Birch & Barley | Washington, Washington DC
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Birch & Barley
World Class based on 21 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 5:30-10PM; Fri-Sat 5:30-11PM; Sun 11AM-8PM


Mayor: Travlr (46) | Taps: 55 | Bottles: 500


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Beer Available At Birch & Barley (arranged by most recent)
Pipeworks Mint Truffle Abduction 87, Goose Island Endless IPA 63, New Belgium / Bluejacket Sideshow , Cantillon Vigneronne 99, Karagandinskoe Svetloe 11, Glazen Toren Canaster Zymatore (Pinot & Whiskey Barrels) , Evil Twin Table Beer 95, Hitachino Nest Anbai 83, New Holland Incorrigible 92, BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien 2012 99, Boulevard Foeder Projekt #1 92, Goose Island Big John Imperial Stout 99, Mikkeller Ňrh Hvad?! 96, Mikkeller Ňrh Hvad?! (BA Sauternes) 87, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Backyard Rye Barrel 100, Mikkeller Ňrh Hvad?! (BA Grand Marnier) 90, Saranac High Peaks Farm to Tap Fresh Hop IPA , Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine 100, Goose Island Naughty Goose 88, Agullons Pura Pale 69
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21 reviews for Birch & Barley
 Ambiance  87%
 Service  88%
 Selection  93%
 Food  83%
 Value  73%
 Overall  88%
 Rating  97%
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94
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
Travlr  (1453) 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 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 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.
92
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
BeerandBlues2  (624) Hanover, Maryland | 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.
92
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
GT2  (564) San Diego County , 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.
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis  (357) 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.
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
nbutler11  (316) Phoenix, Arizona | 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.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
SrSilligoose  (251) pouring bus, New Brunswick | February 10, 2013
nice joint. prefer the atmosphere of the upstairs churchkey beer bar joint. more formal restauarant setting at birch and barley downstairs. same tap list upstairs and downstairs. churchkey is a must visit in dc, birch and barley is fine, but again, like the laid back beer bar ambiance upstairs.
98
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 20/20
argo0  (209) Washington DC | January 3, 2013
This is my wifeís and my favorite restaurant. Take a world-class beer selection, fantastic food, and outstanding food/beer pairings, and that sums up Birch & Barley. The excellent service just adds to the experience. If thereís one thing I could change, it would be for the restaurant to be a bit quieter.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
weihenweizen  (149) 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.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
sonnycheeba  (137) 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.

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