Capital Ale House
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Taps: 100 / Bottles: 250
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by dauss:
4.08/5 rDev +3.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I was here visiting for the weekend and a friend had suggested this place. I went and visited on a Saturday at 5pm. The restaurant was pretty empty and the bar was about half full. By the time I left at 7:30, it was pretty busy.
The tap list is impressive. It ranged from the mundane to the unique. They also made an extra effort to show which ones were local in the beer menu. The server did inform me that it was $2.50 for local microbrew. The beer menu is pretty much unworkable. It was separated out by style and not terribly well. Also noticed a few typos.
They have 2 bars and if you are eating you have access to the whole beer selection. If you are at the downstairs bar you have to go upstairs to get a beer. In addition, there are no seats upstairs at the bar.
I wasn't terribly hungry and got the mussels, smoked gouda and bacon style. It was good, only had 1 mussel that didn't open and a big piece of crusty bread to go with it.
I dig this place. It was only my second time to VA and didn't know that growlers could be filled. I like that.
04-02-2012 22:20:26 | More by dauss
More User Reviews:
3.46/5 rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Was Thoroughly Impressed With The Number Of Tap Lines AT this Establishment. Beer Prices Weren't To Bad But The Food Prices Were A Little High For The Quality. The Service Left A Little To Be Desired...And It Wasnt Overly Busy When We Were There, Like 2 Waitresses To 5 Tables With A Runner (Would've Expected A Little Better Service Given The Circumstance)
07-24-2014 01:46:50 | More by sebaastionb
3.9/5 rDev -1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75 | $$$
Finally made it in when the other cool beer spots were packed. Plenty of room here. Lots of tables and a horseshoe bar that could be good for people watching, had there been people there. Dim light, lots of wood, and tasteful tap handles behind the bar with magnets labeling each. Personally, I like the crazy, creative handles, but not a big deal. Great beer list with a focus on draft beer--the bartender said 2nd most in the state. The list leans heavily toward offerings from within the state, so that should help ensure freshness. Unfortunately, out of the half dozen that we tried to order, 2 were out, so they could be better prepared for a Friday night. Service was attentive when needed. The bartender had that confidence and enthusiasm that servers sometimes have, but at least he seemed knowledgeable enough. Had some burgers that were decent (a little more seasoning wouldn't hurt), and the fries came with flavored mayo. Prices seemed a bit high, especially for the area. Overall, it's a good place to find a great beer selection, but the atmosphere feels a little corporate. Could be a stellar spot if there was a little more character.
11-24-2013 22:19:54 | More by qchic
4.28/5 rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
In Harrisonburg, this is the go-to spot for great beer. 80 taps down and twenty more upstairs. Beers can be purchased in small & large sizes (12 oz or 20 if my bad memory serves). We stayed small at about $6-7 a pop. Well worth the price for a grand selection of brews. The beer menu is laid out well and I had numerous brews this NC boy hadn't had access to before. I've read complaints about service, ours was fantastic. Elizabeth knew the massive beer menu inside out and more than held her own with this brewer and beer geek. We stopped in twice on our stay and I let her pick a brew for me a couple times and she never failed to impress.
The spot isn't charming or eclectic, like Billy Jack's or Jack Brown's (which are fun spots but certainly not world class beer bars), but it's more interesting than your standard brass and glass establishment; with a massive bar and lots of dark wood.
If you're looking for a great beer bar in Harrisonburg... this is the spot.
09-22-2013 13:48:55 | More by Mantooth
4.31/5 rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped here after visiting The Civil War Museum in New Market, VA this afternoon.
Atmosphere was good, we arrived at 4:00 pm and were ushered up to the rooftop deck to enjoy a 75 degree late afternoon Virginia September afternoon. We did not see much of the 1st floor other than it was spacious with dozens of taps of good beer.
Service was very good. Our server Kevin did a good job guiding me through the regional beers that i had interest in trying.
Selection was excellent. Dozens of beers available on tap ranging from about 20 or so Va brews to national craft brewers to Belgium brews we are all familiar with.
Food was excellent as well. Da Boss had the Buffalo Chicken Mac-n-Cheese and i had a crab based Mac-n-Cheese and both were delicious. We shared a S'more dessert which paired very well with my Sweet Baby Jesus porter.
Overall it was a tasty meal with tasty brews and a fairly reasonable price. Recommend if you are staying in the Massanutten area.
09-19-2013 23:45:12 | More by arizcards
Capital Ale House in Harrisonburg, VA
89 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.