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Beer Available At ChurchKey (arranged by most recent)
Stillwater The Devil is People , Cigar City Lue Gim Gong’s Orange Peel Pale Ale 93, Southern Tier Imperial Oat 100, Sierra Nevada Beer Camp #99: India Farmhouse Ale 85, Kuhnhenn Irreverent , Ninkasi Ground Control 96, Center of the Universe El Duderino White Russian Milk Stout 92, Center of the Universe Scotchtown (Barrel Aged) 78, Country Boy Half Way Home 89, Kuhnhenn Simcoe Silly Ale 94, Kuhnhenn Brothers Gold (Kölsch) 65, Clown Shoes Clementine 82, Mikkeller Spontanhibiscus 63, Kuhnhenn Loonie Kuhnie Pale Ale 87, Ninkasi Rich’s Brew 93, Kuhnhenn The Fluffer 95, Center of the Universe Chin Music , Ninkasi Sacrimentale , Center of the Universe Sling Shot Kolsch 53, Center of the Universe Pocahoptas 91
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Doofgoblin (30) Chevy Chase, Washington DC | February 12, 2015
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
Really great selection; although, some of the bottles can be a bit pricey. The rotating taps are great, especially the casks. Food is good too and probably the best value. Service struggles a little on busy nights. Get there early if you want to sit down.
hombrepalo (145) Chicago, Illinois | January 6, 2015
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
cratez (256) Toronto, Ontario | January 4, 2015
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
When I visited: Late September 2014.
What I had: Pint of Victory Prima Pils and a bottle of Oude Gueuze Tilquin ŕ l’Ancienne, two glasses of sauvignon blacn for my fiancé, some waters.
What I liked: Large, dimly-lit bar has ample seating, expansive draft list, good crowd with a bustling, conversational atmosphere, amicable bartender made a great recommendation in the Tilquin and happily agreed to take a picture of us when asked, we enjoyed all of our drinks.
What I disliked: While the tap lineup is huge and well-selected, there was nothing that really grabbed my attention on our visit (hence the Prima), like downstairs the prices are high. On the whole, though, this is a fantastic beer bar that we would frequent often if we lived in the area.
Would I go back? For sure.
Overall Rating: 88
rosenbergh (580) Tampere, Finland | November 13, 2014
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
A huge selection of beers that I have to admit. But... it was really cold inside. Like sitting in a freezer. And the service was super slow. Yes we were not the only customers but still it was like slow motion. I have to say it was a disappointment. From a place with 99% rating in RB I was really expecting more. 55 taps is quite impressive though.
conway (71) , | October 24, 2014
84 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
One of the best bottle selections you’ll come across with an extensive tap list to boot. Big open industrial feel with friendly service. Prices are a bit of a mixed bag as a lot of the bottles are overpriced but the selection makes it worth it. Lives up to the hype in my opinion.
stevoj (180) Boise, Idaho | October 21, 2014
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
A nice cozy upstairs bar, dim industrial feel, My one beef was the lighting, impossibly low lights and small type on the menu made it almost impossible to read. Decent food, I did not get a chance to see the bottle list buy heard it was pretty good.
JStax (233) Devola/Marietta, Ohio | October 12, 2014
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 18/20
I stopped in here on two separate nights, a Wednesday night around 9 PM and a Thursday night around 5 PM. I walked here each night, but it appears there is only street parking available. So in short, don’t drive here. The place is located in a fairly busy part of downtown DC with lots of bars and restaurants in the area with many catering to the craft beer and hipster crowds. Located above Birch and Barley. You can bypass Birch and Barley if you like and go straight upstairs. It looked like all the beer is upstairs, but I could be mistaken. I didn’t get a very good look at Birch and Barley as I walked past. Once upstairs you can choose from tables and chairs, booths, or a bar seat. I opted for a bar seat each time. Wednesday night I was surprisingly able to get a seat at the bar immediately and Thursday was easy because I was there so early. The service was fantastic both nights. They keep more people behind the bar than any other place I’ve ever been and because of that they were able to keep up with everybody. I never got all the way to the bottom of my glass before I was being asked if I wanted to try anything else. They also kept my water glass filled without having to ask. I really liked that. Awesome service! The beer selection lives up to the hype. They probably had more than the 500 listed on here, but I have no idea how many they actually did have. It was impressive. The taps were my favorite part, though. They had a lot of great offerings, more than half of which I had never had. The cask offerings were great as well with traditional english cask styles and some american ones that suited the system well. The food available upstairs were mostly appetizer centric. I split the tater tots, shishisto peppers, and garlic cheese fritters with a few other guys. All were pretty solid and I particularly enjoyed the peppers. The food prices were fair, the tap and cask prices were fair, but the bottle prices, that’s where my heartburn with their pricing is located. The bottles we actually did buy were very overpriced. When I go back, I will most likely stick to the taps and leave the bottles alone. Overall, this place is awesome and I will be back anytime I am in town.
Dogbrick (796) Columbus, Ohio | September 28, 2014
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
(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.
JCB (243) Durham, North Carolina | September 26, 2014
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Great hang upstairs here, with a more relaxed and laid-back environment in the long bar, but with a similarly exceptional beer selection. Great service, smart folks. Absolutely essential stop.
douglas88 (265) Portland , Oregon | September 3, 2014
86 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Certainly a world class beer bar. Odd place, looks like a old loft filled with fake decorations almost, something of a Arabian Nights theme. Excellent service. A lot of great drafts and a superb bottle list. The negative: damn expensive. Many bottles are 50$ or more. Overall, this is a great place. I’d go back a ton if I was local.
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