Better than word on the street, here's the word from Greg Engert, beer director for the Neighborhood Restaurant Group:
We are opening today Thursday, 22 October]: at 5 pm in Churchkey, and at 6 pm in Birch & Barley. We are all excited, and cautiously optimistic.
Washington DC 'food' blogger Metrocurean has a pre-opening write-up at her site, with photos.
the looong-awaited Birch & Barley and its massive upstairs beer haven ChurchKey are finally opening the doors for business Thursday at 1337 14th Street NW [Washington, D.C.]
According to Metrocurean, the main restaurant —downstairs at Birch & Barley— will feature Chef Kyle Bailey's modern American menu. The upstairs beer bar —Churchkey— will feature four sections: Fresh, Pressed, Roasted, and Fried.
And the beers? Available upstairs and down, a rotating list of 500 bottles, 50 drafts, and 5 cask-conditioned ales. The drafts are served via an impressive manifold of outer-lined copper pipes, that has already been nicknamed the 'beer organ,' after the majestic musical instrument it resembles.
Why the name 'Churchkey' for a beer pub? Rob Kasper at the Baltimore Sun tells us what a churchkey is, here.