Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant

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Gordon Biersch Brewery & RestaurantGordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant
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Gordon Biersch Brewery & RestaurantGordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

900 F St NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20004-1404
United States

(202) 783-5454 | map

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Photo of dmamiano
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

The place was packed. We were fortunate to get a high top table for the happy hour specials.
The inside was of an old back, marble columns, high ceilings and etching were impressive.

Beer selection was not too impressive in my opinion. I had the seasonal Maibock. Quite good .

Service was a bit sketchy, changing waitresses and making us "cash out" was a pain in the you know what.
Food was fair.
Not a bad place to visit. Average in my opinion.
I would have liked to see more selection of ales at the avail....but it was a fine second stop on the DC pub crawl.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Hopping on a Friday afternoon before the Capitals playoff game. We managed a seat in the bar area for happy hour. We got half price appetizers and $1 off the pints. I had a maibock that was fair, and some great Southwest egg rolls. Our waitress was hot, and friendly, but really had a lot going on so couldn't linger too much. She did a fair job, then we had to cash out because they were switching servers. I really hate when they do that, but in this case we didn't buy anything from the new server.

The atmosphere is great. Nice historic building that could have been a bank in another life.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Went here after the Spy Museum for a quick snack and beer. Got the egg rolls and chef's appetizer platter, which was delicious, although fairly expensive ($15 for the platter) for a fairly limited amount of food. Service was good and quick, although the waitress admitted she'd just now learned about beer and was in the process of getting the whole process. Selection was limited, with BMC and then five or six brewed peers. Quality of brew was fairly good. Atmosphere was huge, vaulted ceilings that don't generally bring to mind anything beery, although the place itself was quite nice. Overall, okay, but the beer was okay and the prices were too high for me to go back too often.

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Photo of 86sportster883
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I had lunch at Gordon Biersch and I have to say that really enjoyed the busy, urban atmophere and the friendly, professional service. Not at all pretentious despite the impressive, marble, big old bank-like decor.

Gordon Biersch has a large 2 story interior with a big L shaped bar. There's lots of marble, from the tiled floor to the numerous pillars distributed throughout. A string of floor to ceiling windows let in plenty of light and combined with the lively chatter of the lunch crowd, creates an energetic yet relaxing feel. Music plays softly in the background while the large HD flat screens silently broadcast CNN and ESPN with the closed captioning on.

There were six "authentic German lagers" on tap that included a Weizen Bock, Marzen, Golden Export, Schwarzbier, Hefeweizen and a seasonal Baltic porter. After the bartender gave me a sample of the bock and the porter, I ordered a porter and some food. My porter arrived expertly poured in a half liter willibecher glass sporting a big two finger rocky tan head. My Cajun Linguini arrived shortly thereafter. I thought the food was very good and the beer was solid too. The porter took a little getting adjusted to, seeming a little harsh at first, but was much more enjoyable after my palate adjusted.

Overall, I got a good vibe from this place. I only had one beer, which was certainly worthy, but didn't have the opportunity to sample more of their lineup. My food quickly disappeared without much of anything left over, and the service from behind the bar was really pleasant. I will most certainly go back, and next time, maybe even bring my wife.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

G.B.D.C. is a somehow cozy and comfortable place with high ceilings and wide pillars despite it's almost 'close proximity' seating due to its size. It seems to always be busy and full (I guess with lots of tourists coming through), but never crowded - although the bar can get stacked up.

The beers are very good, always well-balanced and clean. And I think that there's certainly enough selection and seasonals to keep most anyone happy except the most daring and adventurous of palates.

Service is with a smile, but not necessarily with a very watchful eye to your needs.

The food is quite good, and I really enjoy brunch there with a hearty lager and their breakfast burrito.

Considering the other two good places to get a beer on the strip, The Chop House and R.F.D., I'd pick Gordon Biersch.

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Photo of tpd975
3.78/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

A: Went to the location in national airport. Nice space yet small. Had plenty of TV's on showing the Redskins game.

Q: The beers and food were both good, not great but one of the better spots found in any airport.

S: Every seat was taken but they had plenty of staff standing by. Meal arrived quick and service was good. Seemed as though the staff helped each other out as more than one person was tending to our needs.

S: Pretty small menu both beer and food. Though the selection was small there were several good offerings. No wings though, nothing buffaloed, what's up with that.

F: See above. We had soup and sandwich, and BBQ grilled chicken breast with garlic fries. Fries were great everything else was good.

Value: Not bad for an airport. Meals as cheap as Friday's or anything like that. The beer's were $5 for a pint, could go for a Pils glass for a $1 more. I went with the big boy.

