Originally Posted by Wayne Havens
Agreed, the Brickskeller is the BEST beer bar in America. They sealed of two rooms and refrigerated them to hold their beers. When you sit down you are given a small book listing their beers. They have over 1500 different beers in stock. I have only had the pleasure to go there only one time. (When I was in town for a belgian beer festival in 2001). If I am ever in DC again I will make a return trip.
PS> If anyone cares, they have a pretty good food menu as well.
I generally try to make my way there once a month or so. I am fairly familiar with the place. You are right, food is pretty good. But, you go there for the beer.
It always irks me when I am there and someone orders a Miller Light. It does happen, you will see it.
The best part is that many of the beers that come in various size bottles they will carry. Example: Ommegangs usually come in both 750ml and 12oz and they have both sizes.
Their waitstaff is generally pretty knowledgeable and serves beers in the proper glassware (most of the time) and if you get yourself a nice bottle conditioned beer they will pour it the proper way for you.
The outside is very unassuming, you would walk by and never realize it was there, but the inside is pretty neat. Downstairs is usually 100degrees, so if you are ever there, I suggest sitting upstairs.