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Birch & Barley
World Class based on 27 ratings
Type: Restaurant

1337 14th St NW
Washington, Washington DC United States 20005 [ print map ]
202 567 2576

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Hours: Tue - Thu 5:30 - 10:00 PM; Fri - Sat 5:30 - 11:00 PM; Sun 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM


Mayor: Travlr (37) | Taps: 55 | Bottles: 500


Birch & Barley

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Beer Available At Birch & Barley (arranged by most recent)
Weird Beard Holy Hoppin Hell Batch 5 73, Flying Dog Brewhouse Rarities: Doppelbock 72, Flying Dog K-9 Cruiser (Coffee beans) , Flying Dog The Truth Imperial IPA (Pineapple) , Flying Dog Bloodline Blood Orange IPA (Cocoa Powder & Vanilla) , Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter (Wild Turkey Oak Chips) , Flying Dog Kujo - Nutmeg , Toccalmatto / Prairie Artisan Ales Okie Matilde 97, Smuttynose Smistletoe , Avery Anniversary Twenty One 97, ∆gir Skumring Dubbel 88, Avery Barrel-Aged Series 21 - Black Eye 96, Avery Barrel-Aged Series 17 - Thensaurum 95, Baladin NŲel du Baladin 92, The Bruery 7 Swans a Swimming 92, Great Lakes Fitzmas , Union Craft Snow Pants (Coffee) , Bourganel aux Marrons 31, To ōl Jule Mślk 96, Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2014 95
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27 reviews for Birch & Barley
 Ambiance  86%
 Service  88%
 Selection  93%
 Food  82%
 Value  71%
 Overall  87%
 Rating  98%
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92
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83  (186) 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  (204) 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  (751) 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.
90
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
JCB  (232) Durham, North Carolina | September 26, 2014
Fabulous place in nearly every way. Well situated in a now long-thriving 14th St. corridor, itís a spacious and well laid-out environment. Convivial but serious, the vibe was excellent too. We were waited on attentively but not overbearingly from the moment we arrived, and we had several employees making smart recommendations throughout the menu. Food was extremely good, and the beer selection phenomenal. Prices a bit scandalous in places, but what can you do? World class.
90
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk  (191) Washington D.C., Washington DC | September 3, 2014
Finally hit up the downstairs section, and the food was great. Service amazing as usual, and the tap list is the same as upstairs, so not sure what more needs to be said. Good to get a seat on the patio as well, and the food selection down here is better than upstairs - if you are hungry itís worth coming down here. Great place to eat and drink all your favourite beers.
90
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
tia  (86) Sandston, Virginia | August 3, 2014
Very nice ambiance for evening dining. Modern wood and metal with "floating" lights and real candles. Service was excellent on our visit and our server really seemed to know her stuff and actually enjoy beer. The food was not as good as we hoped- the brat burger was bland and the mussel flat bread flavors were out of balance. Pricey. Nice for a date or taking non-beer people out for dinner while you get to enjoy a cold one (or a "correct temperature" one).
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
GenDV138  (158) Falls Church, Virginia | June 15, 2014
Somewhat dim restaurant downstairs connected to ChurchKey upstairs. Same great draft and bottle list as ChurchKey. Mostly table service with reservations and some walk-ins. Been a few times and have enjoyed the food. Did the CBC 2013 Beer Week dinner which was fun and well organized. Good food, more upscale than ChurchKey. Service is decent to good. Nice spot for a special occasion or date night.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
sonnycheeba  (161) Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland | April 13, 2014
After countless trips upstairs to Churchkey, I finally made it to Birch & Barley. Place certainly has an upscale, rustic vibe but I was very happy that we would seat our group after we had just finished a race and were in running clothes. Service and food were fantastic. Certainly a more diverse menu than upstairs and the extra choices were great. Beer selection was unsurprisingly awesome and offered plenty of diversity. My only problem with the place is the prices. You certainly get quality, but I do feel that things tend to be a tad overpriced. Nonetheless, I great place to go.
88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
KUEric  (119) Washington, Washington DC | March 3, 2014
For beer and restaurant it doesnít get much better than this. For just restaurant it gets a lot better just outside the door in most any direction. My main concern here is value, and as far as dinner/meals are concerned it isnít there. Service, beer, all things beer people care about, this is the place for an expense account dinner when in the nations capital if you are trying to get some beer as well.
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 19/20
jdb288  (85) Robbinsville, New Jersey | November 7, 2013
Great beer selection - hands down the best in the area. Crowded bar up top or nicer restaurant below. Itís a bit of a free-for-all finding a table during busy times but itís worth the wait. Service is hit or miss but that can also be attributed to the sheer volume of people in the bar. Iíll stop each time Iím back - itís that good.

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