I'll say right off the bat my favorite thing about Capitol City was the feel of it. Giant windows all the way around and exposed duct work in the ceiling made it very spacious and welcoming. It had a huge round bar covered in copper that was full of people getting the holiday weekend off to a good start.
The plan was to have a couple beers and head to the Folklife Festival on the National Mall. Plans, unfortunately, don't always survive in this line of work. I didn't make it to the Fest, but I did try most of the beers at Capitol City.
- Prohibition Porter - Relatively light-bodied, with lots of coffee and biscuit flavor. A good, standard Porter.
- Belgian Cherry - It had a nice red color to it with a great cherry aroma. On the first taste, the bitter and cherry flavors just didn't seem to work well together, but it started to grow on me about halfway through. Pretty tart on the finish.
- Fuel - Probably the best of what I tried. This coffee-infused imperial stout packed a punch at 8.5% alcohol. Strong coffee flavors did well though to mask the higher alcohol content.
- Amber Waves Ale - A good amber ale with a satisfying hop bitterness and a nice smooth feel to it.
- Saison - Almost like a hefeweizen - straw yellow and cloudy, but a lot more tangy than sweet.
This bar proved that a good feel and above average brews go a long way to making a winning combination. Next up: District Chophouse and Brewery.