Birch & Barley (Washington, DC)

Birch & Barley was recommended to me by Blake, an awesome server at Maialino who had recently dined there when he was in DC. Blake knows his stuff, so I knew I had to check this place out, especially when I heard that B & B serves 555 artisanal beers. Yes, you read that correctly. Five hundred and fifty five. How awesome is that! I went with my sister and cousin for dinner during my cousin’s birthday weekend and we absolutely loved it. The beer selection is mind-blowing! I really liked that they offer 4 oz. samples as well as full glasses of the draft beer so that you can try a bunch of different ones. My sister was also thrilled with the whiskey selection. OK, enough about the alcohol already, let’s get to the food! We were impressed from the second that the bread came out, which consisted of olive rolls, creme fraiche rolls, and soft pretzel beer bread served with butter and homemade mustard. Amazing. The kampachi was light and fresh, the flatbreads were thick and fluffy, and the mac & cheese (with housemade Cheez-Its crumbled on top) was a pot of cheesy heaven. My cousin loved her birthday dessert, a peanut butter parfait with cocoa meringue and berry sorbet. Fun, lively atmosphere, fantastic service, delicious food, and an unmatched beer selection — does it get any better than that? I hope that Chef Kyle Bailey and his wife, Pastry Chef Tiffany MacIsaac, consider opening up a Birch & Barley in NYC someday!

Birch & Barley: 1337 14th Street NW, Washington, DC

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Victoria Ale (Allagash Belgian Strong Blond Ale) and White Birch 4 Anniversary Ale (White Birch Belgian Strong Pale Ale) 

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Olive Rolls, Creme Fraiche Rolls, and Soft Pretzel Beer Bread

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Kampachi Crudo, Togarashi Yogurt, Grilled Fennel, Rhubarb, Pea Shoots, Marinated Snap Peas

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White Bean Bruschetta Flatbread (Spinach, Escarole, Passatina, Preserved Lemon, Ricotta Salata)

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Sausage & Egg Flatbread (Spicy Tomato Sauce, Kale, Pecorino, Fennel Sausage, Hen Egg)

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Truffled Herbed Mac & Cheese (with housemade Cheez-Its on top!)

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I love good mac & cheese

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Saison Diego (Green Flash Blonde Saison) 

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Peanut Butter Parfait, cocoa meringue, berry sorbet, buckeye, raspberry

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The dining room

 

Birch & Barley (Washington, DC)