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Beer Available At The Birch (arranged by most recent)
Birrificio del Ducato Verdi Zymatore (Chili Mead) , Baladin Isaac Zymatore (Gin/Pinot Noir) , Mikkeller Ňrh Hvad?! 95, Baladin Al-Iksir Zymatore (Pommeau Barrel) , Champion Tart Berliner Weiss 63, Ducato Verdi Imperial Stout Zymatore (Granache & Chili Mead) , Cantillon Cuvťe Florian 100, Cantillon Gueuze (Classic/Organic/Bio) 99, Cantillon Iris 99, Cantillon Rosť De Gambrinus 98, Alvinne Wild West Zymatore (Sherry Barrel) , Bayerischer Bahnhof Leipziger Porticus Zymatore (Red Wine) , Gueuze Tilquin (Draft Version) 99, Firestone Walker Agrestic 98, Evil Twin / Intangible Ales Sour Bikini 96, AleWerks Loverís Greed 74, BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien 2013 99, Birrificio Italiano Nigredo (Negra 3.0) 92, Alvinne Morpheus Wild Undressed 79, Smartmouth Cowcatcher Milk Stout 87
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Drake (487) Free Union, Virginia | July 15, 2011| Updated July 16, 2013
98 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 20/20
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...
gsmitty80 (190) Washington DC | July 14, 2011
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 20/20
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.
drunkenpolack (14) Virginia Beach, Virginia | June 27, 2011
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 16/20
Itís really great to have a world class beer bar in the area. Itís something Hampton Roads has been missing.
Good Things - Great Selection of beer. New stuff is always going up on tap. Service has been great so far. Like the Atmosphere.
Some Bad - Would love to see more American Beers on tap once in a while. Pours can be a little to expensive when you arenít even getting a full 12 oz. Food is lacking but for what they have itís pretty tasty and simple. Bottled beers can be way overpriced.
Bottom line though, this is the best beer bar in the area. The positives far out way the negatives for me and love to go there.
Braudog (763) Traveling the USA, Missouri | May 21, 2011
98 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
May 2011 - Finally got a chance to drop in on the Birch for the first time since returning to Hampton Roads. One word: WOW. The young owners here have managed to put together a cozy little place in a íseasonedí neighborhood right outside the commercial dockyards of Norfolk that has an AMAZING rotating lineup of draft beers, and an equally potent fridge full of bottles. All you have to do is check out the "available at this location" list to see that somehow the Birch pulls down some of the most amazingly rare beers, if extremely tilted toward imports. Follow this place on Facebook to watch the amazing rotation. Food certainly isnít a priority here, but they also offer a solid choice of cheese for a nice nosh to go with the beer. Definitely among the top 3-4 most amazing beer bars Iíve ever visited ... and itís brand new. This place is destined for greatness.
gvmdw7 (42) California | February 2, 2011
88 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
I have to caveat this rating. Iíve been to a few of Ratebeerís highest rated bars and with those in mind, that is how I rated the place. Without a doubt, this is the best beer bar in the Norfolk area. If you are looking for craft brews that are hard to find or a great place to have a conversation, come here. My only complaint is the small menu (food). That being said, I will keep coming back here because they have new beers every week and they know what craft beer enthusiasts are looking for
ksurkin (13) Norfolk, Virginia | January 23, 2011
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
brand new, and much needed, quality beer bar in West Ghent. selections of beers is fantastic for what is essentially a wasteland of good taps. not many places have Old Guardian í07 on tap! 2o taps plus 1 cask everday that rotate constantly and are updated immediately on the big chalk board. had a few things iíd not seen before and nothing but quality beers. food selection is pretty sparse, but itís cool bar food, and the pretzel with beer mustard was great. service was a little slow but it was a busy tuesday. definitely a place to get to early as itís becomming popular already. havenít got a fill yet but the growler prices seem reasonable. pretty sweet to have a place like this 5 minutes from my apartment.
drewciferous (2) , | January 18, 2011
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 18/20
Pound-for-pound one of, if not THE, best beer selection of any bar Iíve ever been to. All killer, no filler. Drafts change daily, so if you donít like the selection today, come back tomorrow!
National (1) Virginia | January 16, 2011
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 20/20
This is the awesome new beer bar in W. Ghent you heard about, and itís just minutes away from ODU. Check it out. The staff really know their beers and maintain a constantly rotating selection of the latest and greatest. Plus they always have something special on cask. They fill growlers! What more could you ask for??
galenstaats (1) Virginia | January 15, 2011
98 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
Great Beer, great people, what more could you want. Please, if you live in the Hampton Roads area, stop by and have a beer, you wonít be disappointed.
ThePez (1) , | January 15, 2011
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 18/20
The Birch is great. The staff was great. They took the time to explain different beers that we asked about to the best of their ability... they have such a broad selection i doubt they personally have first hand knowledge of them all! It was packed in there, but that was to be expected for such a great place for craft brew. Canít wait to go back and grab a growler.
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