Why hasn’t anyone in the DC area told me about the hidden little gem that is Falls Church, VA?????
Then again, if someone would have suggested Falls Church I might not have listened because it was “so far away” from the City.
After a very successful shopping trip at the Marshall’s ( I bought 3 bathing suits, a cover up, and a really cute black top), Jim suggested heading out for brunch…nothing crazy because we had some spring cleaning to get done and we really needed to do some laundry! I told him to pick the place.
His pick- Mad Fox Brewery…”But don’t worry. We’ll be on good behavior because we have things to do.”
Mmmmhmmmm….6 hours later we got back home.
But it was a pretty fabulous 6 Hours.
First of all…the beers are HEAVENLY! And fun fact: they are cask style! They don’t add carbonation to the beer, the carbonation happens by the way they pump the beer while pouring it. The reason they do it this way is to stay true to the flavors in the beers.
Also, THE FRICKLES (fried pickles) we’re delicious! I love good fried pickles and these are that! While I prefer a pickle spear that is fried, these pickle chips were thick so they were still juicy and didn’t have too much batter (that’s how I like em!) and the spicy ranch dipping sauce added a nice kick to the tangy pickle.
As for the bacon…well you see the blank plate with the grease on it…yep that WAS the bacon’s plate. We just got a little excited and ate them before I could take a picture. They use Neuske’s Bacon…it was my first time with Neuske’s and I’m not sure anything else will compare. One of the best Bacon experiences I have ever had, AND I HAVE HAD A LOT OF BACON EXPERIENCES.
I did a tasting of the Beers so I could try the different types (4 beers of your choice).
I also did my own Beer Review in my Notes App while tasting
My thoughts on the Fox
Obviously I should be writing for a Brewing Magazine!
After finishing brunch (and remaining on the original track…the get home to Spring Clean Track), we took a walk down the charming street. While walking we discussed breaking our lease in Alexandria and moving to Falls Church! There were cute little restaurants, a CVS, a Starbucks, lots of trees, and a Florist!
WE COULD HAVE FRESH FLOWERS ALL THE TIME!
We decided to check out the cute little Tavern we passed on the way to Mad Fox called Dogwood Brewery. We sat outside on the patio, ordered a beer, and were about to call it a day, when Jim decided he needed to use the restroom before we left.
That decision to urinate would change the course of events for the day.
Walking back to the table, before he sat down, he said, “Our server is bringing the check out now. Grab your beer. They have a rooftop.”
4 of my favorite words put together in one beautiful sentence…They Have A Rooftop.
We spent the rest of the afternoon on the roof chatting with locals. Everything from the way the rooftop looked to the friendliness of the folks enjoying their afternoon reminded me of Charleston. That might be the reason I fell in love with Falls Church. It’s no Charleston, but it has that same sort of charm. I felt more at home in that neighborhood than I have since I have been in DC.
I had such a great time on the roof I didn’t even think about taking a picture (which I now regret). I was so involved in the conversation with the people there I didn’t need to Tweet about the place in order to interact…I was interacting in REAL LIFE…IN REAL TIME! I learned about the lack of renovations that have been done on a 1940’s home, I met a super cute couple that is about to get married (we shared engagement stories), I know the bartender has been working 8 days straight and can’t wait for a day off (not because she doesn’t love the place but she just needs a day to run errands and whatnot) I was completely in the moment while I was there.
So…for those of you that live in the City and we’re like me…I’d like to offer some advice (you probably wont take), Check out Falls Church. It’s a pretty spectacular place.