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Establishment: Old Dominion Brewhouse, Washington, DC

This is a franchise bar/restaurant that primarily offers brews from the Dominion Brewing Co. of Ashburn, VA. NOT directly owned by Dominion Brewing.

This bar/restaurant is located in the new Washington Convention Center complex, but the entrance is from the outside on 9th Street (and don't expect any help finding the place from the lousy workers in the Convention Center, who just stared at me blankly as I tried to find the place).

Thought they don't brew their own beer, they feature most of the offerings of the Dominion Brewing Co., based in Ashburn, VA. I counted 16 taps for Dominion brews (including their own root beer for the kiddies and Designated Drivers). They also had another 16 taps of mega-macros (Bud, Miller, Coors (?)) and mini-macros (Widmer, Sierra, Yuengling, Pilsner Urquel).

The place has a full menu, with plenty of good appetizers (I tried the spinach-crab dip and the chicken lettuce wraps - both excellent). Entrees included basics like burgers, steak, chicken, etc.

Decor was new and clean -- sports-bar orients with many flat-screens -- but still nice with wood tables, comfortable chairs, nice, big bar. This place is a very nice addition to the neighborhood and seems to be developing into a neighborhood gathering place.

(01/26/2007)

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Awesome! Awesome! N/A Awesome! Awesome!

Establishment: Logan's Alley, Grand Rapids, MI

Stopped in one afternoon because I heard this was an excellent beer bar - I was not disappointed. I didn't count, but it looked like 20+ taps, plus a beer list of 125+ more bottles. Tap selections included Dogfish Head, Breckenridge, Young's, Rogue and several others I did not expect to find in Grand Rapids. Someone knows what they are doing. Good conversation with the bartender, Matt, and some of the regulars, too.

(08/11/2006)

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N/A N/A Good N/A N/A

Establishment: Founders Brewing Company, Grand Rapids, MI

Visiting Grand Rapids for a week, I was able to stop in at least three times. Tried a representative range of the beers over that time - Pale Ale, IPA, Rubaeus (a raspberry-flavored IPA), and, best of all, their Kentucky Breakfast Stout. This is their version of a strong coffee stout (which they call their Breakfast Stout), then age it in old bourbon casks, which imparts a complex, caramel, vanilla sweetness to the product. It clocks in a 10+ ABV, so they only sell it in snifters. But it is well worth trying - perhaps one of the best of its style I have ever tried. Food here is an afterthought - they only sell sandwiches and soup at lunchtime (it is BYO after 2 p.m.). The cheese sandwich I had was too much bread and no enough cheese, but other sandwiches I saw looked better in retrospect.

I've been watching Founders since they were "born" in 1997 and I had my doubts in the early days. But these guys really seem to have figured it out. They are truly helping set the bar for Michigan micros ever higher.

(08/11/2006)














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