Birch & Barley / ChurchKey
Taps: 55 / Bottles: 500
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 130 | Reviews: 100 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by jayhawk73:
4.95/5 rDev +9.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This review is for Churchkey:
Churchkey is the upstairs bar from Birch and Barley. I had the pleasure of visiting for the first time tonight, and afterwards wondered why it took me so long to go. This place rocks! The atmosphere was fairly subdued. I was there on a Tuesday around 6pm, and got seating fairly easily. It got more packed by 7pm, but never crazy busy. Exceptional vibe in this place- pretty relaxed, and never too loud. The quality of brews here are exceptional. I was there for the Rumpkin Keg... but had 4 oz samples of 4 different beers. Nothing but the best here. The service was outstanding as well. Our waiter definitely knew his beer, asked me the proper questions about what I liked, and seemed to know every beer on the menu. Very cool. He was also very relaxed and never rushed us. He checked in w/ us quite a bit to make sure we were doing alright. The food was pretty amazing too. I had one of their flat bread creations, and it totally rocked my world. Prices are a little high, but it IS Washington DC, and the draft list was so great I didn't care. Plus, if you do some of the 4 oz. pours, you can try different beers a little cheaper. All in all, this is the best bar I've ever been to- and I'm already looking forward to going back! If you're in DC- you owe it to yourself to visit this place. You won't regret it.
10-19-2011 02:58:05 | More by jayhawk73
More User Reviews:
4.94/5 rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
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.