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Posted at 3:52 PM ET, 10/22/2009

What's on tap at Birch & Barley and ChurchKey

By Fritz Hahn

So, as you may have read in today's chat, the long-awaited beer bar Birch & Barley and ChurchKey opens tonight. (The dual name refers to the two floors with different food and themes.) B&B&C has been promising 50 draft beers, five traditional-style cask ales and 500 different bottled selections. And they'll have them all ... tomorrow.

Because a bar opening, like the course of true love, never runs smooth, none of the bottled beers will be available tonight. (They haven't all been entered into the inventory yet.) Instead, customers will be forced to choose from only 55 different beers on tap and on cask.

And honestly, looking at this beer list, my mouth is watering already. It's divided into "Crisp," "Hop," "Malt," "Roast," "Smoke" and "Fruit and Spice" sections to help customers navigate the numerous options. It's then sliced into even thinner categories with more descriptors.

The full beer list after the jump for your enjoyment, listing the producer, style and origin, plus the alcohol content. Scroll to the end to see the cask beers. And remember -- it's opening night, so be patient.

-- Fritz Hahn

Update: I just received a text from a friend: "Haha guess what's NOT open at 5pm?"

Apparently the announced 5 p.m. opening time has been pushed back to 5:30.

Update 2: Another text: "Guess what's not open at 5:30"


Delicate Fruit
Bear Republic Global Kolsch Bear Republic Brewing Company American Blonde Ale California 4.8%
Gaffel Kölsch Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co. Kölsch Germany 4.8%

Malt Accented
Brooklyn Lager Brooklyn Brewery Amber Lager New York 5.2%
Hofstetten Hochzeitsbier von 1810 Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer Märzen/Oktoberfest Austria 6.3%

Brisk Hoppiness
EKU Pils Kulmbacher Brauerei German Pilsener Germany 5.0%
Hopfenkönig Brewery Castle Eggenberg German Pilsener Austria 5.1%
Mahr's Ungespundet-hefetrüb Mahr's Bräu Kellerbier Germany 5.2%
My Antonia Birra del Borgo w/ Sam Calagione (Dogfish Head) Imperial Pilsener Italy 7.5%
Prima Pils Victory Brewing Company German Pilsener Pennsylvania 5.3%

Malty Backbone
Hop Head Red Ale Green Flash Brewing Company American Amber Ale California 6.4%

Bold, Herbal & Citric
12th Release Harvest Wet Hop Ale Sierra Nevada Brewing Company American Fresh Hop Ale California 6.7%
A Little Sumpin' Extra! Ale Lagunitas Brewing Company AmericanImperial IPA California 8.8%
Avery India Pale Ale Avery Brewing Company American IPA Colorado 6.3%
Glacier Harvest '09 Wet Hop Ale Harpoon Brewing Company American Fresh Hop Ale Massachusetts 6.7%
Gordon Oskar Blues Grill & Brewery American Imperial IPA Colorado 8.7%
Heavy Seas Loose Cannon Clipper City Brewing Company American IPA Maryland 7.3%
Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale Sierra Nevada Brewing Company American IPA California 5.9%
Smuttynose IPA "Finest Kind" Smuttynose Brewing Company American IPA New Hampshire 6.9%
Stone Pale Ale Stone Brewing Company American Pale Ale California 5.4%
Two Hearted Ale Bell's Brewery American IPA Michigan 7.1%

Toasty & Nutty
Bonator Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe Doppelbock Dunkel Germany 8.2%
Christoffel Bokbier Bierbrouwerij Sint Christoffel Dunkles Bock Netherlands 7.8%
Climax Nut Brown Climax Brewing Company Northern English Brown Ale New Jersey 4.8%
Old Man Ale Coniston Brewing Company Northern English Brown Ale England 5.0%
Uerige "Sticke" Alt Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei Dusseldorf Sticke Alt Germany 6.0%

Fruit & Toffee
La Claymore Le Trou du Diable Scotch Ale/ Wee Heavy Quebec 9.0%
Palo Santo Marron Dogfish Head Craft Brewery American Brown Ale Delaware 12.0%
Third Coast Old Ale 2008 Bell's Brewing Company English Strong Ale Michigan 10.2%

