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Birch & Barley / ChurchKey

Not Rated.
Birch & Barley / ChurchKeyBirch & Barley / ChurchKey
BA SCORE
100
world-class

184 Ratings
Ratings: 184
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 10.84%
Taps: 55
Bottles: 500
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1337 14th St NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20005-3610
United States
phone: (202) 567-2576

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @churchkeydc

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(Place added by: drabmuh on 10-27-2009)
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Reviews by nickd717:
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4.72/5  rDev +4.4%

Went here with my family, and all I can say is that it's one of the absolute best beer venues I've been to in my life. Up there with Kulminator, Ebenezer's, and whatnot, easily.

The ambiance is nice, elegant, warm and comforting. Not too crowded or frou-frou. The service is friendly and attentive.

The tap list is phenomenal. Highlights included Bells Batch 10000, Williamsburg Grand Illumination, Founders Breakfast Stout, and some random Belgian and American beers I hadn't yet ticked that ended up being amazing. The reserve bottle list is also excellent, with rare stuff like Barrel Aged Old Ruffian and great vintage stuff like several years of Thomas Hardy's.

The food is insanely good. I've been to two Michelin star restaurants that aren't as good as this. From the breads you get at the start to the salads to the pork belly appetizer to the mac and cheese side to the lamb entree, hot damn, it's all really, really awesome. Prices are a little on the high side (most entrees in the $20s and tasting menu $55 without beer pairings I think), but not at all unreasonable for what you get.

I love this place and will be back. Highest recommendation from the ticking champ.

nickd717, Jan 08, 2011
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First class place. I showed up on the day of the dominion 25th anniversary celebration and was fortunate to enjoy a bell's two hearted on cask, victory dirtwolf and dominion the dream 25th anniversary black IPL. 50 beers were on tap and hundreds of other bottles available. Atmosphere was a bit dark, but friendly crowd. The service was top notch. When asked, the bartenders explained how much work went into changing 50 kegs over the night before in preparation of the 25th anny party, flushing all the lines with cleaner then water before changing over the kegs. I was impressed by three different temperature controlled coolers housing the kegs to serve at optimal serving temps. This is a must stop in the DC area and only a short walk/bike ride off the metro red line.

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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.

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Birch & Barley / ChurchKey in Washington, DC
100 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.