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Bluejacket / Arsenal Restaurant

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BA SCORE
87
very good

37 Ratings
Ratings: 37
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 20.53%
Active Beers: 107
Beer Ratings: 759
Beer Avg: 3.49
Taps: 25
Bottles: 0
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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4.75/5  rDev +25%

apasternak, Sep 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

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.

Monteiro, Sep 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

hoppytobehere, Aug 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

hamp405, Aug 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

jtladner, Aug 23, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +15.8%

DJBabs, Aug 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

ONovoMexicano, Aug 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

bellbw, Aug 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

HookemHoos, Aug 11, 2014
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3.69/5  rDev -2.9%

After a previous attempt that was incredibly crowded, I managed to get a chance to check this place out.

The space is really nice with very high ceilings, rafters, fairly dressed and good looking staff. It looks like a very good place to have a meal someday, but I did not try anything than the other simple bar food snacks which are also very much like Churchkey no surprise there (keep them tater tots rolling!). It does bring in a much different crowd with the stadium though, and it is insanely busy at times.

The beers here though are an interesting mixed bag, many seem a bit over the place, but there are some decent ones. One of the good things that this place offers are very inexpensive taster pours of their beers, compared to Churchkey. They only get as high as three dollars, with many in the two and 2.50 range, so that the gamble of trying something you don't like is not going to break your wallet. There is quite a bit of variety in styles also, which you can easily bounce around, or focus on.

Service is fairly decent, and slightly better than ok I would say. The staff are quite content to not chat the place up all the time, but do. Nobody has an attitude. However, once it gets busy, it's very difficult to get there attention, I am talking VERY hard. I would have stayed longer perhaps but it gets ridiculously crowded and the servers look like they can barely keep up.

It's certainly a place I would go to again, but it involves a lot of timing to go when it's not so busy to appreciate and focus on the beers. Time will tell if there is going to be improvement.

smakawhat, Aug 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Finley020, Aug 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

BarrytheBear, Aug 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Shootpassbeerme, Aug 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

jayluf, Jul 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

tbeckett, Jul 22, 2014
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4.06/5  rDev +6.8%

Great addition to SE DC, great selection of high quality beers and food menu to compliment. The real only downside is if you go before or after a Nats game the place is going to be completely insane crowded, parking can be a bit of a challenge but not a deal breaker by any means. Will def go back.

daryk77, Jun 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Davidalfonsogil, Jun 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

briang01, Jun 15, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

When visiting Bluejacket, your experience will be directly correlated to how busy the bar/restaurant is that day. Are the Nationals playing? Yes, its going to be packed, since the Stadium is 500 feet away. Is it Saturday night? Yes, its going to be packed.

However, when it is normal busy, there still seems to be slower than normal service. Unless you grabbed a seat front row at the bar, there is usually a delay in everything (beers, food, the check).

The atmosphere is a very unique one for DC. Clean, industrial, simple look. It has a dining area and a bar area, which is split between the bar and a handful of first come first serve tables and booths. The wall facing the street is all windows, allowing plenty of day-time light in. At night, the room itself is dim, more intimate. Easily the most aesthetically pleasing brewpub I have visited.

They are constantly rotating their taps, something new going on all the time. Every beer on tap comes in a full size and 4oz sampler size. Also, regularly have 4-5 casks. Recently started bottling. Doesn't seem to be a rhyme or reason to it. They are bottling then selling to go at the bar only at this point.

Food is similar to what you find at the other restaurants (Birch & Barley, Churchkey), but is often too rich for me. Everything has an extra level, which sometimes is not needed. If you are looking for simple food, this is not the place. However, they have a wide range of unique flavors.

Parking isn't easy, but possible (forget about it during a Nationals game). As for value, the beer is competitively priced for DC, but arguably overpriced considering it is brewed on premise. Food prices are slightly above average, but all high quality ingredients.

nmann08, Jun 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Lanstrum, May 14, 2014
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

BrewStrong2156, May 14, 2014
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1/5  rDev -73.7%

cysiam, Apr 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

polopaul20, Mar 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Guden, Feb 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Daniellobo, Feb 22, 2014
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Bluejacket / Arsenal Restaurant in Washington, DC
87 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.