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Port City Brewing

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Port City BrewingPort City Brewing

Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

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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Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by Marq18:
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3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
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 Brian1357
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

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

Photo of Cindicameron
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.

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Photo of Nace4
3.75/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of h4ximus
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.

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Photo of cjgiant
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.

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

Photo of silverblaze540
4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of cliff1066
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of swelch1976
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

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

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

Photo of lowlevelairbear
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.

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

Photo of tjcamm
3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of OldTownBeerGeek
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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

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

Photo of Rockjocknroll
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
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 +6.8%
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 -10.9%
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 -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Iamjeff6
3.75/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of DrBass
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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Port City Brewing in Alexandria, VA
Brewery rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 2,795 ratings
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