Birch & Barley | Washington, Washington DC
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Birch & Barley
World Class based on 25 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)
Saint Somewhere Eíteí Sans Fin 50, Pretty Things Baby Tree 95, De la Senne Taras Boulba 93, De la Senne Zinnebir 93, Alvinne Phi 67, Flying Dog Brewhouse Rarities: Hoppy American Wheat Ale 66, Sixpoint Sensi Harvest 84, DeDues Tocatta 44, Sierra Nevada / Allagash Beer Camp Myronís Walk 95, Starr Hill Sabbath 76, Smuttynose Imperial Stout 100, De Molen / Anchorage Mud & Funk 92, Dominion The Dream: 25th Anniversary , Laughing Dog Tripel Squared , Brewers Art / New Columbia Distillers Harlequin Cap , Against the Grain Cutty Canít Hang! 49, Fordham Delaware Common , Bayerischer Bahnhof Berliner Style Weisse with Rye 78, Toccalmatto Salty Angel 73, Dieu du Ciel LíHerbe ŗ Dťtourne 99
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25 reviews for Birch & Barley
 Ambiance  87%
 Service  89%
 Selection  93%
 Food  82%
 Value  72%
 Overall  88%
 Rating  98%
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94
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
Travlr  (1564) 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.
90
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick  (733) 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.
92
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
BeerandBlues2  (666) 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 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 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
GT2  (603) 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  (387) 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
SrSilliGose  (252) 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.
90
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
JCB  (230) 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.
98
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 20/20
argo0  (216) 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.

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