The Birch | Norfolk, Virginia
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The Birch
World Class based on 45 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 (6) | Affiliated user(s) here drinktomymood | Taps: 21 | Bottles: 100+


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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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45 reviews for The Birch
 Ambiance  91%
 Service  94%
 Selection  96%
 Food  72%
 Value  79%
 Overall  92%
 Rating  100%
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100
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 20/20
bkrm  (1) Portsmouth, Virginia | March 13, 2013
Excellent atmosphere, dark, and calm, there was a good crowd on the night I went, and the low low buzz of conversation was soothing and enjoyable. I especially love the obvious lack of big screen TVs and Neon signs. The focus here is really clear, good beer, and conversation. The bartender/owner is a really cool kind of mellow guy, very informative and really knows how to explain the complex flavors of the beers he serves. I enjoyed his simple conversation and attentive service. Iím sure Iíll be back, with intents to expand my palate.
96
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 19/20
spycow  (53) Illinois | May 29, 2015
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!
92
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
jackl  (525) Charlottesville, Virginia | May 12, 2015
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.
100
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
stodude  (1) King George, Virginia | December 3, 2014
Perfect, great selection, great setting, no noisy TV, and some great Pizza next door that they will bring over to you.
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 17/20
markwise  (175) 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  (109) 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  (61) 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  (179) 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.

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