ChurchKey

1337 14th St NW
Washington, Washington DC United States 20005
bar  4.95/5.0 165 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
Bell’s Two Hearted Ale7%6/23/2017
Revolution SmOAKed 8.2%6/23/2017
Stone Liberty Station The Lupulin Loop: Calypso7.7%6/4/2017
Hardywood Rum Barrel GBS10.6%6/4/2017
Lost Abbey Red Poppy Ale5%6/4/2017
Crux Cast Out (formerly Outcast) IPA7.6%6/1/2017
The Veil Sitdwn6%6/1/2017
The Veil BHUMBL8%6/1/2017
Bruery Terreux Frucht - Yumberry4.7%6/1/2017
Bruery Terreux Griffon Bruxellois (2017)5.5%6/1/2017
Firestone Walker Helldorado13.2%5/29/2017
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
Tröegs Impending Descent9.1%1/30/2017
Dieu du Ciel Aphrodite6.5%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


96
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
altonbrownd  (342) Chevy Chase, Maryland | July 19, 2013
Visited again recently. Spent parts of the last 3 days here while attending a conference in DC. Wow! Their tap list changes daily, the staff are very attent, knowledgeable. The food is good. The beer list is amazing and the overall vibe very positive and pro craft. What a place. Upgraded my score to 96 from 92.
92
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
jackl  (741) Minneapolis, Minnesota | July 19, 2013
Dark, cavernous place located above Birch & Barley. I visited right after opening and had the run of the place to myself. Maybe 60 beers were available on tap. A sour tap takeover had taken place the previous day, so I was all too happy to mop up what was left. Diverse options from the likes of Evil Twin, Freigeist, and Boulevard were available. The bottle list was similarly huge, varied. I splurged on a bottle of Maine Lunch and was thrilled to discover it was less than 2 weeks old. The bar staff were excellent. Both of the guys who served me were knowledgeable and quick to offer free samples. The prices weren’t cheap, but not unreasonable. Overall, I look forward to my next visit. Churchkey offers a world class experience.
86
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Rastacouere  (702) Montreal, Quebec | July 18, 2013
This bar of the highest repute did not seem all that big when we first stepped in, but upon further study, lots of people can fit in here. At the front and rear, sofas offer a different seating alternatives and so does the very long bar from which you can see the very knowledgeable staff at work. Our barman was very friendly and knowledgeable though he recognized his limits when asked a particularly rare bottle offering that he ended up not finding. Still, the extremely large bottle list is almost futile considering the extraordinary tap list. I don’t know whether my visit was representative, but this felt like a visit at Gingerman NYC and one on an especially good night as more than half of the menu I would not have minded seeing in my glass. Truly very impressive selection, possibly among the best of the world. I was not particularly fond of the atmosphere though, it felt very loud and not a particularly pretty venue, yet loaded with young professionals on a Friday evening.
94
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
PRBeer  (675) Parsippany, New Jersey | July 9, 2013
Visited Churchkey over the 4th of July weekend. It was a welcome respite from sightseeing & walking around DC in the very hot weather. We ate outside actually as part of the downstairs restaurant called Birch & Barley (owned by the same people). All beers are available in both the bar (Churchkey) & the restaurant. Since we had a member of our party under 21 we were forced to eat at the restaurant (i.e. not admitted up into the bar...even though they serve food...crazy DC liquor law). The bar food is more casual & the restaurant more high end in a gastropub kind of way. At the end of the day we had no complaints as all 500 bottles, 50 drafts, and 5 casks are available in both sections of the establishment. Two of us started with twin flights of all 9 Ales & moved on from there. Temperatures are divided into 3 levels...glasses are correct too. The experience is amazing...the food great. To make sure I could review this properly I visited the bar upstairs before leaving. I will be back!
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
ContemplateBeer  (153) Louisville, Kentucky | June 11, 2013| Updated June 14, 2013
