Well, well, well.
Things look as if they are finally coming together for Birch & Barley/Churchkey. Originally slated to open in April of 2008, but delayed by various building and legal snafus, this Washington D.C. beer bar and restaurant may soon be more than a promise.
Three web presences popped up today: a site for the restaurant Birch & Barley, a site for the accompanying same-building beer bar Churchkey, and a blog written by Greg Engert, beer director for Rustico in Alexandria, Virginia and soon for BB/C.
Those join BB/C's already up and running Twitter feed.
Here's a little bit of what Engert wrote in his first blog entry:
555 unique labels culled from over 30 countries, including 50 draught beers and 5 authentic cask conditioned ales in fluid rotation. We’ll also provide a multitude of exceptionally rare, often exclusive, beers on draught, cask, and among our 500 hand-selected bottles. A Cellar Stash list of obscure and vintage bottled beer
Three distinct temperatures zones will insure that the various styles of draft, cask and bottled brews attain their highest flavor expressions
Let's repeat that: 500 different bottled beers, 5(!) cask ale lines, a reserve bottle list, and 3 different serving temperatures for lighter vs. heavier vs cask beers.
Engert doesn't mention much about a menu but here's Chef Kyle Bailey talking about beer and food:
Throughout school and up until this point in my career, the focus has solely been on pairing food with wine, and while I love wine, I’ll let you in on a little industry secret – chefs drink beer.
Look for an October opening at 1337 14th Street, NW, in Washington, D.C.
- When open, BB/C will be the 9th location of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group (NRG).
- There's more at Washington City Paper and Beer in DC.
- Earlier stories from YFGF here and here.
- Caveat lector: I might refer to BB/C's marketing as web-savvy, but because Rustico is a client of mine, I'll leave that determination up to my readers. I sell beer and wine as a representative for Select Wines, a wholesaler in northern Virginia.