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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


100
  • 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.
98
  • 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!
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
smegworm  (10) Alabama | February 4, 2012
YEAAAAA!
100
  • 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!
100
  • 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!
90
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
jeremytoni  (179) Swedesboro, New Jersey | October 21, 2011
Great selection of hard to find beers with some light fare.
100
  • 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 !
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
GypsyHead  (16) California | July 23, 2011
I’ve 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
96
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Drake  (849) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | 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 it’s 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 they’ve only been open 6 months.

So I go back 16 months after my last visit and the owner remembers my name and where I’m from. Now that’s pretty amazing. I’d raise the service score, but it’s already a 10. so...
100
  • 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 i’m sure in the region. Great place for a date or some beers with friends but you will pay for what you get.
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
It’s really great to have a world class beer bar in the area. It’s 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 aren’t even getting a full 12 oz. Food is lacking but for what they have it’s 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.

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