V01.01 June 12,1996
On a recient visit to Washington DC, I visited the Bardo Rodeo Microbrewery
in Arlington Virgina, about five blocks from Roslyn at 2000 Wilson Blvd.
The main Bardos attraction is a wide selection of fine brews. The styles
include light wheats, scottish ales, lagers, porters, and stouts. The flavors
include some hoppy, some near sweet, a barley wine, and fruit augmented
Bardo's brews 24 beers on site along with serving over a dozen specialty
beers and ales.
Formerly the Olmstead Oldsmobile Dealership, Bardo Rodeo claims to be the
largest brewpub in the country with over 24 pool tables on three floors
including huge no-smoking areas (beer doesn't have to taste like tobacco
smoke). On the third floor, the record player is the back end of a Cadillac.
At the car bar, the web page author strikes a pose while practicing for
The decor is eclectic "car art" and the ceilings, walls, floors,
and doors are covered with the signed works of local artists. Larger than
two gymnasiums, it takes a while to see all of the art but it is worth the
trip. For example, behind the bar, the paper towel dispenser is in the lower
left corner. On the second floor, the walls of the non-smoking pool room
are decorated with anatomical drawings such as this seven foot tall, head
shot. In the front, a Plymouth Fury is parked midway through a plexiglass
window next to a parking sign. Not shown is the 20 ft. tall, 4 ft. diameter
totem pole whose middle character has his tongue tipped in a mug and is
crowned by barley, hops, and an eagle.
On the first floor in a non-smoking area which is the size of a basketball
court, there is a sandbox for baby sitter's charges. Not shown, this floor
holds some of the working, industrial grade brewing tanks. The rest are
located in a refrigerated room.