After nearly two years of construction and high anticipation, Falls Church’s Mad Fox Brewing Company is finally ready to begin service at its first taproom in the District.
The Glover Park pub, opening Monday, was an intensive project that involved uncovering and renovating the structure’s original architectural features like brick walls that had been obscured by former occupants. Most recently the space housed Mayfair & Pine and the original Town Hall.
The restaurant boasts two bar areas, each equipped with 16 tap lines and ample seating. CEO and head brewer Bill Madden plans to install a draft system that will allow the bar to offer up to 32 beers at any time. The hope is to arrange special events like tap takeovers and collaboration nights with local breweries.
“I think it will be pretty exciting and pretty unique for this area, and definitely for DC,” says Madden.
On any given day, Mad Fox will feature between ten and 12 of their own brews, along with a selection of meads, hard ciders, cask ales, and their homemade root beer. The taproom license doesn’t currently allow for growler sales–for those you’ll have to head to the Falls Church location.
The lineup of beers will change often. Expect to see standards like the award-winning Kellerbier Kolsch, the citrus-forward Broad Street IPA, and the dark and smooth Big Chimney Porter. Madden is also known for creative seasonal brews.
Drinkers can snack on beer-friendly grub like fried pickles, chicken wings, and pork belly confit skewers. The kitchen will serve dinner nightly, including hearty eats such as a corned Wagyu beef reuben and the house burger–a half-pound beef patty topped with bacon jam, Tillamook cheddar chesese, and smoked garlic aioli.
Madden expects to launch brunch once the operation finds its footing. Happy hour will run Monday through Friday from 3 to 7, featuring $2 off a selection of drafts and a discount food menu, which is still in the works.
Mad Fox Brewing Taproom. 2218 Wisconsin Ave., NW; Open Monday through Thursday 4 pm to 1 am; Friday 4 pm to 2 am; Saturday noon to 2 am; Sunday noon to 1 a.m.