Birch & Barley

1337 14th St NW
Washington, Washington DC United States 20005

202 567 2576
restaurant
birchandbarley.com
Tue - Thu 5:30 - 10:00 PM; Fri - Sat 5:30 - 11:00 PM; Sun 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Mayor: Travlr (66) | Taps: 55 | Bottles: 500
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Beer entered at Birch & Barley

NameABV
Deschutes The Abyss11%1/27/2016
Birrificio del Ducato La Luna Rossa8%1/13/2016
Ithaca Embrr Rye Porter6.6%1/13/2016
Ballast Point Three Sheets Barley Wine 9%1/13/2016
Ballast Point Victory at Sea - Toasted Coconut10%1/13/2016
Uerige Sticke6.5%1/13/2016
RAR Farmhouse Nectar7.4%1/13/2016
Ballast Point Victory at Sea - Peanut Butter10%1/13/2016
Bruery Terreux Rueuze (2015+)6%1/13/2016
Ballast Point Calm Before The Storm5.5%1/13/2016
DC Brau Alpha Domina Mellis III8.5%12/31/2015
Otter Creek / Lawsonís Finest Liquids Double or Nothing10.5%12/31/2015
Smuttynose Smuttlabs Olí Grundy Humper10.8%12/30/2015
J.W. Lees Moonraker (Cask)6.5%12/30/2015
Smuttynose Smuttlabs / StillWater Artisanal Smuttwater 1.07.3%12/30/2015
DC Brau Alpha Domina Mellis8.5%12/30/2015
Tired Hands Shambolic6.5%12/30/2015
Redchurch Urban Farmhouse 3.8%12/30/2015
Ocelot See the Light8.6%12/30/2015
Clown Shoes Evil Crawfish9%12/30/2015
Wild Beer Brettbrett 8.4%12/30/2015
Hof Ten Dormaal Fresa i Chocolate 7%12/30/2015
Firestone Walker 19 (XIX Nineteenth Anniversary Ale)13.8%12/30/2015
Off Color Le Predateur6.5%12/30/2015
Perennial / The Commons Meriwether5.5%12/30/2015
Against the Grain A Beer4.5%12/30/2015
Tired Hands Trendler IPL4.2%12/30/2015
Union Craft Snow Pants (Cranberries)8%12/24/2015
Tired Hands Pineal IPA6%12/24/2015
Hardywood Kentucky Christmas Morning10.6%12/24/2015
Alvinne Balthazar II Oak Aged9%12/23/2015
Brekeriet Cassis5.2%12/23/2015
Allagash James and Julie7.7%12/23/2015
Victory Java Cask14.3%12/23/2015
Siren / Crooked Stave All Bretts Are Off4.5%12/23/2015
∆gir Ylir Julebrygg7%12/23/2015
Hardywood Christmas Morning (Coconut)9.2%12/23/2015
Against the Grain Hallowed Fox8%12/21/2015
Flying Dog Nice8.3%12/16/2015
Perennial Vanilla Abraxas10%12/7/2015
Tired Hands Citra/Citrus6.4%12/7/2015
Flying Dog Naughty9%12/6/2015
Flying Dog Gonzo (Amarillo, Ginger & Paprika)9.2%12/6/2015
Flying Dog Kujo - Coffee, Cocoa & Vanilla Beans8.9%12/6/2015
Flying Dog Bloodline Blood Orange IPA (Gin-Soaked Oak & Orange Peel)7%12/6/2015
Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA (Chipotle Peppers & Lime Peel)7.1%12/6/2015
Tired Hands HopHands5.2%12/5/2015
Ballast Point Navigator Doppelbock8%12/5/2015
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Regal Rye Barrel13.5%12/4/2015
Bear Republic Cafť Racer 159.75%12/4/2015
De Molen Cuvťe #311.4%12/4/2015
Terrapin Tiramisu-Hoo8.5%12/4/2015
Founders Backstage Series #14: Project Pam10.8%12/4/2015
Siren / Jackie Oís Quadrophenia9.3%12/4/2015
Off Color Le Woof7.8%12/4/2015
Against the Grain No ReBretts9%12/4/2015
Smuttynose Smuttlabs Daily Brett5.9%12/3/2015
Smuttynose Smuttlabs Shebang11%12/3/2015
Schneider Weisse Tap X Mein Cuvťe Barrique9.5%12/3/2015
Grimm Super Symmetry4.8%12/3/2015
Mikkeller SpontanSourcherry7.7%12/3/2015
Le Trou du Diable / De la Senne Schieve Tabarnak5.3%11/27/2015
RAR Hyde6.6%11/27/2015
Stillwater / Dugges FŲrgŚs 4%11/25/2015
Saint Somewhere Punaise de Amour5%11/25/2015
Ithaca Saison DíOr9.2%11/25/2015
Struise Aestatis11%11/25/2015
Le Trou du Diable Aldred4.25%11/25/2015
RAR Groove City (Habanero Peppers)5.2%11/25/2015
Famille Dupont Cidre Bouchť Fermier5%11/25/2015
Marin Marin-er Weiss4.9%11/25/2015
3 Stars Peppercorn Saison (Apricots)6.5%11/18/2015
Marin San Quentins Breakout Stout7%11/18/2015
Marin Bluebeery Flavored Ale5%11/18/2015
Marin Tiburon Blonde5%11/18/2015
4 Hands Ca$h Mony8.5%11/13/2015
Smuttynose Oak-Aged Wheat Wine12%11/12/2015
Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale (2008 and earlier)7%11/12/2015
Smuttynose Oak Aged Winter Ale6%11/12/2015
4 Hands Volume #110.5%11/12/2015
4 Hands Chocolate Milk Stout5.5%11/12/2015
4 Hands Constellation Citra6.1%11/12/2015
4 Hands Absence Of Light7.1%11/12/2015
4 Hands Preserved Lemon Gose4%11/12/2015
4 Hands / Dunham Hugo0%11/12/2015
Moor Stout5%11/8/2015
Moor / Birrificio Dada Ready Made 2 5%11/8/2015
Redchurch Brett Rye Saison5.6%11/8/2015
Redchurch Brett Eastern7.8%11/8/2015
Redchurch Tarte Aux Pomme4.5%11/8/2015
The Monarchy Methusalem Holunderheimer10%11/5/2015
Bells 30th Anniversary Ale - Imperial Stout11%11/5/2015
The Monarchy Methusalem10%11/5/2015
Braustelle Ehrenfelder Alt4.8%11/5/2015
Freigeist Geisterzug Gose Rhabarber5.2%11/5/2015
Redchurch Sauvage Blanc9.2%11/5/2015
Redchurch Borefts Saison5.1%11/5/2015
Evil Twin Biere Blanca Blanc4%11/4/2015
18th Street Cockfight5.3%11/3/2015
Jopen / The Monarchy Vereinigte Historische Bierfanatiker Grodziskie4%11/3/2015
86
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
jde123  (85) Washington, Washington DC | December 20, 2015
