Birch & Barley

1337 14th St NW
Washington, Washington DC United States 20005
restaurant  4.9/5.0 37 reviews
Tue - Thu 5:30 - 10:00 PM; Fri - Sat 5:30 - 11:00 PM; Sun 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Mayor: GenDV138 (7) | Taps: 55 | Bottles: 500
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Beers At Birch & Barley

NameABVEntered
Right Proper / DC Brewers Solidarity Brett IPA 20170%9/6/2017
Hellbender Angel Face6.5%8/25/2017
DC Brau Deep Cuts Volume 16.8%8/25/2017
Bluejacket / Cloudwater Twilights3.5%8/25/2017
3 Stars Peppercorn Saison (Orange Peel)6.5%8/25/2017
District ChopHouse Oatmeal Stout (Coffee)6.6%8/25/2017
3 Stars / Interboro D is for Diamond 4%8/25/2017
Atlas Brew Works Solar Farm0%8/25/2017
Atlas Brew Works Rowdy (Bourbon Oak Chips)6.2%8/25/2017
3 Stars Jabberwocky Superfly8.3%8/25/2017
3 Stars Technicolor Life8%8/25/2017
Bluejacket Transistor15%8/25/2017
3 Stars Trouble in Paradise6.5%8/24/2017
RAR / Dogfish Head / Burial Anaerobic Soak8.8%6/9/2017
Stone Liberty Station Hop C 2 C7.7%6/6/2017
Stone Liberty Station The Lupulin Loop: Calypso7.7%6/4/2017
The Veil Sitdwn6%6/1/2017
The Veil BHUMBL8%6/1/2017
Bruery Terreux Frucht - Yumberry4.7%6/1/2017
Bruery Terreux Griffon Bruxellois (2017)5.5%6/1/2017
The Veil #ladyBrozNightOut9%5/20/2017
Birrificio del Ducato Vieille Ville6%5/20/2017
Anchorage / Gigantic An Eternity7%5/13/2017
Great Raft Old Mad Joy- Jamaican Rum Barrel Aged9%1/18/2017
Bluejacket People are People6%1/18/2017
Arizona Wilderness Picacho Pecan Pie Brown Ale7%1/18/2017
Le Trou du Diable L'Impératrice (Fût de Bourbon Américain)9%12/1/2016
Founders Lizard of Koz10.5%12/1/2016
Other Half / Monkish Blowin' Up the Spot10.2%12/1/2016
Singlecut Bon Bon 2x TNT 8%11/25/2016
Goose Island Hombre Secreto Tropico9.1%11/25/2016
Singlecut MO Shuggie Soulbender IPA7.2%11/25/2016
Singlecut Heavy Boots of Lead - Barrel Aged 201611%11/13/2016
Flying Dog The Truth Imperial IPA (Raspberry, Ginger)8.7%11/13/2016
Flying Dog The Truth Imperial IPA (Madeira Soaked Oak, Ginger, Orange)8.7%11/13/2016
Flying Dog The Truth Imperial IPA (Bourbon Soaked Oak, Lemon, Vanilla)8.7%11/13/2016
Flying Dog The Truth Imperial IPA (Kaffir Lime Leaves, Cardamom, Ginger)8.7%11/13/2016
Flying Dog The Truth Imperial IPA (Gin Infused Oak Chips, Lime Peel)8.7%11/13/2016


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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 1/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
Schlenkerla  (672) Vienna, Austria | December 3, 2017
Came here 3.12.2017. On the web they show 5 pm as opening time, but they did not let us in as it seems the real opening time is 5.30 pm. No flexibility at all. Was in the restaurant only for 1 minute, did not like it, but was influenced by the stupid receptionist. They have the same beer selection as Churchkey upstairs, which is excellent and the food menu looked decent.
92
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
mabel  (289) Toronto, Ontario | October 26, 2017
Visited on a Wednesday evening in early March 2015. Upscale bar feel, classy with cozy hints. Happy to hang out with solidfunk, Travlr and jercraigs for the evening, and the bar staff was wonderful. Tried the gnocchi with crispy pork, which was delicious, and sampled some other delights. We tried what seemed like a ton of half pours of tasty brews from the draft list. Would love to return one day and take a peek at the bottle list next time too. (5/10/14/9/8/17) 92
88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
WingmanWillis  (1734) , England | October 26, 2017
Visited on 10th October 2017. Really smart ground floor restaurant. The decor is very cool, very modern. Plenty of seating, it may be a little close together for my liking. Beer list is great with an excellent tap list and huge bottle list. Service was super attentive, the food was excellent and prices reflected the quality of the food but it was excellent value. Really liked this place, with Church Key upstairs it's a must visit.
86
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
Stine  (257) Minneapolis, Minnesota | June 1, 2017
The decor here is blandly attractive, similar to most any casual-fine dining restaurant in modern America. Lots of wood, minimalist artwork, edison lightbulbs. The beer list is identical to Churchkey and is world-class. The bar accommodated an off-menu cocktail request perfectly; like all NRG places the liquor and wine selection is given nearly the same reverence and attention to detail as the beer.

For dinner we enjoyed two vegetable focused small plates, both creative and delicious, followed by fresh pastas which were great but not outstanding. Service was attentive and kind, if a bit rehearsed. The waiter also did a fantastic job helping a confused elderly couple next to us. If and when I return I look forward to hanging out at the quieter bar in Birch and Barley while the party rages upstairs.
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, I’ve 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  (341) 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.
90
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs  (584) 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 hadn’t even heard of before. We ordered a large number of half-pours, for which you pay a bit of a premium but it’s worth it IMHO to be able to sample your way through the beer list. I didn’t even look at the bottle list as I didn’t 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 décor was very modern. Exposed brick, hanging lights, wood floors led to a cool vibe. Pricing was very reasonable given the selection. Didn’t get to taste the food downstairs (not sure if it’s 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  (70) 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 fiancé, 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 didn’t talk about the wine or ask my fiancé whether she liked her vino. Prices are high but that’s not surprising for a place of this calibre. Would I go back? Yes. Birch & Barley easily ranks as one of the best restaurants we’ve ever been to. This is a must-visit destination when in D.C. Overall Rating: 98

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