Overall: Great restaurant food and drink. Will stop again on my next trip to DC.

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Photo of fermobot2000
2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

Located in an old bank. Just a couple blocks from the Verizon Center (or whatever it's called nowadays) on F Street. Interior is
very ornate as you would expect for a turn of century bank with marble pillars and ornate plaster ceiling. I wasn't as impressed with
rest of my experience.Though in defense of the servers the place was packed with a post hockey game crowd on a Saturday night
so the slowness was understandable. Had two different beers a specialty and a pilsner which while not bad tastinging were very
average/nondescript. Someone in my party had a $9.00 shot which
was about one finger and very skimpy. Appetizers were OK but pricey which again I guess should be expected for something in the center of D.C. Overall I wasn't too impressed & it didn't do much to dispell my view of chain brewpubs.

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Photo of SwillBilly
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I've been to GB a bunch of times, most recently at the BA Bar crawl last week.

Located in an old bank building in the trendy Penn Quarter area of the District. When you walk into the lobby of GB you notice the high ceilings and openess of the restaurant. Dining tables are located on the left with a view of the brewery as well as on the 2nd floor and a large area to the right of the main entrance. Lots of marble adorns the place. The bar prominently situated towards the rear of the space. Long and L shaped with plenty of stools. Flat screen tv's are positioned above the bar for your viewing pleasure. Now to the beer. GB brews mainly German style lagers with 4 standard beer always on tap. A nice Schwarbier, a Golden Lager, Marzen, Hefe and light lager. Where you find the "good stuff" is in the seasonals and one off's done by brewmaster Jason Oliver. This year he has brewed a fantastic Baltic Porter and Keller Pils. During our BA visit they had a Czek lager (Pils) that was pretty tasty. Service is questionable at best. Their beer knowledge is minimal which is sad for a place known as a beer bar. As for food, I've had the mahi-mahi sandwich which I like and their famous Garlic Fries which you will taste until the next day. They're damn good but they will kill your breath for a day or 2. Overall, GB is a nice place to grab a beer. Nothing outstanding, but good solid lagers. Definitily worth a stop while in town.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

My wife works near this Gordon Biersch and I've been in a number of times without really giving it much credit. But after meeting the brewmaster, Jason Oliver, there on a visit during American Craft Beer Week, I decided to give the place its due and write up a review.

The brewpub/restaurant is located in a historic old building in the Gallery Place/Penn Quarter neighborhood in Washington. It's just across the street from the Spy Museum, and one block away from the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro. It's a very good, very busy neighborhood. Lots of good bars and restaurants in the area, to go with some great museums nearby. GB itself is in a huge two-story setting. Picturesque columns line the main room. The bar is in front of you as you walk in, and the brewery is off to the left. A nice, large, beautiful setting. I wouldn't exactly call it atmospheric, because it's usually filled with loud tourists, but it is a nice place.

The beer selection is nothing to write home about, but it isn't bad. They typically have their year-long brews available, which include a Pils, a Marzen, a Light beer, and a Schwartzbier. On my latest visit they also had a Hefeweizen and a Maibock available. I had both the Hefe and Maibock. Not bad beers, but not great either. And I think that's basically where GB stands with most of its beers. They all seem to be fairly quaffable brews that please the mass hordes of tourists who visit the location every year. But true beer geeks will likely be left wanting a bit more. I totally understand, though, who the primary target audience is here, and their beers make sense for that purpose.

The staff at the Washington GB was extremely nice and helpful. The hostesses, bartenders, and brewers were all very helpful. One of the bartenders I spoke with would do well to educate himself a bit more on beer styles as a whole, because his knowledge of the styles they had available was limited at best, but he was otherwise jovial and helpful.

This GB is worth a visit if you're in the area. It's not the best brewpub in the world, but it's a nice place to hit if you've been walking around town all day visiting museums and monuments, and you need a comfortable, air conditioned place to kick back for an hour or so with a cold beer.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Without regard to the business occupying the building, the space is very impressive - high vaulted ceilings, marble columns, wide open spaces. But for a brewpub? Very uninviting, very cold and formal. The beer has earned its reputation as solid American offerings of traditional German styles, and I won't argue with that. Their core beers are as close to the originals that inspired them as you'll likely get in the states. The hefeweizen is indeed the most true German tasting hefeweizen made in America I have yet tasted. The food is mostly good quality, and the service is fine, if at times over-friendly ("I'll be your best friend for a tip"). For downtown D.C. I would expect this place to be open later, but it isn't. This is not a nightlife kind of place, but more of a suit, tie and cigar; manly happy hour place. The neighborhood has still to reign in their importunate, confrontational and surly homeless population, but it is safe on the whole. I would recommend everyone to go there at least once, but take heart in all the other bars in the Metro area if this one isn't your style.

