Right Proper Brewing Company

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BEER AVG
4.04/5
Based on:
93 Beers
81 Reviews
Place Score: 92
Reviews: 10
Visits: 54
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: n/a
Taps: 8
Bottles: 9
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

624 T St NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20001-5119
United States
phone: (202) 247-6274

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @rightproperbeer

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Reviews: 10 | Visits: 54
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4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

In DC, pre-SAVOR, and happy to be away from what work is. It looked sooooo close on the map, and if I can only remember the words to that alphabet song, I think I can probably navigate us from ‘H’ street to ‘T’ street (I know it goes ‘IJKLMNOP’ but I lose it from there). Parking sucked; now, had I driven and not Phil, sweet slander spots would have been competing for me, but alas, I am on vacation from driving, too…

Strip of stuff going on with a seating pen out front unoccupied in the June rain and it being not so warm anyway. In, past the tables, and up to the ‘L’ split bar between here and there; light wood topped with a drop off lip, vertical slat wood base, & foot box. Metal stool seating for 13 between the 2 sections. Barback is white subway tiling backing also split. An 8 tap tower with white knob handles and glassware countered on one side, and liquor & house growlers above boxed. Pics & drawings on the other side over shelved glassware below, and shirts, hat, & books above. Framed logo shirts in between. Tea candles lining the bar and drop cone lamps tracing above. Cheese case up front for the buying of some and a rack of barrels off the bar.

Another bar to the rear; this one long & straight seating 18. A pair of 8 tap towers on the barback counter with glassware below a wall of paned windows looking in on the brewhouse. And a few taps on the bar, too.

Funny wallpaper front, painted slate blue areas, big brick, & growler lined right proper windows to both sides of the entrance logo’d large. Concrete floors, dark painted ceilings up front & raised to the rear with spinnys, ducts, & track spots. Okay, so there’s this sprawling mural of Washington DC under attack by animals. Some of them seem to be fighting other animals (while destroying the city). The flame throwing squirrel is kind of cute (sure, until the long acornless winter when the hunter becomes the hunted). Goddamn, that mural haunts my dreams. There are also some cool pieces by MALO (the front corner brick wall mural and the large painting to the rear), and even an original Picasso in the bathroom.

2 dozen mix & match tables up front around and off entry, and off the bar to the rear, 4 old gating pieces with slight bar counters serving as dividers from the 2 & 4 seat table seating and bar counter spurs on the flip side.

7 house standard beers on tap (Bringing in the Sheaves, hoppy farmhouse ale, 4.5%, Centennial, Amarillo, & Nelson, then dry hopped the same, wheaty, total Win; The Lubitsch Touch, pale smoked beer, 4.7%, so very lightly phenol but still quite nice; Whispering Pines, a tree beer, 4.5%, citrus, piney, dry hopped with Chinook & Nelson; Range Life, hop focused wheat beer, 5.7%, juicy, citrus, dank, Mosaic & Comet hopped; No Depression, country Alt, 5.5%, now do I not drink the alt, right? Bready, malty, with good toasty notes, nice German brown; Haxan, robust porter, 5.5%, has some ‘holy shit!’ to it, dark chocolate, oats, licorice, apparently named for a silent era Scandinavian documentary on witchcraft, huh; Lookaftering, biere de garde, 7.1%, spicy Belgiany, boozy in a good way), + a few Savor week offerings, hooray (Diamonds, Fur Coats, Champagne, aromatic Berliner weisse, 3.6%, all Meyer’s lime & Nelson, fuck!; Plissken, farmhouse pale ale, 4.6%, collab with Schlafy, should have guessed that by its name, Galaxy & Lublin hopped, light, easy drinking; Le Flaneur, Vin de Cereale aged in Oloroso sherry cask, 10%, plums, port, tobacco, funk).

Returned on Saturday for lunch and found 2 more SAVOR additions (a 3 months aged Biere de Mars, 5.4%, a bretty beast, wheat, oats, Galaxy hopped; Kick. Kick. Snare, a dry hopped Berliner weisse, 3.1%, a lot more subtle than the other one, Citra & Comet). Bringing in the Sheaves, Range Life, Haxan, & Kick. Kick. Snare were the best of ‘em but seriously, nothing sucked.

