Mad Fox Brewing Company

Mad Fox Brewing CompanyMad Fox Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

444 West Broad Street
Falls Church, Virginia, 22046
United States

(703) 942-6840 | map


Added by drabmuh on 07-12-2010

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

The vibe and decor of the place are the traditional American brewpub - decent sized restaurant area and a large bar area. I visited at just about lunch time on a Saturday and there were a number of tables filled, I wouldn't have really called the place packed... The crowd included a number of couples, a number of families with really small children (under 2), and a couple of very large parties. The music was played at a reasonable volume so it was easy to carry on a conversation and in the bar area they had a couple of TVs tuned into sports (college basketball).

The beers were well poured in a proper glassware type for the style, at a decent temperature, and with a reasonable amount of head. I saw the use of tulip/snifter, pilsner, and imperial pint styles of glasses.

The bartender that served me was friendly, talkative, and knowledgeable about the beers. The bartender was attentive without being overbearing and my drinks/food were served reasonably quickly. I met the owner/brewer as well and he was quite friendly, offering some suggestions for other places in the area to check out if I had some time.

They had about 8 different styles of beer available - mostly English and American with a couple of IPA, ESB, APA, Oatmeal Stout, and at least one saison.

I had a brunch offering which was pretty good - the eggs benedict was enjoyable with the pork belly, the Hollandaise was quite good, and the eggs were poached to perfection.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Very nice restaurant and brewery. The food is excellent. They've paired down the menu since I was last there, but still a good variety. The beer is always good. Service is nice. the building if clean and in a good area. Nice place!

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Photo of Barracudas
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Great place to have a few good beers for happy hour! They do have some quality beers, the hummus appetizer is very tasty and the Mad Fox burger was phenomenal!

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Photo of OneStar
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

It's a bit of a cross-town drive from southern Alexandria to western Falls Church -- a half-hour to 45 minutes in rush hour traffic -- but well worth the trek. Orange Whip is one of the reasons. I'm not all that knowledgeable about beers -- I'm a lot more familiar with single malt Scots whisky - but could gladly drink Orange Whip all night long. And that's just one of the many great brews at Mad Fox. The beers are outstanding, and the food is generally out of this world. In the four years since it opened, Mad Fox Brewing has become the place we visit most often. I don't see that changing anytime soon!

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Photo of jam_fanz
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Went here while on Vacation, and I'm so glad i did. Great food paired with equally great Beer. The waitstaff was friendly and more then happy to answer my questions about the beers and Casks.

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Photo of MaddestHatter
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

I live close by and am very glad of that fact as Mad Fox has some of the best beers that I have had and does not sell them in bottles. Having such a top notch microbrewery practically in my back yard is one thing, but the food and overall restaurant atmosphere are excellent as well. My experience with them started as one or two friends and I coming for half price growler fills on Tuesday nights, but quickly become that of an excellent place to bring the whole family, and is rapidly becoming a "go-to" place at that. Altogether this is the perfect local pub/restaurant and a great place to go if you like good food, good beer, and the occasional bit of live sports all within a conveniently located city center area that is very easy to get to.

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Photo of Jodi215
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

We stopped here for lunch after we toured Washington's home in Mt. Vernon. We loved this place, it was easy to find in downtown Falls Church, had free parking, and was very upscale, clean, pub decor but simple and well done. Service was fantastic, our server was Katie and she was delightful. Friendly, generous with her time and extremely helpful. She also knew a lot about the beer and admitted she loved beer. Our feeling was she loved her job. I've never given a five before for anything and Katie gets a five. Beer selection was excellent, they had five beers on cask, hubby had the Broadstreet IPA and son had the English summer Ale. They reported both were very good. Food was excellent, I had the Reuben and it was yummy, hubby had the special pizza and found it to be wonderful and son had the fried chicken and said it was delicious. it looked fantastic. Beers and food were a little pricy but it is near the big city so expected.

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Photo of wr3ck00n
4.41/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Went during their 2014 Barleywine festival, so they were quite busy and it was understandably a little hectic. However, staff was very friendly and welcoming.. a little slow in service, but again, I think it was reasonable all things considered. Wonderful selection of barleywines, wish I could have stayed longer. Only had a pretzel to eat, but it was pretty tasty. Since this is fairly close to my old stomping grounds, fully intend to go back on another visit home. Would absolutely recommend it.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Visited multiple times. This review is based on a 14/01/16 visit. The place was very crowded as it was a steel the glass night.

