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Old Dominion Brewing Company

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very good

35 Ratings
Ratings: 35
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.16%
Active Beers: 30
Beer Ratings: 3,740
Beer Avg: 3.67
[ Brewery ]

1284 McD Dr
Dover, Delaware, 19901-4639
United States
phone: (302) 678-4810

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Reviews by mpyle:
Photo of mpyle
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%

The Old Dominion Brewing Co. is in the middle of nowhere (industrial park), but once you've found it you are in for a good time. A big bar surrounded by a decent amount of restaurant style seating. The beer selection is huge, although sometimes I feel that ODB does too much quantity and not enough quality, but that is just being a bit picky. The food is very good brewpub fare - the tuna steak sandwich is darn good. The ambience of the place is quite nice, as it is literally attached to the big ODB brewery. Through the windows you can see their bottling line and a few other items, and the place is nicely decorated with various items. A good place to pass a few hours either before or after a trip to nearby Dulles Airport (IAD).

mpyle, Mar 04, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of Mattalmond
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%

Mattalmond, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of Edgecrusher
2.9/5  rDev -26.6%

A: Very nice-well lit and clean environment.

Q: Growlers we bought were very nice. Have a big metal handle and the clamp down topper.

S: Service was not impressive. The bartender seemed bothered that we wanted 3 growlers filled up to go. Slight miscommunication as to what brews we could fill our growlers with. No need to be rude though...

S: Had a decent amount of beers on tap. A few from another brewery. And they had Budweiser bottles!! Not awesome.

V: Kinda pricey. Did have a deal on the growler and koozy for $25.

Would probably visit again, if just to sample what they had on tap.

Edgecrusher, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of gkatsoris
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%

A: Super clean and very roomy inside.

Q: One interesting note, their growlers have the big metal handles that strap around the bottle; AWESOME.

Ser: The man at the front, who I think went behind the bar to help us, was in a word; a dick. He was very curt, and seemed we inconvenienced him asking him for help.

Sel: Wasn't anything extraordinary but wasn't terrible. They had a few of their beers on tap, and a few other micros as well.

Val: Actually pretty avg. The growler be bought (new), was right around $25.00 .

All in all we were pretty happy about this place. We would absolutely visit again. I just can't wait to try the beer I brought home in the growler.

gkatsoris, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of drinksandeats
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%

The ODB was smack dab in the middle of where I worked and where I lived, and I was often conned my coworkers into heading there for lunch. It had a brewery onsite, true, but almost every aspect of the place screamed that someone was trying too hard. Located in an anonymous office park the inside decor featured nauseating Ikea colors here and there., and overall is a turnoff. Food wasn't bad, but compared to a lot of other places in the area, it wasn't the best eats. The beer was pretty good. Nothing like trying to work through an afternoon after a few pints of their Aviator, or distract coworkers enough so that they don't drink their growlers at their desk. For bikers and runners, they're just yards away from the W&OD Trail, giving a chance to refuel before pounding out a few more miles. Nice to have in the neighborhood, but nothing to write home about.

drinksandeats, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%

I was in the D.C. area and I hit up this place with a friend for lunch. Located in an odd place for a brewpub (among many high-tech businesses), it's also in a nondescript business. If the sign didn't have "Brew" in it then I would suspect Old Dominion is a store selling spare refrigerator parts.

Inside is set up like any restaurant or brewpub, with a bar set in the center, and different rooms with plenty of tables and boothes. The inside can hold plenty of people.

The beer selection is decent, consisting of their year-round ales and lagers, as well as a couple seasonals. A sampler is available which gives a small 5oz sample of four beers. Mine had the Lager, Ale, Pale Ale, and a seasonal which I believe is their 2007 Belgian Pale Ale. The food is decent, a notch above your standard pub food.

If you live in Ashburn or work in the high-tech area there, this place is a good stop for a bite. Although there are better places, and OD seems to be going downhill, (was it going anywhere before AB bought it?) it's still worth a visit.

