Birch and Barley

Birch and Barley is listed on The 38 Essential Washington Restaurants on Eater, and it had a good selection of craft beers. So, of course, we dined there.

We decided to go with the Tasting Menu, which offered beer pairings. The food was all delicious though I found the fish dishes were particularly strong. I do not have a photograph of the bread, but they were spectacularly fresh and flavourful.

Striped Bass Tartare
Herbed Goat Cheese, Favas, Asparagus, Elderflower Gelée, Pistachio
Beer pairing: Ghost Gose from Country Boy Brewing, Kentucky

Grilled Steelhead Trout

Roasted Sunchokes, Lemon Confit, Sunflower Sprouts
Beer pairing: Dawn of the Red from Ninkasi Brewing Company, Oregon

Mystery extra pasta dish and Anson Mills Blue Corn Stradette

Poached Baby Shrimp, Melted Spring Onions, Pecorino
India Style Farmhouse Ale from Sierra Nevada, California

Roasted Pork Leg & Sausage Pot Au Feu

Spring Onions, Smoked Mayo, Tiny Carrots, Wood Ear Mushrooms, Blood Consommé
Beer pairing: Scotch Ale from Sierra Nevada, California

Brown Sugar-Oatmeal Crème Brûlée

Poached Rhubarb, Brown Sugar Cake, Candied Walnuts, Buttermilk Sorbet
Beer pairing: Oatis from Ninkasi Brewing Company, Oregon

Birch & Barley, 1337 14th St NW, Washington, DC

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