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Beer Available At Churchkey (arranged by most recent)
Allagash Fluxus 2014 80, 3 Stars Phoenix Rye Saison 70, Monocacy Humulus Lupulus Rex (Lime Zest) , Against the Grain The Brown Note 88, Westbrook / Stillwater Big Tastyís Back Door 85, Funky Buddha Floridian Hefeweizen 92, Funky Buddha Blueberry Cobbler 86, Funky Buddha Baklava Braggot , Funky Buddha Floridian Gone Wild , Funky Buddha Tripel Lindy 78, Jolly Pumpkin Baudelaire Beer Ale Absurd Rye Tripple 97, Funky Buddha Snowed In 97, Funky Buddha Muy Bonita (Lairdís Apple Brandy Barrel) , Funky Buddha Crusher Single Hop Session IPA 88, Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA 99, Stillwater Gose Gone Wild 99, Wicked Weed Royal Cache - Indulgence 78, Trillium Fort Point Pale Ale 99, Against the Grain MacFannybaw 90, Funky Buddha Iron & Barleywine (Cabernet Barrel)
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craftbeerdesign (100) Fort Collins, Colorado | July 21, 2011
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 19/20
This review is just for ChurchKey - I did not eat in the Birch & Barley downstairs. ChurchKey is the bar above Birch & Barley and is full of great craftbeer in a modern / red setting with lots of tables and a long bar. It gets very crowded - so get there early. The tap list is very diverse and the best part is they pour 4 oz or full glasses of each - great to try a lot of different beers in one evening. The food menu is fairly limited but the quality is outstanding. Ask to see the bottle list - which is a really think book full of bottles from everywhere - thanks to DCís lax beer laws, beers donít need to come through a distributor - so theyíve got stuff from AleSmith, Lost Abbey, Russian River, Captain Lawrence, Ithaca, Cascade, etc, etc.... the selection is amazing... and the prices are generally fair until you get to the reserve list. One of my favorite places to visit when in DC.
DiarmaidBHK (732) 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.
magsinva (138) Virginia | July 4, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
The Good: With 50+ beers on tab and 555 (according to the bottle menu) in bottles, the selection is awesome. I stuck to the 4 oz pours and my average price/pour was under $4. The bad: we went on a Sunday night and they were definitely understaffed. The music was a little too loud and the crowd was kind of younger than what you typically see with places that serve quality craft beer. I will definitely be going back, but probably in the afternoon when it isnít trying to be a club.
weihenweizen (171) Charleston Area, West Virginia | July 3, 2011| Updated June 9, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
While waiting to be seated for dinner we were encouraged to go up stairs to the bar. Refer to Birch and Barley rating for other details. The place is dimly lit with modern decor. The tap selection is excellent, 50 beer taps. The place was busy, but not crazy (Thursday night). I tried to get the attention of several bar tenders with no luck. Finally a guy who was actually a waiter said he would get me a sample I asked for. He said he wasnít supposed to do this, but he would do this as a favor, come on really. Our buzzer went off and I told him not to bother.
Beerona97 (114) Washington | June 20, 2011| Updated February 1, 2012
98 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 19/20
This place is fucking awesome. I came here by myself because no one else wanted to go and I didnít really give a rats ass since I knew it would be great anyway. The workers know their stuff, the 4oz pour is gold since it allowed me to try 16 different beers. When I was here, they didnít have some stuff I wanted that I had seen on the menu the few days before, but they did have all 19 (or whatever it is) Mikkeller Single Hop Series beers. All the customers I talked to were as beer geeky as I am, one was a BA member another was the son of one of the Shelton Bros. It was like an impromptu tasting because the other customers and I were frequently splitting beers. Really nice place and atmosphere. I would move to DC for this bar if I could. I donít give perfect scored to beers, but this place is perfect and I have no problem giving it a 100. Some others were complaining about service, I had exceptional service, I also got there about 30 minutes after they opened so maybe that helped. The guys working there were knowledgeable and when I had a question they didnít know the answer to, they went and printed out a fact sheet and gave it to me. The bottle list was insane. This is the kind of place you could go to, then go to again 3 days later and 80% of the tap list is different.
ben4321 (256) Hoboken, New Jersey | June 15, 2011
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
I finally made a visit to Churchkey! Iíve been meaning to go here since the place first opened up! Anyway, it lived up to my expectation. Excellent selection, great service, and rather good food as well. Iím very happy for all my DC bretheren that this place opened up. I only wish it had been around longer while I was living in the area. Iíve heard it gets packed, and I can see why, but I visited on a Sunday afternoon and it was just the perfect amount of crowded. The bartenders seem to really know there beer and where genuinely interested in chatting with the customers about it. All in all, just a quality beer drinking experience. I canít recomend this place highly enough.
NachlamSie (582) 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.
dhartogs (4) Virginia | May 9, 2011
98 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 20/20
Best spot for beer in DC hands down. Excellent rotating draft and bottle selection with bar tenders who know what they are talking about.
auerbrau (305) Peace Dale, Rhode Island | April 27, 2011
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Obviously one of the countryís best beer bars. There were some things I liked about it, others I didnít. I donít know if DC has weird import and distribution problems, but Iím so tired of the obsession with obnoxious Scandanavian brewers which come with super-high price tags for extreme novelty beers, when there are plenty of American brewers making incredible product. The list here is heavy on the Danes. That said, the two-to-three waiters who talked with me and served me beer were all fun, interested, and knowledgeable. The food looked like a perfect pairing, and of course the beer list was endless. I had six four ounce pours (love that!) and a bottle of Berliner Weisse and wasnít able to make it to a few Saison bottles I wanted to hit. Again, of course, DCís prices make me gag a little. I did see a lot of beers here that I havenít seen elsewhere in the country.
raveskdr (7) Washington DC | April 25, 2011
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 18/20
The pinnacle of what a beer bar should be. Taps, bottles, beer knowledge, and amazingness. Prices are high, but you just flat out will not find some of these beers anywhere else on the Eastern seaboard.
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