Birch & Barley

1337 14th St NW
Washington, Washington DC United States 20005
restaurant  4.9/5.0 34 reviews
Tue - Thu 5:30 - 10:00 PM; Fri - Sat 5:30 - 11:00 PM; Sun 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Mayor: Travlr (74) | Taps: 55 | Bottles: 500
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Beers At Birch & Barley

NameABVEntered
Ocelot See the Light8.6%9/26/2016
Bells Oatsmobile Ale4.3%9/26/2016
Avery Barrel-Aged Series 9 - Immitis9.87%9/8/2016
Avery Barrel-Aged Series 20 - Obscuro & Nimbosus8.11%9/8/2016
Avery Barrel-Aged Series 32 - Double Dís10.3%9/8/2016
Avery Barrel-Aged Series 31 - Fiel Al Estilo9.9%9/8/2016
Avery Barrel-Aged Series 36 - Callipygian17.4%9/8/2016
Avery Barrel-Aged Series 37 - Xolotl13.7%9/8/2016
Avery Out of Sight (Out of Mind)6.3%9/8/2016
Avery Vanilla Bean Stout - Bourbon Barrel 10.8%9/7/2016
Avery Trogdor the Burninator9%9/7/2016
Avery Barrel-Aged Series 34 - Old Perseverance18.5%9/7/2016
Avery Piglet Purgatory4.5%9/7/2016
Avery Session Vienna Lager3.8%9/7/2016
Avery Chai High5%9/7/2016
Avery El Gose4.5%9/7/2016
Avery Boulder Weisse5%9/7/2016
Bruery Terreux Quadrupel Tonnellerie10.2%9/3/2016
Kapuziner Weissbier5.4%9/2/2016
Sierra Nevada / Mahrs Bršu Oktoberfest (2016)6%9/2/2016
Fort Carajillo Oak10%9/2/2016
Naparbier Black Rock9%9/2/2016
Dogfish Head Alternate Takes #210%9/2/2016
Allagash Fluxus 20168.5%9/2/2016
Prairie Americana7%9/2/2016
Dunham Saison Rustique (Brett Drei)6%9/2/2016
Brewski / Against the Grain Against the Grapefruit 4%9/2/2016
Fort Mediterranea5%9/2/2016
Commonwealth Wapatoolie7.3%8/25/2016
Modern Times Monstersí Park - Bourbon Barrel13%8/24/2016
Modern Times Universal Friend - Pinot Noir7.1%8/22/2016
Modern Times Mega Black House10%8/22/2016
Modern Times Black House5.8%8/22/2016
Union Craft Duckpin (Grapefruit)5.5%8/22/2016
Commonwealth Taonga 7.5%8/22/2016
The Veil Eternal Shredder8.5%8/22/2016
The Veil Lord Lord Shredder Shredder6.3%8/22/2016
Modern Times Orderville IPA7.2%8/22/2016
Modern Times Protocosmos 7%8/22/2016
Modern Times Blazing World6.8%8/22/2016
Modern Times Fruitlands - Passion Fruit & Guava4.9%8/22/2016
Modern Times Fruitlands - Peach & Raspberry5%8/22/2016
Ocelot Buddhist Prodigy8.7%8/17/2016
Tired Hands Fragile Prismatic Existance6.6%8/17/2016
Tired Hands We Are All Infinite Energy Vibrating at the Same Frequency6.2%8/17/2016
Tired Hands D2H3: Galaxy5.5%8/17/2016
Tired Hands Alien Church7%8/17/2016
Jolly Pumpkin Alien Church 6.6%8/17/2016
Tired Hands Cheryl5.1%8/17/2016
Tired Hands Singing Swans4.6%8/17/2016
Jolly Pumpkin Black Walnut Saison 6%8/17/2016
Jolly Pumpkin Uber Wit7.8%8/17/2016
Union Craft Chubbler8%8/3/2016
The Veil Toof Ache6.3%8/3/2016
Union Craft Reduction5.5%8/3/2016
Union Craft Bock 10008%8/3/2016
Union Craft Chessie Barleywine (Sour Cherry)9.8%8/3/2016
Blackberry Farm New World Cuvee Dry Hop Saison (2016)6.3%8/3/2016
Union Craft Royal Farmhouse Double IPA (Peach)8.5%8/3/2016
Commonwealth Hoi Polloi IPA5.1%8/3/2016
Union Craft Pink Flamingo (White Wine and Pineapple)5%8/3/2016
Union Craft Pink Flamingo5%8/3/2016
FantŰme Forest Ghost6%7/26/2016
Off Color Sparkles Finds (Some) Trouble4.3%7/26/2016
Jolly Pumpkin Foolsbrew7.7%7/20/2016
Oskar Blues Old Juicy Bastard11%7/19/2016
Perennial Glitter And Gold6.5%7/19/2016
DC Brau On the Wings of Armageddon (Nectarine)9.2%7/19/2016
DC Brau On the Wings of Armageddon (Pineapple)9.2%7/19/2016
DC Brau On the Wings of Armageddon (Mango)9.2%7/19/2016
DC Brau On the Wings of Armageddon (Guava)9.2%7/19/2016
DC Brau On the Wings of Armageddon (Lychee)9.2%7/19/2016
Ocelot / Bluejacket Raised On Promises8%7/19/2016
The Veil Step Dad Chaperone8.5%7/19/2016
AleWerks Secret Admirer8%7/19/2016
Dupont / Lost Abbey Deux Amis7%7/19/2016
Stillwater / Hudson Valley Hopvine Bling5%7/19/2016
Brooklyn Bel Air Sour Ale6.5%7/19/2016
Urban Chestnut Oxnbršu7.5%6/14/2016
Shortís Vintage Premium Lager4%6/14/2016
Loch Ness Caith Ness4%6/13/2016
Fate Coffee IPA7%6/13/2016
Shortís Chocolate Wheat6.1%6/13/2016
Shortís Bellaire Brown7%6/13/2016
Insight In The Halls of the Sunken City Saison - Chapter VII7.8%6/13/2016
Against the Grain Commie Pekko6.8%6/13/2016
Shortís Love Knife6.7%6/13/2016
Union Craft Old Pro Gose (Blackberries)4.2%6/13/2016
Fonta Flora Fruit Bat Disco5.8%6/5/2016
Fonta Flora Southern Saison5.2%6/5/2016
Fonta Flora A Very Merry Un-Birthday To You6.4%6/5/2016
Great Raft Commotion Pale Ale - Double Dry Hopped 5.2%6/5/2016
Country Boy Double Barrel Shotgun Wedding11.2%6/5/2016
Burial Billows4.9%6/5/2016
Great Raft Old Mad Joy - Heaven Hill Single Barrel10%6/5/2016
Great Raft Oceans Between Us8%6/5/2016
Burial Massacre of the Innocents6.3%6/5/2016
Burial Terrestrial Paradise5.2%6/5/2016
Burial The Conjurer7.7%6/5/2016
Burial The Garden Of Earthly Delights 5%6/5/2016


