (Alvinne), I go for the latter. They have a daily happy hour from 5-7 with half-price beers. Not to be missed.
Great mussels in a bunch of different varieties and superb twice-cooked frites. Good choices of fresh oysters in season, with the seafood chef working right at the bar in full view. Entrees are delicious. I used to come for the rabbit cooked with kriek, but that has unfortunately dissapeared from the menu.
Draft beer choice is limited, but they always have some good beers that are available for happy hour. Some of the draft beers get pricy, such as St. Feuillien blond at $11--you can see how happy hour matters.
Extensive beer menu with bottles to satisfy many a beer connaisseur. Very pricy with a wine markup. A bomber of Stillwater Stateside saison will put you back $27. Lambic choices are rather pedestrian, with St. Louis, Giradin, and Oud Beersel being the only entries. C'mon, get some 3 Fonteinen and Cantillon in there.
09-16-2011 02:15:15 | More by Beerenauslese
4.58/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Hey, this is DC. Therefore, the price is "reasonable". More importantly, the selection of Belgian beers is top-shelf and the food is good ... and, equally as important, the wait staff is knowledgable. Not much is worse than asking the server about a particular beer and he/she responds, "it's fizzy or I like fruity beers." You won't get that here. If you're a Belgian fan (or a beer fan), stop by, if you are in the area, and you won't be disappointed. Note: BB has an extensive and quality wine list as well.
03-28-2011 21:27:58 | More by DWolf
District of Columbia
4.45/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Brasserie Beck's focus is on Belgian beer and they have an excellent selection. More importantly, the staff is knowledgeable about the beer list and able to guide you through it to offer suggestions regardless of your familiarity with Belgian beers. The bar is small and gets very crowded. The food is excellent (Beck is a nice restaurant with a great beer list rather than a beer bar with good food) and, because the bar is small and can get very crowded, for the best experience I'd recommend skipping the bar and reserving a table.
03-28-2011 19:51:57 | More by malloyca
Brasserie Beck in Washington, DC
97 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.