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Bluejacket / Arsenal Restaurant

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BEER AVG
3.56/5
Based on:
106 Beers
813 Ratings
Place Score: 89
Ratings: 54
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 17.86%
Taps: 25
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

300 Tingey St SE
Washington, District of Columbia, 20003-4600
United States
phone: (202) 524-4862

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @bluejacketdc

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(Place added by: Thorpe429 on 05-12-2012)
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Saturday, lunch play, a cab and away. Took some doing to get out here, and by that I mean, it seemed like not a quick jaunt from the ‘otel. Just as well we didn’t attempt to walk it as the May SAVOR rain kicked in halfway there. Taking in the sites, the residential, the parks, and then the complex of everything you’d reasonably want near your ballpark, down by the river...

It’s a massive airplane hangar of a room with a giant vaulted ceiling to the rear curvy corrugated, and a sprawling tall wall of paneled windowings. Through and to the rear, a straight stainless steel pieced and riveted topped bar, with a base of the same and my feet left to dangle. Seating for 20ish on high wooden chairs end to end with neat baby brass lamps on the bar along the way. Barback is counter length of center. A barbell tower of 20 taps with non descript handles on one end, a stainless steel box of 10 with a pair of 5’s below on the other end, and a 5 handle wood cask box with angled nose dived firkins fed in between displayed coolered. Glassware & tiered booze, and a glassware rack below.

Blue patterned wallpaper and wide slat wood floors. Drop cylinder punching bag lighting over the center, and dangling brass pieced lamps over the seating along the perimeter. Flatscreens over the bar in a row, and a light board piece on the far wall listing the 20 Blue Jacket offerings. Serving tanks behind the barback and fermenters up above on the 2nd floor. Actually there’s a whole lot of brewing equipment on multiple levels and staircases going to everywhere from everywhere; it’s like an Escher print.

4 shared hightops off the bar and booths along the perimeter. Between the bar and dining side, there’s a dividing half wall of racking holding house bottlings on alt height shelves. Front room holds a dozen and a half tables & booths; a mix & match of all sizes, shapes, & direction. Slight seating and barrels stacked questionably on the second floor, and a seating pen out front; some of it protecting those seated there from the elements.

Extensive beer menu lists beer, style, taste profile, ABV, IBU’s, serving temperature, glass type & size, description, and taster & glass pricing. 20 Blue Jacket originals with silly meaningless names I will dispense with (Smoked Oud Bruin, Brett Farmhouse Ale, Robust Porter, Lemon Lavender Wit, Citra IPA, Barleywine, Mesquite Smoked Belgian Strong Blonde, Dry Hopped IPA, Belgian Stout, Scotch Bonnet Pepper Wee Heavy, Spiced Sweet Stout, Brett Tripel, Dry Hopped Kolsch, India Pale Lager, Strong Vanilla Blonde with Cacao nibs, Imperial Schwarzbier, Sour Saison with subtle smoke, Imperial Azacca IPA, Session Rye Lager, Sour Witbier), and 5 cask offerings (IPA dry hopped with Falconer, Lemon Lavender Wit with lemon zest & basil, Sour Saison with subtle smoke and American Oak spirals, IPA dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin, Scotch Bonnet Pepper Wee Heavy with Scotch Bonnet peppers).

I sampled through shortys, as I do (Brett Farmhouse Ale, nice spicy everything; Citra IPA, oh hell yes, Citra WIN; IPA, brewed & dry hopped with Falconer’s Flight, good solid IPA; Spiced Sweet Stout, vanilla, cinnamon, peppers, interesting; Dry Hopped Kolsch, with Galaxy, quite good; Imperial Azacca IPA, good tropical fruit but a bit of a beast at 10.8%; Sour Witbier, Berliner goodness; Cask IPA dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin, yes, that works for me, thank you).

We moved from the bar to a table; I’m not sure why. Phil doesn’t want to eat here and Ed & Megan already ‘et, but Mike ordered food and then Phil caved (as he does), so I ordered the house tots and the Asian salad (romaine, sesame seeds, orange segments, carrots, almonds, in a ginger dressing). The crispy crunchy tots came in the natural cubed form and the salad was quite good, crispy noodles and all, but will somebody please tell me (using small words so I can understand) why the fuck I didn’t have chicken added to it? Yeah, riddle me that!

From where I’m sitting, I can see the New York Trapeze School people across the street. I wonder if the daring young men and women are those friends of McBabe we did New Year’s with back in ’12. Food was good, and beerwise, everything I had was solid. I mean, I didn’t have any clunkers, but I think it’s partially because I stayed to the road and kept off the moors. I drank roughly 1/3 of the draft offerings in shortys and stopped just before things started getting style silly. Dangerously treading the experimental/wildly out of control line (Stop smoking beers, especially on phenol bandaidy beechwood), but a good house overall, me thinks.

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Really liked this place. Got in before the sat night crowd and had many a 4 oz sample of quite a range of styles. Didn't love every single one of them, but with reasonable prices (esp for DC), they were worth the shot. Kudos to them for their experimental spirit. Lots of interesting collaborations with other brewers. Bartenders were personable and knowledgable. I'll def be back sooner than later, and it will be interesting to see how the beer menu changes.

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Great food, beer is mediocre.

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Always make sure to check if theres a Nats game. Unless you don't mind waiting 20 mins for a beer.

It is a cool and usually chill spot. Some of the bartenders work in the brewery as well so if lucky you can really nerd out. Super fun beer on tap usually. And always some casked stuff.
My only beef with this place is the no sampling. It is more like "pay for a half glass" that's your sample.

Non beer related: great food!

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Absolute ton notch food and brews. Tons of great aged options. It is close to the Nats stadium and can get overrun with fans when the team is in town.

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Bluejacket was worth the long walk from the Capitol.

The beer here is superb! I was actually in awe. I had consulted many a folk about the beer in DC and Bluejacket didn't get much mention if any at all. But it deserves some props.

First, the sheer variety of beer styles they brew is impressive: kolsches, scwarzbiers, barleywines, Belgian Blondes, Belgian Light and Dark Strong Ales, sours, smoked sours, imperial stouts... I could keep going on and on.

Second, $2 pours mean one can try many a beer here and not go broke. And trust me, you really want to try a number of different beers here, as they are all so unique, tasty and noteworthy.

Third, I didn't have anything close to a bad beer, but rather, was astonished by the quality and flavor of what I tried.

I'm going to encourage all to try the Mexican Radio if it's available. A stout with chile, cinnamon and other goodies, this beer was excellent without being cloyingly sweet and/or gimmicky. I'd recommend the Black Pilsner (schwarzbier), the brown with coffee added (I had it on cask for even more flavor and body) and the Belgian blonde sour. I don't recall the names, but the tastes will never leave me.

As for the food, I only tried the porchetta sandwich but that monster of a concoction was phenomenal. Roasted pork with the fat still attached does horrible things for your waistline, but it makes your mouth quite happy. The accompanying salad was good to boot.

Sitting at the bar, I received great service, good conversation, and a few comped samples. Really, the whole experience here was outstanding.

This is a place I'd make a beeline for on future DC visits. An added bonus is that you can come here before a Caps game a block or two away.

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Bluejacket / Arsenal Restaurant in Washington, DC
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