Checkin’ Out District Chophouse

Checkin’ Out District Chophouse
District Chophouse and Brewery
509 7th Street NW | Washington, DC 20004
(202) 347-3434

Located in the Penn Quarter neighborhood of Washington D.C., District Chophouse and Brewery is known for pairing American steakhouse classics with fine handcrafted beer.

Only a half block from the Verizon Center, District Chophouse serves up delicious steaks, pork chops, chicken, and fish in an elegant atmosphere. (For my fellow vegetarians, the ChopChop salad is amazing.)


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Brewmaster Barrett Lauer is from York, Pennsylvania. He attended Susquehanna University for 2 years as a biology major, then transferred to Maryland Institute College of Art as a sculpture major. During his time in Baltimore, he worked at The Wharf Rat brewpub where he became “seduced by the allure of making beer.” He often volunteered to help out Head Brewer Howie Faircloth III, and he eventually spent 5 years there as the Head Brewer himself. He later worked for Baltimore Brewing Company for 3 years, then found his way to District Chophouse and Brewery.

During my visit to District Chophouse and Brewery I enjoyed a sampler of all the current beers on tap.

  • Light Lager – 4.6% ABV crisp, clean, and refreshing lager.
  • Amber Ale – 5.4% ABV Northwest style red, generously hopped.
  • Nut Brown Ale – 5.0% ABV malty beer with hints of chocolate and toffee.
  • Oatmeal Stout – 6.6% ABV – dark and smooth stout.
  • IPA – 6.8% ABV American-style India Pale Ale.
  • Hefeweizen – 5.8% ABV Bavarian-style wheat ale.
  • Inverted Jenny – 8.3% ABV imperial IPA.
  • Bourbon Stout – 8.0% ABV oatmeal stout aged in Woodford Reserve barrels.
  • Velvet – 5.0% ABV slow pour nut brown.


I honestly enjoyed the sampler. Each beer was well crafted and made to style. The Bourbon Stout, recommended by a local, was the definite standout. The perfect way to end a delicious meal.

The beers on tap at District Chophouse are also available for takeout in swing top growlers.

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