Decent place, Iíve visited many times, for private events and tastings to family meals to business dinners. Always turns out great.
90
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 20/20
altonbrownd  (255) Chevy Chase, Maryland | August 14, 2015
Had dinner here with John R. and they had all the same beers as upstairs. Food was great and we enjoyed pairing the great beers with the food. A great restaurant.
48
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 4/20
chinchill  (151) South Carolina | June 23, 2015
Visited the upstairs Churchkey pub only as the downstairs area was closed. Loud and crowded bar, which I can put up with to some extent. Not acceptable is the fact that the beer I ordered seemed to be infected. The brewery may be to blame, in part, but the pub is certainly ultimately responsible. To add insult to injury, they billed me for 50% more than the price listed on their menu.
90
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs  (436) Toronto, Ontario | March 14, 2015
2015-03-04. My parents cancelled on our dinner plans at the last minute so solidfunk and Travlr joined Mabel and I for dinner. Carl and our waitress took great care of us all night. She resisted the urge to hit solidfunk despite us encouraging her to do so! :) We tried a good selection of the menu including risotto balls (simple but tasty), an assortment of breads (superb), puttanesca (excellent, which is especially impressive since I did not expect to like it), Ricotta Cavatelli (pork belly was crispier than my preference but the pasta and sauce was lovely). I had the Spring House Pork Loin (delicious, but I would ask for it more well-done if I had it again.) The atmosphere is great, classy and upscale without feeling pretentious. I found the lighting just a touch too dark. The tap list was extensive with offerings in a range of styles and over a dozen beers that were new ratings for Mabel and I, including several I hadnít even heard of before. We ordered a large number of half-pours, for which you pay a bit of a premium but itís worth it IMHO to be able to sample your way through the beer list. I didnít even look at the bottle list as I didnít want to be tempted! Possibly one of my best beery evenings while travelling. Many thanks to the staff and the company. Cheers!
88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Lothore  (75) California | January 27, 2015
We visited on a short trip to DC, on our way up to Churchkey. Excellent beer list that was very well curated with many styles represented. The selection was killer as it was the same as what was available upstairs (various Three Floyds, Founders, Terrapin, etc.). The dťcor was very modern. Exposed brick, hanging lights, wood floors led to a cool vibe. Pricing was very reasonable given the selection. Didnít get to taste the food downstairs (not sure if itís different from that of the food upstairs, which was killer).
98
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
spycow  (57) Illinois | January 20, 2015
Visited a few years ago with a friend. We went to take in the massive beer list they have which is quite unbelievable. We drank something we never had before from a country we had not tasted a beer from. The food was great and service was outstanding. For a place that has that many beers it was organized and easy to find what you are looking for. Overall a must on the beer destination list if in DC. Cheers!
98
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
cratez  (256) Toronto, Ontario | January 4, 2015
When I visited: Late September 2014. What I had: Draft samples of Hill Farmstead & Blaugies La Vermontoise, Perennial Peach Berliner Weisse, and Dominion Hop Mountain Pale Ale, pint of Mad Fox Defender American Pale Ale and Prairie Artisan Ales Birra, seared bluefish for me, appetizer bread plate, tomato cucumber salad, hand-cut pappardelle, and several sauvignon blancs for my fiancť, caramel icebox cake to split. What I liked: Upscale, cosmopolitan atmosphere, plenty of seating available at the dinner bar, well laid out beer and food menus, ridiculously knowledgeable and inviting service from the bartender, impressive and carefully selected draft list, love that they offer flights, truly exceptional food, my partner really enjoyed her wine. What I disliked: Our server, while stellar, was a little one-dimensional to the extent that he only discussed the beer and food and didnít talk about the wine or ask my fiancť whether she liked her vino. Prices are high but thatís not surprising for a place of this calibre. Would I go back? Yes. Birch & Barley easily ranks as one of the best restaurants weíve ever been to. This is a must-visit destination when in D.C. Overall Rating: 98
92
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
radagast83  (253) Fairfax, Virginia | December 5, 2014
It took 5 years since they opened, but I finally made it to Birch & Barley. It was an early anniversary date with my girlfriend, and we decided to do the tasting menu.

