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 | facebook | twitter

Hours: Tue-Thu 5:30-10PM; Fri-Sat 5:30-11PM; Sun 11AM-8PM

Mayor: Travlr (44) | Taps: 55 | Bottles: 500

Birch & Barley

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Beer Available At Birch & Barley (arranged by most recent)
Smuttynose Imperial Stout 100, De Molen / Anchorage Mud & Funk 91, Dominion The Dream: 25th Anniversary , Laughing Dog Tripel Squared , Brewers Art / New Columbia Distillers Harlequin Cap , Against the Grain Cutty Canít Hang! 47, Fordham Delaware Common , Bayerischer Bahnhof Berliner Style Weisse with Rye 78, Toccalmatto Salty Angel 73, Dieu du Ciel LíHerbe ŗ Dťtourne 99, Mahrs Bršu Mastodon 83, Bayerischer Bahnhof Rauchweizen Berliner Style Weisse , Sandford Orchards Browns & Chisel Jersey , Siren Americano 97, TrŲegs Hop Knife 97, Ballast Point Grunion Pale Ale 98, Ballast Point Even Keel 92, Anchorage / Crooked Stave Between the Staves 99, Perennial Sump 100, Funkwerks Oud Bruin 85
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25 reviews for Birch & Barley
 Ambiance  87%
 Service  89%
 Selection  93%
 Food  82%
 Value  72%
 Overall  88%
 Rating  98%
Rating Distribution

  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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
bmerz  (121) Brooklyn, New York | March 7, 2012
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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
JDBaker11058  (36) Maryland | June 18, 2011
Went to Birch and Barley for a nice dinner. Only one downside to this place: no valet, and the street parking SUCKS. Should have taken the metro. On to the good stuff. Ambiance: Beautiful, quirky building, lots of brick, wall sconces etc. Very nice, not too loud. Service: Excellent, friendly waitstaff. Not intrusive, but very present. Seemed relatively knowledgeable about the tap list. Selection: INCREDIBLE. Rotating draft list of about 50 beers, regularly and exactingly updated on the website. I reviewed the website before coming to dinner to help make my choices and food pairings. But thereís also a standing, 500+ bottle list, and a large, rotating special reserve bottle list, neither of which are online. All the beer lists are exceedingly well-organized and user-friendly. Food: ASTOUNDING. I had the brat burger, and it was probably the best burger Iíve ever had. The mac and cheese is ridiculous, the bread board is amazing (pretzel rolls FTW), and the housemade charcuterie is wonderful. Dessert was the fried french toast with smoky bacon caramel sauce--itís indescribably good. Value: Price is high, but itís a great restaurant in DC. Beer prices were actually pretty reasonable for the drafts. Overall: Could not be more enthusiastic about this place. Itís my new favorite beer spot in the city. Really liked that you could get a 4oz shot of anything on draft for around $2, which let me sample about twice as many beers as I would have otherwise. Great place.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
Travlr  (1537) 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
BeerandBlues2  (663) 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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
GT2  (600) 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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
Japalo  (16) , Denmark | September 12, 2012
Great place. Went their with my wife and two kids. The bar upstairs was closed due to a party. The restaurant downstairs served very delicious food and draft from above. Had a little tasting of four brews. Super nice place. The walters accent or speed of speech made the beer information a little difficult. A highly recommended place
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
Thorpe429  (58) , Illinois | August 24, 2011
Atmosphere is really nice and sleek. Definitely quite modern. There is a pretty good amount of seating and a very large bar. All the taps located behind the bar look quite nice, not to mention the ginormous shelving unit opposite the bar housing all the goodies that Greg is aging. Quality is about the best I could ever expect from a bar. Everything they do--glassware, menu printing, Twitter notifications, etc.--is first class. Service is normally quite good, especially when you sit at the bar during an off period. All the bartenders and servers who I have had are quite friendly and typically very knowledgeable. My only knock here is that it can get quite crowded at times and service is then understandably quite a bit slower. The selection is by far the best in the DC area. Fifty taps, five casks, and 500 bottles in stock. This place is constantly bringing in beer that you wonít be able to find anywhere else in the region. Additionally, while itís great right now, I expect it to get even better given Gregís dedication and the fact that DC law is pretty lenient in a lot of a relevant areas. The food is excellent at both Birch & Barley and Churchkey, with the former being a bit more upscale and pricey. B&Bís brunch is absolutely fantastic. Overall, the price points arenít too bad, especially considering all the options. Also, while some of the single beers are a bit pricey, definite points for offering a 4oz. pour of any of the drafts.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
Munkky  (50) , Denmark | April 30, 2013
This is a fantastic bar, a must visit in DC. the tap selection is impressing and their bottle selection is crazy - enjoy
  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.

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