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Beer Available At Birch & Barley (arranged by most recent)
Goose Island Big John Imperial Stout 99, Mikkeller Ňrh Hvad?! 96, Mikkeller Ňrh Hvad?! (BA Sauternes) 76, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Backyard Rye Barrel 99, Mikkeller Ňrh Hvad?! (BA Grand Marnier) , Heavy Seas Mutiny Fleet Yule Tide 2013 Barrel #43 , Saranac Farm to Tap IPA , Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine 100, Goose Island Naughty Goose 88, Agullons Pura Pale 69, Ben Middlemiss Benediction Ale 69, Sidra Natural Bereziartua 88, Prairie Artisan Ales Bomb! 100, Sierra Nevada DevESTATEtion 96, The Monarchy Happy XMas in NŁrnberg , The Monarchy Happy XMas from Dresden , The Monarchy Happy XMas from Aachen , Adnams Lighthouse (Cask) 42, Amiata Bastarda Rossa 47, Lambickx Kriek (Zenne Valley, Private Domain) 74
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Travlr (1256) Washington, Washington DC | January 1, 2013
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Rastacouere (651) Montreal, Quebec | July 18, 2013
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 18/20
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.
BeerandBlues2 (547) Hanover, Maryland | December 31, 2012
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
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.
GT2 (477) Riverside, California | January 22, 2013
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
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.
nbutler11 (316) Phoenix, Arizona | February 15, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
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.
bytemesis (292) Sunnyvale, California | June 12, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Loineshawn (237) Massachusetts | February 10, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
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.
argo0 (207) Washington DC | January 3, 2013
98 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 20/20
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.
bmerz (118) Brooklyn, New York | March 7, 2012
98 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. Of all the beer places Iíve been around the country and abroad this is one of the best on every level. Whatís most impressive perhaps is that the food is on par with beer in Birch & Barley. Itís a fine restaurant and expensive but it was worth every penny. Hands down best gnocchi Iíve had! Itís design is warm and modern. The service was impressively attentive and friendly. The 4.5 oz pour options were perfect for pairing. The list while I find confusing oddly b/c it is organized by character rather than country or style is insanely long, deep, and filled with rarities and well curated choices. I could almost move to DC for it.
WeeHeavySD (111) San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon | March 25, 2010
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
This review is primarily for Birch and Barley since I had dinner there tonight, with my dad. We did peak upstairs and the Bar looks cool, and Iím glad to see the taps are not hidden upstairs as they are downstairs. First, my dad summed it up: "We came for the beer and stayed for the food." This place has a damn good beer list, 50 taps and 5 casks all the time, thats pretty damn impressive. Two great Cantillion taps stand out, and then a damn good bottle list. The food is also stellar, high end certainly. We both did the tasting menu and my dad took the beer pairings and the beer manager came out and did a spiel about each beer and I was pretty impressed with his knowledge.
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