Vibe: Excellent atmosphere. Equal parts brew pub and restaurant. Bright. Clean. Great people. Can be a bit noisy because of the crowd, but no loud music unless a band is playing. So a good place to take folks to drinkg and talk. Great staff. Kid friendly too! 4.5

Quality: Proper and clean glassware. Beer brewed right there on premises. No complaints. 4.75

Service: Hostesses were fantastic as we waited with our children. Attentive wait staff. Even during a busy night our food arrived surprisingly fast. Some of the wait staff is new and that can cause some hiccups, but our server was quick to offer a solution (e.g. a burger arrived with onions and cheese when we had asked for “no onions and cheese.”) 4

Selection: Beer selection can sometimes get a bit one sided or “plain” (i.e. no stout or imperial type beer available), so if you are looking for something extreme you might not always find it at MF. But all of their beers are great. 4.25

Food: A Belgian pub type menu. An extra dish or two to round out the menu would be nice to see, but what I’ve had (burgers, tuna tacos, turkey chili, chicken, pizza) have all been excellent. 4.25

Value: $$ The meal with this visit (2 adults and 2 kids), 2 beers and a glass of wine, entrees, desert for the kids was $55. I thought that was good.

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Photo of Badger6
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

We've visited Mad Fox 1-2 times per month over the last 9 months since moving to Northern VA. The food quality is amazing. They make everything from scratch, to include condiments and dips, from locally sourced ingredients. Because everything is locally sourced, the menu does change every few months based on what is available, and it is not uncommon to be told that a particular item is not available, and a different option (not printed in the menu) is being offered in its place.

The service is slightly above average. The wait staff can offer recommendations on beers, though these seem to be based on personal preference not pairing which is slightly disappointing for a place that brews it own beer and keeps on tap a wide variety of styles at all times.

The food selection, as stated above, is seasonal and tends toward a unique gastronomic experience. Everything on the menu is unique, even if it is a reimagining of an old standby or it is a gourmet gastronomic offering. The quality of the food is hands down excellent, and everything is clearly scratch made.

Beer, rather than get in to a deep description here, I'll simply say that they are always rotating their offering. Each week they tap kegs of a new style being added to rotation, and offer growlers of that beer at half-price from 3pm until close. And each wednesday they tap a new cask. I've never had a bad beer here, though some are in the range of just average, and a few are clearly outstanding nearing perfection.

Overall, if you live in the area, stop in, try it. If you from out of town, and visiting, even if you are staying in the District, make the trip to Falls Church. You will not regret it.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I've been to Mad Fox a couple of times, and it is fastly becoming one of my favorite brew pubs. Their beers, at least the ones that I've tasted, range from very good to excellent, and their food matches the beer. The brewpub has a very comfortable, very lively space, dominated with a very beautiful, long bar, flanked to its right, by the beautiful brewing kettles.

My favorite beers so far have been their Abbaye Des Chutes Belgian Strong Dark Ale, Oktoberfest, their Brown Ale, their Barrel-aged Black Saison, and a brandy barrel-aged wee heavy. For such a small(ish) brewery, Mad Fox has an extensive barrel-aging program that is, in my opinion, one of the best barrel-aged programs in the Maryland, DC and Northern Virginia.

Each time I've been to the brewpub, I've only had lunch, and I've found that food-wise, the kitchen is very good, and very imaginative. Their lamb bitterballen (a traditional Dutch-style bar snack of curry, lamb-beef croquettes with a curry mayonnaise dip) are excellent! As are their flatbread pizzas, burgers (love that bacon-jam) and the pulled pork sand which!

Mad Fox is an excellent brewpub, one that should be visited, and often!

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Photo of jimknock
4.66/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

In my experience, this outshines all the brewpubs I have patronized (except for London). I have searched DC and NoVA. The brewmaster is a genius. Oddly, his ESB doesn't match up to Fuller's. His pilsner is not quite the same as Urquell. And his weiss doesn't seem to match.... (anyway I don't like weiss). In general, his wide variety of beers provides selections that are much better than their ancestors. Generally brews need to be fresh. Many brewpubs have a clientele that is not adventurous and doesn't adapt. The interesting beers grow stale in their casks. This doesn't happen at Mad Fox. All the beers always seem to be fresh, lively and aromatic.

