Norm's Beer & Wine

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Norm's Beer & WineNorm's Beer & Wine

73 Reviews
Reviews: 73
Visits: 88
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: n/a
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136 Branch Rd SE
Vienna, Virginia, 22180-4714
United States
phone: (703) 242-0100

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @normsbeerwine

Place added by: BeerAdvocate

Tastings of new beers and wines on Fridays and Saturdays beginning at 5:00pm.

Kegs available by special order, and will arrive on Thursday or Friday if ordered by Wednesday at 12:00pm.
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Reviews: 73 | Visits: 88
Photo of Elsuperjefe
5/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Norm and his staff are very knowledge and always eager to assist. Huge selection and are always updating their stock via social media. Best thing about Norms is that I live two blocks away. :) (195 characters)

Photo of amstokesdb9
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Even though I am about a 20 min drive away, this has become my favorite beer shop in the area. The selection is quite good, they have all the worthwhile beers you could want Total Wine and then harder to find beers too (which I never see at TW). The entire staff is helpful and knowledgeable. The Facebook updates are excellent, they let you know when all the interesting beers come in. Yes, the prices are sometimes cheaper at the big chains but they are still much better than the shops in DC. If you avoid the peak traffic times, it is worth driving past the DC bottle shops and Total Wine to get here. (605 characters)

Photo of RobertHolley
3.19/5  rDev -25.6%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

I was very underwhelmed by Norm's. I think I am spoiled by Total Wine. Norm's had no rhyme or reason to how they displayed their beer. It was a joke. I could not find anything. It was random, not by country, not by type, it seemed that wherever there was space that put the beer. I was not impressed at all. The selection was ok at best. (337 characters)

Photo of HopSlobber
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

While trying to find a bottle shop in NoVa I stumbled upon this place. Small but great selection, the staff is knowledgeable about the beers and even help to recommend others that you may like. They carry a lot of the standards VA has to offer but also gets rare ones at times. I definitely recommend anyone looking for a local bottle shop to check this place out. (364 characters)

Photo of davet100
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

I love this place, and has served as my go-to beer place for the last year or so. Selection is pretty good; generally rivals that of the Whole Foods which is located nearby, and the Total Wine a few miles away. There is always people in there and it seems as though there is good product turnover because I seldom walk away without something fresh. The customer service is immense, the staff are not only friendly, but extremely knowledgeable. The prices are reasonable, some products are very slightly cheaper up the road at Whole Foods but being a big local support small business kind of person, I generally stay loyal to Norm's. If your buying a case of beer, or indeed 4 six packs, they take off 10% at the till which is always welcome. Lately I cottoned on to their online presence and their weekly newsletter of new arrivals which is really helpful, particular valuable if you are looking to pick up something with a bottle limit or something with limited distribution and very popular. All in all, great place and while I am in the area, I will continue to choose this place to satisfy my beer purchasing needs. (1,119 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3

Stopped by here when i was in NOVA. The layout is kind of annoying. The sixers are all in order but the bombers are scattered on racks. You cannot buy single bottles either which is unfortunate. The selection is not as much as the whole foods down the block or the total wine about 10 mins away in McLean. but where this place shines is the service. Norm was very friendly and its because of that that i would choose to go to this store over other bigger places if i was a resident there. (488 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

biked out there today to sweat out a hangover and enjoy this beautiful weather! solid 12 miles each way kept my purchases small....

located in the corner of a pretty boring shopping center. a little hard to see from the street. glad i knew what the sign looked like thanks to the BA picture. walking in the first thing i notice is the lighting. this place is dimly lit and i needed a minute to allow my eyes to adjust (in their defense it was really bright outside). i suppose the lower lighting makes for a better atmosphere for the beer to sit on the shelves...sort of a mute point. the beer is laid out pretty nicely. shelves holding 4 and 6 packs, singles on separate shelves, and nicer/limited release/hard to find bottles and bombers towards the ends of the aisles. had to do a few laps to take it all in seeing that there is a lot of beer in not a lot of space.

i usually do not need any help when i go to bottle shops and enjoy walking around keeping to myself. i was quickly offered aid after entering the store and actually had a few questions which were promptly answered. good service in my book.

as far as the selection, pretty good for the area. there was quite a few bottles that i have not seen at other bottle shops in the area (Porticus - Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei, tallboy Shlitz cans, impressive amount of somewhat local Duclaw bombers). however, i would have to say if you are looking for more of a domestic selection you are better off going to a Total Wine. international selection goes to Norm's. saw some vintage JW Lees ('08, '09), solid lambic selections, and lots of Germany brews. as for the pricing, i would definitely say this place is a dollar or two more than Total Wine or Whole Foods. however, this is pretty much the case for every other bottle shop in the area that isn't part of a corporate chain.

definitely worth checking out. if you are technically savvy check their FB page and twitter page for all the latest and greatest updates. (1,977 characters)

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

First off Norm's is the best bottle shop I have found in my 5 months of living here.

