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Brew Pub Details

Production: n/a
Brewmaster: Chris Frashier
Tours: Upon Request
Restaurant: Yes
Smoking: Yes
Games: None

Capitol City

2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Washington, D.C.  20212
(202) 842-BEER

Reviewed by: dfunk
Wednesday, October 31st, 2001

The Beer

Capitol Kolsch - 10% wheat, more sweet than most Kolsch, not as "skunky" (you know what I mean). Relatively light and effervescent, the Kolsch also does have the typical slight dishwasher aftertaste.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Golden Cascade Ale - A pretty straightforward, "regular" beer. The Golden is obviously American, hoppy but with a light body and hollow finish. It's in between a summer brew and PA, refreshing but not to the thirst-quenching extent.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Pale Rider Ale - A raspberry aroma startled me, but the Pale Rider really grew on me. There's a malty sweetness and a berry middle-taste followed by a definite hop finish. This amber brew is PA with something extra. Definitely worth a try.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Amber Waves Ale - The Amber Waves had a floral, medium bodied taste, but not too sweet. The amber taste really comes through the more you drink, especially through the nose, and the finish is medium dry.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Bull Run Bitter - I met two patrons from the UK, and they thought this was the closest to an English beer they had while in the US. Pretty good endorsement. Slightly more carbonated than many Bitters, it was otherwise traditional, with slight amber qualities. Almost like 2/3 bitter and 1/3 PA. A definite hops flavor was present and it made for a spicier taste.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Blackout Stout - A semi-sweet oatmeal stout, it is medium bodied and coffee flavored, but not creamy. More of a traditional Stout. The Blackout is nice and roasted, with the aftertaste lingering a good five seconds, but the body is a little light. Dick, another patron, calls it "watery."
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Prohibition Porter - Dick had similar feelings about the Porter. He wanted something more "chewy." I agree; both the Porter and Stout could be fuller bodied. The taste is good, though; don't get me wrong. The traditional Porter taste comes through more in the finish than in the mouth.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Pumpkinator Ale - It seemed to be a crowd favorite. With traditional Pumpkin spices, it was a little too much for me.
Reviewer's Rating: n/a

Discussion with Chris Frashier

Chris Frashier, Brew Master. He's the Man. Offbeat regular guy, fun to talk to him. Chris and Chris, write in if you get a chance. All the beers are good, and generally what they are supposed to be. In keeping, there's not really a bad one here. I could recommend any of them, depending on your tastes. Maybe a slight nod to the Pale Rider, Blackout Stout, and Bitter. A little fuller and the Blackout could blow me away.

The Atmosphere

Spicy Shrimp appetizer. Peel and eat; nice and messy. Good stuff.

Afterthoughts

Capitol City offers a nice selection of beer. There is something for everyone.
One of the finer brewpubs in DC.

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