Capital Ale House
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Taps: 82 / Bottles: 250
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Sludgeman:
District of Columbia
4.39/5 rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Visited just after lunch on a Saturday - bar was dead.
Overall, an oasis on the South side of Richmond.
A - A clean, well lit, friendly place.
Q - Fine bar with a ice strip in the bar top on which to sit your beer and keep it a little cooler. Beers in coolers, room temp glasses, correct glassware. Bartended said they cleaned all lines once per month (in-house cleaning not the distributor or other). Have lines dedicated to styles (stout/porter, wheat/belgian, ipa, and two other groups). I thought once per month cleaning was too long - how about at least every two weeks.
S - Walked in, read the menu and said "cool" they have Cigar City beers and been wanting to try that brewery (well they had one - Guave Groove Saison). But I was disappointed, no Cigar City - some explaination about having to send back an order because of foaming). Despite the disapointment, this place has a very good selection with a big concentration on Virginia breweries. 80 beers on tap and a bunch more bottles in a book. There is something for everyone. All styles are covered, but few rarities or hard to find beers.
S - We had a helpful bartender, who was very willing, but lacked a bit in the knowledge of beer and current events.
F - Did not try.
V - I thought the draft prices were good. They have take out, with everything 25% off the listed price. Also growlers.
06-17-2013 00:36:12 | More by Sludgeman
More User Reviews:
4.81/5 rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25 | $$$
Absolutely one of the best places I have been. The best selection of beer that I have seen. I had a Kostritizer Schwarzbier, I cannot think of a beer that I have enjoyed more. It was superb. I also had some Stone's Smoked Porter which was outstanding as well. I also sampled some milk stout. I enjoyed it much. The food was somewhat upper end gastropub and priced accordingly. It was good, though. They make great jagerschnitzel. A great place to take a date, family or anyone else. A real class place.
07-13-2013 12:22:22 | More by rtrasr
4.35/5 rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Pulling up to the Capital Ale House I realize just how big this place is. From the outside it seems to stretch through what looks like three or four storefronts. They have outdoor seating on both ends of the establishment. The interior opens up to a large welcoming hostess area. To the right is a dining room and to the left is a bar that must stretch to 20 yards long. They have huge glass coolers behind the bar displaying the enormous selection of bottles. They must have 60 or more beers on tap and another three in casks. This is a beer lovers dream come true. It is absolutely amazing to see the selection of beverages they have to offer. They have a beer menu and it lists the date on it because they bring in different beers on a consistent basis. It looks like they print a new menu every week. The service is good. The folks seem to know their beers rather well. The food is good enough to bring me back because it wasn't bad, that being said, it wasn't great either. I had a black bean burger and it was better than average. The beer prices were a bit on the expensive end but they do offer carry-outs until midnight. If you purchase brew to take home they offer a 25% discount off the menu price. That makes it a bit more reasonable but the prices are a bit stiff. Overall the experience was good. I wish a place like this would pop up in Central Wisconsin.
03-19-2011 16:01:55 | More by cdkrenz
4.38/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
My "official" beer bar since it's the closest one to me
I love the atmosphere at this place. Sinatra era jazz or similar appealing yet less demanding tunes float through the air while being polite to not intrude on the din of discussions taking place in here. The customer type in this bar is quite diverse. From blue collar types enjoying a new craft selection to older professionals who know exactly what they like to drink, to young urban yuppie types who have no idea what to order and everyone in between. Rarely do I see overly obnoxious types in here.
Quality of the experience and the brews are usually impeccable. If by chance you ever EVER have a question over the freshness or quality of your draft, the bartender will replace it, no questions asked. Just do yourself a favor and get a sample of something new and strange before investing in the entire beer.
Typically I love the service. The regular bartenders are very well versed on what they are serving, but occasionally they will have a waitress fill in behind the bar. If you detect this, kindly pull aside a regular bartender for advice on something new instead of trusting the waitress to give an in depth explanation of a beer. Nothing against the waitress, but it is what it is.
I find the selection to be quite satisfying in both drafts and bottles. Having a few drafts and taking a few bottles to go is what I'll usually do, and I can literally spend an hour figuring out what's going with me.
Food here is great! It does lean towards a German feel for the most part, but they also have some pretty eclectic yet simple and tasty foods as well..
09-17-2010 12:22:40 | More by gopens44
3.95/5 rDev -10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$$
This place is hit and miss, although I wont' compare it to the one in downtown Richmond b/c it's in a more laid-back suburban setting.