The favorite beer seems to be an Orange Whip IPA. It far better than a classic IPA. Don't miss it. I recently had an excellent stout that I had to drink slowly, that was a first for me. Usually strong beers, barley wines and Imperials are a challenge, but this brewmaster gets them right.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.69/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

This is definitely a brewpub, with about 80% "bar area" to restaurant seating. Outside seating is available, weather permitting.

The brewery offers a dozen beers regularly, with 3 year rounds and the rest rotating. Additionally some of the brews are on cask. There are no non-Mad Fox beers offered (as far as I know), but they do offer mixed drinks, including local distiller Catoctin Creek.

The food selection attempts to be higher end, but I haven't found anything special or bad about the offerings. For a "higher end" brew pub, it's simply ok.

The thing that has hurt this place in my mind more than anything is service, specifically at the bar (shockingly). Our long running tactic was to get a bar table serviced by an actual waiter to get better service. After watching a busy day, I have a modicum of sympathy for the bartenders, but it's outweighed by the times a seemingly non-pre-occupied bartender overlooks an empty glass.

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Photo of fields336
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

I came around 7. There was a caps game on which lended itself to a great atmosphere. I sat at the bar where I received pretty good service. about 3-4 different people waited on me throughout my visit.

I ordered the special on thrusdays, the mussels, along with 2 samplers of 4 different beers a piece. Each beer was great and the mussels were outstanding. Portions were really good I loved the food. it was standard NOVA/DC prices, $12 for mussels and frites and ~6 a pint

I would certainly visit again, I had a great time

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Photo of cmmcdonn
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The atmosphere offers something for most types of situations. To the left upon walking in offers a white tablecloth fancy restaurant feel. To the right is the beautiful bar with first-come seating and booths.

Everything about Mad Fox shows a high regard for quality. All of which are covered below.

For the 5 or 6 times I've been to Mad Fox, the service has been spot on. Whether packed on a Friday night or dead on a Tuesday afternoon, all staff I've encountered has been professional, friendly, and knowledgeable about the products they are selling.

The selection is pretty good. Some of their offerings are a little "safe" for their respective styles, which follows the model for most brew pubs. The bigger seasonal beers are where the greatness comes in. Their Orange Whip ipa and citra-hopped barleywine are out-freaking-standing.

This is not a brew pub. This place is a fine American restaurant that just so happens to make their own beer and I would put their food up against any other place in the area. Everything is made from scratch and absolutely delicious. Prosciutto and provolone stuffed meatloaf... wrapped in bacon... I rest my case.

For a place on the outskirts of DC, I can't complain about price. The food is a touch pricey, but it's every bit worth it.

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Photo of TubaManJack
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is one of the best brewpubs in NOVA.

The place is very open and separated between reserved tables and the general bar/ seating area. The general seating and tables near the bar can turn over quickly. The place is slightly loud but always upbeat. There are only two medium sized muted TVs in the bar showing a game. The servers and bar tenders are quick to greet you and pretty knowledgable about the beer and food.

The food is above average for what you will find in the area. I recommend the pizza and the standard menu. The fare is mainly traditional pub food with a sizable gastro pub selection. Think roasted pork belly with molasses glaze & chicken and waffles rencarnation exctra.

The beer is the best part of the place. The traditional tap list is pretty traditonal in style being split between British & American styles. Expect a few hopped selection, rotating taps, and casks. My experience is that everyone can find something.

Words to the Wise
I disagree with a few of the reviews that note the lack of parking. There is a free garage in the same building group that I haven't had an issue with and even during the peak Friday hours.

If you want a table, call ahead or get on open table to save yourself a spot - you will be glad you did.

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Photo of TheFunGuy
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

In the middle of a condo complex in Falls Church. Parking is iffy.

Very higher class beer pub looking, the tanks are out as much for looks as brewing. otherwise wood and classy furnishings.

Service was really good, the staff attentive and knowledgeable.

The beer selection was 8 on tap (11 if you count cask options).

The beer ranged from decent to really good. 4 beer samples are $6 for 4OZ.

The food we had, soup and sandwiches with fries, was pretty good.

I recommend the brewery highly, with the caution that parking may be tough. There is a residential neighborhood with free parking behind the complex, which will require 2-3 blocks of walking.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.08/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I have visited this place quite a few times now but I am only getting to review it right now. This has become my favorite "local" beer bar, and by local, I mean it's 45 minutes away.

