The Birch | Norfolk, Virginia
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The Birch
World Class based on 42 ratings
Type: Bar

1231 West Olney Road
Norfolk, Virginia United States 23507 [ print map ]
(757) 962 5400

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Hours: Tue - Thurs: 5 pm - 12 am Fri - Sat: 3 pm - 2 am


Mayor: bytemesis (10) | Affiliated user(s) here drinktomymood | Taps: 21 | Bottles: 100+


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Beer Available At The Birch (arranged by most recent)
Baladin Al-Iksir Zymatore (Pommeau Barrel) , Champion Tart Berliner Weiss 57, Ducato Verdi Imperial Stout Zymatore (Granache & Chili Mead) , Cantillon Cuvťe Florian 100, Cantillon Gueuze (Classic/Organic/Bio) 99, Cantillon Iris 99, Cantillon Rosť De Gambrinus 98, Alvinne Wild West Zymatore (Sherry Barrel) , Bayerischer Bahnhof Leipziger Porticus Zymatore (Red Wine) , Gueuze Tilquin (Draft Version) 99, Firestone Walker Agrestic 98, Evil Twin / Intangible Ales Sour Bikini 97, AleWerks Loverís Greed , BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien 2013 99, Birrificio Italiano Nigredo (Negra 3.0) 91, Alvinne Morpheus Wild Undressed 79, Smartmouth Cowcatcher Milk Stout 86, The Bruery Humulus Lager 99, Harviestoun Old Engine Oil Zymatore (Pommeau) , Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout 99
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42 reviews for The Birch
 Ambiance  90%
 Service  93%
 Selection  96%
 Food  71%
 Value  78%
 Overall  92%
 Rating  99%
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86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 17/20
markwise  (173) North of Tampa, Florida | October 1, 2014
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!
92
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 19/20
SmashinSaxon  (20) Virginia | April 8, 2014
100
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
twevo  (11) Norfolk, Virginia | January 28, 2014
68
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 3/10   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 14/20
KeggyTapper  (3) Virginia | December 15, 2013| Updated June 8, 2014
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.
92
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
fluffheady  (100) Chicago, Illinois | November 11, 2013| Updated November 24, 2013
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.
100
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 20/20
Luvystypotables  (39) Virginia Beach, Virginia | September 21, 2013| Updated September 22, 2013
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.
96
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
rumproasts  (154) Grand Rapids, Michigan | August 29, 2013
Amazing hole in the wall gem focused on imports. Servers were quite knowledgeable, and beers were fantastic. Awesome place.
92
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
Radek Kliber  (235) Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), Poland | August 14, 2013
Yes it is that good. Located in unassuming space in corner of Norfolk. Fairly busy beer bar. You will see guests from all strata of society, bikers, beer geeks, lawyers etc. Bar is under guidance of beer enthusiast couple. I had only pleasure meeting Mailia. Service was quick, professional and knowledgeable. Beer was just excellent, not just good -excellent. Tap is only 20+ but you wonít find anything that is less than ordinary. Hidden gem!
92
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
mike5326  (34) virginia beach, Virginia | August 10, 2013
Great selection, very knowledgeable staff, great sandwiches, true beer fan bar!
90
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
BelgianBeerGal  (74) Panama City, Florida | July 13, 2013
It is no stretch to say this is the best (dang near almost) place to get unique and limited beers in the Norfolk area. There are other good beer bars but they donít seem to get the rarer offerings. Staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. I really like that they offer three sizes: half pour, full and growler. I thought the prices were really fair for what you got and the selection was very diverse. They have a nice bottle selection but I was distracted by the taps. No real food (grilled cheese and other pub snacks) but they are about 1 mile from Ghent where there are plenty of restaurants.

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