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 (80) | 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


86
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
jde123  (85) Washington, Washington DC | December 20, 2015
Decent place, Iíve visited many times, for private events and tastings to family meals to business dinners. Always turns out great.
90
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 20/20
altonbrownd  (287) Chevy Chase, Maryland | August 14, 2015
Had dinner here with John R. and they had all the same beers as upstairs. Food was great and we enjoyed pairing the great beers with the food. A great restaurant.
48
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 4/20
chinchill  (171) South Carolina | June 23, 2015
Visited the upstairs Churchkey pub only as the downstairs area was closed. Loud and crowded bar, which I can put up with to some extent. Not acceptable is the fact that the beer I ordered seemed to be infected. The brewery may be to blame, in part, but the pub is certainly ultimately responsible. To add insult to injury, they billed me for 50% more than the price listed on their menu.
90
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs  (480) Toronto, Ontario | March 14, 2015
2015-03-04. My parents cancelled on our dinner plans at the last minute so solidfunk and Travlr joined Mabel and I for dinner. Carl and our waitress took great care of us all night. She resisted the urge to hit solidfunk despite us encouraging her to do so! :) We tried a good selection of the menu including risotto balls (simple but tasty), an assortment of breads (superb), puttanesca (excellent, which is especially impressive since I did not expect to like it), Ricotta Cavatelli (pork belly was crispier than my preference but the pasta and sauce was lovely). I had the Spring House Pork Loin (delicious, but I would ask for it more well-done if I had it again.) The atmosphere is great, classy and upscale without feeling pretentious. I found the lighting just a touch too dark. The tap list was extensive with offerings in a range of styles and over a dozen beers that were new ratings for Mabel and I, including several I hadnít even heard of before. We ordered a large number of half-pours, for which you pay a bit of a premium but itís worth it IMHO to be able to sample your way through the beer list. I didnít even look at the bottle list as I didnít want to be tempted! Possibly one of my best beery evenings while travelling. Many thanks to the staff and the company. Cheers!
88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Lothore  (75) California | January 27, 2015
We visited on a short trip to DC, on our way up to Churchkey. Excellent beer list that was very well curated with many styles represented. The selection was killer as it was the same as what was available upstairs (various Three Floyds, Founders, Terrapin, etc.). The dťcor was very modern. Exposed brick, hanging lights, wood floors led to a cool vibe. Pricing was very reasonable given the selection. Didnít get to taste the food downstairs (not sure if itís different from that of the food upstairs, which was killer).
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!
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
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.
66
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer  (228) Knoxville, Tennessee | November 23, 2014
Pretty sketchy place with all the suits and wannabee suits surrounding the average person. Of course the DC pricing and lack of service is in effect but there is some decent selection of beers. OK but overall uninspired.
90
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick  (837) 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.

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