by Kriston Capps
All these nice District–area food bloggers have called for an assembly, a gathering of Internet food associates, if you will, a happy hour, at ChurchKey, which basically everyone agrees is the cat’s pajamas.
Two things about ChurchKey. Well, three: Go to this happy hour. But two other things. Despite the fact that Beer Organ (that’s what I’ve taken to calling ChurchKey, because, c’mon, they have a beer organ) features beers on draft and on cask and about 4 gazillion other beers in bottles, the best pull in the city can still be found at The Saloon, about a stop away on the Circulator. Over a couple of visits to Beer Organ, I didn’t find anything to compete with the Schloss Eggenberg Spezial Dunkel, which is to my mind the best beer to be found in the District.
Second thing: I can’t figure out what I’m supposed to do at Beer Organ. It’s too cavernous for a date, too crowded for a party, too much of a tavern for dinner. I don’t recall televisions, but in any event, it’d be no good for watching a game: it’s too fine. It’s a grand place and I have enjoyed drinking there, but every time I have gone it has been for the specific purpose of going there—either for my first visit or for someone else’s. (For those of you joining us from outside the District, there was a lot of hype surrounding the opening of this bar and its adjoining restaurant, Birch & Barley.) Now, there is no doubt in my mind that this spot is exactly right for a foodie happy hour, but there are lamentably too few of these to fill up my evenings. I get the idea that ChurchKey is something of an important bar that doesn’t serve any obvious purpose in my life the way other important bars do.