United States > Virginia > Norfolk
Beer Available At The Birch (arranged by most recent)
Millstone Cellars Cobbler , Against the Grain Citra Ass Down 97, Perennial 17 97, Siren / Stillwater When The Light Gose Out 72, Blue Mountain Gose A Little Something Like This , Champion Rock Salt Smoked Gose , Off Color Bare Bear 83, Saucony Creek xReserve 04-15: Vanilla Oak Aged Imperial Baltic Porter , Alvinne Omega 82, Glazen Toren Canaster Zymatore - Chardonnay Barrel , Birrificio del Ducato Chrysopolis 90, Alvinne Cuvee de Mortagne 98, Hardywood Sixtel , Birrificio del Ducato Verdi Zymatore - Chili Mead Barrel , Glazen Toren Canaster Zymatore - Grappa/Red Wine/Whiskey Barrels , Baladin Isaac Zymatore - Gin & Pinot Noir Barrels , Mikkeller Ňrh Hvad?! 95, Baladin Al-Iksir Zymatore - Pommeau Barrel , Champion Tart Berliner Weiss 73, Birrificio del Ducato Verdi Zymatore - Grenache & Chili Mead Barrels 90
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spycow (53) Illinois | May 29, 2015
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 19/20
I had the opportunity to visit on 5/28/2015. I was going to be in DC and decided why not go visit Dogfish Head in DE and The Birch in Norfolk. I have to admit it didnít look like a top 50 beer bar at first but once you visit I think you will change your mind. I went in the evening which turned out to be quiet Thursday night. Sat at the bar, large L shaped bar with over 20+ seats. The selection of drafts were on the chalkboard to my left, plus meads and ciders in the board in front of me plus some speciality pours from some of their rare bottles. The name, type, location, ABC, price for glass and growlers. Great selection of about 30 taps with several locals, one offs, imports, and a few rarities. You could get a half or full pour of anything as well as growlers of pretty much anything including meads and ciders. Poured in proper glassware and right temperature. Bar laid out nicely to sit at tables if you prefer or even outside. Great bar atmosphere where there is music playing but you could carry on a conversation with friends or the bartenders. The bottle selection of over 200 was a great variety of locals, US and imports. All bottles you can take away at a 20% discount per bottle. The list was quite current but was told they may be out of a few as they were printing an updated list. The food was great as they specialize in various cheeses some more rare along with various charcuterie plates and speciality grill cheeses sandwiches. The bartender was extremely knowledge of all beers on the board and the bottles as well as in general. He could describe and recommend based on what you liked. Lastly, the prices were very reasonable for both drafts and bottles and the location was there in the downtown area reachable with less than a 10 min cab ride from just about anywhere around downtown. Overall, was more than pleasantly surprised as it lived up to its RB rating. Would highly recommend a visit if you are close to the Norfolk area. Great beer destination. Cheers!
jackl (520) Charlottesville, Virginia | May 12, 2015
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Visited 05/05/15. Iím sure some people look at Ratebeerís Top Places list, see The Birch, and question whether a world class beer bar actually exists in Norfolk. I know that I was a bit skeptical before my visit. Luckily, I was thrilled to find out that The Birchís reputation isnít over-inflated. Itís a wonderful bar that deserves mention as one of the best in the world. My experience during a quiet Tuesday evening session was pretty flawless. I sat at the bar and received enthusiastic service. The staff here know their beer and love to talk about it. The ambiance was quiet but warm. The draft selection was excellent. The 25 taps showcased some local rarities (Hardywood and Alewerks) alongside a strong selection of international stuff. The amount of draft beer from Italy was particularly interesting. I tried pours from del Ducato, Birrificio Italiano, and Grado Plato. The availability of fresh tipopils was as surprising as it was welcomed. There were perhaps 200 quality bottles available too. Prices were totally reasonable. Overall, this place is worth a long detour. Highly recommended.
stodude (1) King George, Virginia | December 3, 2014
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
Perfect, great selection, great setting, no noisy TV, and some great Pizza next door that they will bring over to you.
markwise (175) North of Tampa, Florida | October 1, 2014
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
Nice little craft bar in a weird area of Norfolk to find a craft beer bar with some nice restaurants around it. Went for Zwanze Day 2014 and have to say that the staff handled a very crowded bar with aplomb. It was an outstanding experience. If it was a slow day, I could see spending a LOT of time and money in The Birch. Owner was mingling with the crowd, locals were super friendly, and beer list was stupendous. Excellent experience and every chance I get to come back here I will be back!
SmashinSaxon (20) Virginia | April 8, 2014
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 19/20
twevo (11) Norfolk, Virginia | January 28, 2014
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
KeggyTapper (3) Virginia | December 15, 2013| Updated June 8, 2014
68 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 3/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 14/20
If you are looking for unusual styles of beer to experience, this is your place. Their rotating selection of on-tap beers from around the world is sure to include several beers and maybe a couple of styles youíve never heard of. They also have a really good bottle list (although itís not uncommon for them to be out of the ones Iíve asked for).
The food is a mix of over-priced bar food and very good gourmet offerings that are highly overpriced (for the tiny amount you get), with an emphasis in the cheese department. But letís be honest: Youíre coming here for the beer, not the food!
Service is hit-or-miss; Iíve had excellent service on some occasions, and lousy on others -- the typical service is slow, but friendly, from an over-worked but well-meaning bartender/server.
Whether youíll like the ambiance depends on your taste: Itís a hole in the wall, dark and dingy inside, and the clientele is a mix of college students & professors, sailors/soldiers from nearby military bases, and pretentious hipsters.
As far as the value... As I mentioned before, the food is really overpriced. The beer is also quite expensive ($6 for a 6-8 ounce "half-pour" is typical), but youíre paying for the opportunity to taste things you canít find anywhere else, or at least not any bar in Norfolk. So if expanding your horizons is your goal, itís a great place; if you just want to have a good beer, there are much better options in town.
fluffheady (109) Chicago, Illinois | November 11, 2013| Updated November 24, 2013
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Really great spot. They have some amazing exclusives on draft, and they obviously have ridiculous connections. The ambiance is great, and I wish I lived around here so I could hang out here more often.
The staff was a little awkward. When we asked why they served so much Belgian/German beer - which is fine!!!! We just wanted to know their inspiration - they said íto be differentí. Interesting, because we all know the first generation of US craft beer bars were heavily Belgian/German. Is this the first íretroí craft beer bar? (Or was I too dense/drunk to take a joke? Probably.) I also felt a familiar vibe from the management - a vibe Iíve experienced before - when someone has a bar they obviously know is good, but competition in the area is so limited they become a little ostentatious. Meh. They were so damn nice I honestly didnít care.
Go here. Itís a special place.
Luvystypotables (60) Virginia Beach, Virginia | September 21, 2013| Updated September 22, 2013
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 20/20
Great selection on tab and in bottles. Extremely knowledgeable staff. You can find beer here that you canít find anywhere else, best place in Tidewater for beer. They serve food but I didnít try it.
rumproasts (179) Grand Rapids, Michigan | August 29, 2013
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Amazing hole in the wall gem focused on imports. Servers were quite knowledgeable, and beers were fantastic. Awesome place.
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