Capitol City Brewing Company Closes at 2 Massachusetts Ave NE Next to Union Staion

by Prince Of Petworth July 17, 2011 at 10:42 pm 50 Comments

“Dear PoP,

I stopped by the Union Station location of the Capital City Brewing Company last night and there was a sign saying they are closing on Saturday (July 16). The waitress said the Smithsonian is going to expand the Postal Museum. She said they were trying to get into Union Station but that no new location had been finalized. Big loss for us meeting out of town tourist relatives for dinner.”

Another reader also told me that there is a strong possibility they will be reopening in Union Station. Capital City Brewing Company still has a location downtown at 1100 New York Avenue, NW and I’ll be sure to update when/if a new location in Union Station is found. Will others miss this location?

We spoke about the postal museum back in Sept. ’09.

  • Mike

    Maybe the owner needlessly spent $5 million to take over and radically redesign a perfectly good gym for no good reason. Results was perfect, and now we have a very nice and extravagant spa, but was it worth $5 million?

    We shall see. At least that $5 million stimulated D.C.’s economy. That’s the only good thing I can say about it.

    But I miss Results…The best gym I ever experienced.


    • Smoove T

      You have confused me.

    • eldad

      he also ripped off his trainers by taking away their vacations. great business model, ahole!

    • SSRS

      geez, bitter much?

    • Cooper

      Amen to that. Also, NEVER FORGET that Storch spent $100,000 to produce this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGVI2h-hGXA

  • Anon

    Disregard what Mike said, because it has absolutely not one damn thing to do with with Cap City is no longer at the Postal Museum. They weren’t offered a renewal on the lease and they’re opening a new location within the District that will once again house the brewery. Until then the brewery will operate out of the Shirlington location. God I hate it when uninformed people feel the need to spout bullshit.

  • Anonymous

    Keep it closed. Terrible beer, and terrible food.

    • Denizen of Tenallytown

      Replace it with a Gordon Biersch!

  • Joe

    I work a block away from there and have been there a few times. Hopefully something tasty will come in there.

    • Anonymous

      Tasty like a Postal Museum?

      • Kev29

        Braised Short Ribs w/ Back of the Stamp Glue Foam – $12.95 small plate, 25.95 large plate.

  • jumpingjack

    It’s no loss for the neighborhood. Bad food, rude/disengaged service. There are plenty of other places to get that same experience in the Union Station area.

    I worked near there for two and a half years. I could not be happier to be away from that neighborhood as a work location.

    • Anonymous

      good for you chief.

  • n

    i always wanted to love this place. i liked the idea of this place. i liked the look of this place. i enjoyed their beer.

    but i never felt really comfortable here. it was a bit like a family restaurant. felt a bit like a chain.

    except for the pretzels and horseradish, the food was not good.

    still, it was something in an area that doesn’t have all that.

    • Smoove T

      Agreed. It also bothered me that their recipes were inconsistent. I would find a favorite there, such as the hummus or the chicken wrap, and it would completely change the next time I went. The beer also tasted the same, regardless of what style you ordered. I really wanted to love this place, given that it was the closest thing to a neighborhood pub.

      • dt

        Uh, there are two irish pubs right across the street. Is that not “neighborhood” enough for you?

        • Anonymous

          have you actually been to them?

          the answer to your question is no. no they are not “neighborhood” enough.

        • Smoove T

          If you are suggesting I go to Irish Times, then perhaps you think that I have recently turned 21, or that I am on shoreleave.

          If you are suggesting that I go to the Dubliner, then perhaps you think that I enjoy annoying Irish pub music and singalongs, or beers made by Unibev.

          • dt

            LOL! Point taken. Well, there’s Union Pub on the other side of the station, and a couple of bars/restaurants with bars inside the station. I’m not a beer drinker though, so no idea what’s on tap…

  • Anon

    As mentioned in the original post, The National Postal Museum will be expanding their exhibit space once Capitol City Brewing Company leaves. The new space is slated to open early 2013. You can learn more about the expansion project here: http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu/StampGallery/index.html.

  • Matthew

    I won’t miss it. The beer wasn’t very good and the food was like what you’d buy at TGI Fridays.

  • ro

    Can’t really say this is much of a loss. Food/beer was fairly disappointing. However if they want to stay in the area there is a large vacancy next door inside Union Station. They would fit in well there.