The atmosphere is that of an English Pub, you walk in there, and you are greeted by 3 fermentation tanks as a backdrop for the host podium. To the left is seating, and to the right is a 60 foot bar which stretches about half the length of the restaurant. It's decor is beautiful, especially around Christmas, they have a simple, yet gorgeous tree they put up, and it just lights up the neighborhood. I must also give them props for their utilization of the air blade in the restrooms, what a fun device!

Quality is quite high, they take pride in their food and beer, and it defiantly shows. Presentation of their food is done with the utmost respect - all the plates come out looking like they are being judged on Chopped or Top Chef. Ingredients are always fresh tasting. The beer is always fresh too. I haven't had a bad pour, and from what I can tell based on their beer, their tap lines are cleaned regularly. Overall cleanliness of the restaurant is high.

Service overall has been exemplary. There was one foul up when I met a buddy and his girlfriend for dinner, and the waiter put in everyone's order except the lady's order. They made the wrong right though, and the last round of drinks was on the house. An example of the high service levels was my first time at Mad Fox. I had ordered two samplers (4, 5oz beers of your choice) and there was a point where I wanted a dessert, but I didn't want to order one - but I wanted another beer. I ordered their Stout, and asked the bartender if I could get a shot of whipped cream on top to make it a dessert beer. After he shot me a strange look, he went off to the kitchen looking for the whipped cream. It took him five minutes, searching high and low - behind the bar, in the kitchen - everywhere. Finally, he found some whipped cream, he poured the beer and topped it with the cream, then asked jokingly, "Want some chocolate sauce on top of that?" Playing along, I told him that I would like chocolate on top, and he obliged. To date, I am still the only person who has ordered that delicious concoction.

Selection comes two fold, they always have a good selection of beer on tap and cask, but I find that they don't necessarily update their beer menu online (and in-house) with their current line-up. I had made the trek out there because the website said they had Tupper's India Ink (an American Black Ale) on tap, only to find when I got there that it had been out for a day or two. Beside this slight disappointment, I still had a great time and great beer.

The food, oh boy the food. Mad Fox is as much a food destination as it is a beer destination. Do yourself a favor, and get the specials - which I'll get into in a minute. The regular fare is excellent. The pizzas are phenomenal, the sandwiches are artisnally delicious, and the desserts (Beer-imissiou - Tirimissiou made with Stout instead of coffee) are just phenomenal. The specials, they are out of this world, mind-blowing. I ate my first rabbit at Mad Fox, gotta love their sense of humor, serving it with a side of carrots. I had a braised lamb grilled cheese, and the best, was steak tartar. It was my first experience eating raw steak, and it was served with a raw quail egg on top. The chef does excellent work, and the food really should be winning multitudes of awards.

The pricing isn't too bad, I was struggling giving it a 2 for 3 $ vote, but ended up giving it a 3 because if you really want the good (unique) stuff, it's going to be a bit pricier. It's well worth it, though, as I understand it, everything they sell is hand-made from the bread to the ketchup - and the ketchup is EXCELLENT (I hate ketchup).

I highly recommend giving Mad Fox a whirl if you are in the vicinity. It is a moderately priced, high-class, casual dining experience that I have yet to find anywhere else.

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Photo of rhartogsq
2.78/5  rDev -32.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

Having been here a few times, and sampling all of their regular beers, I would say that the beer is extremely average. One exception is the double IPA I had recently that was damn good. I heard their Oktoberfest was good, but I didn't get a chance to try it.
The food is pretty good, and if the service was better, I would go to this place more.
The Service is, well, crap. I have never once had a seamless service experience there. Which blows my mind. They food is really well prepared and creative for Falls Church City, one would think after a year and a half, they would have figured it out.
I will go back every now and then if I hear of a special beer being offered though.

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Photo of Kmccabe33
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A- Very cool resturaunt/bar to walk in to, the bar itself was very nice and the seating surrounding it was quite nice. Definitely could see myself sitting in there and having a few beers.

Q- The quality of the resturaunt and overall I would say was very good, I loved the food, the appetizer we got, the beers we had, and overall enjoyed it.

S- This is the only downside I found to this place. The server was very good at the beginning when I was inquiring into the beer selection, but when it came to the menu, he was less than helpful. I ordered the Beer and Cheese soup and asked for it to come out before the food, 45 minutes later it seemed the food came out, but no sign of the soup. Then the soup was on the check. It was all cleared up,but this was the only downside to this place.

S- The selection of food was very good, wide variety of good food, and also a wide variety of beers brewed in house, and I really enjoyed the cask option, which I took full advantage of.