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Photo of ghostmech007
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Nice place. Nice big high marble ceilings. Big beautiful brewery to your left and a nice bar to your right. This site used to actually be The Bank of the District of Columbia.

The place is very dependalbe in my opinion. The beer is good and the food is even better. Just thinking about those garlic fries.... But any case I would highly recommend this to anybody. My favorite beer of there's is the Hefewiezen which was one of the best I have ever had.

The service is alright I've been there at times when the barkeep will keep your beer glass filled but others that didn't. I have been there at different times of day, sometimes for lunch othere for dinner but still.

The varitiy of brews that they have isn't all that great. Hefewiezens, Pilsners, and Lagers are they main ones but they have others as well. One thing though is that they have only German style brews which falls under the Reinheitsgebot... which if anybody doesn't realize is completely organinc. Another cool thing is that they have a service that you get a "Sampler Pack" which is the five main beers they brew year round in shot glasses for you... it's free.

They food is amazing. I love everything on there menu. Especially during Oktoberfest where they make this best German food in America.

This place can get a little pricey if you stick with the main entrees and get lots of beer but a great place to visit if your in DC.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

This is probably the most ornate venue for an onsite brewpub that I've ever visited - I believe this site was once a bank (or am I thinking of the nearby District Chophouse?) In any case, a little too fancy for one who just wants to relax over a good pint. The beer is dependable; GB specializes in German lagers, however they did offer a Baltic Porter during my last visit. Of course, they always have the helles (amber colored) and the schwarzbier ("dark beer") and the wonderful Maibock. Given the location across the street from the Spy Museum and the recently renovated Museum of American Art means plenty of tourists - but locals hang out often. While not a regular visitor, I still make it a point to drop by for an ocassional drop. The food BTW is very good and well above pub grub. On weekends, GB has a brunch, which includes a massive breakfast burrito.

Update (May 25, 2007) GB has a new location in Rockville, Maryland, a suburb of DC.

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Photo of alysmith4
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Went to this place last night.. was anxious to compare it to the DC Chophouse and Capitol City Brewing Company. Was impressed with the high ceilings, and the feeling of grandure that they impart on the restaurant as a whole. I also liked the spacial, somewhat "flat" layout. From any vantage point in the place, you can see the bar and the other tables, etc.

The food was good.. various orrferings of typical American fare - though I think the place is German technically. I wasn't terribly impressed with the beer however. I tried a sampler of the four different kinds they had, and had a hard time picking one that I really liked to have with dinner. I went with the Hefeweizen, but the decision was relative. All the other beers had a bit of a "dirty" taste to them. Seems like they may not use the best ingredients, or maybe the beer isn't all that fresh. Might go there again, but I prefer the Chophouse or Cap City.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I have never had a strong opinion about Gordon Biersch. I thought their beers were decent, but not exceptional. My opinion has changed somewhat after visiting this location. This one is located right across from the International Spy Museum. The inside has a nice display of the brew kettles and tanks. Large columns, keeping the theme of D.C. architecture are inside, and the entire place is very open with large ceilings. The beers we had were very fresh, and pretty solid. Cheers for offering samples of everything. Along with thier usual, they had seasonals which included a Kolsch (which was served in a larger version of a kolsch glass), and a Czech Lager. Our server was very friendly, fast, and knowledgeable about the beers she was serving. Our food was very good, and reasonably priced, particularly considering the area. I look forward to visiting more GB locations.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Met a friend here for dinner.

Atmosphere was fine, very open so it appeared big. Not particularly loud (this was a Thursday night). Most of the tables aren't very private, however, so probably not an intimate date place.

Quality: Two of the beers stood out for me, the Czech Pilsener and the Maerzen. The others were all a little lack-luster.

No complaints about service, the waitress was very helpful and knew about the beers that were offered, though she admitted that she wasn't a big beer fan before she started working at GB and realized that "all beer doesn't taste the same."

Many different beers (and plenty of food!) are offered, from kolsch to hefe weizen, to scharzbier. There's a big enough variety to show someone who is new to beer that "all beer doesn't taste the same," but the selection is limited to German styles. Once someone starts warming up to beer, you want to show them a Belgian pale ale, or an IPA, but nothing of that kind is going to be available at GB. One definite plus for the selection category was that their sampler (a shotglass of each beer offered) is free. Definitely encourages trying new things!

