Birch & Barley

4.9/5.0 34 reviews
1337 14th St NW
Washington, Washington DC United States 20005

202 567 2576
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

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp West Latitude Session Rye5.5%5/25/2016
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Pat-Rye-Ot Revolutionary Pale Ale5.6%5/25/2016
Guineu WIPA6.8%5/25/2016
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Family Values Imperial Brown Ale - Cocoa8.5%5/25/2016
Guineu Marky Ramone’s Natural Brown Ale6%5/25/2016
Marina Mas Cremat4.5%5/25/2016
Oskar Blues Chubna0%5/24/2016
AleWerks Droste Effect9.2%5/24/2016
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Stout of the Union7.3%5/24/2016
Marina Black Sea4.5%5/24/2016
Loch Ness 77%5/24/2016
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Sweet Sunny South Southern Table Beer4.9%5/24/2016
Marina S’Agüia4%5/24/2016
Montseny Malta5.1%5/24/2016
Brønhër Pan de Ajo - Spiced Gose4.4%5/24/2016
Naparbier Alien Claw6.8%5/20/2016
Edge Brewing Cookie Euphoria5.2%5/20/2016
Naparbier The Crimson Bird Raspberries6.1%5/20/2016
Naparbier The Crimson Bird Strawberries6.1%5/20/2016
Fort Oatmeal Porter6.5%5/20/2016
Marina Devil’s IPA6.5%5/20/2016
Guineu / La Quince Vanilla Black Velvet9.5%5/20/2016
Montseny Mala Vida - Chili11%5/20/2016
Montseny Mala Vida - Brandy11%5/20/2016
Montseny Mala Vida11%5/20/2016
Edge Brewing / Lervig Pure Decadence Imperial Stout10.3%5/20/2016
Brønhër Drink Me Alive! Lager Ale Brew Blend5.5%5/20/2016
Voss Vossaøl (8%)8%5/14/2016
Cloudwater / Burning Sky Old Garde (Red Wine Barrel Aged)8.5%5/14/2016
Cloudwater Tripel (Red Wine Barrel Aged)9%5/14/2016
Boulevard Tripel Julep11.5%5/14/2016
Cloudwater Imperial Stout (11.2%)11.2%5/14/2016
Against the Grain / Morada Cia Etilica 1 Brazillion Dollars12%5/14/2016
Cloudwater Citrus Gose Grapefruit Tequila5.5%5/14/2016
Cloudwater Spring Summer 2016 - US Light Comet3.6%5/14/2016
Cloudwater Winter Range - Aus Hopfen Weisse6.5%5/14/2016
Against the Grain Quakin’ Scrots5.5%5/9/2016
Against the Grain Tex-Arcana7.9%5/9/2016
Against the Grain Something Local IPA6.6%5/9/2016
Against the Grain Kümmerspeck6.5%5/9/2016
Brewski / Dugges Simple Jack3.8%5/9/2016
Cloudwater Spring Summer Range - Session IPA E.4314.5%5/9/2016
Cloudwater Spring Summer 2016 IPA Citra6.5%5/9/2016
Cloudwater Spring Summer 2016 Keyworth’s Mid Lager4.8%5/9/2016
Cloudwater Bretted Cream Ale4.8%5/9/2016
Cloudwater Bergamot Hopfen Weisse6%5/9/2016
Cloudwater Spring Summer 2016 Keyworth’s Early Lager4.8%5/9/2016
Cloudwater Spring Summer 2016 Eureka Lager4.8%5/9/2016
Cloudwater Spring Summer 2016 Epic Lager4.8%5/9/2016
Cloudwater Seville Orange Sour3.5%5/9/2016
Cloudwater Citrus Gose5.5%5/9/2016
Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion Revolution No. 0015.9%5/3/2016
Weird Beard Fade to Black6.3%5/3/2016
Weird Beard Black Perle 4.5%5/3/2016
Harveys Sussex XXXX Old Ale 4.3%5/3/2016
Tired Hands Red, White, and Buck6.6%5/3/2016
Brewski / Cycle 50 States of Freedom3.9%5/3/2016
Uerige / Kehrwieder Jrön Grünhopfen-Sticke6.2%5/3/2016
Einbecker 13786.7%5/3/2016
Grimm Vacay5.3%4/25/2016
Founders Sumatra Mountain Brown9.2%4/25/2016
Bear Republic Clobberskull10.5%4/25/2016
Burning Sky Monolith7.4%4/25/2016
Allagash Sixteen Counties Ale (2015)6.2%4/21/2016
Bear Republic Sherry & Sauternes Grizz9.5%4/19/2016
Bear Republic Sonoma County Wild Pale Ale7.6%4/19/2016
Dieu du Ciel Chemin de Croix7.5%4/19/2016
