Friday, January 30, 2015

Apples to Apples

Capitol Cider taps into some tasty treats


Washington produces over half of America's apples. But you can only have so many Granny Smiths before you want to turn to something a little stronger.

Like, say, cider.

Capitol Cider spreads the love of hard cider to our microbrew-obsessed city. And they're doing it with 30 taps and 100 bottles from all over the world.

This new two-level bar is housed in the former Fetherston Gallery space. The top floor is clad in dark wood and oil paintings, with restaurant-style seating. Downstairs, you'll find a classic game room with two shuffleboard tables, a fireplace, and darts.

The food offerings also have a twist. Capitol Cider's kitchen is the only completely gluten-free food preparation setup in the city, yet it churns out classic pub grub. The fish & chips battered in cider and rice flour are spectacular, and everything is made from scratch in-house, right down to the drip coffee.

If you've never delved into the world of cider, the bartenders here can get you started with a draft that'll suit your tastes. We recommend starting with a classic British bottle of Aspall before delving into local microciders from Snowdrift and Whitewood.

They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Imagine what a cider a day can do.

Capitol Cider
818 E. Pine St, Capitol Hill

Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Best bets: Fish & chips; quinoa salad; Aspall cider
Nearby: Lost Lake; Totokaelo Man; Cascina Spinasse

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