The District Chophouse, in DC’s Chinatown neighborhood, is also a functioning brewpub. Notable among the styles in offering here are malty English beers like oatmeal stout and nut brown, although there are hoppier offerings like an IPA and an amber. Brewer Barrett Lauer usually has something on a nitro tap as well as a rotating cast of seasonals like barleywine and marzen. The Chophouse is an excellent happy hour option and has plenty of space to accommodate large and private parties, so if you’re the kind of person that loves giant steaks, chops, or racks of lamb with your beer, look up this spot on 7th Street.
Name: District Chophouse
Year Founded: 1996
Neighborhood: District of Columbia, Chinatown
Address: 509 7th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20004
Mon, Sun 11am–10pm Tue-Sat 11am–11pm
- India Pale Ale (6.8%) – More of an English-/East coast-style IPA. Copper colored with a fair amount of malt in the backbone with Amarillo and Centennial hops for a citrusy kick.
- Nut Brown (5.4%) – Toffee and caramel fans will find a lot to like here. Not cloyingly sweet, but certainly not for those looking for something bitter.
- Oatmeal Stout (6.3%) – Roasty and slightly sweet without being acrid. Looking for this on draft, in cask, or occasionally from a bourbon barrel.
- Light Lager (4.1%) – Surely you’ve had a light lager before?
- Amber Ale (5.2%) – Generously hopped with hops from the Pacific northwest but with a fair bit of caramel to balance it out.
- Barleywine (Barleywine / 11%) – Winter seasonal. Traditional English style barleywine. Huge notes of toffee, caramel, butterscotch and some underlying fruit. Sometimes goes on cask.
- Oktoberfest (Marzen / 5.5%) – German-style marzen. Toasted biscuit and cracker with just a slight hop finish.
Sun-Mon 11am-11pm; Tues-Sat 11am-midnight
Tours: Not formally, though the entire brewhouse is visible on the second floor. Just walk upstairs and you’ll be able to see everything.