The Birch

Mayor: bytemesis (2) | Affiliated user(s) here drinktomymood | Taps: 21 | Bottles: 100+
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Beers At The Birch

NameABVEntered
Sesma Prunus Persica6.2%10/24/2017
Extraomnes Zest5.3%10/24/2017
Harviestoun Old Engine Oil Engineer's Reserve with Habanero 9%7/28/2017
Evil Twin / Westbrook Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break10.5%7/28/2017
Hanssens Experimental Raspberry (Frambozenlambik)6%7/28/2017
Alvinne Kriek van Mortagne8.5%7/28/2017
LoverBeer For Fan7%7/28/2017
Birrificio del Ducato Torrente Birra Fragrante6%7/28/2017
Baladin Nora6.8%7/28/2017
Christian Drouin Poire4%7/28/2017
OEC Artista Zynergia: Orenji (Blend #1)7%7/28/2017
OEC Artista Zynergia: Gosatequin (Blend #2)5%7/28/2017
Founders Frootwood8%2/14/2017
Stillwater / Arizona Wilderness Stillwater Is Nothing Big Bunny Is Everything8%2/14/2017
Allagash Hoppy Table Beer4.9%2/14/2017
Susquehanna Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am10.5%2/14/2017
Other Half Beer Table Table Beer5.1%2/14/2017
Escutcheon Annealed Coffee Stout6.5%1/17/2017
J. Wakefield / Burial Too Sweet11.5%1/17/2017
Mad Fox Snake Session IPA5%1/17/2017
Green Flash Cellar 3 Series: Oculus Sauvage - Black Currant9.4%1/17/2017
Oxbow Luppolo5%1/17/2017
Hoppin' Frog BORIS The Crusher Reserve9.4%1/17/2017
Pale Fire Arrant7.5%1/17/2017


92
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
SmashinSaxon  (20) Virginia | April 8, 2014
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
twevo  (11) Norfolk, Virginia | January 28, 2014
68
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 3/10
  • VALUE 4/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
KeggyTapper  (3) Virginia | December 15, 2013| Updated June 8, 2014
If you are looking for unusual styles of beer to experience, this is your place. Their rotating selection of on-tap beers from around the world is sure to include several beers and maybe a couple of styles you’ve never heard of. They also have a really good bottle list (although it’s not uncommon for them to be out of the ones I’ve asked for). The food is a mix of over-priced bar food and very good gourmet offerings that are highly overpriced (for the tiny amount you get), with an emphasis in the cheese department. But let’s be honest: You’re coming here for the beer, not the food! Service is hit-or-miss; I’ve had excellent service on some occasions, and lousy on others -- the typical service is slow, but friendly, from an over-worked but well-meaning bartender/server. Whether you’ll like the ambiance depends on your taste: It’s a hole in the wall, dark and dingy inside, and the clientele is a mix of college students & professors, sailors/soldiers from nearby military bases, and pretentious hipsters. As far as the value... As I mentioned before, the food is really overpriced. The beer is also quite expensive ($6 for a 6-8 ounce "half-pour" is typical), but you’re paying for the opportunity to taste things you can’t find anywhere else, or at least not any bar in Norfolk. So if expanding your horizons is your goal, it’s a great place; if you just want to have a good beer, there are much better options in town.
92
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
fluffheady  (109) Chicago, Illinois | November 11, 2013| Updated November 24, 2013
Really great spot. They have some amazing exclusives on draft, and they obviously have ridiculous connections. The ambiance is great, and I wish I lived around here so I could hang out here more often. The staff was a little awkward. When we asked why they served so much Belgian/German beer - which is fine!!!! We just wanted to know their inspiration - they said ’to be different’. Interesting, because we all know the first generation of US craft beer bars were heavily Belgian/German. Is this the first ’retro’ craft beer bar? (Or was I too dense/drunk to take a joke? Probably.) I also felt a familiar vibe from the management - a vibe I’ve experienced before - when someone has a bar they obviously know is good, but competition in the area is so limited they become a little ostentatious. Meh. They were so damn nice I honestly didn’t care. Go here. It’s a special place.
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
Luvystypotables  (174) Virginia Beach, Virginia | September 21, 2013| Updated September 22, 2013
Great selection on tab and in bottles. Extremely knowledgeable staff. You can find beer here that you can’t find anywhere else, best place in Tidewater for beer. They serve food but I didn’t try it.
96
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
rumproasts  (209) Grand Rapids, Michigan | August 29, 2013
Amazing hole in the wall gem focused on imports. Servers were quite knowledgeable, and beers were fantastic. Awesome place.
92
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Radek Kliber  (330) Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), Poland | August 14, 2013
Yes it is that good. Located in unassuming space in corner of Norfolk. Fairly busy beer bar. You will see guests from all strata of society, bikers, beer geeks, lawyers etc. Bar is under guidance of beer enthusiast couple. I had only pleasure meeting Mailia. Service was quick, professional and knowledgeable. Beer was just excellent, not just good -excellent. Tap is only 20+ but you won’t find anything that is less than ordinary. Hidden gem!
92
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
mike5326  (41) virginia beach, Virginia | August 10, 2013
Great selection, very knowledgeable staff, great sandwiches, true beer fan bar!
90
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
BelgianBeerGal  (102) Panama City, Florida | July 13, 2013
It is no stretch to say this is the best (dang near almost) place to get unique and limited beers in the Norfolk area. There are other good beer bars but they don’t seem to get the rarer offerings. Staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. I really like that they offer three sizes: half pour, full and growler. I thought the prices were really fair for what you got and the selection was very diverse. They have a nice bottle selection but I was distracted by the taps. No real food (grilled cheese and other pub snacks) but they are about 1 mile from Ghent where there are plenty of restaurants.
90
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Beergeek23322  (144) Chester, Virginia | March 30, 2013
Don’t let the location and exterior fool you. Once you’re inside, you know you have arrived at a place where everything evolves around craft brews. There is a rotating selection of about 20 taps in addition to a nice bottle list. They have a good selection of cheeses as well which can be paired with the perfect beer. Lots of international beers in addition to a very good selection of domestic ales. Absolutely a place to visit.
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
bkrm  (1) Portsmouth, Virginia | March 13, 2013
Excellent atmosphere, dark, and calm, there was a good crowd on the night I went, and the low low buzz of conversation was soothing and enjoyable. I especially love the obvious lack of big screen TVs and Neon signs. The focus here is really clear, good beer, and conversation. The bartender/owner is a really cool kind of mellow guy, very informative and really knows how to explain the complex flavors of the beers he serves. I enjoyed his simple conversation and attentive service. I’m sure I’ll be back, with intents to expand my palate.

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