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+


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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 90
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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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82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 16/20
drunkenpolack  (14) Virginia Beach, Virginia | June 27, 2011
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.
98
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
Braudog  (701) Hampton, Virginia | May 21, 2011
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.
88
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
gvmdw7  (42) California | February 2, 2011
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
90
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
ksurkin  (13) Norfolk, Virginia | January 23, 2011
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.
96
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 18/20
drewciferous  (2) , | January 18, 2011
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!
100
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 20/20
National  (1) Virginia | January 16, 2011
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??
98
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
galenstaats  (1) Virginia | January 15, 2011
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.
92
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 4/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 18/20
ThePez  (1) , | January 15, 2011
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.
100
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
MissMaryFaith  (3) , | January 15, 2011
What an amazing place right in my own backyard! Great beer, great people and great atmosphere.
40
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 1/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 1/10   VALUE 1/10   OVERALL 6/20
jcweaver  (15) VA Beach, Virginia | January 15, 2011| Updated September 30, 2011
Though the first week was a learning curve with the lack of a real food menu, we ate dinner first this time and drove to (EBF) West Ghent from Va Beach once again. The place was packed, YAY for Birch Bar, you can now treat people like crap you have lots of people coming into the novelty bar. We were greeted with a gruff, "I canít give you beers I work the floor" from Gordon and finally got our beers ordered. We waited in the corner for a little bit until a table came available. We sat down and order more beer, LOTS more beer. We overheard a group grumbling about how rude the staffs were to them telling them to move, they were busy, we explained how busy the staff had been and asked them not to leave but to give them a chance. After we talked a few people into staying (2 left) and of course ordering beverages, we stayed for another few rounds. When we finished we got our tab. Gordon, our RUDE waiter, who only served us 1/2 the time, came up to my fiancťe afterwards (I was in the restroom) and told him, "that is a terrible tip donít come back, you were here 3 hours". When he told me this I was dumbfounded and refused to believe it, until Gordon said the exact same words to me. He said, "that was a terrible tip, you were here for three hours."

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