Right Proper Brewing Company - Shaw Brewpub

Right Proper Brewing Company - Shaw BrewpubRight Proper Brewing Company - Shaw Brewpub
Right Proper Brewing Company - Shaw BrewpubRight Proper Brewing Company - Shaw Brewpub
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

624 T St NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20001-5119
United States

(202) 247-6274 | map

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stevoj from Idaho

3.75/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Another catch-up rating from my DC trips. Not a bad walk from where I was staying. place was small and kind of tight. Busy on a weeknight. Food was good. Good selection of taps. Younger, hip crowd, but that's probably a reflection of the neighborhood.

Feb 13, 2020
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bl00 from Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Had lunch on a Saturday afternoon. Vibe was very cool, lots of art and decoration on the walls. Service was prompt and helpful. Food was incredible. Beer selection is atypical- the menu focused on low abv belgian-style brews, though they were all enjoyable. Great choice for earlier in the day if you plan on making other beer stops later on.

Nov 27, 2017
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PapaGoose03 from Michigan

3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

My wife and I stopped here for lunch and to try their beers during our 2-week pub crawl. The pub is located in a storefront setting in a busy retail area with street parking as the only option that we saw. Four long tables were set up on the deep sidewalk at the front of the building, but we chose to sit inside. It was late morning and the lunch crowd had not yet started to arrive, so service was very good. The interior has a very nice pub vibe to it with exposed brick walls.

There were 10 beers on the menu, and we chose half pours of 4 of them so we could try to get an overall evaluation of the beers. The selection was exciting to see farmhouse ales (hoppy or wild versions), a dry-hopped Berliner Weiss, a grisette, and several standard-type styles. We enjoyed all 4 of our beers, and gave an overall B grade to them. The notable one was the Blanc Slate wild farmhouse ale, but the Bird of Paradise wild ale and the Baron Carvo Rustic Bier de Garde were close behind. Beside the house beers, there are two guest cider taps and 21 guest bottles/cans including 3 more ciders. A full cocktail bar with a wine list is also available.

The food menu was exciting with unusual selections, and the dishes that we ordered were very good. We actually gave the food a slightly higher grade than the beers (that comment is not meant to demean the beers). If I lived around here, I'd spend all of my time enjoying this place. Highly recommended.

Sep 30, 2017
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nickfl from Florida

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

A good sized restaurant inside, standard vibe for a trendy DC neighborhood, seating in front and a bar in the back. It was very crowded when we were there, but we still got seated in about 45 min, as promised. The beer is likely the best and most interesting in the DC area and their selection here is quite good. The service was great, especially considering how busy they were. Food was very good as well, they live up to the high standards of the restaurant scene is this part of the city. Definitely a must stop for any beer oriented visitor to the city.

May 12, 2017
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Visited on a Friday afternoon. Almost empty when I sat at the front bar around 3:30pm.

V - Don't let this part of town dissuade you from a visit. Very nice inside., but doesn't let off a big beer vibe. Bright enough. Clean. Open. New. 4

Q - Clean and appropriate glassware. Straight from the brewery. Can't beat it. 4.25

Ser - Friendly, polite and informative. When the bartender changes out they should inform you, 4.25

Sel - A good selection ranging from grisette and saison to porter and a strong ale. The highest Right Proper beer had an ABV of 7 which is somewhat unusual for these days but refreshing and exactly what I was looking for. Also a good selection of guest taps (look at the back of the beer menu). 4.5

F - N/A

Feb 13, 2017
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SaisonRichBiere from Michigan

4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Great brewpub in the Howard University area. 8 beers or so, mostly of farmhouse/belgian styling, paired with a cool locavore styles menu. If you like funky beers paired with funky cheeses, the cheese counter will definitely cater to your palate. Beers were all great, with tasty food as well. Expect a wait during peak times, super close to Shaw/Howard U metro stop.

May 02, 2016
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Mongrel from Maryland

4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Fantastic little spot with funky, yet dialed-in beers brewed on premises. Draft list leans towards farmhouse saisons and sours, but they also deliver on deliver on hoppy pales. Cool vibe inside, but better yet, sit outside on a nice day. Also verrry reasonable prices. Best brew we had was Kick, Kick Snare, which was stellar.

