The Public Option is a relatively new brewpub in Langdon that is quickly gaining a devoted following for its neighborhood bar vibe and a delicious selection of rotating beers. The pub makes all of its beers on-site and balances the offerings between three darker, maltier beers, three lighter, hoppier beers, and two experimental selections. The Public Option looks a bit like an English pub from the outside and the inside is fairly small, seating only about 20 people. There is an outdoor area in the back that is used as a beer garden in the winter months. The pub gets points for being environmentally friendly in that many of the furnishings have been reused or repurposed. The seating looks like it has been lifted from a 1980s diner and kitschy porcelain dish-ware abound.
Owner and brewer, Bill Perry, is a DC native and former National Geographic employee who runs the nano-brewery as a labor of love. Visitors to the Public Option gush over how nice the Perrys are and how genuine their quality service feels. The most popular brews on rotation are the Cream Ale, which includes a corn adjunct that adds a hint of sweetness to the full-bodied malt, and the IPA #7, which is flavored by Chinook, Citra, Cascade, and Amarillo hops from the Pacific Northwest.
There is a no-tipping policy at The Public Option and no service charge is added to the pricing. The Public Option starts their employees at $15 minimum wage and prices their beer to support a living wage for their employees.
The Public Option is rapidly outgrowing its space and will likely expand in the coming years. The pub is open Thursday through Sunday but holds odd hours that are subject to change, so visitors are encouraged to check the pub’s Facebook page before planning a trip. Occasionally, the brewpub hosts live music events and food trucks/pop-ups as well. Guests are allowed to bring in outside food on nights when a food truck is not available.
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