Port City Brewing

Port City BrewingPort City Brewing
Port City BrewingPort City Brewing
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

3950 Wheeler Avenue
Alexandria, Virginia, 22304
United States

(703) 797-2739 | map
portcitybrewing.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
3.81
Beers:
39
Reviews:
779
Ratings:
3,106
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.12
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
91
pDev:
9.22%
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Reviews by LanceH:
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LanceH from Canada (ON)

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Jan 20, 2016
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RiceOwls27 from Texas

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Mar 04, 2020
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mschenk from Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This is a brewery located in an industrial section of Alexandria VA. The beers are very good overall and they have a selection of about 10 different brews they are pouring at any time. Mostly open just evenings during the week expect for holidays when they have extended hours and also in the afternoons on the weekend. You can get pints, 8 oz or a 5 oz tasting of any 5 beers they have. Downside is that they do not serve food although every now and then there is a local food truck in the parking lot. The website advertises the food trucks. I enjoy their beers. They are of consistent high quality. They brew all different styles.

Jan 22, 2020
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Walked up to the brewery on a swelting Sunday. I was drenched in sweat and ready to cool down. When you first walk in, there's a smallish sized tasting room with bars for sitting and tables around the floor. A serving bar in in the far right. I took a seat next to the water cooler at the bar along the window.
The place is bigger than it seems, with more seating upstairs (and bathrooms that aren't as crowded)
Service is friendly, but this is a pure tasting room; if you want a brew, you've got to get it. Luckily they kept the lines to a minimum.
Plenty of ales on tap, with quite a few styles available. Two lagers, even!

Aug 21, 2019
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Hurl4bru from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Jun 21, 2019
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gabe71tx from Virginia

4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Jun 17, 2019
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srw from Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Feb 19, 2019
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chiefz1 from New York

3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Jan 01, 2019
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seeleeger from Virginia

4.08/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Nov 25, 2018
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I've been to Port City quite a few times, the selection is always pretty decent - your standards like IPAs, seasonals, some of their more popular beers are always on tap, but they typically lack when it comes to more experimental stuff you'd expect to see on tap. The vibe is good - pretty much seems very "DC" with food trunks typically always on location with a more industrial vibe. Service is always on par and everyone seems friendly. Overall, a pretty enjoyable brewery to go spend some time at.

Sep 29, 2018
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VirginiaGuy from Virginia

5/5  rDev +21.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Tastes like London.

May 19, 2018
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Brian1357 from Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Nov 19, 2017
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chrisjkale from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Sep 09, 2017
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Cindicameron from Virginia

4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Had a great time here, just wish they had. Ether air conditioning.

Aug 06, 2017
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Nace4 from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Jul 21, 2017
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h4ximus from Virginia

4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

The oldest production microbrewery in NoVA, and bless them for getting it right from the start. The flagship beers are almost uniformly excellent, so while they could be forgiven for not going crazy with one-offs or embracing industry trends, you always know you'll find a beer or three you like. They made a conscious decision not to serve food, which is a bummer, but when food trucks are there that makes it easier to hang out a while.

Apr 28, 2017
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Visited on a busy Saturday.

So, yes, the place was busy - mostly young professionals and a surprisingly number of families (really young kids fits into the previous statement). It appears to still have a local flavor to it, also mildly surprising for a production brewery. Conversation was plentiful, and the groups we interacted with were pleasant and friendly.

Port City is first a production brewery, for the populace, and in my impression, classic in style. To that end, they check the boxes. Their quality in so far as "wow" beers is low, their quality as to solid beers in style is pretty high.

For a busy afternoon, the staff seemed to be rolling with the punches. We had very nice interactions with the staff. At busy times they were a bit business-like, but completely understandable.

They might not be brewing off styles, but a decent selection of pale ales, lighter and darker. For a straight up brewery, a decent selection, though they have room for a little adventure here.

Mar 11, 2017
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macshark from Virginia

3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Mar 07, 2017
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silverblaze540 from Virginia

4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Mar 03, 2017
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cliff1066 from Virginia

4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Feb 09, 2017
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swelch1976 from Virginia

4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Oct 16, 2016
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atrocity from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Jul 25, 2016
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TheBlueJerzzzz from Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Jun 09, 2016
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lowlevelairbear from North Carolina

3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Cool vibe. Friendly staff and great traditional style selection. The flight system works efficient. $12 for 6 and they are more than generous for each pour.

Apr 10, 2016
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osickeym from Ohio

4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Mar 13, 2016
Port City Brewing in Alexandria, VA
Brewery rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 3106 ratings