Food: I ordered the cajun pasta, and devoured every bit. She had the ginger salmon and left some, but the bit I had of that was quite good too. For an appetizer, we had the fried artichoke, which was excellent.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Fellow Beer Advocates, thus far this is the best brewpub I've come across since I've been in the Washington DC area for the last week that I’ve been here (today is 23 Jun 06). It's not a locally generated establishment, but the shell that they've placed this bewpub in is quite nice. Everything is decked out in marble and brass. Fermenting tanks are visibly seen, and the bar area is well kept.

The food is pretty good and nicely presented. Not too expensive. I spent about $9 on myself for a Ruben and fries. Our waitress was especially attentive. The best service I've had in DC in any restaurant.

The brew they serve is kept with a German theme. I had their Heffeweizen, Maerzenbier, and their seasonal, which was Czech Lager. The Heffeweizen was the best, probably because I'm partial to Heffeweizen. If you find yourself in DC and you only have enough time for one good brewpub, I recommend this place because of the service, not the brew. If you’re not a big fan of German beer, go ahead and go to a Capitol Brewing Company establishment for some good old American style craft brews.


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Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Came across the place by accident while touring DC with my wife. We were hungry (and thirsty) at the time and decided to give it a try. Interior was large and clean, but nothing out of the ordinary. We were seated at a table in the back because it was quiet back there (maybe I looked like I wanted to take a nap?). The person who seated us asked if I wanted to watch the World Cup on the TV, and when I replied I did, she turned on the TV. Only problem was she seated us behind a pole such that I could not see the TV??. I ordered the beer sampler, which arrived promptly. The waitress told be about each of the beers, but I could teel she was only stating lines that she had been told. Our food order was placed and arrived in an appropriate time frame. The food was excellent and the portions were substantial. I consider this establishment to be above average food wise. However, I feel the emphasis was less on the beer than it should have been. It seemed to more of a restaurant that has a brewery in it, than the opposite, which I prefer.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2

This first Godon Biersch I have been to. A large dining room, and a large wraparound bar make this a very crowd-firendly establishment. Quick service despite the crowd. The beers seemed to have many of the trappings of a chain brewpub, all middle of the road varieties (but all German beers, which was commendable, despite the fact there were no bigger or different beers). Prices were a little high, but they did serve their lagers in large glasses, but I have seen worse. Food looked like average chain brewpub stuff. Loud but not smokey. I would gamble that this place doesn't stray to much from others in the chain, be that good or bad.

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Photo of poluti
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

I usually go to the San Jose Gordon Biersch when I'm in the area. I enjoyed that one so I decided to give this one a shot while waiting for the Spy Museum (a must visit) and I revisited it some time later with someone else. I liked the layout of this location better than the one in San Jose. It seemed a little more flat and roomier. The quality of the place was a little above average. It seems that they push their food more than their beer, which is fine, but I would have prefered that to be more like the San Jose operation. As aforementioned, I've been there twice and the servers were below average. Both times it wasn't that packed, however, it took a long time to get our food and beverages. I wasn't impressed with our servers knowledge as well. Their beer selection is average for that sort of operation. The food was superb for a brewpub. Both times I've been there, I enjoyed my meal and so did the person I was with. I found the price to be a little expensive for the wait and ambiance of the place, but I've been there twice so I really don't mind paying it. If another one of my friends wants to go see the Spy Museum when I get back to DC I will definitely go back to Gordon Biersch.

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Photo of aleyeast
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Stopped while waiting for the spy museum. Typically, I avoid chains due to the boredom of their beers and Gordon Biersch is no different. THere beers are good across the board, but no excitement, not even in the seasonals.

Service, walked into the bar are as we were just going to have drinks and maybe order the kids some food, were told we could sit at the tables, not the bar, fine with us, we walk around the rail to what appeared to be bar tables and waited. Finally a server comes up and says that we are in an area that is usually seated and he will get menus. As a note, there was no hostess upon arrival. ANyway, they are saved by a waiter with a eurpean accent who does not start by telling us we sat down improperly, but instead goes through the beers and offers to bring us a sampler. Tried all six on that day, Gold, Marzen, Hefe, Schwarz, Winter Bock (Seasonal), and Czech lager (Seasonal). The mainstays were all decent and the Winter Bock was very smooth for the reported 8%. The Czech Lager had a nice hop bite. We settle on half liters of Czech Lager and Schwarz. I also got a Winter Bock. All were tasty especially in the microbrew wasteland of DC.

We did order appetizers and kids had meals. The appetizers were probably a notch up from regular pub food, but I wouldn't come here just for the food. Kids menu was acceptable, but I am not sure kids are very welcome in DC. We got several looks bringing kids into establishments.

All in all, as other reviewers have noted, if you need a meal or a beer and are in the area, by all means stop in.

