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District ChopHouse & Brewery

Not Rated.
District ChopHouse & BreweryDistrict ChopHouse & Brewery
Based on:
23 Beers
262 Hads
Place Score: 87
Reviews: 66
Visits: 83
Avg: 3.87
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

509 7th St NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20004-1600
United States
phone: (202) 347-3434

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

The beer is good to great....I thought the ambers and nut browns were very good....but the stouts were lacking....the pale and IPA were decent. The food is very expensive...more upscale.....wait staff is definitely there to push the $40 prime rib....if you didn't order it...it was like you were letting them down. Nevertheless the food is outstanding...but you'll pay for it. In a neat area of DC and in an old bank looking building.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

This is a decent place to go to if you are going to the Verizon Center for something and don't want to walk to one of the better bars further away. This is what I did recently since I was with my parents for a concert.

Food: I got the burger, which was large and pretty good. Parents got steaks which were OK as well. Nothing spectacular foodwise but still very good. The cornbread is definitely the best part. Price is reasonable for area.

Beer: I got the 9 beer sampler. 4oz of each for around $8.50 is a good deal for a ticker like me. None of their beers are amazing, but most are decent. The bourbon was just awful, and I usually like bourbon beers.

We were seated at a table and had excellent service. Atmosphere a little uppity and a little too loud for a fancy steak place.

My dumbass father told the waiter I was a beer snob. Two minutes later the head brewer was over talking to us, which was a nice touch. He seems like a good guy and knows that he is making beers more for the masses (he used to brew at Pratt Street Ale house) than the hardcore beer fans.

Probably wouldn't go back, but it was nice to try.

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Photo of sustyhops
2.48/5  rDev -35.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.25 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 3

I am not a fan of this place, the beer is your "i want to be a brewery, so I will had one of each each style to the menu" and the food was very average. Atmosphere is very "i want to look like an old style steakhouse." Skip it if you like good beer and food.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Tucked away in Penn Quarter District Chophouse sort of gets stuck in a cookie cutter mold of chain looking restaurants, or a sense of a simple DC steakhouse that requires jacket and tie.

However, inside is a simple family atmosphere with a standard menu. Food is perhaps a step above TGIF but just a little. Some nice touches are the crab bisque, and the skillet of cornbread which is a nice touch, it never goes cold.

However the main thing I was here for was to try out the brews. In short they are a step up above pedestrian and enjoyable. This would be a good place to take someone who wants to stop drinking regular ordinary beer. The offerings are good but not over the top, they appeal to a broader crowd, and the beers are kind of "safe" but enjoyable.

Service here is also quite good at the bar. There aren't any attitudes and the staff also don't seem like they are mailing it in. Also for the area it's pretty reasonable price wise.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

went this past weekend for some food and beers before the rangers/caps game. atmosphere is definitely that of your typical steakhouse. lots of wood furniture, paper covering the table clothes, well dressed staff. beer selection was pretty good. when i was there they had at least 6 or 7 options, a beer engine, and also a nitro pour. i had 3 different brews, 1 being good and 2 were great. overall some consistent, tasty brews. service was pretty much standard. i had a drink in front of me at all times and the food kept on coming. food was also pretty good. at the table we had onion rings, some different cuts of steak, and a side order of broccoli. cornbread also comes standard for each table, which was awesome. everything was a tad pricey, but it's a steakhouse in DC so that was kind of expected. definitely worth checking out, but go hungry and ready to spend some money.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

This is a high-end steakhouse tucked away in one of the office buildings downtown DC. For some reason, I am getting a pretenious vibe here. Beer selections are part of the usual suspects lineup with lager, stout, ipa, amber, light. Everytime they have a special and/or cask, they always seem out of it whenever I visit, so I am forced to select an offering from their usual suspects line up. This place is dim, white table cloths cover dining tables, with polished silverware on top - just like you see in any high end steakhouse. Mahogney wood throughout. Food is mediocore at best. I've had their steaks many times and they seem to disappoint every time. I've also had thier burger, salad, pizza, wings. Just average at best. Wait staff is a bit standoffish. Overall good quality other than that average. Try their Oatmeal Stout whenever possible!