F- The food was very good, I opted for the pot roast sandwich, and I am a huge fan of open faced sandwiches, and it was very well done. Everyone else in my party also had different dishes and all enjoyed theirs as well.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Atmosphere in Mad Fox is kind of interesting. It is on Broad Street in Falls Church which is your typical NOVA suburb without too much character. The inside of the place though is extremely vast. It's filled with huge ceilings and extremely spacious, it looks like you could fit an army in the place.

Service is actually really good, the staff know the beers and are proud to talk about them. They are helpful with suggestions, and can answer just about anything, and easily make good conversation.

Selection also involves some very excellent cask offerings here as well, along with some great IPAs. The brewer(s) here really know(s) what they are doing.

I have not had a lot of the menu, the only thing I can really comment on was that my pork belly really wasn't all that great. Large flip top growlers are also available here as well. Prices are comparable and fair reflecting the surrounding area.

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Photo of novajeepfreak
4.45/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This place looks unreal!!!! I love the look of the's huge and they didnt pack it with tables that are so close to each other you get to know the folks sitting next to you intimately...the bartender knew her beer and explained that this is the first time they have had so few beers to pick from....the brewers are getting ready for the beer party out in Denver....understandable....anyways, the beers are good, nothing that just blows your mind away but good and very well priced. They run specials on growlers so that rocks by itself....certain nights a growler fill is only 1/2 can you beat that?!?!?!

The food I got was good, the onion rings are AWESOME! Trust me, you cant go wrong on those bad boys....

Not sure how often I'll get there, they are in Falls Church and I'm in Lorton....

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went for the first time around lunch time. They had a few lunch specials and I got a wrap with fries for $7 bucks.

They only serve their own beers and had about 6-7 on tap as well as a few casks. They offer up a 4 sampler for $6 and you can choose which beers you want to try which is awesome. All the beers we so-so and basic for the style. The smoked Porter was the best and I enjoyed it a lot.

They sell growlers which are $17 for the glass and out of my price range. BUT! The bartender told me if your on the email list you can get half off growler fills and they also accept other breweries growlers. So you can get growler fills for about $5 which is awesome.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

A: Sleek and modern (a little soulless), visitors are greeted by a set of shining, conical fermenters. Fairly crowded when I first arrived (~8 on a Friday night), it cleared out as the late diners left. Enough people remained that it didn't feel dead, and you didn't have to shove through people to get a beer.

Q: Some of the beers were good, others lackluster, none of them really great. I enjoyed the saison and the wee heavy, the IPA was OK, and I didn't think much of the kolsch or the strawberry altbier. I liked the idea of the quad-taster option with 4 oz. pours, and took advantage of it.

S: We were largely ignored, I sat for 10 minutes with an empty glass before our server got around to asking me whether I wanted anything more. Definitely not the best service I've ever had.

S: They serve house-brewed beers, which run the gambit from the kolsch on one hand, Belgian-style and porter on the other. Most anyone could find something they enjoy drinking.

F: I can't fairly rate the food, because I only tried half an onion ring, but I think it should be said that the onion ring was thoroughly delicious.

$$: Really not a bad value, there were four of us in the party, two people got food with only one drink, two people got fairly well drunk and it was only $75. Not cheap, but I've spent more at happy hours and for beer of lesser quality.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Visited this place with capra12, mday, and azurelimits on our way to a beer release.

Mad fox is a brewpub located just out of Washington D.C.

Atmosphere is a rather upscale looking brewpub. There's a bar area as well as restaurant seating inside and outside. Classy and elegant design that can only be described as rich and streamlined.

The quality was very good. Beer on tap was very fresh and the whole place just seemed very clean, well established, and expertly maintained.

Service was a little slow considering that we went for lunch and there was significant wait between ordering, serving, clean up, and getting the check. A bit below average.

The brewpub served only beers from their own lineup. However there were at least 6 or 7 beers on, spanning the whole spectrum of styles as well as a cask. Pretty impressive.

While I was here, I got the Italian sausage sandwich, which was not nearly as good as I'd expected considering the atmosphere and the quality of the restaurant and their beer presentation. Bread was soggy and the sausage was dry. However, my traveling partners who got wings and a veggie burger seemed to enjoy them. Hence the average score.

Mad fox is definitely worth visiting for the beer selection and the overall environment. However, it somehow strikes me more as a place you take your parents who've come into town to visit rather than one which is well known for their lineup of suds.

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Mad Fox Brewing Company in Falls Church, VA
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