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Capitol City Brewing CompanyCapitol City Brewing Company

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(202) 628-2222 | map

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Photo of RutgersBeerGuy
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
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 SaisonRichBiere
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +1.1%
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%
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 dukeandduke
2.84/5  rDev -20.4%
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 +28.3%
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 ONovoMexicano
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%

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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Photo of coldriver
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

I previously visited Capital City back in 2008 when I was first getting into craft beer and thought the place was great at that time. I've come along way since then and I must say my June 2014 visit was a disappointment. The beers are basic and bland and it's same with the food. Atmosphere was not that beer-centric vibe that most of us crave, rather it was dominated by tourists and young political types drinking cocktails after work. I asked our waiter if I could get a flight and he stared at me blankly. I patiently explained what a flight was and he finally said, "Oh, you mean a sampler." When I mentioned that "flight" is a very common beer term he said he wasn't interested in beer so he really didn't know...

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Photo of jophish17
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 4 | selection: 2.75

Visited last week while visiting for the holidays. I was pumped to see a brewpub so close to my hotel

My visit was pretty late on a weeknight, so the bar was only about half-full. The atmosphere is pretty generic and open - nothing offensive, but bland. Lots of space occupied by booths and tables surrounding a large oval-shaped bar. TVs at the bar, tuned to hockey

Service was extremely prompt, and they worked together which I always appreciate. They had 4 standard beers and a seasonal - I ordered a sampler, which included the standards. My first beer was the kölsch, which was awful. The pale was decent but the other two were forgettable. With the beer being so meh, I decided to skip the seasonal. Nothing on the menu was very adventurous, all pretty approachable styles.

Prices were ok, though in the end I don't think I really feel he need to come back. Just an underwhelming "brewpub" overall.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Sitting there now, first stop on my way to Churchkey. We lucked into happy hour, $3.50 beers they brew themselves. The porter and white IPA were on point. Great app specials during happy hour in a town that is usually quite expensive. Very nice touch... three massive soft pretzels with horseradish dipping sauce, free. Everyone drinking gets those, enough to fill you up alone. We had two beers, nachos and the pretzels for $13. Gr8 joint to stop and fuel up prior to hitting the bigger brew destinations.

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Photo of DWolf
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I don't think Capitol City Brewing actually does any brewing; however, the place always seems to be hopping. It has a cool vibe. The food is decent. The service is attentive. The beer selections are pedestrian. Overall, you could do better, but you could do worse too.

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Photo of ackleydg
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

I went to this Capitol City Brewing location on a Friday afternoon before most of the after work crowd showed up, so it wasn't overpacked, but it was pretty busy. They've got a really cool copper-covered bar with about 30 seats all around - these were mostly full. There was plenty of seating for sitting down to eat. I liked the big windows and being able to see the ductwork in the ceiling - made the space feel very open. Several TVs for watching sports.

I tried 5 of their beers, all brewed off site. They were decent enough, but not spectacular. Probably the best in my opinion were the Porter and the Stout. Of course the Hefeweizen was out, so I'd want to try that next time. Would have liked to see a good IPA on the menu.

More than anything, this was just a fun place! Lots of people in there getting the weekend off to a good start.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.25/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

A- Bustling and a bit loud, but they had a couple tv's and nice big windows and that kind of thing.
Q- It was nice of them to serve my beer in a chalice/goblet, but the beer itself was not that great.
Ser- More or less friendly, but they seemed not altogether different from most chain restaurants.
Sel- Four permanent beers, three rotating/seasonals, but none of them were that great.
F- The fish tacos were pretty average. The soft pretzels were a nice touch.
Considering it's DC, I can't complain about prices.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.25/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Located on H ST actually within the 1100 New York Ave building sits Capitol City.

They normally have four yearly brews consisting of a Kolsch, an Amber Ale, a Pale Ale (Pale Rider), and a Porter. There are also some seasonals offered too.

Some beers are better than others but most aren't that great to begin with. The atmosphere at this location is fairly big, but a little crammed at times. It's obvious as well that the place draws in many tourists.

The food is inexpensive, but it's barely a step above your typical TGIF Benningans chains stuff. Service is a bit annoying and pushy but your meal will show up without any fuss, the staff do a little too much upselling and in your face "so how is everything"?? I dunnno looks like a typical frozen beef patty to me for a hamburger, was this suppose to be better than that or am I mistaken?

It is what it is.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Great open spaces making what would seem like a crowd look more dispersed and inviting. Large copper bar top right next to the fermentation tanks on a big island. This place offers samplers as well as pints directly on tap. I usually get their flagship Amber Waves. I've also liked their rotating offerings such as Fuel or Tripel, etc. I also usually order the amber chicken sandwich. I've noticed the quality has gone downhill these days in regard to food and beers. Service was laid back. A pretty decent microbrew pub in the DC area...

