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 | facebook | twitter | beer menu

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+

The Birch

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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, 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%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
bytemesis  (482) Sunnyvale, California | September 27, 2012
Stopped by on my last night in town, fully expecting to be disappointed - I mean it canít 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 canít wait for my next trip out East so that I can stop back in.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 20/20
zizzybalubba  (72) Elizabeth City, 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.
  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.
  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 thatís because the focus is all about the beer. The staff is incredibly knowledgable and freindly. I always find something new when I go there.
  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.
  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!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
smegworm  (10) Alabama | February 4, 2012
  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!
  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!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
jeremytoni  (161) Swedesboro, New Jersey | October 21, 2011
Great selection of hard to find beers with some light fare.

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