Birch & Barley

1337 14th St NW
Washington, Washington DC United States 20005
restaurant  4.9/5.0 34 reviews
Tue - Thu 5:30 - 10:00 PM; Fri - Sat 5:30 - 11:00 PM; Sun 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Mayor: Travlr (68) | Taps: 55 | Bottles: 500
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Beers At Birch & Barley

NameABVEntered
Urban Chestnut Oxnbršu7.5%6/14/2016
Shortís Vintage Premium Lager4%6/14/2016
Loch Ness Caith Ness4%6/13/2016
Fate Coffee IPA7%6/13/2016
Shortís Chocolate Wheat6.1%6/13/2016
Shortís Bellaire Brown7%6/13/2016
Insight In The Halls of the Sunken City Saison - Chapter VII7.8%6/13/2016
Against the Grain Commie Pekko6.8%6/13/2016
Shortís Love Knife6.7%6/13/2016
Union Craft Old Pro Gose (Blackberries)4.2%6/13/2016
Fonta Flora Fruit Bat Disco5.8%6/5/2016
Fonta Flora Southern Saison5.2%6/5/2016
Fonta Flora A Very Merry Un-Birthday To You6.4%6/5/2016
Great Raft Commotion Pale Ale - Double Dry Hopped 5.2%6/5/2016
Country Boy Double Barrel Shotgun Wedding11.2%6/5/2016
Burial Billows4.9%6/5/2016
Great Raft Old Mad Joy - Heaven Hill Single Barrel10%6/5/2016
Great Raft Oceans Between Us8%6/5/2016
Burial Massacre of the Innocents6.3%6/5/2016
Burial Terrestrial Paradise5.2%6/5/2016
Burial The Conjurer7.7%6/5/2016
Burial The Garden Of Earthly Delights 5%6/5/2016
Foundation Zuurzing4.5%6/4/2016
Foundation Wanderlust4.5%6/4/2016
Foundation Epiphany IPA8%6/4/2016
Liquid Riot Bobo Pivo4.8%6/4/2016
Banded Horn Daikaiju8.7%6/4/2016
Rising Tide Gose- Pisces3.5%6/4/2016
Tributary Grand Cru8.3%6/4/2016
Oxbow Cavern6.5%6/4/2016
Maine Beer I6.5%6/4/2016
Two Roads Roads Garden (2016)8.9%6/4/2016
Rhinegeist Puma Pils5.2%6/4/2016
Insight An Obstruction On The Troll Way Citrus IPA - Chapter XXIX6.8%6/4/2016
4 Noses íBout Damn Time7.1%6/4/2016
4 Noses Hikerís Helles5.2%6/4/2016
Urban Chestnut Dorfbier5.5%6/4/2016
Confluence Long Ride Pale Ale5.7%6/4/2016
Saugatuck Starburst Wheat5.1%6/4/2016
Spencer Trappist Holiday Ale9%6/4/2016
Sierra Nevada Barrel-Aged Narwhal Imperial Stout12.9%6/4/2016
Fonta Flora Whippoorwill 5.9%6/2/2016
Great Raft You, Me and Everyone We Know7%6/2/2016
Great Raft All My Tomorrows7%6/2/2016
Wicked Weed Permeo6.4%6/2/2016
Fonta Flora Farm and Sparrow2.7%6/2/2016
Wicked Weed GarÁon de Ferme6.2%6/2/2016
Surly Dampfbier5.3%6/1/2016
Shortís Uncle Steveís Irish Stout4.5%6/1/2016
Surly Blutpakt5.8%6/1/2016
Starcut Ciders Pulsar6.9%6/1/2016
Shortís Ocho de Mayo4%6/1/2016
4 Hands Madagascar II (Cinnamon)0%6/1/2016
Shortís Old Reliable5.5%5/31/2016
4 Hands / Marz Rubus Flux7%5/31/2016
Tired Hands Fence Mender4.6%5/31/2016
Against the Grain Schlaffen Zum Funften5.6%5/31/2016
Against the Grain Ledersmoken6%5/31/2016
4 Hands Dakine6%5/31/2016
4 Hands Contact High Key Lime5%5/31/2016
Against the Grain / Country Boy Saladbarity Baltic Porter8.1%5/31/2016
Against the Grain Ziggy the Enscorchelator6.5%5/31/2016
Against the Grain Haarlem Globefrotters6.9%5/31/2016
Against the Grain Pjop Jhok 5%5/31/2016
Shortís Peachy Pom Pom7%5/31/2016
4 Hands Core Values6.4%5/31/2016
4 Hands / Destihl Hatch4%5/31/2016
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 Ale8.5%5/25/2016
Guineu Marky Ramoneís Natural Brown Ale6%5/25/2016
Marina Mas Cremat4.5%5/25/2016
Oskar Blues Chubna Imperial Scotch IPA0%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 SíAgŁia4%5/24/2016
Montseny Malta5.1%5/24/2016
BrÝnhŽr 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 Devilís 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
BrÝnhŽr Drink Me Alive! Lager Ale Brew Blend5.5%5/20/2016
Voss VossaÝl (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 One Brazillion Dollars9%5/14/2016