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Photo of mdunman
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I was a big fan of the District ChopHouse.

The biggest issue with this place is by far the price, some of the meals were a bit too much. But what counted is the fact that the offerings matched the prices. The lobster bisque and anything involving beef was an excellent choice. The atmosphere was classy and provided a high quality evening worth savoring. The brews that they made were very good, with a broad selection of tastes to suit anyone and a good sampler to help pick your favorite. I would go back the next time I'm in DC.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere- This place is a bit unique. While it is a brewpub, they clearly but equal (if not more) emphasis on their food and wine. Picture a high-end steakhouse that brews their own beer on premises. If you're in the mood to have beers over dinner, the atmosphere is fantastic... if you just want beers at a bar, it's an average experience.

Quality- Quality is superb with their food, and good with their beer. I suppose I'm here for the beer, so I must grade their quality accordingly. Some of their beers like the Hefe and Amber were fantastic, but others were lacking... Generally, the place was clean and delivered an overall impression of high-quality.

Service- Our waitress was very good. Friendly and engaging, never smothering... she knew a little about beer... and her service was overall prompt.

Selection- This is a tough category. This Brewpub serves their own products... and their lineup, while limited in numbers, is diverse in styles. I was quite pleased with the range of styles during our visit: Light Lager, Alt, Amber, Nut Brown, Hefe, Oatmeal Stout, and Bourbon Stout. While it's a limited offering, I think they addressed a range of preferences for their patrons.

Food- I splurged and got the surf & turf. Damn expensive at $65... but the meal was worth the money. Absolutely delicious.

Note: While the meal was super-expensive, their personal pizzas were more down-to-earth in price... and their beer sampler was very reasonable at $6 for seven 3oz. pours.

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Photo of brewman63
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I wasn't sure what to expect from this place, being part of the Rock Bottom chain. I like the Rock Bottoms but hoped this would be a little different. It sure was. The beer selection resembles the typical offerings available from Rock Bottom - light through stoudt. While the ones we tried where very good there wasn't anything that was drop-dead terrific.

What really separated it from Rock Bottom was the food. Four of us ordered dinners and no one was disappointed. ChopHouse distinguishes itself from Rock Bottom by being more upscale while still maintaining that typical brewpub atmosphere.

Definately stop in if you're in the area.

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Photo of beer2day
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Very short walk from the Verizon center and just up the street from the National Archives.

Dark wood dominates the inside. Lighting is a bit on the red side, further enhancing the formality of the place. Definitely on the upscale side, but I didn't feel out of place in jeans.

7 beers on tap. All very nice, with a decent coverage of styles. Nothing terribly hoppy though. Bourbon stout was crazy on this visit. Extremely strong aroma and hit. Must have been one well aged cask. Watch for the Velvet, one of their beers served on nitro. Be sure to ask which beer it is before ordering. They rotate their beers through on the nitro tap. My night saw the amber served this way. Very good presentation and one of the best ambers I've ever had. Amber on CO2 was only so-so.

Service on a crowded Friday night with a Wizards game an hour away was actually pretty good. Our waitperson made appropriate stops back by the table and, while making one mistake on beer ordering, comped that with a free beer. I can live with that.

I don't give out 5's very often, but I love the food here. Yet to have a meal that was not fantastic. Took several newbies in this visit and they also raved about the food. Steak obviously dominates, but chicken, pork, and seafood are also available and well prepared and presented.

Pricey for brewpubs, but not for what you actually get here.

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Photo of RoySaves
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4

So my wife took me here before heading to the Caps game for my birthday...I was so excited! We had reservations, although it wasn't crowded when we arrived. After we were seated what turned out to be our first waiter passed by us about five or six times before saying hi, what can I get you? No introduction, no welcome...just hurried? We ordered the beer sampler and off he went. He briskly walked by and almost threw the sampler at us and then stormed off again. Um...alright. I can read and all but I've never gotten a sampler, especially with seasonal selections, where the server didn't at least attempt to tell us what was on it.

