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: Luvystypotables (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 45, Stillwater Contemporary Works - Surround 98, BFM La Torpille 69, Off Color Fierce 85, NÝgne ō 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 ŗ líAncienne 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 Xyauyý Barrel 100, Stillwater Contemporary Works - Yacht 91, 1809 Berliner Style Weisse Zymatore - Gin & Pinot Noir Barrels 96, Glazen Toren Cuvťe Angťlique 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 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
jeremytoni  (164) Swedesboro, New Jersey | October 21, 2011
Great selection of hard to find beers with some light fare.
  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 !
  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
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 19/20
Drake  (608) Free Union, Virginia | July 15, 2011| Updated May 6, 2015
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...
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 20/20
gsmitty80  (202) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | 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.
  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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 19/20
Braudog  (792) Phoenix, Arizona | May 21, 2011| Updated July 25, 2015
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.
  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
  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.
  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!

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