ChurchKey

1337 14th St NW
Washington, Washington DC United States 20005
bar  4.95/5.0 156 reviews
Mon-Thu 4PM-1AM; Fri 4PM-2AM; Sat 12PM-2AM; Sun 11:30AM-1AM

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Mayor: Travlr (71) | Taps: 55 | Bottles: 500
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Beers At ChurchKey

NameABVEntered
Drew Curtis / Wil Wheaton / Greg Koch Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout13%7/26/2016
Fantôme Forest Ghost6%7/26/2016
Off Color Sparkles Finds (Some) Trouble4.3%7/26/2016
DC Brau On the Wings of Armageddon (Nectarine)9.2%7/24/2016
DC Brau On the Wings of Armageddon (Mango)9.2%7/24/2016
DC Brau On the Wings of Armageddon (Guava)9.2%7/24/2016
AleWerks Secret Admirer8%7/24/2016
The Veil Step Dad Chaperone8.5%7/24/2016
Jolly Pumpkin Rojzilla7.4%7/24/2016
Jolly Pumpkin Foolsbrew7.7%7/20/2016
DC Brau On the Wings of Armageddon (Lychee)9.2%7/19/2016
DC Brau On the Wings of Armageddon (Pineapple)9.2%7/19/2016
Perennial Glitter And Gold6.5%7/19/2016
Birra del Borgo ReAle Extra6.4%7/19/2016
Alvinne Cuvée Freddy8%7/19/2016
Mahrs Bräu Saphir Weiss5.6%7/19/2016
Oskar Blues Old Juicy Bastard11%7/19/2016
Ocelot / Bluejacket Raised On Promises8%7/19/2016
The Veil IdontwanttoBU6.9%7/19/2016
Dupont / Lost Abbey Deux Amis7%7/19/2016
Stillwater / Hudson Valley Hopvine Bling5%7/19/2016
Brooklyn Bel Air Sour Ale6.5%7/19/2016
Boon Kriek4%7/16/2016
Foothills Hop of the Month: May (Mosaic)7%7/16/2016
RAR Lupulus Ferme6.4%7/16/2016
Union Craft Chessie Barleywine (Oak Chips)9.8%7/16/2016
Bluejacket / Country Boy Man o’ War10.5%7/9/2016
Crooked Stave Progenitor6.2%7/7/2016
Crooked Stave Petite Sour (Blueberry)5%6/25/2016
Crooked Stave Petite Sour (Raspberry)5.5%6/25/2016
The Bruery Share This: Coffee11.9%6/25/2016
Loch Ness Caith Ness4%6/23/2016
Short’s Mr. Fusion5.6%6/23/2016
Surly Cacao Bender5.5%6/23/2016
3 Stars / RAR DoCo District IPA0%6/22/2016
Confluence Thomas Beck Black IPA6.8%6/21/2016
Burial Massacre of the Innocents6.3%6/21/2016
Stillwater / Dugges Syrligt4.5%6/21/2016
Melvin Drunken Master9.5%6/21/2016
Bunker Eat the Sun5.4%6/21/2016
Urban Chestnut Dorfbier5.5%6/21/2016
Parish Envie Pale Ale5.5%6/21/2016
Against the Grain Ziggy the Enscorchelator6.5%6/21/2016
Bunker Salad Daze4.7%6/21/2016
Buxton Patersbier4%6/21/2016
Short’s Uncle Steve’s Irish Stout4.5%6/21/2016
Surly Bender5.1%6/21/2016
Surly Witch’s Tower4.5%6/21/2016
Short’s Earl of Brixom3.9%6/21/2016
Urban Chestnut Oxnbräu7.5%6/14/2016
Short’s Vintage Premium Lager4%6/14/2016
Fate Coffee IPA7%6/13/2016
Short’s Chocolate Wheat6.1%6/13/2016
Short’s Bellaire Brown7%6/13/2016
Insight In The Halls of the Sunken City Saison - Chapter VII7.8%6/13/2016
Against the Grain Commie Pekko6.8%6/13/2016
Short’s Love Knife6.7%6/13/2016
Union Craft Old Pro Gose (Blackberries)4.2%6/13/2016
4 Noses Vier Neuzen Belgian Tripel (Cabernet Barrel)11%6/6/2016
4 Noses .44 Magnum Double IPA8.7%6/5/2016
Confluence Des Moines IPA6.9%6/5/2016
Oxbow Freestyle No. 35 (German Pilsner)4.5%6/5/2016
Rhinegeist Mushhushshu8.5%6/5/2016
Tributary Grand Cru8.3%6/5/2016
Two Roads Roads Garden (2016)8.9%6/5/2016
Rhinegeist Puma Pils5.2%6/5/2016
Confluence Long Ride Pale Ale5.7%6/5/2016
Saugatuck Neapolitan Milk Stout6%6/5/2016
4 Noses ’Bout Damn Time7.1%6/5/2016
4 Noses Hiker’s Helles5.2%6/5/2016
Allagash Dougernaut7.6%6/5/2016
Fonta Flora Fruit Bat Disco5.8%6/5/2016
Fonta Flora Southern Saison5.2%6/5/2016
Fonta Flora A Very Merry Un-Birthday To You6.4%6/5/2016
Great Raft Commotion Pale Ale - Double Dry Hopped 5.2%6/5/2016
Country Boy Double Barrel Shotgun Wedding11.2%6/5/2016
Burial Billows4.9%6/5/2016
Great Raft Old Mad Joy - Heaven Hill Single Barrel10%6/5/2016
Great Raft Oceans Between Us8%6/5/2016
Burial Terrestrial Paradise5.2%6/5/2016
Burial The Conjurer7.7%6/5/2016
Burial The Garden Of Earthly Delights 5%6/5/2016
Foundation Zuurzing4.5%6/4/2016
Foundation Wanderlust4.5%6/4/2016
Foundation Epiphany IPA8%6/4/2016
Liquid Riot Bobo Pivo4.8%6/4/2016
Banded Horn Daikaiju8.7%6/4/2016
Rising Tide Gose- Pisces3.5%6/4/2016
Oxbow Cavern6.5%6/4/2016
Maine Beer I6.5%6/4/2016
Insight An Obstruction On The Troll Way Citrus IPA - Chapter XXIX6.8%6/4/2016
Saugatuck Starburst Wheat5.1%6/4/2016
Great Raft Commotion Pale Ale5.2%6/3/2016
Country Boy Ghost Gose4%6/3/2016
Country Boy Alpha Experiment: Mosaic7.1%6/3/2016
Fonta Flora Whippoorwill 5.9%6/2/2016
Great Raft You, Me and Everyone We Know7%6/2/2016
Great Raft All My Tomorrows7%6/2/2016
Wicked Weed Permeo6.4%6/2/2016
Fonta Flora Farm and Sparrow2.7%6/2/2016


