Capital Ale House 
Full disclosure: I am a member of the Capital Ale House Cycling Team. I ride with the team for the MS150 every year, raising funds and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis research. For my participation, I received a discounted price on a t-shirt and cycling jersey, and every year CAH & Magic Hat Brewery throw a post-ride celebration party.
Capital Ale House is a beer-lovers paradise. Fifty-one beers on tap and perhaps triple that available in bottles. The beer menu is 17 pages long, and the waistaff is quick with a good recommendation of something new based on something you already like. It’s a great beer place, which makes it a favorite after-hour destination for family and friends. More than a couple times a quick beer and frites with the kids has ended up being dinner.
But how is it as a lunch place? To be honest, it’s not an appealing lunch spot for either of us because…
This day Adam had his old standby, the Lamb Burger, and I deviated from my standard Pretzel Sandwich or Cuban (both of which are very good) and had one of their newer items, the Potsicker Burger. Both of us were a bit disappointed. Adam didn’t appreciate the switch of bread from a kaiser roll to a croissant. In our shared opinion, croissants make lousy sandwich bread. And I didn’t enjoy the Potsticker Burger as much as I hoped. The meat was dry and the accompanying dipping sauce was far too strong a flavor. However, both meals came with CAH’s excellent frites. Adam says next time he’ll ask for a standard roll and I’ll probably rotate back to my favorites. We also augmented our meals with a delicious beverage. I had the Bells Double Cream Stout and Adam enjoyed the always good-in-a-pinch Legend Brown.
We both continue to recommend CAH as an evening destination. A lively crowd and hundreds of beers to choose from make for a good after work, family-friendly destination. As a lunch place, it’s not our first choice.
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