If you're not convinced yet that D.C. is one of the hottest cities in the country, Paste Magazine is out with its best beer bar list, and guess who makes the cut?
If you haven't been there yet, Churchkey boasts 50 beers on tap and 500 bottles -- some are exotic kinds you've probably never heard of.
But patrons say the knowlegable and friendly servers will help you navigate the massive menu. Paste's choice is the Jan de Lichte Kleinbrouwerif De Glazen Toren. Yeah, best if you just point at the menu for that one.
The best thing about Churchkey, according the magazine and many of the bar's fans, is that all the draft beers are available in 4-ounce servings. So if you can't pick just one, you can sample each of the Mikkeller single-hop IPAs without breaking the bank. Churchkey also serves authentic cask ale, malt beer and tart ciders.
When you walk into Churchkey, expect high ceilings, dark wood, dim chandeliers and large crowds. The cozy space has a long bar but few seating areas. So you might have to wait a long time to grab a seat, if you get one at all. And if you get there late, you might not even have much space to stand.
It's not a sports bar, but it has been known to show games on a few screens. They'll probably have the Caps game on tonight. As for the food, the reviews are mixed. The offerings range from bar fare, macaroni and cheese sticks and tater tots, to snazzier items like green eggs and ham made with deviled duck eggs. For a good meal, you might be better off heading downstairs to Churchkey's sister restaurant, Birch and Barley.
The only other bar in the Washington region to make the list was Capital Ale House in Richmond. Paste's order on tap: Gulden Draak. This downtown bar has 46 draught lines plus two cask-conditioned ales. It's been open since 2002 but has expanded to four locations and a music hall. According to the magazine, there's also a leather-bound vintage/aged beers list that is only offered to those in the know.
So with only one true local bar on the 30 best beer bars list, tell us your favorite place to grab a cold one in the comment section below...