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Beer Available At ChurchKey (arranged by most recent)
BFM XIV (La Quatorze) 89, LoverBeer Dama Bruna 90, Oxbow / Coppertail Grizacca 97, Stone Old Guardian - Extra Hoppy 98, Flying Dog Lucky SOB Irish Red 46, Oxbow Loretta 94, Oxbow Saison Noel 63, Avery IPA 96, Oxbow Blended Oxtoberfest 86, Foothills Jade IPA 97, Stone Bang Bang 81, Oxbow Freestyle No. 27 (Robust Porter) , Oxbow Super Deluxe , Beachwood / De La Senne Senne of a Beachwood , Oxbow Arboreal 95, The Duck-Rabbit Paulís Working Holiday , Spencer Trappist Ale 95, Edge Brewing Powerplant 91, Allagash Currant Affair , Saint Somewhere / Cigar City Deja Vu
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Travlr (1716) Washington, Washington DC | November 4, 2009| Updated November 8, 2012
94 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
We started out early and beat the crowds at the upstairs bar. Started with 4 ounce sample of all 5 cask ales - Ola Dubh, Bellís Two-Hearted, Heavy Seas Winter Storm, Wollaverís 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: Alvinneís Oak Barrel Podge, De Rankeís 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.
t0rin0 (1463) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 12, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
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 Iíd 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 itís not the middle of July and during the after work rush.
3fourths (1380) Boulder, Colorado | August 22, 2010| Updated December 10, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
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.
Dogbrick (786) 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.
BeerandBlues2 (759) Hanover, Maryland | October 10, 2010
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
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.
DiarmaidBHK (739) Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | July 5, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
We hung out in the bar portion upstairs. I didnít 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.
Rastacouere (664) Montreal, Quebec | July 18, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
This bar of the highest repute did not seem all that big when we first stepped in, but upon further study, lots of people can fit in here. At the front and rear, sofas offer a different seating alternatives and so does the very long bar from which you can see the very knowledgeable staff at work. Our barman was very friendly and knowledgeable though he recognized his limits when asked a particularly rare bottle offering that he ended up not finding. Still, the extremely large bottle list is almost futile considering the extraordinary tap list. I donít know whether my visit was representative, but this felt like a visit at Gingerman NYC and one on an especially good night as more than half of the menu I would not have minded seeing in my glass. Truly very impressive selection, possibly among the best of the world. I was not particularly fond of the atmosphere though, it felt very loud and not a particularly pretty venue, yet loaded with young professionals on a Friday evening.
GT2 (623) San Diego County , California | April 8, 2013
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
CK is the hot place in town. Just always stupid crowded even early Monday evenings. What!? Come here on Friday or Saturday night and you can forget about it. It is insanely packed. OMG. But if you know a few people and are polite, you can get your drinks very quickly no matter the crowd. Selection is so big itís a little terrifying. But if you really dig deep into the bottle list- its extensive but most of the beers are expensive and mediocre. This is a place that could really throw itís weight around to get better beers like Port/LA, FFF, Surly, New Glarus, RR, Struise, De Molen. Sadly, almost all the exclusive beers are exclusive for a reason: they suck. There is a huge emphasis on Italian craft beers, which are mad expensive and usually suck. Food is insanely good, but you pay for it.
**UPDATE** Iíve warmed to this place over the past year for a number of reasons. One, though they donít have happy hour like Paradiso, you can always get tasters of whatís on tap for a pretty good deal. Usually around $3. Two, they have kept the same staff for a long time. Iíve made friends with a lot of them and itís nice to know someone behind the bar when it gets mad crowded, which is almost always the case. Three, they do clean their tap lines meticulously and staff labors all day doing this detailed necessity. Four, they have been throwing their new found fame around to get lots of exclusive beers. Now Struise and De Molen is quite common and even Cantillon is doing an event here. Iím very proud to have CK as a sort of local bar and think the staff is top notch. Without a doubt, the premier beer bar in DC if lacking the homey, relaxed atmosphere of Paradiso.
NachlamSie (622) Denver, Colorado | June 4, 2011
96 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
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 itís approprtiate glassware. Prices are in line with every other bar I went to in DC, that is to say, a little high. But thatís 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.
theisti (580) Leawood, Kansas | May 16, 2013| Updated September 8, 2014
94 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
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 = ★★★★Ĺ (World class)
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