50 taps, numerous bottled beers ... and wine and a full bar, of course.
There's lots of wood and plenty of natural light through large windows ringing the restaurant, which helped to lighten the mood, so to speak, on a very wet day. And, there are plenty of TVs. And, there's even more light: the menus, both for the food and beverages, are back-illuminated with LEDs when opened. Very cool.
ATR is NOT a vegetarian restaurant, so I was pleasantly surprised to find a vegetable sushi plate. Tasty. Carnivores, fear not. There are indeed many, many more non-veggie options.
Bar manager Jayson Kostyk plans to serve cask ale. The installation of two beer engines and a cask refrigerator at the bar is ongoing. When the system is operational, ATR will be only the second restaurant in Clarendon/Court House to have a permanent cask system. Fire Works is the first; Galaxy Hut offers occasional cask tappings.
[UPDATE: The two beer engines went 'live' on 23 September; the restaurant is now pouring cask ale.]
On may way out, I ran into Noreen Burns, columnist for on-line Ballston Patch. She may have been a couple of Metro stops away from home, but she was there to write her own review of American Tap Room.
Caveat lector: As a representative for Select Wines, Inc. —a wine and beer wholesaler in northern Virgina— I sell the beers of Heavy Seas.