The Birch | Norfolk, Virginia
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The Birch
World Class based on 46 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 (4) | Affiliated user(s) here drinktomymood | Taps: 21 | Bottles: 100+

The Birch

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Beer Available At The Birch (arranged by most recent)
BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien (2013) 99, Firestone Walker Helldorado 99, Art Flama Ale 46, Stillwater Contemporary Works - Surround 98, BFM La Torpille 69, Off Color Fierce 85, Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout 100, Hof Ten Dormaal Barrel-aged Project (Dark Ale): No. 11 Armagnac 92, Bayerischer Bahnhof Goseator - Tequila Barrel 79, Baladin Isaac 69, Oude Quetsche Tilquin à l’Ancienne 100, Mikkeller Mexas Ranger 99, Cantillon Gueuze (Classic/Organic/Bio) 99, Alpine Beer Company Nelson IPA 100, Evil Twin / 7venth Sun Citra Sunshine Slacker 95, Baladin Xyauyù Barrel 100, Stillwater Contemporary Works - Yacht 89, 1809 Berliner Style Weisse Zymatore - Gin & Pinot Noir Barrels 96, Glazen Toren Cuvée Angélique 95, Birra del Borgo Castagnale Zymatore - Grenache & Petit Verdot Barrels
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46 reviews for The Birch
 Ambiance  91%
 Service  93%
 Selection  95%
 Food  72%
 Value  78%
 Overall  92%
 Rating  99%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
Travlr  (2057) 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 what’s on the card is the tip of the iceberg. Not bad for what looks like an old gas station. One change I’d make is that I’d add a complete cellar inventory. Great place.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
bytemesis  (585) Sunnyvale, California | September 27, 2012
Stopped by on my last night in town, fully expecting to be disappointed - I mean it can’t 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 can’t 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) 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.
  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 that’s 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 I’ve 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 I’ve 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. There’s limited seating outside but on a pleasant evening they open the garage door. Fortunately we don’t live anywhere near Norfolk or we’d be there every night!

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