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Mad Fox Taproom, the new satellite of Mad Fox Brewpub in Falls Church, opened this week in Glover Park. With 16 taps plus three casks, the location offers founder and executive brewer Bill Madden‘s craft ales and lagers, a few guest ciders and meads, and Mad Fox’s house root beer.
Different from the Falls Church location, the Glover Park taproom has no pizza oven (sorry pizza lovers) and cannot fill growlers for now.
Open at 4 p.m. on weekdays and 12 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, the taproom serves dinner nightly and has a weekday happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. with $2 off all drafts and select wines. Check the online draft list and menu of beer-friendly pub fare from chef Brandan Bozier for updated offerings.
The opening has been long-awaited, as it took two years to transform the space, which formerly held Mayfair & Pine and the original Town Hall, into an English-style pub. According to lead architect J.C. Schaub of Streetsense, the age of the building is unknown but predates electricity. Exposing its brick walls required removing layer upon layer of drywall and plaster and revealed several adaptations from previous tenants that needed to be redone to pass code. But the work also uncovered treasures like an original door, fireplace and windows that have been incorporated into the pub’s design. Read on for photos and more info.
The Mad Fox logo adorns an exposed brick wall at the front of the main floor.
The main floor boasts at 16-seat bar with additional high-top tables.
The taproom’s design includes additional windows and skylights.
Three hand pumps at the end of the main floor bar pour English-style cask ale.
Each of the upper and lower bars has 16 taps and an electronic draft list.
The beer cooler has room for scores of kegs and houses a one-of-a-kind draft system that will be able to send different beers to each of the upper and lower bars.
A cozy rear dining room has extra seating and is decorated with Madden’s collection of brewery memorabilia.
An exposed brick wall and high-top tables fill the upstairs bar.
Architect J.C. Schaub, studio head for Streetsense, looks onto the main floor from an original window his design firm exposed during the demolition.
Pork belly confit with Korean saison-BBQ sauce, Mad Fox Kölsch kimchi and scallions.
Cured hamachi sashimi with fruit jam on house-made bread.
Mad Fox Taproom, 2218 Wisconsin Ave. NW; madfoxbrewing.com/content/glover-park-taproom
Photos by Tammy Tuck