98
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
argo0  (253) 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.
98
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
bmerz  (122) 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.
98
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
cratez  (256) Toronto, Ontario | January 4, 2015
When I visited: Late September 2014. What I had: Draft samples of Hill Farmstead & Blaugies La Vermontoise, Perennial Peach Berliner Weisse, and Dominion Hop Mountain Pale Ale, pint of Mad Fox Defender American Pale Ale and Prairie Artisan Ales Birra, seared bluefish for me, appetizer bread plate, tomato cucumber salad, hand-cut pappardelle, and several sauvignon blancs for my fiancť, caramel icebox cake to split. What I liked: Upscale, cosmopolitan atmosphere, plenty of seating available at the dinner bar, well laid out beer and food menus, ridiculously knowledgeable and inviting service from the bartender, impressive and carefully selected draft list, love that they offer flights, truly exceptional food, my partner really enjoyed her wine. What I disliked: Our server, while stellar, was a little one-dimensional to the extent that he only discussed the beer and food and didnít talk about the wine or ask my fiancť whether she liked her vino. Prices are high but thatís not surprising for a place of this calibre. Would I go back? Yes. Birch & Barley easily ranks as one of the best restaurants weíve ever been to. This is a must-visit destination when in D.C. Overall Rating: 98
98
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
spycow  (62) Illinois | January 20, 2015
Visited a few years ago with a friend. We went to take in the massive beer list they have which is quite unbelievable. We drank something we never had before from a country we had not tasted a beer from. The food was great and service was outstanding. For a place that has that many beers it was organized and easy to find what you are looking for. Overall a must on the beer destination list if in DC. Cheers!
96
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
JDBaker11058  (59) 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.
94
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Travlr  (2409) 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 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
BeerandBlues2  (929) 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.
92
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
radagast83  (272) Fairfax, Virginia | December 5, 2014
It took 5 years since they opened, but I finally made it to Birch & Barley. It was an early anniversary date with my girlfriend, and we decided to do the tasting menu.

The food was wonderfully paired with the beer. Some of it was strange, but all was at least tasty. Most was delicious. A bit pricy, but the quality of the food and the quantity is enough to satisfy (us at least). Draft and bottle list is the same as Churchkey, so you donít have to go upstairs to get specific beers if you plan on only dining there.

The atmosphere is very different than upstairs. It is laid back, quiet and reserved. Thereís a tiny bit of mixed yuppy and hipster arrogance in some of the clientele, but if youíre only focusing on your table, itís not really all that noticeable. Perhaps itís a bit slow at first, especially if youíre a very hungry.

Overall, Iíd probably only come here for special occasions or for beer dinners, and leave my regular, more casual trips to Churchkey upstairs.
92
  • 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.
92
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
GT  (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 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.

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