A few guest beers (Oxbow Grizaca & Potter’s Farmhouse Dry Cidah), and draft wines, plus 15 bottles & cans, including (lovely) Orval for $10, and goods from Epic, DogFishHead, Mother Earth, Atlas, Brewer’s Art, DC Brau, Schlafly, Evolution, and 3 ciders.

Food, dude. We split a dozen sticky Thai wings. I ate most of them while he had at a crazy vanilla bean sundae. The wings were solid; roasted peanuts and scallions (king of all onions). Some building heat, I hardly cried at all. Saturday’s lunch saw a cup of spicy beef chili sans the sour cream (I heart you scallions). Good rib sticking stuff.

Hey, it’s Dogfish Sam, what up? Yep, in for SAVOR, how was last night? Cool, what’d you bring? Wait, you bretted the D’etra? Also ran into Peter Bouckaert and got to talk Rodenbach & New Belgium, so that was kind of totally cool. Service was on, Seantender dealt us well. Beerwise, this place is the jam. I realized that they did a smoked beer, an Alt, a Baltic porter, and a biere de garde, and I got all Heavyweight heavy (sigh). Food was quite good, too. This is my new DC haunt. (4,990 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Excellent service. Rather loud. Atmosphere dominated by locals, including a bunch of dating couples, and the large projection TV.
Unusual selection of beers is slanted towards Saisons and wild yeast brews. (205 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Came here on a random whim before going to a Nationals game on a Saturday afternoon. Location is a little weird to get to, located down a one-way triangle intersection in a busy part of the city near Howard University, but I found plenty of (free) residential street parking just a block or two away.

At noon on a Saturday it was surprisingly quite empty... plenty of seating inside, large L-shaped bar, and even 3 or 4 picnic tables with seating outside. Cool, modern decor with some avant-garde style... a lot of the furnishings and paintings/artwork were very 'hipster' and reminded me A LOT of Tired Hands. But, that's not a bad thing.

To the beer... they had eight beers on tap at the time, with a well laid out draft list with descriptions complete with prices (sounds like this should be a usual thing, but sadly have learned this isn't so common, but much appreciated). Beers were very reasonably priced, especially for the DC area... all full pours were either $5-6. Even better, they offered half pours (very generous ones, at that) for half the price of the full pour price. Also of note, growler fills for anything on tap were only $14.. seemed like a really good deal. The beers ranged from pretty good to really good.. nothing excellent, but all of them were really solid. The one 'minor' complaint I'd mention is that of the 8 beers on tap, 4 or 5 of them were hoppy saisons/farmhouse ales.. while I love this style, would have been nice to maybe see a little more variety.

Ordered a fried chicken sandwich for lunch.. was delicious, no complaints. Service came over often and they were extremely friendly and helpful offering beer advice.

Came in expecting a solid brewpub and this place far exceeded my expectations... will definitely visit this anytime I'm in the DC area and would highly recommend this to anyone else. Great beers, great prices, and friendly cool vibe. (1,902 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I've stopped here twice and have been impressed each time. RP has a very nice selection of beer and the food is very good. I was offered samples of artisanal cheeses on both occasions and, on the second visit, was given a plate with three different varieties (for sampling). That's class. I like the idea of half pours for half price (no mark-ups.) I'll be back. (362 characters)

Photo of rmerling
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Awesome little place we stumbled into with mostly farmhouse, open-fermented beers on tap. I would like to see some beers with a little more aging to allow the yeast strains to take over more, but I was still impressed with everything I tried. (243 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev -4.1%

I guess this is a pretty new brewery in DC and it didn't get any mentions when I was interrogating beer geeks about where to visit in DC. I hope that changes soon because the beer here is good.

I started off with the Haxan, which I couldn't pronounce but that I knew was a porter. I like porters and I liked this one. It was rich, robust, thick in body and had a great flavor that one would easily connect to baker's chocolate.

From there I moved on to one of several saisons (a style I love, particularly in the warmer months) Right Proper had on tap, The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull, and again discovered an excellent beer.

I kept moving down the list, trying the other Belgian-inspired beers and found all to be good, although the two mentioned above were the clear winners. After running through the RP lineup, I decided to try a canned guest beer, Balt Alt from Union Craft Brewing down in Baltimore and fell in love. A damn great beer and it was cool that RP had this and several other guest offerings available.

The place was bustling around 10PM on a Sunday evening so it seems to have caught on. The food looked good so it seems this place does the trick as far as food and beer.

