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June 2017 BrewView: ChurchKey


When your favorite watering hole goes viral thanks to a TV cooking show guy, and you have grown weary of showing up for decent beer to find all tables are full, you pick up the ModestoView to find your new favorite place to quench your thirst.
We try our best to inform you of new up-and-coming adventurous libations here in the Valley (or old hidden gems we stumble upon and wish to share, too). Look no further than this View to discover fresh ideas, delicious drinks, and refreshing cocktail concoctions!

This month, we visited ChurchKey, brought to you by the same folks who brought us Commonwealth. Already we had high expectations, laid of course by the foundation of Commonwealth, with the best beer selections on tap, yet we were not expecting the tap at ChurchKey to bring us even more variety than our old favorite. There are a tantalizing 42 taps! Two taps serve nitro beers, which we always find to be the perfect refreshment in summer, 5 of them for wine, and 4 are sectioned off to serve house-made tonics in the near future. (Gin and Tonic, anyone?) Two ciders were on tap when we visited. The Made Marion by Two Towns is a sweet fruity treat, be sure to try it! (May we suggest Kopparberg Strawberry Lime in the future? Or Orchard Thieves? Pretty please?)

The food was just as awesome if not better: you can make your own pizza! Watch out, BBQ Nachos, you now have a dinner rival.

For vegans, you must try the cauliflower wings. We ordered them with coconut Thai peanut sauce, and these will tease your taste buds, giving you uncontrollable cravings. And don’t worry if you forgot your handy-dandy churchkey at home, the friendly staff will serve you your cold beer in a glass, so you won’t even need it. (Who uses them anymore anyway after the invention of the flip top can and the bottle cap? They are simply neat antiques to turn into magnets for the kegerators of your fellow beer enthusiasts.) If you are curious about the logo though, imagine looking up at a churchkey, and then you’ll see it. Otherwise, you might think it’s a lighthouse as we did, and embarrass yourselves.
So order something new, heck, several new somethings, find a new favorite beer (or cider!), and tell your friends you drank it at Churchkey! Sip on, friends.

910 12th Street, Modesto



About the Author:

Bring on the rain, and a bottle of Wonky & Wry's Honey Braggot Ale. Loves to roast marshmallows over a fire. Enjoys the mix of cigars and whiskey.