94
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Travlr  (2466) Washington, Washington DC | November 4, 2009| Updated April 2, 2015
We started out early and beat the crowds at the upstairs bar. Started with 4 ounce sample of all 5 cask ales - Ola Dubh, Bell’s Two-Hearted, Heavy Seas Winter Storm, Wollaver’s Brown Ale and Peak Organic Espresso Amber Ale. All priced at $2 except the Ola Dubh which was $6. Then we progressed through a nice selection of draughts, all well-kept and reasonably priced. Finished with some incredible bottles: Alvinne’s Oak Barrel Podge, De Ranke’s Noir de Dottignies, and Les Deux Brasseurs collaboration of De Proef and Allagash. Staff was very attentive, friendly and mostly familiar with what was on offer, especially considering the place was absolutely packed and their selection is enormous. Greg Engert, the beer manager, took time to chat and pour each of our bottles, despite being in constant frenetic motion. The charcuterie was average, nothing too exciting, but the flatbread was amazing (we tried two varieties). This place has already vaulted to the top of DC beer bars, and I hope they keep up the good work.
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
3fourths  (1528) Boulder, Colorado | August 22, 2010| Updated December 10, 2013
best draft and bottle selection in dc. one of the better beer bars in the united states (probably top 3). fun crowd. good service. underwhelming food but focus should be beer. half-pours are standard. taps rotate frequently and many are small batches and esoteric. this is where beer needs to head in the US to be taken more seriously. we need to evolve out of the horse brass pub mentality.
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
t0rin0  (1516) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 12, 2013
Visited July 2011.

Stopped in right around happy hour time so the place was filling up fast, which made things miserable. This was during a heat wave and it had been a while since I’d been in DC (or anywhere on the east coast) and forgot about the 99% humidity thing. Couple that with 200 people crammed into this place and things get uncomfortable real fast. Despite all that the selection here is really good. Tons of new things that I had never tried as well as lots of good beer, both in bottles and on tap. My major regret was ordering from the cask. Holy crap. I think people confuse room temperature with cellar temperature. It was 100 degrees in the bar as well as in the cask. It burned my mouth to drink that glass. That was compounded by the fact that it was a Pratt Street beer... Anyway, the service was friendly and the prices were a bit high. I need to stop back in when it’s not the middle of July and during the after work rush.
88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
nate2g  (1083) Boomtown!, Australia | April 2, 2015
I have visited ChurchKey a few times now during my DC stay. There’s always interesting beers on tap to try with a great selection across all styles. They also seem to do regular brewery tap takeovers and launches of new beers. The food is delicious too with their own spin on some classic snacks. Staff have been welcoming and friendly each time I’ve been in. I advise trying to arrive here at opening time during weekdays as it fills up very quickly come 5pm. No doubt a great beer bar!
90
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2  (940) Escondido, California | October 10, 2010
I stopped by on a Sunday and sat at the downstairs bar. The place was packed and rather noisy, though not unbearable. The draft selection was nice, complete with some rare Stone beers. I did not have a look at the bottle list, but you can bet I will on my next visit. The food is superb and the service is very attentive.
88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick  (837) Columbus, Ohio | September 28, 2014
(Visited 07/2014): Churchkey is located on 14th Street in downtown DC. We took a cab from our hotel so I am unsure what the parking situation is. The restaurant is upstairs from Birch & Barley.