Next came Gary. We loved Gary. Gary stopped by and explained that the last guy was in a hurry to leave (obvious) and that he would be taking care of us. He asked us about the sampler and kindly backed up and explained what was on it. He also caught that it was one short and quickly rectified that. When Gary came back we asked about the specials and we were closing in on finally ordering some food. When he came back again he carefully explained that we were actually sitting in someone else's section, that he arrived late, and would now be taking care of us.

Right. I even tapped this new gentleman on the shoulder to order our food and he held up a finger and walked away from us. I tracked Gary back down and asked for the check. On the way out I was stopped by a manager...possibly Alyssa? and I told her the short story and she sincerely apologized, gave me her card (which I have since misplaced) and begged that I contact her immediately if and when we return to the Chophouse.

Considering proximity and my out-of-this-planet experiences with the staff @ RFD, I doubt I will ever set foot in the Chophouse again.

P.S. Gary recommends the crab cakes. Please ask for him if you happen to stop by.

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Photo of blackie
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

situated in Chinatown just down the street from the Verizon Center, the Chophouse makes and easy prelude or follow-up to the nearby RFD

the grand row building in which the brewpub is located allows for a spacious interior, tons of wood with metal accents and high ceilings give the place a 1920's-era feel, pretty classy environment - breaking out some sort of collar seems to be the norm, the main dining room and bar are downstairs, upstairs has more of a pub/lounge feel with a small bar, a couple pool tables, and couches with a few screens playing whatever match is on

there will typically be 7 taps on at any given time, mostly standards with a couple rotating selections, the bourbon stout is usually present and seems to be pretty popular, all beer served in standard pints, most run about $5

service has always been pleasant if nothing outside of what's expected, friendly people and generally timely refills

haven't tried the food but the steakhouse-style menu is enticing and may warrant a stop at some point

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Photo of pinotboy007
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A - Super vibrant steak house about a block from Verizon Center. Went on 7 Nov 09 about 90-minutes before a Caps - Panthers (NHL) game. The downstairs/street level is where patrons dine, and the upstairs is very pub-like.

Q - Overall, very nice. The furniture, white table clothes, wine glasses, etc., all looked to be excellent. It strikes one as slightly upscale, despite the decibles.

S - Greeted warmly within seconds of arrival and informed it would be a 45-minute wait for a table. We were handed a pager and we went upstairs and the place was jammed with hockey fans, but the bar tenders spotted us in an instant and we had our two IPAs in less than a minute. The service during dinner was fine -- a tad slow -- but that's understandable.

Selection - Nice brews done in-house and also a more than decent wine list. I'm still amazed byt he fact these bew houses don't use their own unique glasses for their products.

Food - Steaks prepared exactly as ordered; delicious salads, too. Bravo.

Value - Considering its location, it was decent pricing and the service made it all the more worthwhile.

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Photo of glid02
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Stopped in during a recent trip after stopping by Capitol City.

Atmosphere is very nice. Dark wood and comfortable booths everywhere upon walking in with a bar on the left and another upstairs along with pool tables and brewing equipment.

Quality is good. All beer is served in unmarked glasses at the proper temparature with good amounts of head.

Service is great. I first ordered a beer at the downstairs bar and was also handed a sample and explanation of the bourbon stout upon inquiring about it. Upstairs the head brewer was more than happy to give me a tour and the upstairs bartender was more than generous with a beer and the pool table.

Selection is good. The bourbon stout on cask is always on (I'm jealous) and there seemed to be a few other stapes including Velvet (nitro amber) and a light beer, along with some nice seasonals including a weizenbock. Also upstairs is a cool chalkboard indicating what patrons can expect from each beer (body, bitterness, and one other I can't recall).

Value was good. I didn't have any food but the drinks were very reasonable.

Overall I was impressed with this place and hope I can stop by next time I'm in town, preferably before and after a Wizards game.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Popped into this place one night when I was downtown with my wife. It is a nice, upscale, yuppy steak house. We sat at the bar and ordered an appetizer, chicken, which came out quickly and was good. They have about 8 beers on tap that "they make" - although technically they contract with GB to make their beers. I had the pale ale, the weizenbock, my wife had the bourbon porter, all the beers were good. The weizenbock was great, i relly loved it, had several. They do flights of their beers, not sure what the rules are, I'll review the beers later.