Soft & Silky
Gonzo Imperial Porter Flying Dog Brewery Baltic Porter Maryland 7.8%
Obamagang Brewery Ommegang Belgian Stout New York 6.2%
Vertical Epic Ale 09.09.09 Stone Brewing Company Belgian Stout California 8.9%

Dark & Dry
Canadian Breakfast Stout Founders Brewing Company American Imperial Stout Michigan 9.4%
Nøgne Ø Porter Nøgne Ø Robust Porter Norway 7.0%
Otter Creek Russian Imperial Stout Otter Creek Brewing Russian Imperial Stout Vermont 10.6%
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale Stone Brewing Company Black IPA California 8.7%

Subtle Smoulder
New Holland Smoked Rye Bock New Holland Brewing Company Smoked Beer Michigan 6.2%

Spicy & Meaty
Aecht Schlenkerla Urbock Unfiltered Brauerei Heller-Trum Bamberg Rauchbier Dunkles Bock Germany 6.6%

Allagash White Allagash Brewing Company Witbier Maine 5.2%
Ayinger Bräu Weisse Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer Hefeweizen Germany 6.0%
Dogma BrewDog Gruit Ale (Pale) w/ honey, kola nut, poppyseed Scotland 8.5%
Kasteel Triple Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck Tripel Belgium 11.0%
La Trappe Isid'or Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven Belgian Strong Pale Ale Netherlands 7.5%
Uerige Weizen Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei Hefeweizen Germany 4.7%

Adoration Ale Brewery Ommegang Belgian Strong Dark Ale New York 10.0%
Aventinus Private Weissbierbrauerei G. Schneider & Sohn Weizenbock Dunkel Germany 8.2%
Brother Thelonius North Coast Brewing Company Dubbel California 9.0%
Gouden Carolus Classic -- EXCLUSIVE Brouwerij Het Anker Belgian Strong Dark Ale Belgium 8.5%

1809 Berliner Style Weisse Brauerei Weihenstephan, Fritz Briem Berliner Weissbier Germany 5.0%
Leipziger Gose Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof Gose Germany 4.5%

Fruity & Vinous
Petrus Oud Bruin Brouwerij Bavik Flanders Oud Bruin Belgium 5.5%


English Strong Ale: Old Engine Oil matured in casks formerly used to mature Highland Park Single-Malt Whisky for 40 years
Ola Dubh Special 40 Year Reserve -- Harviestoun Brewery -- 8.0 % -- Scotland
$7(4 OZ.)/ $14 (10 0Z.)

American Imperial Stout: Imperial Stout aged in casks formerly used to mature Isle of Arran Single-Malt Whisky casks for 6 months
Paradox Isle of Arran -- BrewDog -- 10 % -- Scotland
$4 (4 OZ.)/ $9 (12 OZ.)

American Strong Ale: Double Bastard -- Stone Brewing Company -- California - 10.5 %
$3 (4 OZ.)/ $7.5 (12 OZ.)

Tripel: Tripel aged in casks formerly used to mature Jim Beam Bourbon
Allagash Curieux -- Allagash Brewing Company -- 11.0 % -- Maine
$3 (4 oz.)/ $6.5 (13 oz.)

Gruit Ale (Pale): Brewed with pumpkin and spices
Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale -- Weyerbacher Brewing Company -- Pennsylvania - 8.0 %
$2 (4 OZ.)/ $6 (14 OZ.)

By Fritz Hahn  | October 22, 2009; 3:52 PM ET
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no troegs? only one flying dog? none of the michigan staples?

It's about as good as Capital Alehouse in Fredericksburg, except there I can get a table in the next 2 months (and they have DOLLAR 1/2 burger nights on mondays)

Posted by: crocken | October 22, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Except I really don't think they are competing with Fredricksburg Alehouses. I think they might have their sights on other DC beer bars [RFD, Brickskeller, Biera Paradiso]. Sounds like an amazing beer lineup to me, even though I didn't see any of my favorite brewers beers in there (Dogfish Head). My mouth is definitely watering after reading that list.

Posted by: mitchgant | October 22, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Do I sound like a spoiled brat for wanting a nice, drinkable PINT of cask ale? To me, the whole point of the process is to be able to enjoy a local, mild - or strong - ale. I don't need ridiculous oak barrels or tripel aging in 4 oz. tastings. Could they not get a deal with Clipper City, Victory or Dogfish (75 min) to supply some barrels?

Posted by: Kev29 | October 23, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

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