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Photo of bultrey
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Out of two other Gordon Biersch locations I've been to, this one is by far the best, and I suspect it's one of the best of all of them. This is mainly due to the atmosphere. This Gordon Biersch is located inside a hotel, the Couryard by Marriott Convention Center hotel to be exact. Both are located inside an historic bank building, which makes for a really nice lobby, pretty crappy and awkward hotel rooms, and a really nice restaraunt/brewpub with high vaulted celings, lots of intricate and ornate stonework, etc. To get to the brewpub, you enter the hotel, and Gordon Biersch is directly to your left. It takes up the better part of the ground floor, which is to say alot of space, and has tons of tables on different levels and a beautiful L-shaped bar. Yeah it's all got that pseudo-corporate-polished feel, but it works here.
I tried a few of their beers, which included the Octoberfest Marzen and an autumn bock. Both were like most other Gordon Biersch beers I've had -- clean, cold, refreshing, and tasty without being very challenging. I've got no problem with these beers. If you like German beer in the first place, this place is as Reiheinsgebot as you can get. There were I think six or seven other beers on.
My service was good -- very attentive but going about their business tending to all the hotel guests and suits there after a long day of whatever it is they do down in DC. The food sounded good -- check their menu out online, and it has been good at other locations, but I didn't have any here. I might add that you could smell the infamous garlic fries all the way at the reception desk in the lobby.
So if you're staying in this hotel, or going to the very nearby Spy Museum, or walking through this area for some bizarre other reason, you could do much worse for a nice lunch or dinner.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in here for lunch with coworkers and was pleased with the entire visit. GB is located in an old bank and has soaring ceilings and plenty of open spaces for congregating.

The beer choices included a number of their standards such as Hefe, Maerzen, Golden Export, Kolsch, plus a great Fall Fest. They are served in either 500ml or 1L servings and using appropriate glassware. The Fall Fest was on the cold side, but warmed up quickly to release its full flavor.

Our service was good and attentive, but not intrusive. The food was a bit slow in coming, but wonderful. We started with a huge order of bruschetta, and our table also had crab cakes, a club sandwich, and a hummus and goat cheese salad, which were all large, fresh, and delicious. The menu also includes a variety of pizzas, salads, and bigger meals. There are a handful of vegetarian options, but the kitchen is willing to tailor them to meet particular needs.

Prices are reasonble for DC. A good destination if you find yourself near the Spy Museum.

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Photo of jaluria
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Overall, GB is a relaxing & stylish brewery with some great beers. I've been here several times and it's a great place to have lunch or just have a few beers with friends. It does get very crowded, especially the bar area, so that is a definite negative. Besides that, it's located just a few steps from the Metro and is in a nice area of town. The service is generally very good and the food is very good and pairs well with the different styles available. A must-visit for those in the DC area for an up-scale brewery experience.

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Photo of Jaynuze
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

"Respect Beer" ... but more importantly, Respect Jill! She's arguably the best bartender at GB's and will make sure your hand is never empty!! A great place to roll in for a few brews and some decent food (Czech Lager and a heaping plate of garlic fries is my favorite combination). Have yet to try the new Alt beer, but I hear it's great. Jason Oliver is a great brewer and always keep his taps flowing with a great selection of tasty beer. He also offers special tastings too!
My only complaint with this bar is that it is too close to the MCI Center and the Spy museum. Drop in on a nice sunny Saturday afternoon during the height of tourist season and you'll be up to your elbows in geriatrics, snot nosed kids, and tubby tourists from Middle America. Try and grab a beer before or after a Wizards/Mystics/Caps game and you'll find the bar equally (or not worse) crowded.
Prices are reasonable ... remember, this is DC ... and the amount of food you get with your order is more than most can handle. Best times to go, Happy hour during the week or late afternoon on the weekends. Don't forget to ask for Jill!

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Photo of ElGordo
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Saw this place from across the street on the way to dinner and had to stop in on the way back to our hotel. The atmosphere is very nice, clean, and classy. Brewery is on the left as you walk in, bar is on the right. High ceilings, nice marble floors, and a big door connecting to a Marriott Courtyard hotel (which apparently uses GB as their room service kitchen).
Six or seven house brews available on draft, all German-style lagers. I tried the marzen, hefeweizen, and schwarzbier, all of which were good. Even though the place was far from busy, the bartender wasn't very attentive. I never had an empty beer glass in front of me, but my water glass sat empty for quite a while. Didn't try the food, but the garlic fries looked good. Everything else appeared to be the same as all other links in the GB chain.
Pints run at $4.75, almost cheap for DC. A nice place to hang out on a quiet Sunday evening.

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