Birch & Barley / ChurchKey
Taps: 55 / Bottles: 500
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 159 | Reviews: 105 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Thorpe429:
4.83/5 rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Atmosphere is really nice and sleek. Definitely quite modern. There is a pretty good amount of seating and a very large bar. All the taps located behind the bar look quite nice, not to mention the ginormous shelving unit opposite the bar housing all the goodies that Greg is aging.
Quality is about the best I could ever expect from a bar. Everything they do--glassware, menu printing, Twitter notifications, etc.--is first class.
Service is normally quite good, especially when you sit at the bar during an off period. All the bartenders and servers who I have had are quite friendly and typically very knowledgeable. My only knock here is that it can get quite crowded at times and service is then understandably quite a bit slower.
The selection is by far the best in the DC area. Fifty taps, five casks, and 500 bottles in stock. This place is constantly bringing in beer that you won't be able to find anywhere else in the region. Additionally, while it's great right now, I expect it to get even better given Greg's dedication and the fact that DC law is pretty lenient in a lot of a relevant areas.
The food is excellent at both Birch & Barley and Churchkey, with the former being a bit more upscale and pricey. B&B's brunch is absolutely fantastic.
Overall, the price points aren't too bad, especially considering all the options. Also, while some of the single beers are a bit pricey, definite points for offering a 4oz. pour of any of the drafts.
10-05-2010 18:02:00 | More by Thorpe429
More User Reviews:
4.16/5 rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$$
This might not be the greatest beer bar I have been to or drinking time/experience I've ever had but as I review this place it might just be after all. The draft and bottle list is impressive and the four oz sample you can get for any draft is great. I would say that the four ounce samples are pricey but then again this is DC so that might be norm for area. The setup is great too (I went in afternoon so no idea if crowding is problem at night) - plenty of bar seats and booths, TVs turned to ESPN channels (pleased me), low lighting and music so you don't have to shout and the vie is more relaxed. Perhaps only complaint is it seemed to take a while for our food which didn't bother me. As for beer selection I still stand by my first sentence that it's not the greatest beer bar b/c they do get stuff from everywhere and stuff I can't find anywhere else with exception of Philly. A must go for anybody hitting DC.
07-25-2014 16:56:53 | More by clayrock81
4.56/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$
Yes, this should be your first stop in DC (I'm local). The beers are the point here but reviewed separately. Regarding the place itself, the bar at CK makes it easy to spend long hours sampling their enormous selection of drafts and bottle reserves; substantial/expansive bar, well spaced and padded bar stools w/ armrests, attentive/knowledgeable bar staff, B&B chef make great bar food and pairings. I appreciate the seclusion and the throwback lounge vibe (although some may not); i.e. bar is up a long stairwell with a rather dark interior, no outside views from bar-some window seating is available.
About half of CK has excellent TV viewing (from bar, booths/tables) and staff is good about tuning in your game but don't expect sound, you're here to drink, so are the people behind and around you.
Draft and bottle menus well organized (profile, style, product and servicing details), easy to review and select. Although I have not made it through the 555 lineup, the published selection of drafts and bottles appears to be accurate and up to date only because I have been coming here for about 4 years I have not encountered any instance where something was out or unavailable (and I have tried).
The 55 daily drafts can be sampled (4 oz.) but if you want to dent the 500 bottle lineup bring a friend (or make one).
A phenomenal place..
07-22-2014 19:45:40 | More by WicksCherrycoke
Birch & Barley / ChurchKey in Washington, DC
99 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.