Churchkey | Washington, Washington DC
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Churchkey
World Class based on 135 ratings
Type: Bar

1337 14th St NW
Washington, Washington DC United States 20005 [ print map ]
202 567 2576

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Hours: Mon-Thu 4PM-1AM; Fri 4PM-2AM; Sat 12PM-2AM; Sun 12PM-1AM


Mayor: Travlr (49) | Taps: 55 | Bottles: 500


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Beer Available At Churchkey (arranged by most recent)
Prairie Artisan Ales Cherry Funk 92, Flying Dog Brewhouse Rarities: Doppelbock 72, Avery Anniversary Fifteen 74, Weird Beard Holy Hoppin Hell Batch 5 77, HeíBrew Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass the Beer 78, The Bruery 7 Swans a Swimming 92, Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2014 (Barrel Aged Cognac Edition) , Flying Dog K-9 Cruiser (Coffee beans) , Flying Dog The Truth Imperial IPA (Pineapple) , Flying Dog Bloodline Blood Orange IPA (Cocoa Powder & Vanilla) , Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter (Wild Turkey Oak Chips) , Flying Dog Kujo - Nutmeg , HaandBryggeriet Sur Megge 94, Avery The Beast Grand Cru Ale 98, Avery Rumpkin 99, Avery Barrel-Aged Series 21 - Black Eye 96, Avery Samaelís Oak-Aged Ale 97, Avery Hog Heaven 99, Toccalmatto / Prairie Artisan Ales Okie Matilde 97, Smuttynose Smistletoe
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135 reviews for Churchkey
 Ambiance  85%
 Service  86%
 Selection  94%
 Food  78%
 Value  71%
 Overall  88%
 Rating  99%
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94
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 19/20
illinismitty  (279) Nashville, Tennessee | November 19, 2011
I finally found some time to hit this place after several recommendations. I only visited Churchkey upstairs. Ambiance is sort of like a contemporary lounge, if that makes any sense. For starters, let me say that the selection is GREAT. I really had a hard time selecting beers to try because there were so many. Rarities pop in from time to time, and I was lucky enough to have Struise Pannepot Reserva on tap on my visit. Most draft beers are served with the option of a 4 oz or 12 ounce serving. You end up paying more, but the upside is that you get to try more beers - I REALLY like that. Another great thing about this place is that most of the beers are served close to their proper serving temp - no ales served at pale lager temperatures. They have quite an elaborate system for their lines and refridgeration, which shows that they care about the beer. I ordered wings and they were about average (I am not a fan of breaded wings). They gave us a free flatbread pizza, which was a little better. Food is typical bar food with a twist. Bartenders were very nice and service was good. Two things I will warn you beer travelers about. One- beers are a little pricey, especially in the bottle ( ie -$27 for SN Life and Limb). It gets very crowded after 6pm every night, and I am told weekends are even worse. So if you can get there between 4-5pm, you should have no problem finding a seat. Definitely check this place out. One of the better beer bars in the US.
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
MrChopin  (100) Baltimore, Maryland | November 6, 2011| Updated June 16, 2012
Love the upstairs vibe here, makes being there feel like an event, the cushioned booths are unique for a beer bar, and the huge window adds brightness. That said, the backless stools are a pain in the ass, the sparse decor lacks character, and the lighting can be blindingly low by mid-afternoon on a Saturday. The selection is of course awesome, probably best events within 150 miles. Pizza is really good too. Prices are high especially for nice bottles. Service is hit or miss, and several times Iíve been asked to close out early for tips or money issues. I like it for the events, but even living closer, it wouldnít be my regular.
94
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
gyllenbock  (187) Stockholm, Sweden | October 25, 2011
Visited on a couple of evenings in October 2011. What a phenomenal place! Modern atmosphere with a large bar. So many good beers that it was almost laughable. The bartenders were busy, but most of them still took some time to talk to us Swedish guys, one of them even gave a couple of beers on the house because we were so far away guests. What a nice gesture. The prices were low, at least for a visitor from Sweden. The best beers that I tried during my visit were Voodoo Big Black Voodoo Daddy and Old Schoolhouse Imperial Stout. The only little minus was the high noise level. But on the other hand, when people are happy it tends to be like that. The location was excellent, just a couple of minutes from our Hotel, The Westin Washington DC. Without a doubt one of the best places I have visited. I really look forward to return to this amazing place in the future.
50
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 3/10   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 6/20
OldStyleCubFan  (15) Raleigh, North Carolina | October 13, 2011
Amazing bar..one of the best you will find in the us......amazingy
94
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987  (104) Connecticut | October 8, 2011
Alright best beer selection and stock Iíve ever seen. Pricey though. Did see some whales but the cost reflected that. Anyways outstanding on tap selection, would love to be closer and frequent more often
96
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
drinktomymood  (16) Virginia | October 1, 2011
Love the decor, its spaciousness, the long bar, the selection is amazing, but a little out of my price range in some instances. I donít mind paying for a great beer but sometime they get a little crazy, but sometimes that is what happens when you stock a crazy amount of rare bottles. Would recommend to any beer enthusiast.
92
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
stouby  (91) Holbśk, Denmark | September 20, 2011
Visited 19/8 2011. Fantastic place with 2 gigantic rows of taps. Exciting selection of beers. Good personnel. Prices acceptable. Nice atmosphere. Well visited.
92
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign  (100) Fort Collins, Colorado | July 21, 2011
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.
76
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
DiarmaidBHK  (737) Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | July 5, 2011
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.
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
magsinva  (138) Virginia | July 4, 2011
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.

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