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Photo of drabmuh
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped by here because I was downtown and wanted a locally produced beer. I had several of their beer offerings, I will review them separately, and a sandwich.

Capitol City Brewing has the look and feel of a TGIFridays or a Chilis. The place was very busy and has a centrally located bar with tables on different tiers surrounding the bar. They serve their beer, I think when I was there there were 4 different ones you could pick from. I had 3 of them. The food was good and the wait staff was about what you would expect from a middle-class feeding trough like a Chili's. The beer was marginal, but that really isn't part of this review. My waiter did give me a Capital City pint glass for free, just because I asked how much it was. I did enjoy my meal and beer at this place, its worth a look, just don't expect a conversation about beer or anything that will knock you over.

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Photo of akorsak
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

The original Cap City.

Atmosphere: Large, open floor plan. On entrance, one is surrounded by tables. A bar, along with plenty of televisions, creates a sports bar feel. The brewing, no longer done here, remains in the form of plenty of copper and a few pieces of brewing equipment.

Quality: Bar and waitstaff are friendly, as is the hostess group. Cleanliness is high, both in the bar/dining area and the restrooms.

Service: Attentive, if not always fast. Like many establishments in DC, timing is everything. Lunch and weekends can get hairy.

Selection: Cap City has four standard offerings, a kolsch, amber, porter and pale ale. Seasonals vary by season and have included maibock, barleywine, stout and others. All beers are technically solid, if not a little ho-hum. A good ho-hum though.

Food: Food is varied, from greasy pub grub to dinner entrees and salads. Enough for most palates.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Located in a former Greyhound Bus Terminal, this is the Capitol City's original site. It is a large open, airy place surrounded by large windows that look out onto H Street - and the large empty lot where the old DC Convention Center once stood (and where thrifty folks can now catch the mega-cheap buses to NYC.) The bar is a huge oval thing with plenty of room, around which hand several TVs that lend a rather sports bar atmosphere during playoff season.

The beer, while never overwhelming, is always fresh and tasty and runs the gamet of German and English styles. Check the board for their four core beers and seasonals. Please note that the beer, though once brewed on-site, is made at the location in Arlington, Virgina. (The Union Station location closed about a year ago.)

The service was great; always efficient and eager to keep my pint filled. And when the food came late, your humble reveiwer was compensated with a free pint. Very nice. The menu is pretty decent and the kitchen tries to provide more than the burger and fries. For lunch, I enjoyed a tuna steak sandwich and corn chowder. On previous trips, I had a delicious Cuban Sandwich and brats. They also serve a mean soft pretzel with horseradish.

DC can be expensive, so CCBC tries to ease the pain with real cheap specials. My visit coincided with the Dallas-Vikings playoff game, which coincided with $3.50 Pint Specials. (Dallas lost.)

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Photo of beer2day
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

More or less across the street from the Hyatt in downtown. Pretty easy to get to location, a short walk from the mall - as are several of the brewpubs in downtown.

Definitely a pub theme. Slightly upscale with a modern interior, but a casual theme at the same time. NFL playoffs on the tv's the night I was there and the crowd was defintely there to watch the game.

9 beers on tap. Big chalkboard to let you know what is pouring. Would be nice to know what is coming on-line soon, but that information was not posted.

Most of the same beers were available at the Post Office location, but they did have a chinook based IPA and a nice smoky stout that were not available at the PO. Food is upscale pub fare, with nice sandwiches. (Good kids menu and they make their own root beer, if you are bringing the family.) Nachos are my personal favorite here and I save up my once a year allowance for them for when I visit Cap City.

Decent atmosphere, good service, overall good presentation of beers, and nice food choices make this a well deserved stop after a day of touring in our nation's capital.

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Photo of Travlr
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Much more modern version of the brewpub than the location in the old post office. Centrally located in downtown DC, so it's easy to get there from anywhere in the city. Rotating selection of their house beers, most of which are very drinkable. Reasonable prices by DC standards. Small selection of bottles, nothing to write home about. Decent food, typical generic pub food plus, but tasty enough. Bartenders and servers are helpful. The location near the Capitol is better if you had to decide between the two.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This Capitol City location is right downtown on the corner of New York and 11th. There are pay lots nearby which is what we used, but there is surely public transportation nearby as it is close to Union Station.

The outside kind of looks like a 50's diner with all the chrome and neon. The interior is spacious with windows nearly floor to ceiling. Hand-painted murals adorn the wall and the bar is U-shaped and near the entrance. The rest of the main floor is split level table seating, and it looked like there was an upstairs as well. They also have a lot of kegs up near the ceiling for decorations(?).

The beer selection is decent, although I was bummed this location did not actually brew beer on site. They have around 7 taps and the beers are available in a sampler. They range from an Organic Wit to a Smoked Porter, with everything in the middle being more or less standard brewpub fare.

Service was good on a weekday lunch. Both the server and manager stopped by several times and were happy to chat about beer.

The food at Capitol City is good. I had a crab cake sandwich that was solid. Good fries too.