EDIT: I'm looking through some other reviews and I should add that RP does offer half-pours, which is always great and seems to be a new option for them. I also disagree with the last reviewer's assessment that this place is too "hip." In my short visit I felt nothing but welcome and there were patrons representing just about every demographic on the map - hipsters, sure... but also business school bros, groups of gals, beer nerds, a middle-aged couple with two kids and a dog...

Apr 18, 2016
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Ive been doing "the beer thing" for quite a long time. This was the first time I ever felt unwelcome at a brewery/brewpub establishment. I guess its not entirely fair to judge a place based solely on its patrons but man this place is HIP. My buddy gave me the look and we were gone before we could even properly enjoy a pour.

Mar 08, 2016
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Brewery_Hoppin from Maryland

3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Come here for the food - and the cheese selection. Yes, the beer is good too, but our server stated that they do not offer smaller sampling pours, which was disappointing. You can request to taste the beer, one by one, but when I go to a brewery, I really enjoy ordering a variety of the beer. The beer that I did get, Range Life, was good, but it would've been nice to try others. The food really made this place stand out. I suggest ordering a bunch of the "Sharesies" - the best of which were the brussel sprouts in a thai chilli sauce. Yum!

Mar 07, 2016
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cambabeer from New York

4.6/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Great place! Had dinner there a few nights ago. The server was super nice and helpful, getting samples etc. Food was great (had the pulled pork) and the beer was good too! Definitely one of the better hangouts in DC.

Feb 28, 2016
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VABA from Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

The place is lively and has a good vibe. The food is very good and the beers are very good. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is in the nation's Capital!

Revisited 7/21/18

Still a great place for sour beers, but I felt the food had gone south considerably.

Nov 08, 2015
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Noooddle from Washington

4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Cole Slaw. I want to talk about cole slaw, which is amazing and obviously well thought out by whoever is doing the food. But what about the beer? So far, of my wandering, this is the absolute best sour/native-yeast/phenolic/fruity/lambic/wild yeas/tripel styles of brewing I've seen. Mecca status. Worth going to for itself. That wonder of wild yeast is here without any of the nastiness. I don't know how they do it, but I come to DC about twice a year and this will be a regular stop. Wow.

Oct 28, 2015
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Big_V from Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Went pre happy hour around 4ish. One cozy bar and another longer one. No TVs or music. Service was good. Had a burger which was amazing. Recommend the horseradish sauce with the fries. Other than their beers not to much selection. Draft or otherwise. Overall good vibe,would visit again.

Oct 10, 2015
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therackman from Oregon

3.19/5  rDev -25.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5

Came here for a beer after an excellent food tour through the U Street/Shaw neighborhoods. Was really excited to find a place serving farmhouse style beers in DC. Found immediate seating at the second bar. Bartender greeted us quickly in an unenthusiastic manner. Seemed annoyed when I asked to taste the raised by wolves and bringing in the sheaves. Liked em both and ordered the sheaves after being asked if I knew what I wanted yet in a condescending manner. Poured in a wine flute and had some serious foam issues coming from the taps. Ended up with a pretty short pour for a $5 12oz farmhouse ale. Nearly Half the flute was foam. Beer was good but didn't like the attitude of bartender who was totally disinterested in service and ended up charging me for a $6 raised by wolves when it I had a $5 Sheaves. Didn't bother correcting the ticket and got out of there wishing there was some element of customer service rather than the customer seeming to be a burden. Highlight of the place was the laser pandas and fox mural on one of the walls. Left thinking the beer had real potential but I wouldn't bother going back. Not an Upright, Logsdon or Jester King although I got the impression they think they are.

Sep 13, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

This is a hip gastropub brewery near Howard University. There is seating on the patio, inside at tables, and inside at the bar. Service was good all night. They had 9 of their own beers on tap and a few guest taps. They also have a solid selection of bottles and cans. The beers I tried were all of great quality and served at a good temperature. The hamburger was quite good too. I would definitely recommend a stop in here if you are in the area.

