Birch & Barley / ChurchKey
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Reviews by cps98:
4/5 rDev -11.1%
ChurchKey Pub – Made the trek with a group of friends last evening. It was an official DFH tap take –over and they were debuting the new Tweason’Ale. The place was a decent walk from Metro red line Dupont Circle stop. ChurchKey is upstairs from Birch and Barley (which is closed on Monday’s as we found out). The main reason for going was to try the Tweason’Ale and get a bite to eat. The place was a little crowded when we arrived but it was happy hour time frame. The crowd was mostly younger 20’s – 30’s. It was pretty easy to get a beer from the bar, service was really quick for the amount of people in there. We finally secured a table and ordered food and more drinks. The service was pretty good. Quick on the drink and food order but then follow up drink service was a little slower. The amount of beers on tap and the bottle list were mind-blowing. I will definitely go back because we barely scratched the surface. The food we ordered was a mix of appetizers and 2 entrees. Everything was tasty and their flatbreads are gluten free! I wonder if it is normally that crowded on a non-event weekday evening?
01-25-2012 01:18:14 | More by cps98
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev -11.1%
A superb beer selection is what you'll find here, as well as some good food with an emphasis on locally-sourced ingredients. That's a good formula for me.
I had the bratburger, which came with fries, and was comped some green beans that were probably the highlight of the meal. Well, except for when the bartender (I was sitting at the bar) gave me a small pour of Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier to complement the brat. It was a match made in heaven. The juicy, smoked flavors of the brat paired with the campfire, smoked ham flavor of the beer was a brilliant combo. Kudos to the bar guy for that.
And kudos to ChurchKey for the enviable tap selection. There was recently a sort of tap takeover by an Italian brewing outfit, Brewfist, so many of their brews were on tap. I wasn't crazy about any of them but they do some wild brews that were worth at least trying. Also available were some relatively local breweries like Union and 3 Star Brewing which are doing some good things and had beers I enjoyed. The real beer geek in me thanks Churchkey for having Cuvee Delphine by De Struise brewers on tap. That's a beer I'd be hard-pressed to find, or even be on the lookout for, anywhere else.
Overall, this place offers a fine-dining experience (complete with a very dim-lit ambiance) and craft beer galore. You can kill two birds with one stone. Woohoo.
08-17-2014 20:08:18 | More by ONovoMexicano
4.16/5 rDev -7.6%
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
Birch & Barley / ChurchKey in Washington, DC
99 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.