ChurchKey

1337 14th St NW
Washington, Washington DC United States 20005
bar  4.95/5.0 163 reviews
Mon-Thu 4PM-1AM; Fri 4PM-2AM; Sat 12PM-2AM; Sun 11:30AM-1AM

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Mayor: jc1762 (25) | Taps: 55 | Bottles: 500
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Beers At ChurchKey

NameABVEntered
The Veil Broz Broz Day Day4.8%5/21/2017
The Veil Sleeping Forever - Vanilla12%5/21/2017
The Veil Never Never Forever Forever5.1%5/21/2017
Commonwealth Mano Del Puma4.8%5/7/2017
Ocelot / J. Wakefield Here Kitty Kitty12%5/7/2017
Bell’s Planet Series: Mars - The Bringer Of War10.1%5/7/2017
Founders Sumatra Mountain Brown9%5/6/2017
Great Raft Old Mad Joy - Bourbon Barrel Aged w/ Vietnamese Cinnamon & Coffee10%5/6/2017
Triple Crossing / The Answer Real Recognize Real8%5/6/2017
Black Tooth 1516 Imperial IPA9.5%5/6/2017
Black Tooth 1314 Bourbon Very Strong Ale9%5/6/2017
Commonwealth Fugue State8%4/27/2017
The Veil Circle of Wolves10.8%4/13/2017
Lawson’s Finest Equinox IPA6.5%4/13/2017
Lawson’s Finest Idaho 7 IPA6.3%4/13/2017
Foam Brewers Ghost5.9%4/13/2017
Lawson’s Finest Fayston Maple Imperial Stout - Apple Brandy Barrel Aged11%4/13/2017
Lawson’s Finest Fayston Maple Imperial Stout - Coffee10%4/13/2017
Foam Brewers Red Panda7%4/13/2017
Foam Brewers Built to Spill8%4/13/2017
Foam Brewers Galaxie 5009%4/13/2017
Lawson’s Finest Triple Sunshine IPA10.5%4/13/2017
DC Brau / Union Craft Yonder Cities6.7%4/12/2017
Other Half Hop Showers7.4%4/10/2017
Bissell Brothers Umbra 7.5%4/10/2017
Bissell Brothers Swish8%4/10/2017
Bissell Brothers Reciprocal7.3%4/10/2017
Bissell Brothers Bucolia Ale5.6%4/10/2017
Bissell Brothers Lux5.1%4/10/2017
Suarez Family Look No Further4.8%4/10/2017
Suarez Family Nimble5.2%4/10/2017
Suarez Family Qualify Pils5.5%4/10/2017
Suarez Family Palatine Pils5.2%4/10/2017
Suarez Family Big Night5.6%4/10/2017
Suarez Family Call to Mind5.4%4/10/2017
Dieu du Ciel Péché Termopilas9.1%4/7/2017
Hill Farmstead Edward 5.2%4/3/2017
Hill Farmstead Harlan6%4/3/2017
Hill Farmstead Susan6.2%4/3/2017
Le Trou du Diable Apocalypso6.5%3/24/2017
Bluejacket Turning Road7.6%3/24/2017
Ocelot Jacks & Jokers6.6%3/24/2017
Barracuda Choc Berryes10%3/24/2017
Fort Barracuda APA5.4%3/14/2017
Brewski Pango IPA5.9%3/12/2017
Burial / Cambridge The Root Of Our Addiction5.5%3/12/2017
Brewski Persikofeber6.5%3/12/2017
Dieu du Ciel Péché Mortel aux Pêches9.5%3/12/2017
Gänstaller Bräu Rauch Royal8.2%3/12/2017
Brew By Numbers 01/13 Saison - Mosaic5.8%3/12/2017
RAR Country Ride5.8%3/12/2017
Fyne Ales Maverick4.2%3/12/2017
Fyne Ales Vital Spark4.4%3/12/2017
Brewski Passionfeber7%3/12/2017
Ocelot Juvenile Success7.2%3/12/2017
Jolly Pumpkin Detroit Surf Co.4.8%3/12/2017
Burial Ceremonial Session IPA4%3/12/2017
Anchorage / Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Boreal 7%3/3/2017
Jolly Pumpkin Fuego del Otono (Autumn Fire)6.1%3/3/2017
The Veil Raindropz8%3/2/2017
Burial Gang of Blades8.2%2/12/2017
Ocelot / Meridian Pint Talking Backwards10.8%2/12/2017
Wicked Weed Freak Of Nature Double IPA8.5%2/12/2017
Spencer India Pale Ale7.2%2/6/2017
Vander Ghinste Cuvée des Jacobins Prestige7.6%1/30/2017
Birrificio del Ducato Ottobre7%1/30/2017
Crooked Stave Petite Sour (Raspberry)5.5%1/30/2017
Crooked Stave L’Brett d’Or7%1/30/2017
Fantôme de Noël10%1/30/2017
De Dolle Oerbier9%1/30/2017
Oxbow Saison Noel9%1/30/2017
Off Color Growl8.5%1/30/2017
