A great place to have a beer … (and a couple good pints) 2


The other night we went to the Capital Ale House in Innsbrook. We had only ever been to their Downtown Richmond location (as of a few months ago, they have four locations – three in Richmond and one in Fredericksburg). The Innsbrook location has 77 beers on tap (compared to 46 Downtown and 80 in Midlothian), plus the 2 cask ales and the over 200 bottled beers they carry at all of their locales. In short, all of the Capital Ale Houses are great locations to have a beer and all of them have cellars and fridges full of great pints!

So, what did we have the other night?

Jill had the Imperial Brown from Tommyknocker Brewery in Colorado. From the brewery …

Commemorating the 10th anniversary of Tommyknocker Brewery, this special brew is meticulously crafted with pure maple syrup, the highest quality chocolate and crystal malts and is accented with the finest blend of European and American hops. Imperial Nut Brown Ale, at 9.8% alcohol by volume, is a bigger, bolder version of our wildly popular Maple Nut Brown.

I had World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head, a beer that weighs in at a strong 18+% ABV! This beer is not only very alcoholic but it has a taste and weight to match. It is unlike any beer that I have ever had … it is almost port-like! This is not a session beer or an easy drinking lager, but is exactly the opposite. It is a serious drink built for sipping slowly during a meal (like I did) or beside a fire. Being jet black and filled with toasted malt and chocolate flavors, this aged beer is worth the occasional splurge (it was $10/glass on draft).

By the way, the Capital Ale House also has very good food … nothing fancy. They do a great pretzel for appetizer. The burgers are quality and Jill loves their bacon-wrapped scallops.


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