Capitol City Brewing Company

BA SCORE
83
good

52 Reviews
Capitol City Brewing CompanyCapitol City Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

1100 New York Ave NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20005-3934
United States

(202) 628-2222 | map
capcitybrew.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
83
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
82
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
10.34%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 82
Reviews by mechamifune:
Photo of mechamifune
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Much like heartland brewing in manhattan, this place comes across as a crowded, touristy type brew pub. Unlike heartland though, the prices were at least not borderline insulting.

The food and service here were both actially pretty good, among the better in those categories among all the brewpubs i've been to. The ambiance, despite being touristy, was at least pleasant if not indistinct and somewhat mundane. But again, its a large, tourist oriented microbrewery, so that is to be somewhat expected.

The main problem i ran into was the beer. I tried three beers on tap, and all had a distinctivly unpleasant aftertaste to them. I'm not enough of a beer expert to correctly identify what the taste was exactly, but it was the same for all of them, and came across as very unnatural relative to the taste of the beer.

That aside, the beers gave a sense of being of relatively high quality, but the aftertaste killed off anything positive i derived from them.

Based on the other reviews here, it would seem like this might have been an isolated experience, so i wouldn't let it curtail your visiting here. If i'm staying in the downtown dc area again i'll give it another shot.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Rjacquezjr
4.75/5  rDev +32.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Nice vibe had the capitol kolsch a good balance & quenching blocks from the capitol sat at the bar where more than one bartender was attentive disputed being pretty busy was offered bar snacks large pretzels while we waited for our order

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of RutgersBeerGuy
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

We were in DC for a Friday night and with a lot of restaurants very full, settled on Capitol City Brewing. We waited 15 minutes for table and grabbed a beer at the bar while we did so.

The beer is solid, if unexceptional. A mix of staple styles (Vienna, IPA, Amber, etc) with a more adventurous choice tossed in ( a coffee stout, while we were there).

The food is archetypical brewpub fare. Sandwiches, pizzas, etc. I had bratwurst, which were pretty good.

Prices are fine, considering that you're in a major city. Service was a bit slow, especially after we requested our check, but not offensive. It's a totally reasonable place, with reasonable beer, and reasonable food.

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Photo of qcbrewer
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Decent location if you want to grab a beer with a little flavor in the City Center area. Beer was pretty mediocre, but more enjoyable than macro swill.

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Photo of timmy2b
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Large Round style bar with lots of seating. Lots of seating for Food as well. Menu for beer is small, but variety was good (8 styles, 8 on tap). Beer was only mediocre, but still drinkable. Service at the bar was quick, food service at table behind us at the bar was slow. Food was reasonably priced and was delicious (4 of us, 4 different meals, all satisfied). Good stop after a lot of walking around DC. Would return.

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Photo of cbdouglass
3.14/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Had beer and late afternoon dinner Friday night before ACC basketball semifinals. Their amber ale is very drinkable, not too hoppy but plenty of flavor & nice color. Fish & Chips and burgers were good. Server brought food too quickly when I said to wait until I ordered another beer. Lot's of basketball fans enjoying brews and games on big screens.

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Photo of NeoClassicist
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Jason
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Emersonio
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

Photo of MUTINY
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

This place is always fun.

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Photo of DbbC
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of lorenwhite7
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Chris_Baumgart
2.53/5  rDev -29.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Good food. Good beer. Service left something to be desired.

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Photo of KWolf
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

Photo of dukeandduke
2.84/5  rDev -20.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

3/10/15 - Good food, great free pretzels, service hit or miss (sometimes excellent, sometimes poor - depends on the luck of the draw). Crowded during happy hour, folks file out afterward. Beer isn’t very good.

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Photo of AdamTebbs
4.58/5  rDev +27.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Had beers here before and after the Marine Corp Marathon, awesome place to get pretty decent brews. Service was a little slow but not a reason not to try this place out. They had a great pumpkin beer.

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Photo of DavidSomers
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of LADaveBN
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Busy place with decent beers and good food. Was really too crowded to enjoy but I liked it.

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Photo of kevintaraross
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of misternebbie
2/5  rDev -44.1%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.4/5  rDev -5%

There are a lot of good places to grab a beer in DC, so I would not call this place a must-hit stop. But if you're in the area, particularly around happy hour, come in to try one of their brews.

I had the kolsch and found it pretty average. It wasn't bad, just didn't have anything notable about it. In general, this is a tough style to make good and interesting, but if you're used to a tame beer, dislike hops, and/or just want something light and easy-drinking, this is the beer for you.

Now, the doppelbock I had here. That brew was a gem. It was much more memorable and was very much a good representation of the style. It was a big beer, thick, malty, sweet and heavy on bread-like flavors. It was a meal in a glass as any good doppelbock should be. The serious beer drinker should ask for this if it's available.

I didn't try the food here, but I wasn't keen to, as this place resembles a chain restaurant or generic Irish pub. This place is less for the beer geek and more for the hard-slamming beer drinker.

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Capitol City Brewing Company in Washington, DC
3.58 out of 5 based on 82 ratings.
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