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The Birch

Not Rated.
The BirchThe Birch
BA SCORE
100
world-class

33 Ratings
Ratings: 33
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.7
pDev: 6.17%
Taps: 22
Bottles: 100
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1231 W Olney Rd
Norfolk, Virginia, 23507-1314
United States
phone: (757) 962-5400

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @thebirchbar

Notes:
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(Place added by: DoctorB2B on 01-03-2011)
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5/5  rDev +6.4%

dollybil, Jun 20, 2014
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5/5  rDev +6.4%

John_Beeryman, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of DoctorB2B
5/5  rDev +6.4%

The best place to go in Hampton Roads for craft beer on tap. The taps rotate on a near-nightly basis from one outstanding beer to the next. Opening day they showed what was to come when they had Firestone Walker 14 on tap ... I mean who else around here can say that? As far as I know, no one.

The bottle selection is just as nice. A couple of weeks ago, I split a bottle of Ola Dubh Reserve 30. Again, who else around here can say that? No one.

The rare beers are here to stay (relatively speaking anyway, because they sell out quickly).

I haven't had the food so I can't speak to it, but they offer different cheese to pair with many of the beers as well as an adult grilled cheese that I've been told is AMAZING!

I've been there since day one, and I'll be there until I leave this place.

DoctorB2B, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of timc13
5/5  rDev +6.4%

This is the best craft beer bar I have ever been too. Unbelievable selection both draft and bottles. If you are any where near the hampton roads area and you love craft beer, do your self a favor and go and check them out. You will not be disappointed.

timc13, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of FenwaySquid
5/5  rDev +6.4%

Stopped in a few weeks ago but the visit is still etched into my mind. This is easily one of the coolest bars I've ever visited.

The atmosphere was great. No tv's blaring out sporting events (which normally I'd love) or loud music. Overall it was quiet and inviting, the decor inside was perfect. I felt like I'd be comfortable hanging out there for a while.

Service was fantastic. The guy working the bar (I think the owner) was quick and obviously knew his stuff and was ready to offer recommendations.

The selection is world class. I don't know of any other establishment with that many beers available. It's also the first bar I've ever seen without a typical swill tap (pbr, bud light, etc.) to help pay the bills. The only knock I can find is it's lacking a little as far as session beers. Most everything's high ABV, which makes having more than 1 or 2 risky if you've got to drive.

I didn't try any food, but the menu's pretty small. Grilled cheese sandwiches, soft pretzels, or cheese boards. They've got quite the selection of gourmet if you're into that kind o thing.

For value it is a little pricey. I don't think I saw any bottles or drafts for less than $5, and most were more than that. But in the end it's all worth it.

Overall, like I said at the top this is one of the coolest bars I've ever visited, period. I loved the atmosphere and the selection is insane. I do wish they'd get some more low gravity stuff and expand the kitchen. Then again, if it's not broken, don't fix it, right?

Bottom line, if you're in the Hampton Roads area you need to find your way over and check this place out.

FenwaySquid, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of Beer-A-Lot
5/5  rDev +6.4%

Beer-A-Lot, Jun 26, 2014
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5/5  rDev +6.4%

newcomer81, May 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +6.4%

ohhsnap, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of Anyportinastorm
4.9/5  rDev +4.3%

I've recently moved away from the Hampton Roads area and I would like to say that the Birch was somewhat of a light in the darkness for me.

Living in a predominantly military area it can be excruciatingly difficult to find a watering hole that's as comfortable and pleasant. The ambiance truly is one of a kind of the Norfolk area and the eclectic music selection is always interesting at the worst. It's always nice to get away from the Navy or ODU bars for a change.

Ben and Malia do a wonderful job of keeping their patrons satisfied with their wealth of knowledge of what they're selling. The rest of the staff is surprisingly knowledgeable about the selection and if they can't answer a question they tend to find the answer quickly.

The selection is impeccable. There isn't really anything else to be said.

As far as I know the food is very good. I've only ever had the grilled cheese sandwich, cheese boards and some mixed nuts. It's not often that you find such a small a place on the East Coast that serves sandwiches on sourdough, so that is a major plus in my book. They also serve soft pretzels and popcorn that always smell great.

All in all, at the Birch you get what you pay for. If I ever return to Norfolk I'll be sure to be a regular customer again. Especially if they keep that Faro.

Anyportinastorm, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of kindacold
4.9/5  rDev +4.3%

I started going here about 6 weeks ago, and I have consistently been impressed. Every week, they have a fresh beer menu that is just phenomenal. As some people have stated, the beers here are not cheap...but you don't come to this place to get plastered, you come to enjoy beer.

That's what is so unique about this place...it's a beer bar. They have a bit of food they serve...amazing grilled cheese, some bar food, pb&j...but their cheese plates are outstanding.

Some of the beers you get here just cannot be found anywhere else in VA, and that includes near DC.

The owners are very friendly and knowledgeable, as well as the wait staff. If you don't know what to order (and with so many uncommon and rare beers, this is a common occurrence), the staff there will be able to help you along.

If you haven't tried this place, I highly recommend it. You won't regret it.

kindacold, Jul 07, 2011
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The Birch in Norfolk, VA
100 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.