There is a small patio out front for the restaurant, and the bar is upstairs. The interior is dark with a long and narrow floor plan. The bar runs nearly the entire length along the right side, and there are raised tables opposite. Red walls, exposed HVAC and brick give the place a slightly industrial feel. Taps and coolers behind the bar give a sense of how many beers are available.

Churchkey shares a beer list with Birch & Barley. There are over 50 beers available on draught, including many breweries from the region like DC Brau and Devils Backbone, plus other domestic craft brewers like Terrapin and Perennial. Additionally there are some imports on tap from the likes of 3 Fonteinen and Get Radical. The bottle selection numbers in the hundreds, with many craft breweries around the world represented, including a lot of seasonals and rarities. We shared a bottle from Strangeways. Samples are available.

Service on a busy weekday evening was good. The server was knowledgeable about the beer menu and was attentive throughout our visit.

We did not have any food, as we had just eaten downstairs.

Overall this place is deservedly at the top of beer spots to visit in DC.
76
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
DiarmaidBHK  (796) Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | July 5, 2011
We hung out in the bar portion upstairs. I didn’t care that much for the ambience. It was very angular and post-modern and the crowd was 90% 30 and under who apparently enjoy shouting over loud music. The food was flavorful but a bit overcooked. They also had a bit too much fried stuff in my opinion. We visited on a Sunday before the holiday and they had way few staff for the number of people there so the service was a bit dodgy. The beer experience was fantastic. They had over 50 beers on tap, including 5 on cask, and over 500 bottled beers. The best part was that you could have 4oz. pours of anything on draft so you could sample a lot of different things at a reasonable cost. They had a bunch of craft European stuff that would be hard to find elsewhere. I do echo those that wish they had more local craft stuff but what they have is amazing. Will definitely go back, just not at night.
88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis  (754) Sunnyvale, California | September 4, 2012
OK, walking into this one was a bit of a gut clencher - would it live up to the considerable hype of ratebeerians everywhere? Unassuming front, walkt up a flight of stairs and there is an average bar and a small area for tables. Tap list was intriguing but not amazing. Bottle list was EXTENSIVE, but none of my wales were on it, and prices were about 50% higher (where there was overlap) with Pizzeria Paradiso down the street. They serve all of their taps as 4 oz taster pours which was nice. The bartenders were friendly, efficient and knowledgable, and the food, such that i tried, was pretty good. All in all a nice experience, just not the trancendental one I was expecting.
94
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 19/20
theisti  (746) Kansas | May 16, 2013| Updated September 8, 2014
Visited right after dinner on a Tuesday with Travlr. Brand spanking new look, located upstairs from Birch and Barley. Room length bar to the right, bar tables to the left, small area of couches and chill out spots in the back. For whatever reason, I had always imagined this place as a small basement bar, it is neither of those things. Both the tap list and bottle selection here are world class. I appreciated that sample (4 oz) sizes were available for all tap beers. The service was great, super friendly and knowledgeable. It helped that Travlr seemed to be a bit of a none quantity here. I had a really great time here, and it will certainly be a must hit when I am back in DC. Thanks for meeting me out, Gene.

94 = ★★★★½ (World class)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.
96
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
NachlamSie  (707) Denver, Colorado | June 4, 2011
Churchkey is a serious beer destination. I was blown away, not since discovering the Porter Bar have I seen a bar with this much attention to beer. The tap selection is very extensive with plenty of rarities and a smart, wide array of styles. Everything is available in a 4 oz snifter or in it’s approprtiate glassware. Prices are in line with every other bar I went to in DC, that is to say, a little high. But that’s how the city is. Churchkey was absolutely packed but I still got great service. They know how to staff the place. I ate a flatbread with figs, prosciutto, port and I believe manchego. Fantastic dinner. I enjoyed everything about my visits here. This is a must stop in DC. Absolutely mandatory.

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