What can I say? Went for lunch Thursday afternoon and it took a really long time for two sandwiches, and my girl's egg salad sandwich was really dried out. However, they comped it and gave her a free dessert and were really nice about it. The beer selection is real good, not the best I've seen since it focuses on the local breweries and has a lot of American micro staples. Doesn't really step out of the box or get a lot of imports, but there were some diamonds in the rough I haven't placed anywhere else. I'd go back if I happen to be in Midlo again, but I'm not sure about eating there.
04-11-2010 12:22:48 | More by clayrock81
4.18/5 rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Went twice over this past weekend with my friend from school. I was very impressed both by how classy the place was and their enormous selection. The atmosphere was great: a lot of dark wood paneling, a fireplace in the back, and the stones in the bathroom sinks were nice touches. An impressive 80 beers on tap and far more bottled, their beer menu was over 10 pages long. They also had a great seasonal lineup and two cask offerings. While I was there I had a delirium noel, allagash white, and kulmbacher eisbock (all on-tap). All tasted fresh. The food was pretty darn good too. I highly recommend their belgian style fries ("frites") which come with 4 varieties of mayo dip. Their salads were great and their burgers were pretty good too. Food prices were pretty reasonable, the beer was slightly expensive. Overall, a great time with good food, good beer, and good company.
12-22-2009 15:51:09 | More by aventinus829
4.85/5 rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I was in Midlothian for about a week and spent most of my evenings at the CAH. I got to know a few of the bartenders and waitstaff sharing our love for great beer being the common denominator. The food was creative and delicious from seafood to steaks to great burgers! (Where else can you get a $9 half pound blue cheese burger for $2... Mon. night burger night??) The selection was absolutely fantastic with a staff that knew all of the 250 bottles and 80 taps! Thats impressive! If you really want to have a all out beer geek conversation look up Jay at the bar! Great guy and knows his brew! The fact that you can buy any of their bottled selection one bottle at a time and take it home with you makes this place unique for that fact alone. Where else can you put together a "U pick it" 6 pack with a selection of 250 or more?? I will be back when I get back to VA!!
12-14-2009 20:05:15 | More by MrSpackler
4.45/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$$
First of all, I dod not get food, so I put in average I didn't spike the average. I love that they had a strip of ice built into the bar to keep the beer cold... The staff was attentive, and knowledgeable, and of course they have some of the best selection around. I think they had over 300 beers.. Some of which I had never seen, and some of which available on tap that I have only seen in bottles..
Let's face it, this is my disney world. If I had an unlimited amount of time and money, I would probably spend most days trying something new here.
08-17-2009 01:37:07 | More by Beejay
4.7/5 rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
The CAH in Midlothian is a very nice place. A bit loud around 6pm but things calmed down after 8. We sat in a booth in the smoking section. I do not know if all the booths were that uncomfortable but the one we sat in was terrible. Table too close (and I'm skinny) and just too upright. That is main and only complaint I had about the entire place. Service was fantastic, beer was good and selection great. Though do not print out what they have available on their web-site and take it with you expecting to get everything on that list. That evidently changes daily as can be expected. We drank only beer that they had on tap. I plan on going back soon. Oh you can throw darts there too if your not too drunk!
Went back a month later 3/31/09. We got there about 4pm. This time the place was not as loud. Service was the same fantastic service so by them being consistant with that means very much to me. Great service is required by me me and CAH delivers. Beer was great again also. We had NC BBQ that was good and I know good pulled BBQ. We were also treated to a chunk of carrot cake that was the best I have ever had. Only complaint I have is still those damn uncomfortable booths. Not wide enough front to back. You have to sit stone straight which I guess makes for better posture, but gets really uncomfortable to me. I cannot sit in regular chairs comfortably either and they do have those. My wife thinks they are not good sitting booths either and she is skinny also. But if that is the only complaint I have of the place, then you best know it is a nice place. Like I said before, the service is great, warm friendly very personable people. Don't know how CAH will fair in December when new smoking ban takes place. Might not bother others, but it will be the end of our tour unless CAH configures the place to allow smoking to continue. I don't smoke much. but I like to have a few while I'm drinking. We will see, in the meantime go try it out. The beer is good and cold.
03-28-2009 17:05:36 | More by Minkybut
Capital Ale House in Midlothian, VA
95 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.