The Quest for the Holy Grain - Best Brew Pubs
Washington DC

 

 

 

Bluejacket Brewery
300 Tingey St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 524-4862

Bluejacket is a new brewpub in the up-and- coming district near the new DC stadium.
The facility is quite large and set in a renovated factory building with several other restaurants.
A large patio is out front.
Bluejacket is very popular and usually has a waiting line for seats, even in mid afternoon. Inside the front door is a hostess station for the restaurant area, and beyond that, the bar. The long bar probably seats 25.
The large bar area has plenty of standing room and tall tables to lean on [what are those called??] and has room for several hundred patrons.
The brewing operation is visible behind the bar and on the mezzanine above.
Bluejacket has 20 of their own brews on tap and 5 more on cask; most of which are pretty tasty.

 

District Chophouse
509 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004
Phone: (202) 347-3434

January 26th, 6:22 PM...it was cold in the District. We were in town for the Lupulin Hoppy Beer Slam at RFD. But being on the Quest, and so close to a brewpub, I threw on my coat and ran a coupla blocks down 7th Street to the District Chophouse. It was a good move. Brewmaster Barrett Lauer crafts about 8 regulars and a seasonal. The Bourbon Stout had been recommended to me, but in its absence, I had a Weizenbock, which was remarkably good. At a great beer place, always sit at the bar...that's where you'll learn about the local beer scene. The bartender was exceptionally helpful in spite of being very busy. The Chophouse seems to be a great place to meet and chat with friends while consuming great beer. My all-too-brief visit was over, but I'll be back.