The Birch

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Beers At The Birch

NameABVEntered
Ardent Session India Pale Lager4.9%5/25/2016
Allagash St. Klippenstein11%5/25/2016
J. Wakefield Peaches & Cream 6.4%5/25/2016
Founders Mosaic Promise5.5%12/8/2015
Beavertown Quelle Saison4.1%12/8/2015
Hitachino Nest Anbai Ale7.5%12/8/2015
Birrificio del Ducato Kiss Me Lipsia4%12/8/2015
BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien (2013)11%9/10/2015
Firestone Walker Helldorado13.2%9/4/2015
Art Flama Ale6.2%8/29/2015
Stillwater Contemporary Works - Surround10%8/29/2015
BFM La Torpille7.5%8/29/2015
Off Color Fierce3.8%8/29/2015
Ngne Imperial Stout9%8/29/2015
Hof Ten Dormaal Barrel-aged Project (Dark Ale): No. 11 Armagnac12%8/22/2015
Bayerischer Bahnhof Goseator - Tequila Barrel10.5%8/22/2015
Baladin Isaac5%8/22/2015
Oude Quetsche Tilquin lAncienne 6.4%8/22/2015
Mikkeller Mexas Ranger 6.6%8/22/2015
Cantillon Gueuze (Classic/Organic/Bio)5%8/22/2015
Alpine Beer Company Nelson IPA7%8/16/2015
Evil Twin / 7venth Sun Citra Sunshine Slacker4.5%8/16/2015
Baladin Xyauy Barrel14%8/16/2015
Stillwater Contemporary Works - Yacht4.2%8/16/2015
1809 Berliner Style Weisse Zymatore - Gin & Pinot Noir Barrels5%7/24/2015
Glazen Toren Cuve Anglique8%7/24/2015
Birra del Borgo Castagnale Zymatore - Grenache & Petit Verdot Barrels6.5%7/24/2015
Thornbridge Jaipur X10%7/24/2015
Almond 22 Pink I.P.A.6.2%7/24/2015
Beavertown Bloody Ell7.2%7/24/2015


88
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerGod  (109) Newport News, Virginia | November 28, 2012| Updated April 6, 2013
Well maintained bar in the middle of a "nowhere" part of Norfolk. That notwithstanding means nothing compared to what is inside. Though high priced, the beers therein are typically hard to get and worth it, for the most part. The food is a bit on the lax side and the bare minimum of whats required. Either way this is a worthy stop for any beer hunter in the area.
94
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Travlr  (2368) Washington, Washington DC | November 24, 2012
Ben and his wife took really good care of me here, and the free samples were flying left and right. The place was full, but the crowd was very mellow for a Saturday night, with jazz playing in the background, and everyone gathered around the Big Board. Draft selection was terrific, but the bottle selection was amazing - and whats on the card is the tip of the iceberg. Not bad for what looks like an old gas station. One change Id make is that Id add a complete cellar inventory. Great place.
98
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
bytemesis  (738) Sunnyvale, California | September 27, 2012
Stopped by on my last night in town, fully expecting to be disappointed - I mean it cant possibly be as good as the hype, right? Well, it is. This is probably the best beer bar I have been to. Ambiance is spartan but utilitarian; this place is about drinking good beer. Service is great, and the staff really know their stuff. Tap list is phenomenal, like nothing I have seen outside of Belgium. Bottle list is pretty impressive as well, and apparently what they show is much less than what they actually have in the back. I cant wait for my next trip out East so that I can stop back in.
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
zizzybalubba  (72) Raleigh, North Carolina | September 20, 2012| Updated May 13, 2015
After a few recent visits my rating of The Birch is in need of a refresh. The location seemed difficult to find at first but now seems very easy. The decor is simple but thoughtful and efficient. The service is top notch, not only from Malia (the owner) but her staff. The selection, while not expansive, is incredible with selections you will not find most places. The food is simple and not elaborate but pretty incredible. They have a great selection of cheese plates, charcuterie, and grilled cheeses. Some of the beer prices may seem higher than other bars but consider the line up. And if you are interested in trying several beers they offer half pours at a very reasonable price. Overall, I am totally impressed with this place more now than when it first opened. Rarely do I learn something when I go to a bar but I always leave The Birch pleased with what I have found there.
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
hubrew22  (10) Virginia | March 2, 2012
Always serving up some incredible, hard to find brews. Ben and Malia have done Norfolk a big favor by opening up this gem of a bar.
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
ghiaman74  (1) , | February 17, 2012
The Birch is by far my favorite beer bar. The food selection is small, but thats because the focus is all about the beer. The staff is incredibly knowledgable and freindly. I always find something new when I go there.
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
WannaBs  (2) Alabama | February 11, 2012
For a night out of craft beer, track down the Birch. It is the standard in Hampton Roads if you want to enjoy that one-of-a-kind brew at a one-of-a-kind beer bar.
98
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
ekiel  (10) , | February 5, 2012
One of the best beer bars in the country!
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
smegworm  (10) Alabama | February 4, 2012
YEAAAAA!
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
kindacold  (17) Norfolk, Virginia | February 3, 2012| Updated June 26, 2012
This is by far the best beer bar I have ever been to. Most decent bars, at least in the Hampton Roads area, have a predictable selection that, while good, cannot compare to the rare and unusual selection of beers that can be found at this bar. If I can name more 10% of the beers on the draft menu at any time, it is only because Ive been there too frequently. Additionally, the ambiance is perfect. A good music selection played at a comfortable volume, no televisions, and the small space encourage conversation and tasting rather than staring at a sporting event. Their specialty is not food. The food menu is limited, but what they do have is outstanding. I refuse to buy grilled cheese sandwiches at a restaurant, except here. Their cheese boards are also the greatest Ive had in this area, comparable to some of the 5-Star B&Bs and Inns that I have worked for. Come here, and drink up. If you are worried about your wallet, order half-pours. Cheers!
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
Bier_Meister  (1) , | January 26, 2012
Excellent selection of outstanding beers both on tap and in bottles and exactly the right glassware to go with each beer. We also love the cheese pairings, not your average cheddar and swiss. Theres limited seating outside but on a pleasant evening they open the garage door. Fortunately we dont live anywhere near Norfolk or wed be there every night!

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