Birch & Barley | Washington, Washington DC
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Birch & Barley
World Class based on 23 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 (45) | Taps: 55 | Bottles: 500

Birch & Barley

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Beer Available At Birch & Barley (arranged by most recent)
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 84, Evolution Craft Menagerie #8 87, White Birch Oak Senex Torva Saison 42, Allagash Fluxus 2014 92, 3 Stars Phoenix Rye Saison 69, Monocacy Humulus Lupulus Rex (Lime Zest) , Against the Grain The Brown Note 90, Westbrook / Stillwater Big Tastyís Back Door 86, Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA 99, Stillwater Gose Gone Wild 100
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23 reviews for Birch & Barley
 Ambiance  87%
 Service  89%
 Selection  93%
 Food  82%
 Value  72%
 Overall  88%
 Rating  97%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 13/20
lefossoyeur  (14) Montreal, Quebec | April 5, 2013
Trendy place under Churchkey. Got a place right in front of the kitchen wich was kind of interesting until I see that everybodywas throwing a cup of duck fat in any dishes! Veggies, meat, potatoes, wham bang here comes Da PHAT! Incredible beer menu even if some stuff is totally past is prime. Food menu looked incredible until the food actually got to us. I must say I was highly disappointed by the main courses we had. Everything was tasteless and badly presented. Totally overrated cuisine in there. Service was good tough, atmosphere too, really cosy place. Bad night? It might have been considering all the praise Iíve heard from this place...
  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.
  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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
GT2  (598) 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 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 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
Travlr  (1521) 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  (662) 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 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 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 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
kwoeltje  (86) Manchester, Missouri | October 23, 2011
Had Sunday brunch at Birch & Barley (didnít make it upstairs). Nothing special about the neighborhood, but upscale interior. Friendly staff. Lots of taps with a good variety of styles, some obscure beers. Food was excellent. Prices like youíd expect in DC.

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