The food was wonderfully paired with the beer. Some of it was strange, but all was at least tasty. Most was delicious. A bit pricy, but the quality of the food and the quantity is enough to satisfy (us at least). Draft and bottle list is the same as Churchkey, so you donít have to go upstairs to get specific beers if you plan on only dining there.

The atmosphere is very different than upstairs. It is laid back, quiet and reserved. Thereís a tiny bit of mixed yuppy and hipster arrogance in some of the clientele, but if youíre only focusing on your table, itís not really all that noticeable. Perhaps itís a bit slow at first, especially if youíre a very hungry.

Overall, Iíd probably only come here for special occasions or for beer dinners, and leave my regular, more casual trips to Churchkey upstairs.
66
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer  (224) Knoxville, Tennessee | November 23, 2014
Pretty sketchy place with all the suits and wannabee suits surrounding the average person. Of course the DC pricing and lack of service is in effect but there is some decent selection of beers. OK but overall uninspired.
90
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick  (807) Columbus, Ohio | September 28, 2014
(Visited 07/2014): Birch & Barley is located on 14th Street in downtown DC. We took a cab from our hotel so I am unsure what the parking situation is. The restaurant is downstairs from Churchkey.

There is a small patio out front. The interior is dark with a long and narrow floor plan. A windowed garage door faces the street and lets some light in. Exposed brick walls, hanging lights and wooden floors lend to a cozy and rustic feel.

Birch and Barley shares a beer list with Churchkey. There are over 50 beers available on draught, including many breweries from the region like DC Brau and Devils Backbone, plus other domestic craft brewers like Terrapin and Perennial. Additionally there are some imports on tap from the likes of 3 Fonteinen and Get Radical. The bottle selection numbers in the hundreds, with many craft breweries around the world represented, including a lot of seasonals and rarities. Samples are available.

Service on a busy weekday evening was good. The server was knowledgeable about the beer menu and was attentive throughout our meal.

Food at Birch & Barley is good, albeit deliberately bizarre at times. My colleagues and I shared a few small plates and we enjoyed everything.

Overall this place is deservedly at the top of beer spots to visit in DC.

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