Churchkey is in a low-lit (but not obnoxiously so) room stretching back quite a way. On the left are tables, many with "church key" light fixtures. The details here are well thought out, without a doubt. Service for my visit was Max, who was friendly, knowledgeable and prompt, even putting up with my many eccentricities with much patience. Selection of fifty drafts, not a one seemed phoned in, but thoughtful; there’s authentic cask ale here as well. The binder of over 500 bottled beers is outstanding. Food was all very good; well executed gastropub fare, much of it produced in-house (my fig and prosciutto flatbread was very tasty, and my wife’s fettuccine was easily the best we’d experienced). Everything was priced fairly; the 4 oz. pours really give a nice value to those who want to keep their bill (and alcohol intake) low. I wouldn’t change a thing, thanks Travlr for joining me and my family here for a meal! NOTES: Took the Metro there (stop: Red Line, Farragut North), but still had a sizable walk up to Rhode Island Ave. and onto 14th. In the rain. May I recommend a cab for this spot? My family of three rode back to Woodley Park for less than the price of MetroRail. Still, if I were a single man, I’d probably just hoof it, too.
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
rejtable  (247) Ontario | June 10, 2013
Best pub I’ve ever been. Incredible selection, great service. Option for 4 oz pours. Great vibe inside. Would die to have this as my local.
88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
RABinCO  (102) Colorado Springs, Colorado | June 9, 2013
Arrived at CK as soon as they opened on a recent Saturday. Seated with a great window view and waited on nearly hand and foot (though to the point that it was almost too much). I’ll keep it short: this hits near perfect in all respects. huge, varied selection. great selection of simple comfort foods that give more of a bar vibe than a fancy restaurant (go downstairs to B&B for that). Great experience. Even my fiancee who isn’t a beer nerd/wasn’t drinking had a good time.
96
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
KPD  (244) Michigan | May 25, 2013
Early Friday night place had folks standing before 6:30, so it does fill up. Had several flights of tasters to survey the tap list which I told the waiter was a work of art. 5 cask ales, Swiss sour beers, local DC beers, Mikkeller, on and on. Really a thing if beauty. Waiter was friendly and knew beer. Food was ok, wings, brat burger, did the job. Finished our visit with a Kolsch served in correct glassware - perfect.
94
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 19/20
theisti  (881) 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.
94
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
GT  (672) San Diego, California | April 8, 2013
CK is the hot place in town. Just always stupid crowded even early Monday evenings. What!? Come here on Friday or Saturday night and you can forget about it. It is insanely packed. OMG. But if you know a few people and are polite, you can get your drinks very quickly no matter the crowd. Selection is so big it’s a little terrifying. But if you really dig deep into the bottle list- its extensive but most of the beers are expensive and mediocre. This is a place that could really throw it’s weight around to get better beers like Port/LA, FFF, Surly, New Glarus, RR, Struise, De Molen. Sadly, almost all the exclusive beers are exclusive for a reason: they suck. There is a huge emphasis on Italian craft beers, which are mad expensive and usually suck. Food is insanely good, but you pay for it.

**UPDATE** I’ve warmed to this place over the past year for a number of reasons. One, though they don’t have happy hour like Paradiso, you can always get tasters of what’s on tap for a pretty good deal. Usually around $3. Two, they have kept the same staff for a long time. I’ve made friends with a lot of them and it’s nice to know someone behind the bar when it gets mad crowded, which is almost always the case. Three, they do clean their tap lines meticulously and staff labors all day doing this detailed necessity. Four, they have been throwing their new found fame around to get lots of exclusive beers. Now Struise and De Molen is quite common and even Cantillon is doing an event here. I’m very proud to have CK as a sort of local bar and think the staff is top notch. Without a doubt, the premier beer bar in DC if lacking the homey, relaxed atmosphere of Paradiso.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
jdb288  (98) Wake Forest , North Carolina | March 19, 2013
A must-visit if you are in the DC area. Great selection of draft and bottles. We preferred to try the 4 oz. pours ($4 ea) and sampled all kinds of great beers. Reasonably priced for such a varied selection. Good food but the focus here, for me, was the beer. I’ll be going back soon.

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