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Port City Brewing

Port City BrewingPort City Brewing

Type: Brewery, Bar

3950 Wheeler Avenue
Alexandria, Virginia, 22304
United States

(703) 797-2739 | map

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Added by Thorpe429 on 02-03-2011

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Reviews by Marq18:
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3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

A friend and I took their brewery tour which is $7 (I think) and includes 5 tastings. Their brewery is nice and new with lot's of open space inside the tasting room and the actual brewing area. The tour was average. My friend who likes beer but doesn't know a lot about the process didn't come out any more educated. It got surprisingly crowded in the tasting room (not bar crowded though) in between the tours but quickly subsided. We hung out for a couple hours drinking our samples. We actually ended up with 7 samples because of a couple free pours they were giving. The beers were above average and I went home with a growler of the Porter which was very good. The only thing I would change is to have some seats in the tasting room, people would probably stay around a bit longer. Overall its a nice local brewery to drink a beer!!

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Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of TheBlueJerzzzz
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of lowlevelairbear
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of osickeym
4.46/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Photo of tjcamm
3.61/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of OldTownBeerGeek
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of LanceH
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of Antelmo
5/5  rDev +21.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Rockjocknroll
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Keeping in mind that I stopped in during limited X-mas Eve hours...

The vibe was mixed; the bartenders made me feel a little unwelcome but not the locals who were drinking there. The locals were very friendly and I chatted them up...we even shared beers. The bartenders seemed like they were trying to be nice but really didn't have it in them. I couldn't tell if it was because they were busy or if they just didn't care that much.

The beers were pretty damned good. I loved that they had an oyster stout (although it didn't have enough brine for me) and different styles of IPA (West and East coast). All of the stouts were good but were surprisingly similar even with different malt bills and ABVs. Their Bock was stellar as was their Wit; the Belgians were almost perfect except they would throw one component in that overpowered the beer.

The sampler system sucks. You get tickets and have to go back for EVERY ONE instead of having a sampler tray. Not efficient for anyone involved; in fact was a pain in the A.

I would definitely try to go back during not-peak hours. The beers were some of the best by far that are being brewed in Virginia and I would imagine that the staff would be way more welcoming when they're not slammed.

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Photo of beerimthere
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Good beer, so get there early because it is a small place and gets crowed quick ever during the week

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Photo of mdfb79
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Small place, not a lot of beer choices, beers are decent. Nice people, good to try a few samples, but not a place I'd hit up too often. Not a place to hang out at all afternoon.

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Photo of speedvagen
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Iamjeff6
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of DrBass
4.46/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Devman171
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Barracudas
4.5/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

A good place to go if one is in the nation's capital. There is sufficient room to accommodate a good crowd and there was a fairly lively crowd there! They are generous with the beer samples ($10 for six 4oz samples) and they have some decent beers. There was a Rocklands BBQ truck outside (they are one of the better BBQs in the area).

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

My first visit. Visited the tap room on a Saturday afternoon right after lunch. The place was not packed but there were no seats to be had and the bar was at least one person deep all the time. Remember that there are more taps at one of the bars so plan accordingly.

V - Two bars, bright, clean, picnic table seating in the brewery. Maybe a bit small and no outside seating (-). More industrial park meets brewery than some of the other tap rooms I have visited that are located in a industrial park. Still a high energy environment that shouts drink beer. 4.5

Q - Glass steins, snifters and tall thin tasting glasses for the various size pours. Glassware was clean. 4.25

S - Happy, friendly, no surliness or attitude. No table service, but there was someone collecting empties and generally keeping the place tidy.4

Sel - They only serve Port City beers, but there were at least eight different beers on tap ranging from a Wit, IPA, Helles Bock and Belgian Imperial Stout. 4

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Photo of italianstallion
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of TimH3
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of KTCamm
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Great stopping point outside DC in Alexandria VA. Wide open tap room, with well designed process for working through all their brews. $2 a taste, and to run the table you get a book of tickets to pace yourself. Food trucks stop by and you can bring the food inside. Growlers, min-growlers, and SWAG to go.

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Photo of malboa
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of stevejjune
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Griffin2
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I really enjoyed visiting Port City. Their taproom is very nice, and their beers were very good. We went there on a Saturday afternoon. They seemed to be doing brewery tours every hour, so the taproom would fill up, then they would do a tour, and it would clear out.

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Port City Brewing in Alexandria, VA
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