The place is just a standard looking steakhouse. We sat at the bar so I figured we would get good service but the bartender was distracted by a guy that was sitting next to me and laying down his best wrap. Even though she was several feet away and looking in my general direction, I had to interrupt the mating dance at least twice to get served. Annoying and unnecessary. The food is generally rather expensive and the drafts run about 5$ a pull. Fortunately, she was so distracted and the drunk guy was trying to make a good impression, he wanted to apologize to us for distracting her so he bought us a round, then she didn't charge us for a round, so teh beers ended up being 2$ a pint instead.

I like this place overall, its clean, the beer is good and the food is good.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

An instant classic since it opened in the Gallery Place-Chinatown area, when it was being redeveloped, it has a nice and reliable selection of house brews with rotating seasonal selections.

The current brewmaster, Barrett Lauer I believe, has been on the establishment for about 3 years, and while he has maintained nicely previous year-round standards his hand shows in the great improvement of the seasonal brews alongside generally an enhanced sense in the beers.

Light larger, amber ale, nut brown, velvet ale (nitro), oatmeal stout, and a bourbon stout typically comprise the standard offering. On this visit a Pale Ale was offered as a brewer´s marker, alongside a WeizenBock as a seasonal. Both were surprisingly good brews, the PA made with 100% Chinook hops leaned heavily on the IPA side and was a very nice offering, the WeizenBock was very taste, full bodied and delightful. Beer has been taken a notch higher over here.

Staff is friendly. Food is good, with some reliable standards, rather large portions, and average prize for the area. The place is reliably child friendly and for large groups (8-10) they have a nice dining area, and for larger parties a space in the basement does the trick. Atmosphere is rather nice in the renovation of an old bank, with the brewing tanks in full view.

Probably this is one of the best resolved and welcomed interventions of controversial real state figure Douglas Jemal in the city. Other aspects of his actions maybe not so much... But that is another story.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Stopped in after a show from the Shakespeare Theatre Company around the corner with a few friends. Nice feel to the place, fairly quiet (11:00 on a Saturday night), nice wooden beams in view, chalk boards with the brews. All around solid. Obviously a fairly upper class place - dress code on the door, although they didn't object to my sandals and shorts. Beer was all around solid and tasty - not a bad one in the bunch. Service was a touch spotty, although I'll attribute that to our waitress's shift ending more than any real issues on their part. Eight beers available, we got a hefeweisen, bourbon stout, nut brown and whatever was on cask (Maker's something?). As I said, all were solid, with the cask appropriately carbonated and the other beers being right as they should have been. Beers ranged from $4.75-5.75, so on the cheaper side of most DC beer places. Didn't try the food. Overall, a great impression - I'll head out again.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Visited 31 July, 2009.

11:30am and already steamy-warm out...after a morning filled with roaming the Mall, hitting as many Smithsonian buildings as was possible, I stumbled across the ChopHouse on my way to a lunchtime meet-up with my wife, SIL and BIL at nearby 5 Guys for burgers. With nearly half an hour to kill, I hoped my profuse sweating+ballcap/T-shirt/shorts wouldn't get me turned away from this outwardly tony pub. No worries, though, walking with a purpose to the bar and parking myself at the far left end of the beefy wooden bar (at the David Niblack "in memory of good stories, good beer and most importantly a good friend" bronze plaque inset) earned quick service from a friendly and otherwise unoccupied bartender.

The whole space has a venerable feel, dark wood throughout, dimmed lights even at mid-day, hushed TVs, the din of an active kitchen. Extraordinarily high ceiling allow for a mezzanine to showcase the brewery looming above the far end of the main dining room. Bar is to the left, quiet at mid-day, but the bartender forewarned of thick after-work crowds; I believe it...seemed like a solid choice after punching out for the day.

