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Old 02-21-2009, 06:50 AM
 
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Hey all,

I just moved up here last month, and I haven't had much luck getting suggestions for a good beer selection. I'm talking 50-100+ taps. Does anything like this exist around here? Something in the Arlington/Falls Church/Alexandria area would be nice but I could go further if I need to.

While we're on the subject...are there any breweries (not Rockbottom) that have tasting/happy hour times?

thanks,
andrew
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Old 02-21-2009, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Capital Ale House?
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Old 02-21-2009, 07:34 AM
 
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Rustico in Alexandria
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Old 02-21-2009, 08:59 AM
 
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If you ever get out Loudoun County way, the Tuscarora in Leesburg has a huge beer selection and in the draft beer category they offer a "flight" of 3 draft beers as a tasting. Also, I believe Sweetwater Tavern has a good selection, don't know the one nearest to Alexandria though.
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Old 02-21-2009, 09:46 AM
 
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There used to be a great place downtown called "Capitol City Brewing Company" - if it's still open - it had a huge selection.
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Old 02-21-2009, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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I'm not sure how many they have on tap, but the Brickskeller (on 22nd St NW downtown) has hundreds of beers.

The Brickskeller & RFD Washington DC
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Old 02-21-2009, 03:46 PM
 
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Awesome, thanks so much for the suggestions, I'm looking forward to trying them out.
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Old 02-21-2009, 05:19 PM
 
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Having been to brickskeller i can say they have alot of beers but not sure how many on tap. I recently read an article saying that the brickskeller upgraded/improved their drat beer selection. Could not find a date on the article though. Also bring your ID as they tend to ID everyone. I believe RFD is a sister establishment and used to have more beers on draft. Even though RFD advertised quite a few drafts they always seem to have issues with equipment being broken, or so they say. I have been to sweetwater tavern and was not impressed with their beers. They do have a sampler of their homemade brews.

If you are looking for Belgium beers on tap you may want to check out Brasserie Beck in DC. www.beckdc.com they have a beer menu on their website. I would call them to see what they have on tap. Be warned that friday's and Saturday's the bar area gets packed. I also believe that granville Moore's has a good selection of Belgium beers. Not sure what is on tap. Granville Moore's - Beer & Food Menus (http://www.granvillemoores.com/Beer.html - broken link)

Being the cheap SOB that i am i just prefer to drink at home. Whole Foods has a pretty good selection of belgium beers. Much better then say giant food, safeway, shoppers, etc. Also you can go to a Total Wine
Total Wine & More - Chantilly, VA they have quite a decent selection. You can make your own six pack as well.

As for variety on tap i wish i knew. If you find a good place feel free to let me know.

Clipper City Brewing is in baltimore and may be worth a drive. I have not been but i do like most of their brews. They usually have a higher alcohol content 7% or so which i always like.
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Old 02-21-2009, 10:29 PM
 
Location: James Island, SC
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This place has by far the most unique beers I've ever tried:
Pizzeria Paradiso: About Birreria Paradiso (http://www.eatyourpizza.com/about_birreria_paradiso.php - broken link)

(Basement of Pizza Paradiso - full menu available)
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Old 02-22-2009, 12:04 AM
 
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The Lost Dog Cafe in Arlington (near East FC metro) has a great selection, but most are in bottles.

For brewpubs, try DogFish Head in Seven Corners (my favorite) or Dominion Brewery out near Dulles/Sterling.
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