Overall this spot is worth visiting between tourist attractions if you are hiking around downtown.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Stop number three of our DC pub crawl. Came by here for post dinner drinks. Very large but sparse bar. Quite dimly lit. Had a cold and somewhat sterile feeling to the place. Service though was quite warm. Greeted and served promptly. Our bartender even gave us a secret fruit cocktail soaked in vodka as a bonus treat. Very nice of him. They had about 7 beers on tap, a few less than the the Cap City location near Union Station. Went with the stout, it was OK. Prices were standard. Good location and decent beer. Maybe the lack of people and the dark atmosphere turned me off a bit. But still worth a visit if in the area.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Visited for lunch, 1 August 2009.

After a Saturday morning filled with navigating the near-empty streets of DC, viewing the city from above at the nearby Old Post Office and waving at VP Biden's passing motorcade, we stopped at CCB as a final farewell to the Nation's Capitol before heading to BWI for our homeward bound flights.

Refreshing beer needed, stat! SIL & BIL had visited on the previous evening, citing a 20 minute wait for a table and a profound noisiness. We found none of that to be the case on Saturday at noon; in fact the feel was sleepy - as many staff milling about as there were patrons. The space is sunlit, high-ceiling, booth-filled and rent in half by an elongated oval-shaped bar which cuts diagonally across the dining room. Music playing was a lively mix of latin drums, samba and reggae..even some 'Bad Boys' (the 'Cops' theme song), auspicious given DC's reputation for crime & homicide...

The current list of 7 beers on tap was a decent mix of styles: Capitol City Kölsch, Pale Rider, Amber Waves, Prohibition Porter, Blackout Stout, Blackberry Ale, and Organic Belgian Wit. I picked the Wit to start (pretty tasty, lots of orange and spice), S the Kölsch and BIL the Amber/Red (which he loved, proclaiming it 'perfect'). Nothing terribly noteworthy, but all were good enough and plenty refreshing. Later tried a second pint (Blackout, a roasted-rich but slightly tart oatmeal stout) and a side taster of the Blackberry (which our server, Justin, forewarned to be 'TERRIBLE'...there's nothing like an honest opinion, but it wasn't THAT bad...).

My food was very good: the Cubano sandwich, laden with ham, melted cheese and pickles, with a side of 'housemade' potato chips...a steal for $9, excellent flavor and quite filling. Wife's fish & chips were disappointing and overpriced at $15. Others ordered a turkey burger and a plate of nachos, good enough but uninspired pub fare. For a downtown location, pints are priced fairly: $5-5.50 range.

Service was solid, attentive enough despite the relative lack of customers. At times, it seemed like the staff was more interested in hanging around and chatting amongst themselves, but our guy was fine. I forgot to bring along a coupon I'd found on a tourist map for a 'free pint glass', but he comped me one all the same.

Not a 'destination' stop, but a decent place to visit and located near enough the typical tourist attractions. Worthy, I suppose.

PS: Of note, the 'Capitol City' van was parked out front during our visit, offloading kegs from another CCB brewery (not sure which)...so at least the stock is fresh.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Dropped in on a Friday night while in town for a quick guys weekend with some old college friends. The place was very crowded but we managed to snag a couple of seats at the bar. Kind of a weird art-deco/modern mix for style. Couple of TV's around with sports on. Bartender quickly greeted us and took our order. He was very friendly and knowledgeable and he also gave me a sample of their RIS when I asked what 'Fuel' was on the menu. All the other beers were listed as 'Kolsch', 'Pale Ale', etc so I was interested.

Had the Kolsch and Pale Ale over dinner and I was very impressed. Neither were knock your socks off amazing but they were both certainly very good beers. There were also a few others around who you could tell were into beer and the bartender was chatting it up with them as well.

I had a burger and it was certianly passable. Nothing great, but still above average for bar food.

Prices were a touch high compared to what I am used to, but certainly within reason for a place in the heart of DC.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

This was a pretty cool place. Myself, my wife, in-laws and brother in law went there after spending the entire day in DC doing touristy things all day for a late dinner. The place has a cool modern/urban upper class look to it. Since it was fairly late we got seated right away. Everything got to us pretty quick when we ordered too. My wife and I split wings and a sampler of 5 of the beers. The beers weren't bad, but I really liked the Prohibition Porter and the Red Waves Amber Ale, both good. There were a couple more beers you could pick from too, but that's all we had. The food was very good, we both really liked the wings and we each got a burger too. The burgers were really good, but I found them a bit pricey. The Burgers were like 12 bucks and I sub sweet potato fries for regular fries which put it up to 13. I know it seems pretty picky, especially since they were really good, but I kind of have an unwritten rule that a burger meal shouldn't eclipse 10 bucks. I get it though, it's in the middle of the city, they can get away with it. They make some decent beer too, so all in all I liked the place and would go back if I were to visit the city again.

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