Beers (there were 7 house brews) are listed on two chalkboards; the one near me listed not only name and ABV, but also tasting notes, characteristics, OG/FG, even a tapping date...far more information than such boards usually convey. Offerings: Light Lager, Amber Ale, Nut Brown, Oatmeal Stout, Bourbon Stout (oatmeal stout aged in Woodford Reserve barrels), Velvet (Amber), Ellie's Saison. I tried a pint of the Amber to slake the initial thirst, followed by a half-pour of the Saison, then samples of the nut brown and stouts. Every one was good, with bigger nods to the saison and the terrific barrel-aged stout.

Too bad we didn't make a return trip for the 3-7pm weekday happy hour (or for a meal, but those tasty burgers were calling from around the corner...). Pints were reasonable at $5, service was friendly and, as mentioned before, generous with the extras. A worthwhile stop for well-made beer and a classy 'Capitol Hill' vibe.

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Photo of joe1510
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

I stopped by the District Chophouse on a mini walking tour of DC beer destinations. This place is a steakhouse full tilt with low light interior and cozy seating areas. A small bar off to the sides makes up the drinking area and I would guess waiting area on busy nights. While the atmosphere is much more restaurant than beer drinking establishment I dig the vibe. Old school.

I managed to sample all 6 taps they had, 5 of those were your standard offerings from amber to pale ales and solid but nothing special. I had two pints of their cask bourbon stout which was easily the stand out and a very fine beer. The service was good with the bartenders getting in easy conversations and passing out samples without even having to ask. While I didn't eat here I do have to say the food looked very good and a couple people I talked to said they really enjoyed it as well. District Chophouse is definitely worth a stop if you're in DC, if only for the bourbon stout.

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Photo of nrbw23
4/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Atomsphere is pretty old looking building with high ceilings, and with the brewing equipment on the second floor. A nice large bar up against the wall and with a nice dark wood decor every where.

It seems to be a bit of an up scale place to eat and the service was outstanding. Nothing at all to complain about here.

Not too many beers to choose from I went with the "Copper Ale" since they were celebrating Police week. They had about 8 to pick from.

The food was also very good but also pretty pricey depending on what you ordered. Portions were good size.

A very solid place.

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Photo of bbarrows
4.22/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The place is full of dark oak tables, chairs, and paneling which makes it feel very warm. It looks like a place where you ought to dress up nice, but casual attire is just fine.

I've been there several times for dinner and drinks, but have eaten only at the bar. They have 7 or 8 of their own brews on tap, of which I have tried the brown ale, IPA, stout, and bourbon stout. All of the beers are very good, the bourbon stout is exceptional.

They always have one of their beers -- dubbed the 'velvet' -- tapped through a nitrogen system, giving it a thick head and full mouthfeel. They rotate the style of beer on the velvet tap, and I've tried the brown ale and the pale ale as velvet. It's great to try the same beer as a 'velvet' as well as regular, the difference can be night and day.

As for food, I've tried only the burgers and the pork chops. The chops were fantastic and the price was very good for the portion size and quality. The burgers were good. Like any good chophouse, the meat was cooked exactly as requested.

The service is very good. Since they are near the Verizon Center, it can be quite crowded before, during, and after hockey and basketball games, but the service has always been fast and friendly.

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Photo of sholland119
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped in for lunch on our arrival in DC. The restaurant has the dark wood, clubby vibe of an upscale steakhouse chain. I was not surprised to learn later that this is a small chain owned by the Rock Bottom Brewery group. We sat at the long, comfortable bar.

There were about 8 beers on tap in a wide range of seasonals. Unlike a lot of brewery/restaurants, the beer was a cut above the usual garden variety "we have a pilsener, a pale ale, an ipa, a stout..." in both selection and execution. A nice nut brown, a smoky oatmeal stout, even a decent light beer.

Food was very good, especially the freshly baked skillet cornbread. Service was pleasant if only moderately attentive.

A fine place to stop.