Sep 05, 2015
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JamLand from District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

My first brewery since the move to D.C. I'm not sure I could like a city brewery much more. Besides the usual complaints of no parking, not much else to complain about. On a Saturday night, we were able to walk up and sit down at one of the outdoor tables with our dog, always a plus. Every beer offered was good to very good, nothing blew me away, but they didn't have their revered berliner on tap. We tried the chips with pickle dip and the chicken sandwich, both were good and exceeded most brewery/bar food.

Sep 01, 2015
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slander from New York

4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

In DC, pre-SAVOR, and happy to be away from what work is. It looked sooooo close on the map, and if I can only remember the words to that alphabet song, I think I can probably navigate us from ‘H’ street to ‘T’ street (I know it goes ‘IJKLMNOP’ but I lose it from there). Parking sucked; now, had I driven and not Phil, sweet slander spots would have been competing for me, but alas, I am on vacation from driving, too…

Strip of stuff going on with a seating pen out front unoccupied in the June rain and it being not so warm anyway. In, past the tables, and up to the ‘L’ split bar between here and there; light wood topped with a drop off lip, vertical slat wood base, & foot box. Metal stool seating for 13 between the 2 sections. Barback is white subway tiling backing also split. An 8 tap tower with white knob handles and glassware countered on one side, and liquor & house growlers above boxed. Pics & drawings on the other side over shelved glassware below, and shirts, hat, & books above. Framed logo shirts in between. Tea candles lining the bar and drop cone lamps tracing above. Cheese case up front for the buying of some and a rack of barrels off the bar.

Another bar to the rear; this one long & straight seating 18. A pair of 8 tap towers on the barback counter with glassware below a wall of paned windows looking in on the brewhouse. And a few taps on the bar, too.

Funny wallpaper front, painted slate blue areas, big brick, & growler lined right proper windows to both sides of the entrance logo’d large. Concrete floors, dark painted ceilings up front & raised to the rear with spinnys, ducts, & track spots. Okay, so there’s this sprawling mural of Washington DC under attack by animals. Some of them seem to be fighting other animals (while destroying the city). The flame throwing squirrel is kind of cute (sure, until the long acornless winter when the hunter becomes the hunted). Goddamn, that mural haunts my dreams. There are also some cool pieces by MALO (the front corner brick wall mural and the large painting to the rear), and even an original Picasso in the bathroom.

2 dozen mix & match tables up front around and off entry, and off the bar to the rear, 4 old gating pieces with slight bar counters serving as dividers from the 2 & 4 seat table seating and bar counter spurs on the flip side.

7 house standard beers on tap (Bringing in the Sheaves, hoppy farmhouse ale, 4.5%, Centennial, Amarillo, & Nelson, then dry hopped the same, wheaty, total Win; The Lubitsch Touch, pale smoked beer, 4.7%, so very lightly phenol but still quite nice; Whispering Pines, a tree beer, 4.5%, citrus, piney, dry hopped with Chinook & Nelson; Range Life, hop focused wheat beer, 5.7%, juicy, citrus, dank, Mosaic & Comet hopped; No Depression, country Alt, 5.5%, now do I not drink the alt, right? Bready, malty, with good toasty notes, nice German brown; Haxan, robust porter, 5.5%, has some ‘holy shit!’ to it, dark chocolate, oats, licorice, apparently named for a silent era Scandinavian documentary on witchcraft, huh; Lookaftering, biere de garde, 7.1%, spicy Belgiany, boozy in a good way), + a few Savor week offerings, hooray (Diamonds, Fur Coats, Champagne, aromatic Berliner weisse, 3.6%, all Meyer’s lime & Nelson, fuck!; Plissken, farmhouse pale ale, 4.6%, collab with Schlafy, should have guessed that by its name, Galaxy & Lublin hopped, light, easy drinking; Le Flaneur, Vin de Cereale aged in Oloroso sherry cask, 10%, plums, port, tobacco, funk).