De la Senne Winter Mess8.5%1/30/2017
Blaugies La Moneuse Speciale Noël8%1/30/2017
Dupont Avec les Bons Voeux9.5%1/30/2017
Fantôme Vertignasse5%1/30/2017
Ocelot Guilty!5.7%1/30/2017
Schlafly Pi Common5%1/30/2017
Nothhaft Rawetzer Premium Exportbier5.4%1/30/2017
Schlafly Kölsch4.8%1/30/2017
Ettaler Curator Doppelbock9%1/30/2017
Deschutes The Abyss11%1/30/2017
Brønhër Drink Me Alive! Lager Ale Brew Blend5.5%1/30/2017
Evil Twin / Westbrook Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break10.5%1/30/2017
Dieu du Ciel Aphrodite6.5%1/30/2017
Tröegs Impending Descent9.1%1/30/2017
Evolution Craft Lucky 7 Porter5.8%1/30/2017
Bell’s Hopslam10%1/30/2017
Stone Enjoy By IPA - Coffee & Chocolate9.4%1/30/2017
DC Brau Alpha Domina Mellis IV8.5%1/30/2017
Tröegs Nugget Nectar Ale7.5%1/30/2017
Bell’s Two Hearted Ale7%1/30/2017
Alpine Beer Company Windows Up7%1/30/2017
Bluejacket Run Run Run6.5%1/30/2017
Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion Revolution No. 0045.9%1/30/2017
Burial Hawkbill5%1/30/2017
Avery The Maharaja Imperial India Pale Ale10.2%1/30/2017
Ocelot Over Yonder6.5%1/30/2017
Allagash Hoppy Table Beer4.9%1/30/2017
Bluejacket People are People6%1/18/2017


94
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Travlr  (2789) Charlotte , North Carolina | 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.
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
3fourths  (1561) 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.
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
t0rin0  (1529) 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.
88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
nate2g  (1257) 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!
90
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2  (1001) 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.
88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis  (958) 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.
94
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 19/20
theisti  (859) 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.
88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick  (858) 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.
76
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
DiarmaidBHK  (838) 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.
94
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 3/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Drake  (781) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | May 23, 2014
I FINALLY stopped by here. Yes, shameful I know. Checked in near opening with solidfunk and Travlr and had a great time with those gentlemen. Upstairs, dark, long bar, tables. Comfortable vibe with some medieval / gothic flair. Street parking could be a pain but I got lucky. I did not eat, but the menu looks good and reasonably priced. The food looked good and the place smelled of charcuterie, which was nice. Extensive bottle list is almost too much to take in. Lots of rarities and while the prices are steep they aren’t unreasonable. Great draft list as well including several draft options. I dealt with several staff members and ALL of them exhibited good beer knowledge and concern for beer quality without coming off as pretentious. They all were friendly and down to earth. World class place.

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