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Beers At ChurchKey

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp West Latitude Session Rye5.5%5/25/2016
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Pat-Rye-Ot Revolutionary Pale Ale5.6%5/25/2016
Guineu WIPA6.8%5/25/2016
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Family Values Imperial Brown Ale - Cocoa8.5%5/25/2016
Guineu Marky Ramone’s Natural Brown Ale6%5/25/2016
Marina Mas Cremat4.5%5/25/2016
Oskar Blues Chubna0%5/24/2016
AleWerks Droste Effect9.2%5/24/2016
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Stout of the Union7.3%5/24/2016
Marina Black Sea4.5%5/24/2016
Loch Ness 77%5/24/2016
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Sweet Sunny South Southern Table Beer4.9%5/24/2016
Marina S’Agüia4%5/24/2016
Montseny Malta5.1%5/24/2016
Brønhër Pan de Ajo - Spiced Gose4.4%5/24/2016
Naparbier Alien Claw6.8%5/20/2016
Edge Brewing Cookie Euphoria5.2%5/20/2016
Naparbier The Crimson Bird Raspberries6.1%5/20/2016
Naparbier The Crimson Bird Strawberries6.1%5/20/2016
Fort Oatmeal Porter6.5%5/20/2016
Marina Devil’s IPA6.5%5/20/2016
Guineu / La Quince Vanilla Black Velvet9.5%5/20/2016
Montseny Mala Vida - Chili11%5/20/2016
Montseny Mala Vida - Brandy11%5/20/2016
Montseny Mala Vida11%5/20/2016
Edge Brewing / Lervig Pure Decadence Imperial Stout10.3%5/20/2016
Brønhër Drink Me Alive! Lager Ale Brew Blend5.5%5/20/2016
Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine12.1%5/18/2016
Ölvisholt Lava9.4%5/18/2016
Union Craft Chessie Barleywine9.8%5/18/2016
Mikkeller Big Worse Barley Wine12%5/17/2016
Evil Twin Even More Jesus12%5/17/2016
Brouwerij Kees Peated Imperial Stout 11.2%5/17/2016
DC Brau The Corruption6.5%5/17/2016
Off Color Coffee Dino’smores 10.5%5/17/2016
Maine Beer Another One7%5/15/2016
Maine Beer MO6%5/15/2016
Voss Vossaøl (8%)8%5/14/2016
Cloudwater / Burning Sky Old Garde (Red Wine Barrel Aged)8.5%5/14/2016
Cloudwater Tripel (Red Wine Barrel Aged)9%5/14/2016
Cloudwater Imperial Stout (11.2%)11.2%5/14/2016
Against the Grain / Morada Cia Etilica 1 Brazillion Dollars12%5/14/2016
Cloudwater Citrus Gose Grapefruit Tequila5.5%5/14/2016
Cloudwater Spring Summer 2016 - US Light Comet3.6%5/14/2016
Cloudwater Winter Range - Aus Hopfen Weisse6.5%5/14/2016
Boulevard Tripel Julep11.5%5/14/2016
Against the Grain Quakin’ Scrots5.5%5/9/2016
Against the Grain Tex-Arcana7.9%5/9/2016
Against the Grain Something Local IPA6.6%5/9/2016
Against the Grain Kümmerspeck6.5%5/9/2016
Brewski / Dugges Simple Jack3.8%5/9/2016
Cloudwater Spring Summer Range - Session IPA E.4314.5%5/9/2016
Cloudwater Spring Summer 2016 IPA Citra6.5%5/9/2016
Cloudwater Spring Summer 2016 Keyworth’s Mid Lager4.8%5/9/2016
Cloudwater Bretted Cream Ale4.8%5/9/2016
Cloudwater Bergamot Hopfen Weisse6%5/9/2016
Cloudwater Spring Summer 2016 Keyworth’s Early Lager4.8%5/9/2016
Cloudwater Spring Summer 2016 Eureka Lager4.8%5/9/2016
Cloudwater Spring Summer 2016 Epic Lager4.8%5/9/2016
Cloudwater Seville Orange Sour3.5%5/9/2016
Cloudwater Citrus Gose5.5%5/9/2016
Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion Revolution No. 0015.9%5/3/2016
Weird Beard Fade to Black6.3%5/3/2016
Weird Beard Black Perle 4.5%5/3/2016
Harveys Sussex XXXX Old Ale 4.3%5/3/2016
Tired Hands Red, White, and Buck6.6%5/3/2016
Brewski / Cycle 50 States of Freedom3.9%5/3/2016
Uerige / Kehrwieder Jrön Grünhopfen-Sticke6.2%5/3/2016
Einbecker 13786.7%5/3/2016
Avery Raja8%5/2/2016
Ocelot Home6.7%5/2/2016
DC Brau / Perennial Pink Pallet Jack6.5%4/29/2016
Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere4.5%4/29/2016
Port City Optimal Wit5%4/29/2016
Grimm Vacay5.3%4/25/2016
Founders Sumatra Mountain Brown9.2%4/25/2016
Bear Republic Clobberskull10.5%4/25/2016
Burning Sky Monolith7.4%4/25/2016
Allagash Sixteen Counties Ale (2015)6.2%4/21/2016
Bear Republic Sherry & Sauternes Grizz9.5%4/19/2016
Bear Republic Sonoma County Wild Pale Ale7.6%4/19/2016
Dieu du Ciel Chemin de Croix7.5%4/19/2016
Amager / Jester King Danish Metal10%4/18/2016
Põhjala Must Kuld - Cherry Edition7.8%4/18/2016
Põhjala Must Kuld7.8%4/18/2016
Brewski One Does Not Simply Mango8%4/18/2016
Saint Somewhere Fraternité5%4/18/2016
Saint Somewhere / Jester King Bouteille Vert5%4/18/2016
Burning Sky Provision Reserve7%4/18/2016
De la Senne / Mont Salève Double Saison8%4/18/2016
De Molen Cuvee #510%4/16/2016
Loch Ness Saazi Ness4%4/16/2016
Victory / Bluejacket Brett Dixon6.9%4/16/2016
Birrificio del Ducato / Oxbow Oud Brunello5%4/16/2016
RAR Nanticoke Nectar India Pale Ale7.4%4/16/2016
Ocelot Broken6.6%4/16/2016
Eskilstuna Scandinavian Spruce Spruce Ale5.6%4/16/2016
Manor Hill Hidden Hopyard Series: Volume 17%4/16/2016
Ocelot Frightened8.7%4/16/2016
Foothills Jade IPA7.4%4/16/2016

  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Travlr  (2340) 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.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
t0rin0  (1515) 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.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
3fourths  (1514) 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.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
nate2g  (1071) 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!
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2  (909) 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.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick  (823) 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.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
DiarmaidBHK  (795) 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.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • OVERALL 19/20
theisti  (730) 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.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis  (728) 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.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
NachlamSie  (700) 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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