Birch & Barley / ChurchKey
Taps: 55 / Bottles: 500
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 130 | Reviews: 100 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by nickd717:
4.72/5 rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
Went here with my family, and all I can say is that it's one of the absolute best beer venues I've been to in my life. Up there with Kulminator, Ebenezer's, and whatnot, easily.
The ambiance is nice, elegant, warm and comforting. Not too crowded or frou-frou. The service is friendly and attentive.
The tap list is phenomenal. Highlights included Bells Batch 10000, Williamsburg Grand Illumination, Founders Breakfast Stout, and some random Belgian and American beers I hadn't yet ticked that ended up being amazing. The reserve bottle list is also excellent, with rare stuff like Barrel Aged Old Ruffian and great vintage stuff like several years of Thomas Hardy's.
The food is insanely good. I've been to two Michelin star restaurants that aren't as good as this. From the breads you get at the start to the salads to the pork belly appetizer to the mac and cheese side to the lamb entree, hot damn, it's all really, really awesome. Prices are a little on the high side (most entrees in the $20s and tasting menu $55 without beer pairings I think), but not at all unreasonable for what you get.
I love this place and will be back. Highest recommendation from the ticking champ.
01-08-2011 00:01:10 | More by nickd717
More User Reviews:
4.94/5 rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
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.