I went in just to check things out and ended up spending over $100 bucks. Every week they send out an email of the beers they are getting in on Friday and will post on Facebook if they have limits or sell out. This right here is pretty awesome and I can see it saving people a lot of time.

They had a great selection of 6 packs to start but also an awesome selection of bombers and seasonal releases. The prices were pretty average from what I've seen.

This will now be my go to shop for sure. (582 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Entering a typical strip mall in NOVA, in this case Vienna, you encounter Norm's. First thing I notice, is... a dog. This my friends.. is a great sign. Anytime a business has a dog in it wandering around, it means good things. It's just a fact.

The staff seems to be incredibly friendly with each other and is very willing to help out. I also like the layout of the store, and the little touches of bombers on wine racks.

Selection is pretty good, but not much chance of getting mixed items, but there is still a few to choose from. I also like the fact that many of the staff were just chatting about beer casually, items that showed up on tap in nearby places, what to try, it shows they know the product and more importantly actually take pride in it.

Prices are very reasonable, and they can answer any question you might have. Great little place to check out if you are in the area. (890 characters)

Photo of jaheussner
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

One of my my absolute favorite places in the DC metro area. Knowledgeable staff and a good selection. Norm's is tucked in the corner of a strip mall in Vienna, about 5 mins from the beltway. Doesn't normally get the absolute whales, but consistently stocks desirable, hard-to-find beers from Founders, Terrapin, Brooklyn and just about every other Virginia-distributed brewery. Prices are reasonable and the staff is friendly and helpful if you need it. They've got a weekly newsletter on new stuff in the store and they update their twitter somewhat sporadically. Really a solid, solid place. (593 characters)

Photo of rhartogsq
4.72/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Really good shop in a slightly hidden corner of a shopping center. Of my four go-to places in Northern Virginia for great beer, this is the cheapest and friendliest. Although it isn't the closest to me....but my brother lives just a few blocks from it.
I have only been to Norm's a handful of time, and each time there were different employees. All were very nice and helpful. Their selection is pretty outstanding. I bought a rare RJ Rockers Black Perle last night. A healthy selection of Local, national and International selections fill their shelves.
I would recommend liking their page on Facebook, as they do a great job of posting photos of new arrivals. (661 characters)

Photo of jayhawk73
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Norm's is located in a little mini-mall in a corner store in Vienna, Virginia. It's very easy to miss if you don't know where you're going. Thank goodness for GPS! I visited there for the first time today, and glad I made the trek. The store is actually very cozy, and not huge, but you can tell it's a serious beer store within a second of scanning the place. There are quite a few brews from all over the world here- and I found Norm's to have a lot of seasonal beers and things I haven't seen other places in N. Virginia. The service was excellent. I really got the feeling the employees really love beer, and had a very intelligent conversation about a Quad I bought a four pack of. Overall, this is a must hit place to buy beer around DC. I just wish it wasn't 50 miles from my house- or I'd do most of my shopping there. Check it out, you won't be disappointed. (867 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

If I had a dime for every time I've been to this place... My wife works down the street from here, so beer shopping here kinda comes with the territory.

Sure, there is a Fresh Market next door that created a lot of stress for Norm and his crew, but Norm owns the beer allegiance in this region.

Atmosphere: Cozy, tons of swag on the walls and windows to let others know, "Yes, we are beer and wine geeks!" Unusual for a beer geek, because usually the wine takes center stage in most places.... but not here! Off to the left hand side, there are tons of stacked cases, where cases of popular items are sold. On the right hand side, six packs and a wide array of singes are there for the taking.

Quality and service: The personnel working here has changed dramatically over the life of this place, but one thing remains: If the peeps here don't know about something in particular, they with find it out!... or ask Norm. Norm is somewhat of an enigma, but believe me.... he's a totally cool guy who wants nothing more that his place to thrive and for his customers to get the service they deserve.

Selection: Norm knows the beer geek's agenda through and through. To that end, he succeeds somewhat. However, a lot of the Whole Foods do business better than he does. It's not his fault of course... just part of the corporate structure. For example, on some of the more "gourmet" releases, Norm will get a mere smattering of it, while the "corporate" beer store up the road will get a shitload of it.

Value: I think the prices here are pretty good, especially considering the Whole Foods (Whole Paycheck) counterpart up the street.

