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Restaurant Spotlight: Mad Fox Brewing Company

spotlightEveryone in the world has been going buck-wild over the Mad Fox Brewing Company, such as Falls Church News-Press, various news organizations other than the News-Press, and several others. Just last week, the News-Press did a story about how Mad Fox is bringing all the bigwigs and A-listers from near and far into town for the purpose of drinking and dining and that the brewery could put hundreds of trillions of dollars into the community (give or take a few trillion).

 

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Mad Fox Brewing Company (Photo: News-Press)

 

Everyone in the world has been going buck-wild over the Mad Fox Brewing Company, such as Falls Church News-Press, various news organizations other than the News-Press, and several others. Just last week, the News-Press did a story about how Mad Fox is bringing all the bigwigs and A-listers from near and far into town for the purpose of drinking and dining and that the brewery could put hundreds of trillions of dollars into the community (give or take a few trillion).

Because I am not an A-lister yet, I did not go to the opening last Monday. But when I finally did get in, it was easy to see why people across the region have been going crazy for Mad Fox.

While the inside sort of looks like a slightly cavernous and much classier Cheesecake Factory, the beer and food help you realize that life and food are grand spectacles that should be enjoyed  (unlike the Cheesecake Factory). Right as you walk in, you are staring down a gigantic stainless steel serving tank. This lets you know that the brewpub produces and serves their own beer, and that you should drink it. As of this writing, Mad Fox has five beers on draught, four ciders and the occasional seasonal brew that will change during the year. The Kölsch, a crisp golden summer ale with a perfect balance of spice and hops, makes you feel like you’re drinking a high-quality loaf of bread, but doesn’t give you that bloated feeling that some bread-ales do. My boy at Williamsburg AleWerks (whose boss is allegedly tight with Mad Fox brewmaster Bill Madden) tells me that the Punkinator harvest ale is worth fighting over. Therefore, if you see a ragged-looking homeless person camping out in front of Mad Fox this Fall, muttering incoherently about “punkinator,” please do not report me to the authorities.

But what of the food? I’ll get to that when I’m good and ready, which is right now. I think it’s safe to say that the food, while great, does not yet match the quality of the beer. This is probably for the best, because if the food were as good as the beer, there would be no hope for any similar restaurants in the area. The Virginia Pork Belly, a square of pork roasted for twelve hours and then glazed with molasses, was delicious and surprisingly light, but had a slightly rubbery texture.

However, the pizzas. That may be a fragment sentence, but it’s all that needs to be said. The New York-style pizzas hold, according to the menu itself, “more sauce and toppings than is reasonable,” while the smaller Neapolitan pizzas tend to be fancy experiments in artisan pizza-crafting. Like the legitimate business organization that it is named after, the Mob pizza is an intimidating Italian force with seven different forms of meat that, if not properly respected, can easily put someone into a coma. Conversely, the small Fig and Balsamic Blues pizza provides a balance of crisp bacon and sweet figs with balsamic vinegar and local bleu cheese, although I wasn’t too wild about putting rosemary on this particular pizza.

But as time improves many things, so will it improve Mad Fox’s pretty good food. It is almost certain to become the center of all high-class drinking in town, and with its refillable growlers, $3 pint happy hour and relative proximity to the State Theatre, the only question left is whether someone who lives in the Spectrum needs a roommate to live above Mad Fox for free.

If so, I selflessly volunteer myself for that position.

Mad Fox Brewing Company

444 W. Broad St., Falls Church
madfoxbrewing.wordpress.com
703-942-6840

Hours:

11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sunday – Wednesday

11 a.m. – Midnight, Thursday – Saturday

 

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