Returned on Saturday for lunch and found 2 more SAVOR additions (a 3 months aged Biere de Mars, 5.4%, a bretty beast, wheat, oats, Galaxy hopped; Kick. Kick. Snare, a dry hopped Berliner weisse, 3.1%, a lot more subtle than the other one, Citra & Comet). Bringing in the Sheaves, Range Life, Haxan, & Kick. Kick. Snare were the best of ‘em but seriously, nothing sucked.

A few guest beers (Oxbow Grizaca & Potter’s Farmhouse Dry Cidah), and draft wines, plus 15 bottles & cans, including (lovely) Orval for $10, and goods from Epic, DogFishHead, Mother Earth, Atlas, Brewer’s Art, DC Brau, Schlafly, Evolution, and 3 ciders.

Food, dude. We split a dozen sticky Thai wings. I ate most of them while he had at a crazy vanilla bean sundae. The wings were solid; roasted peanuts and scallions (king of all onions). Some building heat, I hardly cried at all. Saturday’s lunch saw a cup of spicy beef chili sans the sour cream (I heart you scallions). Good rib sticking stuff.

Hey, it’s Dogfish Sam, what up? Yep, in for SAVOR, how was last night? Cool, what’d you bring? Wait, you bretted the D’etra? Also ran into Peter Bouckaert and got to talk Rodenbach & New Belgium, so that was kind of totally cool. Service was on, Seantender dealt us well. Beerwise, this place is the jam. I realized that they did a smoked beer, an Alt, a Baltic porter, and a biere de garde, and I got all Heavyweight heavy (sigh). Food was quite good, too. This is my new DC haunt.

Jul 31, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Excellent service. Rather loud. Atmosphere dominated by locals, including a bunch of dating couples, and the large projection TV.
Unusual selection of beers is slanted towards Saisons and wild yeast brews.

Jun 23, 2015
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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Came here on a random whim before going to a Nationals game on a Saturday afternoon. Location is a little weird to get to, located down a one-way triangle intersection in a busy part of the city near Howard University, but I found plenty of (free) residential street parking just a block or two away.

At noon on a Saturday it was surprisingly quite empty... plenty of seating inside, large L-shaped bar, and even 3 or 4 picnic tables with seating outside. Cool, modern decor with some avant-garde style... a lot of the furnishings and paintings/artwork were very 'hipster' and reminded me A LOT of Tired Hands. But, that's not a bad thing.

To the beer... they had eight beers on tap at the time, with a well laid out draft list with descriptions complete with prices (sounds like this should be a usual thing, but sadly have learned this isn't so common, but much appreciated). Beers were very reasonably priced, especially for the DC area... all full pours were either $5-6. Even better, they offered half pours (very generous ones, at that) for half the price of the full pour price. Also of note, growler fills for anything on tap were only $14.. seemed like a really good deal. The beers ranged from pretty good to really good.. nothing excellent, but all of them were really solid. The one 'minor' complaint I'd mention is that of the 8 beers on tap, 4 or 5 of them were hoppy saisons/farmhouse ales.. while I love this style, would have been nice to maybe see a little more variety.

Ordered a fried chicken sandwich for lunch.. was delicious, no complaints. Service came over often and they were extremely friendly and helpful offering beer advice.

Came in expecting a solid brewpub and this place far exceeded my expectations... will definitely visit this anytime I'm in the DC area and would highly recommend this to anyone else. Great beers, great prices, and friendly cool vibe.

May 28, 2015
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wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I've stopped here twice and have been impressed each time. RP has a very nice selection of beer and the food is very good. I was offered samples of artisanal cheeses on both occasions and, on the second visit, was given a plate with three different varieties (for sampling). That's class. I like the idea of half pours for half price (no mark-ups.) I'll be back.

Mar 22, 2015
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rmerling from Maryland

4/5  rDev -6.1%

Awesome little place we stumbled into with mostly farmhouse, open-fermented beers on tap. I would like to see some beers with a little more aging to allow the yeast strains to take over more, but I was still impressed with everything I tried.

Nov 29, 2014
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4/5  rDev -6.1%

I guess this is a pretty new brewery in DC and it didn't get any mentions when I was interrogating beer geeks about where to visit in DC. I hope that changes soon because the beer here is good.

