Tuesday, 18 July 2006

Brewpub Review: District ChopHouse & Brewery

District ChopHouse & Brewery in Washington, DC
Rating: B+

Atmosphere: Perhaps a touch too crowded, but nice and big. You have to go down an elevator to get to the bathroom, which was mildly irritating. Classy place.

Quality: Beers offered were a light lager, a hefe weizen, an amber, a nut brown, an oatmeal stout, and their bourbon stout. The light lager and the hefe were disappointing, the amber stood out, and the bourbon stout was... good, but kind of surprising and weird.

Service: our server was attentive and prompt, no complaints. after our meal, I asked if the brewery area was open and we were taken up to the second floor where the equipment is and shown around, as I explained to those I was with what each piece of equipment does.

Selection: only six beers available (no non-chophouse beers available), but pretty good wine and scotch lists, plus cocktails. I was surprised to see that they charge $5 for their beer sampler, while Gordon Biersch down the street provides it for free. Food menu is a little sparse - some more options would be nice.

Food: the food was much better than I expected, although commensurately much more expensive than I expected. At our table, we had a portabello stack appetizer that was exceptionally good, a rack of lamb (pretty good, but not great), a pork filet that was exceptional, and the shrimp scampi which was very good. Dessert was a very good apple pie, split three ways.

Significantly more expensive (if you're going for dinner) than I'd anticipated, but the food was good enough that it made up for it.

Reviewed on: 07-18-2006 23:03:16

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