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Beer Available At Churchkey (arranged by most recent)
Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine 100, Goose Island Naughty Goose 88, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Backyard Rye Barrel 99, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Coffee 100, Goose Island Big John Imperial Stout 99, Mikkeller Årh Hvad?! 96, Mikkeller Årh Hvad?! (BA Sauternes) 76, Mikkeller Årh Hvad?! (BA Grand Marnier) , Heavy Seas Mutiny Fleet Yule Tide 2013 Barrel #43 , Saranac Farm to Tap IPA , Agullons Pura Pale 69, Ben Middlemiss Benediction Ale 69, 3 Stars Zombie Date Night , Struise Tsjeeses 98, Cantillon Mamouche 100, Sidra Natural Bereziartua 88, Prairie Artisan Ales Bomb! 100, Sierra Nevada DevESTATEtion 96, The Monarchy Happy XMas in Nürnberg , The Monarchy Happy XMas from Dresden
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Nena (20) Seattle, Washington | December 13, 2010
88 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
I only had one night on my trip to D.C. available to really focus on beer, and I chose Churchkey as my destination.
Churchkey is dark and a bit cramped and noisy, shortly after getting there it became standing room only despite being Monday night. The place is trendy and modern. It’s a little too uptight and formal for my tastes, but I think that’s an issue I have with D.C. in general and not just Churchkey. The service was remarkably quick, friendly, and knowledgable. The food is good but a little pricey for the portions, so it’s easy to overspend.
The beer selection is great. There were about 50 beers on tap along with several casks. The tap list included a few older vintage beers, and of course a huge amount of beer I can’t get on the West coast. The bottle list is immense, but I didn’t order from it myself. I appreciated that you could order anything on draft in four ounce pours, since that allowed me to try a lot more than I otherwise would have. This was a great choice for a place to try a wide variety of unusual brews.
evr1dr (5) Virginia | October 31, 2010
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
I have yet to find a better combination of selection, ambiance, and staff. They get the rare brews, have a huge bottle selection, 5 casks usually on tap, and a friendly, knowledgeable staff. Top notch!
BeerandBlues2 (547) 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.
JoeMcPhee (501) Toronto, ON, Ontario | October 2, 2010
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
This is a great spot - long staircase leads you past the dining area up into the pub. Long bar surrounded by dark tables and banquettes. There are smaller tables up near the front of the area. Great tap list - lots of unusual stuff from both local brewers and imports. Massive bottled beer list with the stuff stored in fridges that actually separate the beers by temperature so you can have the beer at the appropriate temperature. Staff know their stuff and there are a few casks on as well. Not a whole lot to complain about here. The place was mobbed on a Saturday night, but I went back a little after midday and it was great.
RoyceH (32) Hesperange, Luxembourg | September 19, 2010
98 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 20/20
This place is simply outstanding. After a few days of traipsing around DC looking for somewhere decent to drink, that knows craft brewing isn’t a token tap of Sam Adams, I was put on to this place by chriso. We ventured out to this place about 8pm in a Saturday night, which was a bit of a mistake, because it was rammed. Birch and Barley downstairs, Church Key upstairs. Went upstairs first, and it was standing room only, and even that was a push. A friend wanted to eat, and upstairs, although it does food, wasn’t really the right atmosphere to eat. The atmosphere generally is good, trendy feel, which is a breath of fresh air to the scene, but I can’t emphasize how busy it was. We booked a table downstairs (25 min wait) and took a few beers from the upstairs bar. Excellent selection, 30 kegs and casks, some really excellent rates, obscure stuff, rare finds, everything you could ask for. Bottle selection now runs to over 550. Samplers available of everything on tap for $1-5 roughly. Staff all very knowledgeable.
Went downstairs for food, excellent menu, not unreasonable for a trendy DC place. Service top-notch, staff very knowledgeable, beer director came round and had a good long chat, very personalized service. All taps available downstairs too, along with bottles on request. Food is refined, and was fantastic. Best to visit earlier in the evening, but if you’re close to DC, this is an absolute must. Blown away.
mixmasterob (11) Atlanta, Georgia | September 14, 2010
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Stopped in this past weekend while in DC. This place lives up to the hype by being the best beer bar in DC. Very cool building, super retro looking. Nice long bar, lots of rare/hard to find stuff find on tap as well as an enormous bottle list. Food was good too. Glad I stopped in.
JoeinEscazú (275) San Jose, Costa Rica | September 6, 2010
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 18/20
Closest thing in DC to heaven for a beer geek. Draft list is full of interesting options, very well-chosen. Bottle list is fun to read, but I never got past the drafts during several visits. Food tries not to be high-falutin’, but it is, and that’s OK. It’s generally very good. In the restaurant go for the five-course tasting menu for a memorable experience.
sebletitje (264) Enghien, Belgium | August 29, 2010
96 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 19/20
This is ’the spot’ to visit in DC if you are into beers.
50 taps, all lines have their own temp regulator, meaning you get a stout poured at the right temp.
Amazing bottles selection as well as the more ’select’ rare selection that at times are on the high price, but worth it if you want to try some rare retired beers.
They get the craziest beer one could think of. Prices for samples are more than reasonable considering the rarity of some of the beers, ranging from $2-5$ for 4oz sample.
Atmosphere is modern, low lighting, giving some kind of intimate feel, friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Food menu is refined, prepared right there on the side, and well worth it for the price.
This place is beer geek’s heaven, and I could have easily spent hours and hours at the bar sipping on the amazing selections they have.
NobleSquirrel (209) Chicago, Illinois | August 28, 2010
84 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
The one must stop place on my list for my last DC trip and definitely worth it. The place had some of the oddest stuff I’ve ever seen on tap between the de Molen and Haandbryggeriet and obscure Canadian micros. The crowd is really strange, but the selection is pretty ridiculous and the food is pretty fantastic. Definitely a great place for a beer. Also can get 4oz samples of anything on tap.
3fourths (1165) Boulder, Oregon | August 22, 2010| Updated April 11, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
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.
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