I started off with the Haxan, which I couldn't pronounce but that I knew was a porter. I like porters and I liked this one. It was rich, robust, thick in body and had a great flavor that one would easily connect to baker's chocolate.

From there I moved on to one of several saisons (a style I love, particularly in the warmer months) Right Proper had on tap, The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull, and again discovered an excellent beer.

I kept moving down the list, trying the other Belgian-inspired beers and found all to be good, although the two mentioned above were the clear winners. After running through the RP lineup, I decided to try a canned guest beer, Balt Alt from Union Craft Brewing down in Baltimore and fell in love. A damn great beer and it was cool that RP had this and several other guest offerings available.

The place was bustling around 10PM on a Sunday evening so it seems to have caught on. The food looked good so it seems this place does the trick as far as food and beer.

Craft beer geeks, brewery lovers, this place needs to be on your radar.

Aug 17, 2014
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

It's time once again for another brewery in DC!! Hooray! or is that? oh man not again?

In the end, it's the beers that matter, and the lineup is quite different most days you go at Right Proper. There are a variety of house made brews here that venture mostly to the Belgian style. However, there's quite some variety also, such as a hoppy pale ale Raised by Wolves, Haxan American Porter, and the super chocolaty Kingston Export Stout.

It is the mark on the saisons that really stick out. The Grissette Ornette is a very light bodied super sessionable brew. It is like drinking French Toast in a glass. Many others deliver as well, and provide a great saison experience.

Food here from the kitchen is also very solid. While wings and burgers here are actually done with care and thought (the burger seems to have some salt and pepper rolled into it, and is cooked to order at perfection), there's some decent variety from the standard pub fare.

Ham and biscuits, wood fired asparagus that is truly smoky and woody, and a pleasant space to eat it all in.

Very impressed by this place, with everything it has to offer. Keep the good beers flowing! Prices here for DC are also extremely reasonable for the beer too so that's an even bigger plus.

May 01, 2014
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Inspired from Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Being that this is the new kid on the block in the growing DC beer scene, I was really excited to try this place out. After reading some reviews, my understanding was that you better be there when they open at 5pm if you don't want to wait forever for a table. We were a little later than that, but not by much and nevertheless were seated promptly.

I'll start with the food. Right Proper is going for a sort of homey, Southern-fried, comfort food kinda vibe and for the most part, they do a great job. We started with the blueberry jalapeno corn muffins and they were pretty stellar. When it came to the main dishes, I was a little less impressed. Don't get me wrong, nothing about the food was necessarily bad and it was all tasty, but my "eight hour lamb french dip" could have used a little more of that "eight our lamb". When there is a solid inch of bread between the crust of the bread and where the meat starts in the sandwich, I have a problem with that, especially for a $13 sandwich. The wife had the Southern fried chick filet sandwich, which I thought was much better than my dish, but that being said, I honestly can't say it was any better than a chick-fil-a sandwich from the fast food joint of the same name, so there's that.

As for the beer, six of the drafts are brewed on the premises with two guest taps along with a number of bottles that are available. I had the "Bete Noire", a Baltic porter that is a collaboration with DC Brau (another relatively new brewery in the nation's capital) and a "Raised by Wolves", which they dubbed an "aromatic pale ale." The wife had the "Tropicalia" saison. My impression of the Bete Noire (the porter) was very good, but I thought the Raised by Wolves was less than impressive (honestly it tasted flat) and the Tropicalia wasn't much better. To be fair, the wife did seem to like it and saisons are not my favorite style, so take that for what it's worth.

Bottom line: I'd definitely be willing to give this place another shot, but it didn't exactly become my new go to beer bar in DC. It'll be interesting to see how they do once the hype wears off and they're left to stand on the true quality of their product.

Mar 05, 2014
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DavidHume from Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Amazing atmosphere and decor, great art on the walls. Servers are very knowledgeable, and if you have an arcane question about the beer, the owner/brewer is happy to answer. The beer is great, and the food is quite good, too, a modern take on soul food. Sandwiches/burgers are in the $10ish range, and beers cost between $4-6.

Jan 07, 2014
Right Proper Brewing Company - Shaw Brewpub in Washington, DC
Brewery rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 1430 ratings