The Barrel Room
Ladies and gentlemen, raise your glasses to the newest addition to Granby Street: The Barrel Room.
Lit by dangling bulbs, this groovy month-old bar serves cocktails and wine, but their heartbeat is of craft beer. With 24 taps, there’s something for everyone at The Barrel Room. The hubby and I went in for a late night snack and some brews.
Their tap list is highly impressive, offering a nice variety and rather tough-to-find beers such as Firestone Walker’s Wookey Jack, Lagunitas’ Undercover Investigation Shutdown and Stone’s 2015 Imperial Russian Stout. Of course they have their Virginia offerings as well: Smartmouth’s Notch 9 (Norfolk), Blue Mountain’s Dark Hollow (Afton), Lickinghole Creek’s Virginia Black Bear (Goochland), Center of the Universe’s Main St. Virginia Ale (Ashland) and Le Freak and West Coast IPA from Green Flash (soon to be in Virginia Beach).
After a couple complimentary samples of New Belgium’s La Folie and Allagash’s Curieux to feel out our order, we made our decisions. While I typically lean toward the toasty stouts (see here and here), I decided to commemorate the warmer weather and go for something a little lighter: Allagash’s Curieux, a Jim Beam bourbon barrel-aged tripel. This beer was a masterpiece. It was silky, refreshing, not overwhelmingly bourbon-flavored, and at $9.50 for a 13-oz. pour compared to $20+ for their 25-ounce bottle, it was a steal!
The husband went for the Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron, a heavy brown ale (12% ABV) that is fermented in Paraguayan Palo Santo wood tanks, giving it a wonderfully complex, roasted-vanilla flavor.
Amid all the beer imbibing, we snacked on their colossal appetizer of loaded Nacho Tots ($10) piled high with red onion, romaine, cheese, bacon bits and a heavenly dollop of sour cream—a tasty accompaniment to our beers.
Their menu is chock-full of all the bar food goodies, from burgers and pizza to mac and cheese and sweet potato fries, all of which sound mighty promising. Their salad spread doesn’t sound too shabby either, but I’ll be returning particularly for the Bacon Marmalade and Pimento Burger and a tall, cold brew.
In a craft-beer focused spot where the prices and the portions are right, The Barrel Room is sure to flourish in Downtown Norfolk.
The Barrel Room is located at 437 Granby Street in Norfolk. They are open Sunday and Tuesday–Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Friday–Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
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