Part 5: Capitol City Brewing Company, Washington, D.C.
When Visited: January 20, 2014
Occasion: A Martin Luther King, Jr. Day visit to the MLK Memorial near the National Mall.
I had been wanting to visit the MLK Memorial since it opened to the public more than two years ago, and I finally found the inspiration to make the trek from Kensington to DC on MLK Day 2014. I enjoy playing DC Tourist, but life seems to get in the way of the many site-seeing opportunities at my doorstep in the nation’s capitol. I decided to take advantage of the federal holiday and my day off and took the Metro into the city to enjoy a beautiful sunny January day on the National Mall. With all due respect to Dr. King, the MLK Memorial was not the only attraction I looked forward to…I also planned to have lunch at Capitol City Brewing Company in downtown DC.
Beers Sampled: I ordered the five-beer sampler, which came with four standard house beers and one seasonal. The four year-round house beers were listed on the beer menu:
The fifth beer, a winter seasonal, was an American Wheat called Lost Summer (4.7%), a sessionable wheat beer brewed with a touch of honey malt and sweet orange peel, with a citrus character from Falconer’s Flight hops.
It was a leisurely lunch and I had time for another pint, so I ordered the Triple Double (8.2%), a hybrid style combining a Belgian Tripel and Double IPA. This complex brew offered fruity Belgian yeast notes along with an aggressive blend of American hops. I wish I had time for two!
I could go on about the beer, but I want to mention the food too…you have to love a place that brings a basket of complimentary soft pretzels to your table. Forget the bread or rolls, I’ll take a soft pretzel every time! I would have been happy with 10 different menu items as I struggled with my lunch selection. I bypassed the Fish Tacos for another Boa Beer Blog diet staple – a Cuban Sandwich. The food was great, but even more impressive was how fast it came it out of the kitchen.
I was shocked to see that in the 4.5 years of writing the Boa Beer Blog, I’ve never featured a visit to Cap City. It seems like I’ve been drinking Cap City brew forever. I’m a long time festival-goer to the Cap City Oktoberfest and one of the first brewpubs I frequented back in the late 90s was the now-closed Cap City in Bethesda. I also enjoyed my visits to the now-closed Cap City near Union Station. In other words, I’m a huge fan of Cap City and I’m glad to finally feature the long-time DC beer icon on my blog!
And let me end this post with the man of the day…