Birch & Barley

1337 14th St NW
Washington, Washington DC United States 20005
restaurant  4.95/5.0 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 (10) | Taps: 55 | Bottles: 500
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Beers At Birch & Barley

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 Ale6.6%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 Barrel Aged Heavy Boots of Lead11%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
Atlas Brew Works Dance of Days5.7%10/2/2016
Ballast Point Grunion Pale Ale - Passion Fruit5.5%10/2/2016
Ocelot See the Light8.6%9/26/2016
Bell’s Oatsmobile Ale4.3%9/26/2016
Avery Barrel-Aged Series 9 - Immitis9.87%9/8/2016
Avery Barrel-Aged Series 20 - Obscuro & Nimbosus8.11%9/8/2016
Avery Barrel-Aged Series 32 - Double D’s10.3%9/8/2016
Avery Barrel-Aged Series 31 - Fiel Al Estilo9.9%9/8/2016
Avery Barrel-Aged Series 36 - Callipygian17.4%9/8/2016
Avery Barrel-Aged Series 37 - Xolotl13.7%9/8/2016
Avery Out of Sight (Out of Mind)6.3%9/8/2016
Avery Vanilla Bean Stout - Bourbon Barrel 10.8%9/7/2016
Avery Trogdor the Burninator9%9/7/2016
Avery Barrel-Aged Series 34 - Old Perseverance18.5%9/7/2016
Avery Piglet Purgatory4.5%9/7/2016
Avery Session Vienna Lager3.8%9/7/2016
Avery Chai High5%9/7/2016
Avery El Gose4.5%9/7/2016
Avery Boulder Weisse5%9/7/2016
Bruery Terreux Quadrupel Tonnellerie10.2%9/3/2016
Kapuziner Weissbier5.4%9/2/2016
Sierra Nevada / Mahrs Bräu Oktoberfest (2016)6%9/2/2016
Fort Carajillo Oak10%9/2/2016
Naparbier Black Rock 2013-20169%9/2/2016
Dogfish Head Alternate Takes #210%9/2/2016
Allagash Fluxus 20168.5%9/2/2016
Prairie Americana7%9/2/2016
Dunham Saison Rustique (Brett Drei)6%9/2/2016
Brewski / Against the Grain Against the Grapefruit 4%9/2/2016
Fort Mediterranea5%9/2/2016
Commonwealth Wapatoolie7.3%8/25/2016
Modern Times Monsters’ Park - Bourbon Barrel13%8/24/2016
Modern Times Universal Friend - Pinot Noir7.1%8/22/2016
Modern Times Mega Black House10%8/22/2016
Modern Times Black House5.8%8/22/2016
Union Craft Duckpin (Grapefruit)5.5%8/22/2016
Commonwealth Taonga 7.5%8/22/2016
The Veil Eternal Shredder8.5%8/22/2016
The Veil Lord Lord Shredder Shredder6.3%8/22/2016
Modern Times Orderville IPA7.2%8/22/2016
Modern Times Protocosmos 7%8/22/2016
Modern Times Blazing World6.8%8/22/2016
Modern Times Fruitlands - Passion Fruit & Guava4.9%8/22/2016
Modern Times Fruitlands - Peach & Raspberry5%8/22/2016
Ocelot Buddhist Prodigy8.7%8/17/2016
Tired Hands Fragile Prismatic Existance6.6%8/17/2016
Tired Hands We Are All Infinite Energy Vibrating at the Same Frequency6.2%8/17/2016
Tired Hands D2H3: Galaxy5.5%8/17/2016
Tired Hands Alien Church7%8/17/2016
Jolly Pumpkin Alien Church 6.6%8/17/2016
Tired Hands Cheryl5.1%8/17/2016
Tired Hands Singing Swans4.6%8/17/2016
Jolly Pumpkin Black Walnut Saison 6%8/17/2016
Jolly Pumpkin Uber Wit7.8%8/17/2016
Union Craft Chubbler8%8/3/2016
The Veil Toof Ache6.3%8/3/2016
Union Craft Reduction5.5%8/3/2016
Union Craft Bock 10008%8/3/2016
Union Craft Chessie Barleywine (Sour Cherry)9.8%8/3/2016
Blackberry Farm New World Cuvee Dry Hop Saison (2016)6.3%8/3/2016
Union Craft Royal Farmhouse Double IPA (Peach)8.5%8/3/2016
Commonwealth Hoi Polloi IPA5.1%8/3/2016
Union Craft Pink Flamingo (White Wine and Pineapple)5%8/3/2016
Union Craft Pink Flamingo5%8/3/2016

  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Stine  (256) 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.
  • 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.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
altonbrownd  (342) 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.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs  (567) 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!
  • 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).
  • 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!
  • 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
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
radagast83  (321) Arlington, 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 don’t 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. There’s a tiny bit of mixed yuppy and hipster arrogance in some of the clientele, but if you’re only focusing on your table, it’s not really all that noticeable. Perhaps it’s a bit slow at first, especially if you’re a very hungry.

Overall, I’d probably only come here for special occasions or for beer dinners, and leave my regular, more casual trips to Churchkey upstairs.
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer  (247) 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.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick  (858) 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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