  • Liz

    I’m pretty ambivalent about the closing of Cap City, but am pretty surprised that the postal museum is expanding during a time when the USPS is hurting pretty badly, and previously free museums like the National Building Museum are having to start charging admission to keep from going bankrupt. I’ve been to the postal museum once, and it was interesting, but I just don’t see a museum expansion making more money than the Cap City lease did, unless they’re expanding to put in a kick-ass gift store.

    • Anon

      The National Postal Museum is part of the Smithsonian Institution. It will never charge admission.

    • Jon

      It is a bit odd that a museum as obscure as the National Postal Museum should get such a prominent storefront.

      • K

        What’s so odd about a museum wanting to attract and engage a new audience? Perhaps this expansion will no longer make the National Postal Museum so obsure.

        • K


        • n

          that’s not what jon said.

      • Eric in Ledroit

        Um, it is housed in the same building as the main US post office. While the postal service is losing its importance in today’s world of multiple communications and shipping options, when those buildings were constructed it was essentially to our nation’s function.

      • Anon

        It will be a great museum, well designed and really interactive. Gallagher & Associates FTW!

    • ET

      Like someone said the Post Office had nothing to do with this Smithsonian museum.

      Actually, I talked to a postal history researcher who spent a fair amount of time there doing research on pneumatic mail (yes there was such a thing) and he said that they weren’t a good tenant in terms of leaks and creatures.

  • DCster

    The National City Brewing Company hosted election-night watch parties the last several Presidential elections. I have fond (and not-so-fond) memories of seeing the 2000 and 2008 elections results there. Hopefully the new location will continue that.

  • Brookland Rez

    I like their beer, but I usually go to the downtown location. The pretzels and horseradish are good, the rest of the food is typical American food, tasty but nothing special.

    Seems like the old movie theatre space in Union Station might be a good place for them.

  • Eric

    I work near there and everyone always goes there after work. It is very TGI fridays meets “suburban accessable beer snobbery”. I never really liked it. The pretzels really were the best thing there.

    • Kev29

      I like how people automatically equate anything even closely related to craft brewing with snobbery. Hilarious.

  • joe

    To me it’s a huge loss. I work in the area and there aren’t many options – you have Cap City, the food court, and the dark and old Irish pub across the street. Sure, the service was a little slow but the food was decent and the beero was good.

  • Sherlock Homes

    I never had more than a B- experience here. Service would disappear for 30 minutes at a time. Food would never come out right. Prices were a little high.

    I am just astounded that the postal museum is popular enough to need expansion.

  • anon

    I work near there and enjoyed their happy hour. Good beer, decent (not great, but good for a bar) discounted appetizers. I always had good service at the bar. I’ll miss it.

  • Nikki

    Cap City kind of stinks, but it was unfortunately still one of the better options near Union Station. Hopefully something respectable will move in.

  • Dante

    I haven’t been there in 10 years, but went there any number of times after taking visitors from out-of-town to the Capitol via Union Station. Always nice to have a beer and a pretzel on a hot Saturday afternoon.

  • Anonymous

    the places was very 1990’s all the way.

    brew pubs were novel (still , sadly, novel in this town). great adaptive reuse of a cool space. family friendly generic menu trying to compete with the places that were popular at the time.. pizzeria uno and any place that served a blooming onion.

    it needs to adapt to our changing tastes.

    sad, since it was one of the only family friendly restaurants on the hill.

  • It wasn’t nearly as horrible as a few people here have made it out to be. It served its purpose.

  • ChocolateCity33

    Don’t understand all that hate for Capitol City.

    Granted it was mediocre, but the happy hour was a good deal and it we super close to Union Station, which was very convenient if you wanted to grab some food/beer while waiting for an evening train.

    It’s not like anyone should be comparing it to ChurchKey or something of that quality.

  • thc

    I used to work around 1st & G NE, and would go there sometimes…It’s certainly nothing special, and now that I don’t work around there, I would never think about going.

    If you like overpriced mediocre food, bland beer, and poor service, this is the place for you.

    I say good riddance.

  • Juantana

    Worked beside Union Station for 6 years now and here are *tons* of good restos close by – y’all are nuts.

    • Anonymous

      which ones did you like?


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