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Photo of hmarebel02
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The Chophouse is a great place to go if you are in the DC area and you and/or your friends are good beer. The Brewmaster is on premise during the day and he changes up his selection seasonally. They have a solid collection of Reds, Browns, and Weizens. They do not have any fruit/lambic styles, but they are exceptionally good with Engish Bitter Style, IPA, and they have a great dupel. Between March-May they have a great duppelbock. In the summer they are more into lighter beers; per the season. Always on tap and definitely something noteworthy is their bourbon stout which, yes, is fermented with extra tanins and there is a burbon sting to it. Its a great beer though, probably the best stout in DC all year round.

The atmosphere is nice too. I find the wait staff to be exceptional, and I've had a few business meetings there. The crowd is typically more middle aged, but people are generally pretty friendly. For DC proper, I'd say this is on my top three list for beer bars/breweries.

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Photo of slander
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

And Chophouse now for a DC three, 'cause we've got us some time some. It's been a productive day thus far; I've seen stuff. Walking tour now backtracking, I think, which way's north? Thirsty, firstly, and I could do with a lite bite in the soon. On the to do: sampler and snack and then shower and SAVOR and then something and sleep...

Bigiddy bank, seemingly more upscale than we are, Schnickel Fritz Mike removed his hat while I opted not to shock. It's a large cavernous room with high ceiling sectionals, beige rounded pillars, and brick walls with cool framed old time city scene party pics from long ago. Giant pearl chandeliers down the center of the room, mounted lamps on the pillars and matching lamps on the sills with plants between the seating areas. 6 raised tables adjacent to the bar plus a pair just forward there. Out over the floor, a dozen tables and booths down the center of the room, nearly a dozen tables in a rear pen, a raised forward area holding 9 booths on the far wall, and 11 tables along the side of different sizes and shapes, plus a single table in a front corner nook.

Exposed kitchen to the rear from wherest food will come (There will be food!!). Viewable brewable equipment in a room upstairs, fermenters off to the side above the bar, mash tun and the rest of the lot in the rear corner, and a 6 seat bar in the lounge space in between, 2 angled purple top pool tables, some bar counter tables and a nook with couches. Big basement banquet room aptly named "the vault" and cool bathrooms down there, too.

An "L" shaped dark glossy topped wood bar on the left wall set halfway back. 3 copper towers of 2 a piece at each end of the bar and a handpump on the mirrored barback, a center flatscreen, tiered booze to both sides, coolers and tiered wines below. Bulletin boards display police & sheriff department badges all along the bar, and then boards list tap selections, brief descriptions, ABV's, OG's, and tap dates. Glassware racks overhead at both ends.

6 beers on the sampler. The Light Lager was crisp, and spicy kind of; the rotating Wheat beer was a Hefe, clovey lovliness, banana, very nice; the Amber, malty, nice Cascade hoppiness, well balanced, a good Amber; the Nut Brown, toffee, chocolate, excellent; the Oatmeal Stout, something bourbony wood, slight licorice, good; the Bourbon Stout, which is the Oatmeal Stout aged in Woodford Reserve barrels. Very bourbony and oaky. Ooofta! The Slow Pour Amber & Copper Ale were both off (something about them just having done Copper Ale Pint Week, whatever that means). The Hefe, Amber & Nut Brown were all very good.

We split a pepperoni & sausage pizza. It was one of them thin crust jobbies, perrrfect for a mid afternoon snack in a "this is dinner" kind of way. It's comfortable here this light, quiet afternoon; pleasant old time tunes of big band swinginess. Not bad for Rockbottom phenom.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

My wife and I had stopped here after a show several years ago, and ended up watching the finish of the Terps in the NCAA baskeball tournament and ultimately becoming Maryland fans. We have been back since we're vegetarians, and little on this menu is veggie except onion rings, which were good and greasy several years ago, and the beer.

This trip I tried the IPA, which was adequately hoppy, but very grassy in its overall impression. The bartender was very engaged with some local customers discussing the merits of various pro football players. He refilled my beer with the same mediocre IPA, which is fine, but generally I'd like to change from pint to pint.

Overall, good restaurant, especially if you're a meat eater according to friends in the area, but not a destination for beer. Go to RFD down the street for a range of beer, and keep this place for the steaks and the snug, dark wood atmosphere that would be nice with a group of friends at a table.

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District ChopHouse & Brewery in Washington, DC
87 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.