The Birch | Norfolk, Virginia
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The Birch
World Class based on 41 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 (8) | Affiliated user(s) here drinktomymood | Taps: 21 | Bottles: 100+


The Birch

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Beer Available At The Birch (arranged by most recent)
Birrificio Italiano Nigredo (Negra 3.0) 90, Alvinne Morpheus Wild Undressed 79, Smartmouth Cowcatcher Milk Stout 86, The Bruery Humulus Lager 99, Ducato Verdi Imperial Stout Zymatore (Granache & Chili Mead) , Harviestoun Old Engine Oil Zymatore (Pommeau) , Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout 99, Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale 92, Birrificio del Ducato My Blueberry Nightmare 48, Birra del Borgo Rubus 95, BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien 2012 99, Victory Oak Horizontal 99, Champion Black Me Stout , Birra del Borgo 25 Dodici Zymatore (Gin Barrel) , LoverBeer BeerBrugna 96, Baladin Super Baladin 92, BrewDog Cocoa Psycho 99, Alvinne Cuvťe Freddy Zymatore (Zinfandel/Gin/Whiskey/Pinot Noir) , Harviestoun Ola Dubh 1991 99, Dogfish Head Kvasir 89
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41 reviews for The Birch
 Ambiance  90%
 Service  93%
 Selection  96%
 Food  71%
 Value  78%
 Overall  92%
 Rating  99%
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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 Iíve 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 Iíve 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. Thereís limited seating outside but on a pleasant evening they open the garage door. Fortunately we donít live anywhere near Norfolk or weíd be there every night!
90
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
jeremytoni  (157) Swedesboro, New Jersey | October 21, 2011
Great selection of hard to find beers with some light fare.
100
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
nbublick  (11) , | October 1, 2011
Kicks many edgy brews on tap every day.Very enjoyable crowd. Bottled selection in great depth with large variety of unique hard to find beers from many many countries. Cheese pairings to compliment your beer choices. Off beaten path location with on and off beaten path beers !
100
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 20/20
GypsyHead  (16) California | July 23, 2011
Iíve been reading all about Belgian brews and wild beers and every single beer that was mentioned as "extremely rare" or "impossible to find outside of the village of origin," the Birch has it, regularly. Unexpectedly amazing place for such a humble location. Ben and Malia are awesome
98
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 20/20
Drake  (476) Free Union, Virginia | July 15, 2011| Updated July 16, 2013
VERY glad I stopped here. Located in a hybrid industrial/residential, the building in which the Birch is located is an old garage. Dimly lit, with several tables and a very long bar. The tap and bottle lists are simply intimidating. Nothing of low quality here. Definite emphasis on European beers, but there are others also. The prices are a bit on the high side... a night of drinking here could hurt the wallet, but itís really not bad compared to the quality of beer. Some of the bottle prices are excellent for a beer bar. Simple and well priced food menu... my sourdough grilled cheese was tasty. The owner was working the bar, and he was very friendly. He will sell bottles to go, and they fill growlers of a few of their beers. This is a world class place, and its shocking theyíve only been open 6 months.

So I go back 16 months after my last visit and the owner remembers my name and where Iím from. Now thatís pretty amazing. Iíd raise the service score, but itís already a 10. so...
100
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 20/20
gsmitty80  (190) Washington DC | July 14, 2011
Amazing bar and a must stop in Norfolk. Finally got the chance to spend a night here and had an excellent time. The owner was very knowledgeable and paired me a few beers with my cheese plate. Atmosphere was dark and inviting with very few people (Tuesday night) and nice jazz playing at the appropriate level. Selection was unmatched by bars in the area and iím sure in the region. Great place for a date or some beers with friends but you will pay for what you get.

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