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“A Lot to Learn”
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Bucket Trade
Cuisines: American
Description: The Bucket Trade IS BEER! We have 16 taps featuring both international and national rotating taps by style and the best Virginia beers and hard cider. We have beer on draft by the glass, growler fills and 400 bottles and cans to choose from for here or to go. We also sell kegs to go and have wine by the bottle and glass. What does that name mean?? Before Prohibition and before bottles and cans became widespread, if you wanted beer outside of a bar it was put into a bucket. The buckets of beer were then taken to the thirsty by "bucket boys", usually carrying several on a pole. This process was called the "bucket trade". This eventually led to the "growler" which we know and love today.
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Description: The Bucket Trade IS BEER! We have 16 taps featuring both international and national rotating taps by style and the best Virginia beers and hard cider. We have beer on draft by the glass, growler fills and 400 bottles and cans to choose from for here or to go. We also sell kegs to go and have wine by the bottle and glass. What does that name mean?? Before Prohibition and before bottles and cans became widespread, if you wanted beer outside of a bar it was put into a bucket. The buckets of beer were then taken to the thirsty by "bucket boys", usually carrying several on a pole. This process was called the "bucket trade". This eventually led to the "growler" which we know and love today.
Reviewed February 6, 2014

I am not sure where to start. On the positive side, the beer was amazing - perfect. Our waitress was perfect - loved her. The sandwich was prepared with high quality and delicious ingredients,BUT the bread was of inferior quality - shamefully store bought, sliced bread. Bakery style rolls or artisan bread would have been infinitely better. The pickles were divine but the bag chips were an insult to the plate - "chips" or fries must be hand cut. Simple pub food should be amazing and memorable.... just like the beer.

The atmosphere is all wrong... it is too bright, too chilly feeling. The music was excellent but it wasn't on a high quality sound system and it wasn't loud enough to enjoy. Not sure why there were TVs in the place. It is clear this restaurant was not designed with valuable professional advice. Some of it was OK but the ceiling needs to be black - not a blinding white. The cooking area needs to be closed in.

I would say the biggest flaw was that the owner did not take the time to welcome us. In a new and small neighborhood restaurant, the owner must warmly greet and get to know each and every customer. Ask them questions, ask for their opinion. perhaps the negatives would have been overlooked if we had left there feeling like cherished customers - or rather, cherished neighbors.

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Thank awfarmer
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Reviewed October 19, 2013

Saw the Grand Opening sign after discovering for the wine bar next door. My husband is a BIG craft beer drinker, I prefer wine, but we were excited to try a new place and weren't let down. It was pretty busy when we arrived, the servers were very friendly and offered us samples almost immediately. They had one cider for the non beer drinkers and also stock soda too. We both ordered the pastami reubens, which came with a bag of chips and pickles. Note if you haven't tried Mamas Revenge, do, but be warned they are very hot. The sandwiches were very good and theyre was a good variety of meals and snacks to choose from. According to my hubby, there was a good selection of beer, hopefully they'll have different things from time to time. They even had a beer tap in a pumpkin to celebrate Halloween. Parties available, seating at tables or around the bar. Its a great place to meet friends. Kegs for take out available. Its a nice change of pace and we'll visit again.

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Thank Peters365
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Reviewed October 1, 2013 via mobile

We went early as we try to support new places in our neighborhood They are trying hard and deserve our support. We had a pleasant evening and though we don't drink beer, those that do should check it out. You'll be glad you did

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1  Thank molarman26
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