Birch & Barley / ChurchKey
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Reviews by jayhawk73:
4.95/5 rDev +10%
This review is for Churchkey:
Churchkey is the upstairs bar from Birch and Barley. I had the pleasure of visiting for the first time tonight, and afterwards wondered why it took me so long to go. This place rocks! The atmosphere was fairly subdued. I was there on a Tuesday around 6pm, and got seating fairly easily. It got more packed by 7pm, but never crazy busy. Exceptional vibe in this place- pretty relaxed, and never too loud. The quality of brews here are exceptional. I was there for the Rumpkin Keg... but had 4 oz samples of 4 different beers. Nothing but the best here. The service was outstanding as well. Our waiter definitely knew his beer, asked me the proper questions about what I liked, and seemed to know every beer on the menu. Very cool. He was also very relaxed and never rushed us. He checked in w/ us quite a bit to make sure we were doing alright. The food was pretty amazing too. I had one of their flat bread creations, and it totally rocked my world. Prices are a little high, but it IS Washington DC, and the draft list was so great I didn't care. Plus, if you do some of the 4 oz. pours, you can try different beers a little cheaper. All in all, this is the best bar I've ever been to- and I'm already looking forward to going back! If you're in DC- you owe it to yourself to visit this place. You won't regret it.
10-19-2011 02:58:05 | More by jayhawk73
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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
Birch & Barley / ChurchKey in Washington, DC
99 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.