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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Travlr  (2508) Charlotte , North Carolina | January 1, 2013
The downstairs/restaurant portion has amazing food by Kyle Bailey. The homemade breads and mustards alone are a terrific start. They also have a paired tasting menu, and you can reserve the entire captainís table area if you have enough people. The beers are the same as upstairs, and the 50 tap lines that come from upstairs look like a huge pipe organ. Extremely knowledgeable, helpful and friendly staff. Their paired beer dinners are definitely worthwhile, and usually the brewers attend. Great place.
92
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
BeerandBlues2  (945) Escondido, California | December 31, 2012
Birch & Barley is the downstairs restaurant portion of the building housing Churchkey. The food here is top notch, service outstanding, and you get the same beer selection as Churchkey.
90
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick  (837) 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.
86
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis  (802) Sunnyvale, California | June 12, 2013
I still canít figure out why this is a separate entry. Same beer selection as upstairs, better food menu, more sit-downy. Great place to take the missus for dinner.
92
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
GT  (672) Oceanside, California | January 22, 2013
Not sure why these got separated out- but Churchkey is the semi-casual, super hipster trendy mega beer bar upstairs. Birch&Barley is the upscale, semi-formal, reservation dinner locale that also has a secret Sunday brunch. Prices are high, food quality is high, beer selection is the same tap list and bottle list as CK so if you are coming to the location for eating and beer ticking, go upstairs because they have a full menu too. Downstairs is for special occasions, not affordable normally. I had a wonderful experience here on a date with my now fiance and got to try a few beers I had never seen before at the time. Service is awesome, ambiance is really neat with the tap lines in the back looking like a bronze organ. For quality of food, the prices are not jaw-dropping surprisingly. This is the crown jewel of DCís Neighborhood Restaurant Group and they take it seriously. Head chef wins a lot of competitions so be prepared for some crazy, modern, experimental dishes.
92
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Rastacouere  (664) Montreal, Quebec | July 18, 2013
The restaurant downstairs of Churchkey was actually more pleasant than Churchkey itself for us traveling as a couple. Beautiful setup with the massive organ reminders, beautiful walls and copper colours, exquisite lighting. The service was very professional and courteous. I was hoping for a little more on the food side though. We loved our homemade charcuterie plate as an appetizer, but I followed with a risotto that was abusively salty and close to unplalatable. The beer list though, is incredible, one of the best I have ever seen. Out of the 50+ taps, there were probably 30 that I felt like drinking right there, on the spot. Most of the beers Iíd never tried before. Plenty of rarities including rare one-offs from obscure breweries like Trois Dames and the tmave specialni from Kout of all things. Extraordinary selection really and the bottle list is also jammed with rarities. I try to order one that seemed especially appetizing though and they were out of it. I did not try another and donít know whether thatís a frequent occurrence. Prices were relatively steep, but not out of ground with DCís high standards.
90
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs  (501) 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!
86
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
nbutler11  (356) Cambridge, England | February 15, 2013
Unsure why the restaurant is separated from the bar as a rating, particularly since their taps come from upstairs. Trendy upscale space with rustic gastropub sort of fare. Excellent food and staff. Pricey, but suitable for special occasions.
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
weihenweizen  (345) Charleston Area, West Virginia | June 7, 2013| Updated May 22, 2014
Been several times. We took the metro to McPherson Square and then walked the rest of the way, you know you have reached the place because there are tables on the side walk and a big garage door that is open on the front of the building. I have also driven here and had to park five blocks away, take the metro if possible. The place is dimly lit and has modern decor. The food is good, I had the braut burger with fries and on another time the braised goat and potatoes. The tap selection is excellent, 50 beer taps. The first time I went I was not offered a bottle menu. I like that they offer samples. The prices for food and beer are expensive, but high quality. The complementary bread is excellent, however the spinach salad was way over priced. Beer knowledge varies between employees. Overall the food is very good, and they do have really good beer.
86
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
GenDV138  (335) 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.

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