Craftsmen Kitchen & Tap House
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Taps: 48 / Bottles: 70
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 4 | Show All Ratings:
District of Columbia
4.3/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Almost missed it as we walked down East Bay Street, as there is at least a side entrance on Cumberland (the smaller bar we walked into we found was the OT part open pre-dinner hours).
There are two bars, with a smaller set if taps at the smaller area (shocked?), and a larger set int the dining/large bar area. The beers I tap are segregated I the menu into 4 sections when we were here, IPA, local, session, and "mash" (the rest). They had a good selection of styles and new-to-me options, although I felt they had an overwhelming percentage of taps dedicated to New Belgium (not the standards, necessarily). Maybe they had a tap takeover recently. Loved the fact they offered half-ours so we could try more without getting bloated or trashed.
Food menu supposedly changes daily and is fresh. Our food selections did nothing to make us believe otherwise. Enjoyed both our meals, and looking at what others received for their meals, everything looked/was presented really well.
I felt the need to ask when they closed, in case we wanted to return for a nightcap later.
09-11-2013 20:34:13 | More by cjgiant
4.63/5 rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
This place is the real deal. Definitely, definitely check it out if you’re in town. The atmosphere is great. It’s a relatively new place, so stuff looks nice. The front area, which is open all day, has a good amount of seating and a decently-sized bar where you can get all of their offerings. While this space is nice, the back, which opens in the evening, is where it’s at. The bar goes on forever with tons of seating. There are also scattered tables and a cool outdoor courtyard seating area, too. It gets busy at night, but there’s more than enough space for everyone. Quality and selection are fantastic and are up there for best in town. They have tons of taps that rotate and lots of bottles (mostly large format), as well. The bottles are a bit pricey, so I’d stick to the taps. They only have craft offerings with a good amount of them being local. However, they also have a fair share of rarities that pop up from time to time. My favorite part about this place is the ability to get 8 oz pours for $3-4! If you’re looking to try a bunch of stuff, it’s the perfect size with a terrific price. The service is fantastic. They keep an eye on your glass, even when it’s busy, and are very knowledgeable about their selection and brews in general. If you’re having a tough time picking something to try, they’re always good for suggestions. I would highly recommend grabbing something to eat here, too. Their menu changes daily, and the food is fantastic, particularly the different freshly-made sausages that show up every day. The Italian sausage I had for dinner was out of this world. The prices are very reasonable for the quality and for the area, especially the $3 8 oz pours as previously mentioned.
If you’re in the area, check out Craftsmen Kitchen & Taproom for dinner and a few pints. You’ll definitely be glad you did.
08-27-2013 22:42:18 | More by BlackBelt5112203
4.15/5 rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$
A: This is a very comfortable place with two separate bars. It's relatively new and therefore doesn't have much wear and tear on it. Nicely decorated. Got a bit loud in spite of the fact that it wasn't full. Still, this is a minor complaint.
Q: A pretty high quality of beers to be found here. NO - absolutely NONE - macro-breweries. You won't find Bud, Miller, PBR haunting the shelves of this place. Strictly a well-chosen array of microbrewed beers.
S: An attentive bar staff here. I never quizzed them on anything, but they were efficient and friendly.
S: A good selection of local beers (Westbrook, Holy CIty, Frothy Beard, et. al), as well as Evil Twin, Goose Island, Stillwater, Brooklyn, and Stone. The only problem I had was that I ordered a Frothy Beard Never Winter Wheat beer and it was served in a pint glass and not a weizen glass. Otherwise a good deal.
V: As far as the draft beers go, the prices were very reasonable. $3 for an 8oz. glass or $6 for a pint (some went $4 and $8 respectively). The bottles, which were predominantly bombers and 750mls, were pretty pricey ($15 and up). Still, an affordable place.
On the whole, this is a solid place with a good selection. Well worth checking out.
07-20-2013 13:01:24 | More by avalon07
4.13/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$
I walk in for lunch, and the first bar is right through the front door. With about 10 taps, all seem to be IPA's. Several tables scattered about. Exposed brick everywhere, which I always love. The second bar is huge. More wood high top tables in the second bar area, and a great inclosed patio.
A ton of taps in the second bar area. Local breweries are well represented, Westbrook being prevalent. Also Stillwater, Weyerbacher, and a bunch more. You can get anything in half or full pints. They certainly give Closed for Business a run for their money for the best tap selection in town, that will continue to rotate as well.
The service is friendly, and fairly quick. I order a Westbrook Bearded Farmer, but the bartender gave me the IPA instead. Not a big deal, but they did not seem to really know the selection all that well. Still, pretty knowledgeable on the food menu.
There are two food menus. The main stays, and an ever rotating daily features menu. I went with the ham curried duck breast. Which is very flavorful, with a host of pickled veggies and candied walnuts. Very good, and the rest of the menu is top notch as well. Country Pate anybody? Nice.
A great place for a beer and food. I could of just said that, which is all you need to know.
06-21-2013 19:13:44 | More by champ103
Craftsmen Kitchen & Tap House in Charleston, SC
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.