You may have noticed that Court Square has a new addition, the Capital Ale House. The restaurant has four other locations in the Richmond area and Fredericksburg. It recently expanded into Harrisonburg, and the owners say this is because they loved the sense of community in our downtown. Capital Ale House has over 100 beers on tap (yes, you read that correctly), delicious food, and a great atmosphere.
If you had the pleasure of attending the Green Innovations Tour this past weekend, then you may have been able to hear a little bit about how Capital Ale House is stimulating the local and statewide economy. Capital Ale House started Project Virginia to go “toe-to-toe with the economy” – meaning that, with the economy in decline, the restaurant wanted to have a positive effect on the community surrounding each location, as well as Virginia as a whole.
Project Virginia is a two-part initiative. Part one is focused on Capital Ale House’s goal to purchase a minimum of $1,500,000 of services by Virginians and use products that are “grown, raised, caught, distilled, brewed, and fermented” in the state of Virginia. This includes the promise to stock and sell every available micro-brewed beer that is produced in the state. Harrisonburg’s downtown location currently has 16 Virginia micro-brewed beers on tap for your sampling enjoyment.
Capital Ale House also includes Virginia foods in part one of Project Virginia and is proud to offer the 100 Mile Special. What’s the 100 Mile Special, you ask? Well, the main ingredients in these dishes have been raised, caught, and produced by Virginians! Pretty cool, right?
Part two of Project Virginia includes helping local non-profits and charitable organizations that have been negatively affected by the economy. In order to help these organizations, Capital Ale House holds Community Chest Night, which offers to donate 25% of your food purchases every Thursday night between 5pm and 10pm to selected organizations.
Capital Ale House also includes their “Beer Corps” in part two of Project Virginia. Once again, you’re probably asking yourself, “What’s Beer Corps?” Capital Ale House will pay any employee for up to “4 hours per week up to 10 hours per month for community service hours worked to meet their minimum hours for health insurance eligibility.” A restaurant that has great food AND gives back to the community? What more could you ask for?
Speaking of mouth-watering food, I recommend you stop in for one of their burgers. I had the pleasure of enjoying one of their cheeseburgers, and let me tell you, it’s the best burger I’ve found in the ‘burg thus far!
Just when you didn’t think it could get any better than this, it does. Monday is $2 burger night. From 4pm to 1am every Monday night, you can enjoy a half-pound Certified Angus Beef Burger, Black Bean Burger, or Cheeseburger for only $2 with any beverage purchase. This is a deal you don’t want to miss!
As if Monday’s $2 burger night wasn’t great enough, there’s more:
Tuesday | Steal the Glass Night // Each week a different brewery is featured and when you order one of the brewery’s beers, they will serve it to you in brewery logo glassware that you get to take home! // The event starts at 4pm and lasts as long as the glasses do!
Wednesday | Virginia Beer & Wine Day // Virginia beers and wines are featured from 11am to 9pm in all five locations.
Growler Refill Day // When you bring in your 64 oz. growler for a refill from opening to midnight, you will receive a discount.
Endless Mussels // You guessed it, its all you can eat Prince Edward Island mussels for $15.00 from 4pm to 1am every Thursday night at all five locations.
American Micro Brew Day // From 11am-6pm, Capital Ale House will feature most American Micro pints.
Prime Rib Special // This is your opportunity to enjoy an 8-ounce prime rib dinner served with potatoes and the vegetable of the day for only $9.99. Is 8 ounces not big enough for you? Well, they also offer a 16-ounce prime rib dinner for $16.99. The special runs from noon until 9pm.
Sunday | Are you an appetizer lover? Look no further than Sunday nights for $1.99 appetizers! From 9pm to 1am, you can enjoy all appetizers with a menu price of less than $10 for only $1.00 with any beverage purchase.
If you find yourself looking to enjoy these specials in the next week, then head on over to Capital Ale House and choose the special that is making your mouth water the most! If you love rooftop dining as much as I do, then I have the pleasure to inform you that the furniture has arrived and the rooftop deck is now open for business! With views of Court Square and the mountains, I don’t know how you could refuse.
While talking with Sally Myers, the general manager of Capital Ale House, she expressed her excitement for their new location in Harrisonburg. If you’re not downtown, she says, then “you’re missing out on a lot. There’s definitely a unique vibe to it and it offers a very different feeling than anything else. Come check it out!”
If you’re looking for weekend plans, then grab a friend, a family member, a roommate, or a significant other and enjoy a rooftop meal while you discover downtown!
PS: I recommend the cheeseburger and Sally recommends the chicken tostada appetizer and the salmon dish. Let us know what your favorite is!
Kerri DeVries is the Visual + Social Media Intern for Spring 2012. She is a senior Media Arts & Design major at James Madison University.