Craft beer geeks, brewery lovers, this place needs to be on your radar. (1,274 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

It's time once again for another brewery in DC!! Hooray! or is that? oh man not again?

In the end, it's the beers that matter, and the lineup is quite different most days you go at Right Proper. There are a variety of house made brews here that venture mostly to the Belgian style. However, there's quite some variety also, such as a hoppy pale ale Raised by Wolves, Haxan American Porter, and the super chocolaty Kingston Export Stout.

It is the mark on the saisons that really stick out. The Grissette Ornette is a very light bodied super sessionable brew. It is like drinking French Toast in a glass. Many others deliver as well, and provide a great saison experience.

Food here from the kitchen is also very solid. While wings and burgers here are actually done with care and thought (the burger seems to have some salt and pepper rolled into it, and is cooked to order at perfection), there's some decent variety from the standard pub fare.

Ham and biscuits, wood fired asparagus that is truly smoky and woody, and a pleasant space to eat it all in.

Very impressed by this place, with everything it has to offer. Keep the good beers flowing! Prices here for DC are also extremely reasonable for the beer too so that's an even bigger plus. (1,248 characters)

Photo of Inspired
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Being that this is the new kid on the block in the growing DC beer scene, I was really excited to try this place out. After reading some reviews, my understanding was that you better be there when they open at 5pm if you don't want to wait forever for a table. We were a little later than that, but not by much and nevertheless were seated promptly.

I'll start with the food. Right Proper is going for a sort of homey, Southern-fried, comfort food kinda vibe and for the most part, they do a great job. We started with the blueberry jalapeno corn muffins and they were pretty stellar. When it came to the main dishes, I was a little less impressed. Don't get me wrong, nothing about the food was necessarily bad and it was all tasty, but my "eight hour lamb french dip" could have used a little more of that "eight our lamb". When there is a solid inch of bread between the crust of the bread and where the meat starts in the sandwich, I have a problem with that, especially for a $13 sandwich. The wife had the Southern fried chick filet sandwich, which I thought was much better than my dish, but that being said, I honestly can't say it was any better than a chick-fil-a sandwich from the fast food joint of the same name, so there's that.

As for the beer, six of the drafts are brewed on the premises with two guest taps along with a number of bottles that are available. I had the "Bete Noire", a Baltic porter that is a collaboration with DC Brau (another relatively new brewery in the nation's capital) and a "Raised by Wolves", which they dubbed an "aromatic pale ale." The wife had the "Tropicalia" saison. My impression of the Bete Noire (the porter) was very good, but I thought the Raised by Wolves was less than impressive (honestly it tasted flat) and the Tropicalia wasn't much better. To be fair, the wife did seem to like it and saisons are not my favorite style, so take that for what it's worth.

Bottom line: I'd definitely be willing to give this place another shot, but it didn't exactly become my new go to beer bar in DC. It'll be interesting to see how they do once the hype wears off and they're left to stand on the true quality of their product. (2,176 characters)

Photo of DavidHume
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Amazing atmosphere and decor, great art on the walls. Servers are very knowledgeable, and if you have an arcane question about the beer, the owner/brewer is happy to answer. The beer is great, and the food is quite good, too, a modern take on soul food. Sandwiches/burgers are in the $10ish range, and beers cost between $4-6. (326 characters)

Photo of nmann08
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Right Proper is a very unique spot in the up and coming Shaw neighborhood. It is located on a very quiet section of T St, right next to the Howard theater. My wife and I went there for the first time on a Saturday night (had been open about two weeks).

As far as the space, it I really cool. In the front is a dining area and then a long bar along the right side. As you get deeper into the very long space, there is a second long bar and a smaller, narrow seating area. Bright, vibrant, and rustic feel.

Service was great, attentive, despite how packed the entire spot was.

Food was above average to amazing. Fairly priced, but if you are looking for healthy options, those are limited. A wide range of plates to share and sandwiches or entrees too.

The beer is obviously the main focus. Best part is the affordability, each beer was $4-$6. They had 5 Right Proper beers, 2 collaborations, and one guest beer. They also have a small bottle selection, growlers to go, and wine. It looked like they had alot of tap handles, so the availability may expand in the coming months.

Overall a perfect addition to the DC beer scene. (1,130 characters)

Right Proper Brewing Company in Washington, DC
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