Amager / Jester King Danish Metal10%4/18/2016
Alpha State Vengeance (Vanilla and Mocha)8%4/18/2016
Põhjala Must Kuld - Cherry Edition7.8%4/18/2016
Põhjala Must Kuld7.8%4/18/2016
Brewski One Does Not Simply Mango8%4/18/2016
Saint Somewhere Fraternité5%4/18/2016
Saint Somewhere / Jester King Bouteille Vert5%4/18/2016
Burning Sky Provision Reserve7%4/18/2016
De la Senne / Mont Salève Double Saison8%4/18/2016
Loch Ness Golden Ness3%4/14/2016
Loch Ness Saazi Ness4%4/14/2016
Loch Ness Wilder Ness3.9%4/14/2016
Heavy Seas / Maine Beer Partner Ships Red IPA7.25%4/13/2016
Harviestoun Old Manor4.6%4/13/2016
Hof Ten Dormaal Saison5.5%4/13/2016
De Molen Cuvee #510%4/12/2016
Brouwerij Kees Peated Imperial Stout 11.2%4/12/2016
De Molen Mout & Mocca (2011-)10%4/12/2016
Union Craft Rye Baby IPA (Orange Peel & Anise)6.5%4/12/2016
Omnipollo Aniara6%4/12/2016
Uinta Crooked Line Birthday Suit: 23rd Anniversary 6.5%4/12/2016
Birrificio del Ducato Koji Il Riso4.5%4/12/2016
Wild Beer Somerset Wild5%4/12/2016
Stillwater / Dugges Syrligt4.5%4/12/2016
Stillwater / Dugges Tropic Punch4.5%4/12/2016
Omnipollo Nautilus4.5%4/12/2016
Stone Pataskala Red IPA7.3%3/31/2016
Terrapin Single Origin Coffee Stout: Ethiopia Hambela5.7%3/31/2016
Terrapin Single Origin Coffee Stout: Sumatra Wahana Natural5.7%3/31/2016
Buxton The Living End (Islay)11%3/30/2016
Terrapin Single Origin Coffee Stout: Hawaii Kona5.7%3/30/2016
Terrapin Single Origin Coffee Stout: Guatemala Huehuetenango5.7%3/30/2016
Stillwater / Olivers Tuppance7%3/30/2016

  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Travlr  (2340) Washington, Washington DC | 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 captain’s 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.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
BeerandBlues2  (909) 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.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick  (823) 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.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis  (713) Sunnyvale, California | June 12, 2013
I still can’t 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.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
GT2  (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 DC’s Neighborhood Restaurant Group and they take it seriously. Head chef wins a lot of competitions so be prepared for some crazy, modern, experimental dishes.
  • 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 I’d 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 don’t know whether that’s a frequent occurrence. Prices were relatively steep, but not out of ground with DC’s high standards.
  • 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 hadn’t even heard of before. We ordered a large number of half-pours, for which you pay a bit of a premium but it’s worth it IMHO to be able to sample your way through the beer list. I didn’t even look at the bottle list as I didn’t want to be tempted! Possibly one of my best beery evenings while travelling. Many thanks to the staff and the company. Cheers!
  • 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.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
weihenweizen  (321) 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.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
GenDV138  (321) 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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