Birch & Barley / ChurchKey
Taps: 55 / Bottles: 500
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 130 | Reviews: 100 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Stinger80OH:
4.25/5 rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Churchkey is a beer geek's heaven. While the rotating tap selection is impressive at 50 selections, the book of bottles is mind-boggling. With some 500 choices, it's very difficult to choose which brew to try. Fortunately, all beers are listed by style, which makes it a little easier to figure out what to order. The food is tasty and there are plenty of options. Service is decent but I'm not sure how helpful they would be in helping novice beer drinkers select something from their selection, especially when it is busy. During peak hours, it is a bustling, noisy environment but that shouldn't deter beer lovers looking for options that aren't available elsewhere. Definitely a place to stop back into next time I'm in DC.
05-31-2012 16:48:50 | More by Stinger80OH
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4.94/5 rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
I visited Churchkey for the first time last week, and was absolutely impressed by the selection and staff. They had a phenomenal lineup of tap beers, of which I tried the following: Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel, Foothills Sexual Chocolate, Struise Cuvee Delphine, Mikkeller George!, Evil Twin Justin Blaeber, and Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron. Thank God for the 4oz. pours! Hard to find a tap lineup like that anywhere (disclaimer - they had a barrel-aged stout event a few days before, so I doubt they normally have those on tap).
The staff was great, and the bartender even gave me the George! and Justin Blaeber for free.
Awesome place, not to be missed if you are in DC.
04-02-2014 22:23:56 | More by Mnmaverick
District of Columbia
4.48/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$$
I've been to ChurchKey several times as I am a nearby resident of DC. I have never, however, been downstairs to the partnering restaurant type ambiance, Birch & Barley. First time I went to ChurchKey, Great Lakes Christmas Ale was on tap. It is a little pricey, and if you are trying to not spend money, this is not the bar. However, if you are looking for something delicious and maybe, have something rare in mind, this is your first bet for bars in DC. Today's the first of April and I had a KBS 2014 chased by a Hopslam D IPA (no fools). It was a spring day and everything was right with the beers I had; no doubt it would be more pleasant if the bar managed to let a little more light in somehow.
04-02-2014 00:15:49 | More by D-18V
Birch & Barley / ChurchKey in Washington, DC
100 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.