BeerSox, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of Atlas1
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%

Honestly, I'm a fan of the Old Dominion brews, and I enjoy picking up sixtels and pony kegs of their beers from time to time. But I really hate driving all the way out to Ashburn, VA from Washington, DC to get them. It's a long haul. Still, once I get there, I tend to enjoy myself.

The brew pub... well... looks like it was an addition to a warehouse in a gigantic industrial park. And it was. But once you get past the lack of aesthetics here, you can sort of enjoy yourself. It's a nice big, relatively airy, open space with tables straigt ahead as you stand at the hostess stand, with the bar just off to your right. Through some giant glass panes you can see the brewery, which is cool, and the bar is stocked to the nines with any and every type of available OD brew you could ask for. The selection is definitely worth a visit, but just don't expect too much ambience in the place.

The staff is usually a bit consumed with their own goings-on to really take the time to care for the casual patron. This might be different for regulars, but each time I've been in (and I've been there at least 10 times) they have taken their time tending to me. It's kind of annoying, but it hasn't been a problem for me though, because I'm not usually in a hurry. It helps if there's not a crowd too. But timing aside, the staff is generally okay, and they seem to know their beer well enough (as they should).

The food is generic pub grub. Not great, not bad, and reasonably priced. You're fairly safe if you stick with a burger.

If you live in NOVA and haven't visited OD yet, you should. And if you adore the OD beers and you find yourself passing through NOVA anytime soon, you should also visit. Otherwise, their brewery and brew pub is not a place I would actively seek out, for the simple fact that it's just like a hundred other good-but-not-great breweries out there today.

That said, they do put on a nice OD Beer Festival each year (excepting 2007, that is) which is a lot of fun to go to.

Atlas1, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of blackwhe03
2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

The brewery tour was given by the owner, so we got an interesting take on the history of the place. He did mention that they may be selling soon to retire. We decided to hang out afterwards for lunch in the bar/restaurant.... things went downhill from there. The service was absolutely awful, and the food was not great either. They seemed overworked and understaffed. The beer is pretty good so I took home a growler, which was unnecessarily pricey. I'd agree with the reviewer who said too much quantity, not enough quality. I'd recommend a tour and buying the brew at the grocery store if you see it, but skip the restaurant.

blackwhe03, Jun 08, 2007
Photo of Braudog
3.2/5  rDev -19%

I've visited this place 3 times over the past 5 years or so, most recently in February 2007 as rumors of the brewery's sale loom. "Back in the day" I used to love this place in an out of the way industrial park (their original location expanded to included a brewpub) as an icon of a small brewery done good. But on my more recent visits, the staff has seemed overworked and unevenly attentive, and the food has been nothing more than average. But they have a great catalog of all the Dominion beers plus a handful that you can't find anywhere else, so of course I’ll be back if I'm in the area ... just not many other options.

Braudog, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%

If you're unfamiliar with the area, this can be quite the interesting drive because it's in the middle of absolutely nowhere. If you go by Mapquest directions, it seems easy, but as you start down the road, it looks like you're in the middle of some army testing ground. Eventually, a busines park appears and it's nestled away in there.

I love the restaurant...as soon as you walk in, you can sign up for their mailing lists and watch the bottling machines. The walls are decorated with posters of their beers, and labels accentuate the table tops. There is a fairly large bar with several hightops and a good many booths.

We stuck with something we could share and got the pub nachos...very good for the value. They offer all of their beers at the bar, either on tap or in bottles...I had the Octoberfest. There is a large cooler stocked with their sixpacks, but you can also buy cases; a small giftshop is next to the cooler. Their beer is priced 6-7 bucks per sixpack and $18.00 per case. I left with the seasonal sampler pack and a sixpack of some Octoberfest.

I stopped in on the way to Fredericksburg. Definitely stop by if in the area.

JohnnyM2002, Oct 09, 2006
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