NOTE: If you live in the Northern Virginia region, please give Norm's your business as apposed to Rick's. With Rick's, you'll get a pompous jerk who will demean you, but Norm's (and it's employees) don't have that pretention... (1,863 characters)

Photo of yusef
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I go to Norm's whenever I am in Northern VA to visit my family. The store is in a shopping center with a parking lot. Half of the store is wine and the other beer. They seem to sell everything from Drie Fonteinen Geuze to macro in the cooler in the back. Pretty good selection, when I was there saw lots of founders, firestone walker, green flash, and others I can't get back in SC. Also they seem to get most special release and rare beers. I was able to walk in and buy a Blushing Monk. Staff was very helpful and knowledgable. Prices are a little higher than total wine, but I am happy to support a local business. Also have updates on new bottle arrivals on there website. If you are in the area I recommend checking them out. (730 characters)

Photo of sobeleg
4.72/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Norm's is one of my favorite places to pick up beer. The selection is very good, and they tend to get most, if not all rare and limited releases available in the area. They carry all the popular craft brands as well including DFH, Founders, Bell's, etc. The store has a great layout making everything easy to find, and the guys at the counter are very friendly, always willing to help you out or talk beer or wine with you for a while. If you find yourself in Vienna, make sure to stop in at norms! (498 characters)

Photo of siege06nd
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Man, I love this place. An outstanding selection of domestic micros, imports, and special rarities. Buried in the corner of a very quiet shopping center in Vienna, it doesn't look like much from the outside, but boy does it exceed expectations quickly. Bottle after bottle of the best NoVA/DC has to offer, with a nice assortment of six packs, singles, and bombers available. Service is outstanding, if they don't have the answer right away for you, you can bet they will research it until they do and call you right back. Happy to hold bottles of the limited releases for you as well. Knowledgeable staff, well maintained shop, excellent customer service, and the best selection in NoVA make this a must stop. So happy to hear they worked out an arrangement with the new grocer moving in to ensure this place remains a Vienna treasure for years to come. (854 characters)

Photo of bobpack
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

A little on the pricey side but I use their newsletter to see what is coming. They have even held beers for me while I was on vacation. Great selection but would like to see more single bottles. Most 12oz beers can only be bought in 6 packs.

Staff is very friendly and will help you find what you need. Their beer shipments usually arrive around noon on Fridays.

Call early and reserve those rare beers.

I do hope that they work something out with the new market opening next door so that they can remain. I would be a shame to lose one of the best beer stores in northern Virginia. (585 characters)

Photo of devilben02
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I made a point to stop into Norm's while I was in town visiting family, and the expectations I had based on its reputation were certainly met. The store is open and fairly spacious, yet it still feels comfortable and welcoming. The staff welcomed me and offered their help right away, but I was happy to just wander and scout for beers I can't get down in NC. I enjoyed the search, as the wide selection is well-displayed and organized, with seasonals and special releases being clearly displayed. I did feel a bit that there wasn't a great variety despite the number of different beers being offered, but I also found some welcome surprises among the IPAs and ambers. Overall, Norm's was a great stop that I wouldn't hesitate to visit often if I lived in the area. (765 characters)

Photo of 2dogbrew
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I've been to Norm's many times. They have a great selection of craft beers, a good choice of singles and get a nice selection of seasonals and limited release beers. The staff is always very friendly and knowledgeable. Singles are usually discounted for buying a 6 pack.

I like their weekly newsletter - it highlights the new arrivals and gives me a chance to watch out for beers on my list and plan shopping. They also hold tastings most every week and get a nice selection. If you're looking for a limited release they'll put your name on the list and hold your beer. I even got a follow-up call once to remind me. (617 characters)

Photo of raveskdr
5/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I have been able to get out to Norms about a dozen times since living in the DMV, usually when taking people to Dulles.

It always just flat out blows me away. The beer/wine is in an 85/15 ratio. There is something for everyone. People can come in to get their share of Corona or Heineken, or they can pick out some fantastic domestic or import crafts.

I've been able to get some rareish stuff here. They get once-a-year releases, seasonals, and the like. They have a great selection of Belgians and sours. I was able to get several 4 packs of Terrapin Wake n Bake when I was there a few months ago.

And that may not be the best part. The people in the store, especially the head guy (Norm?) are absolutely delightful. I have ended up spending 10 to 15 minutes just chatting it up with them about what they have, what they are getting, the weather, anything. They have not only some of the friendliest employees of any beer shop I have been in, but of any establishment period.

If I could somehow rip the store out and put it next to my house, I would go there every single day just to shoot the shit (and, of course, to buy beer). I cannot recommend this place enough, even if it may be a bit out there for you (~35 minutes for me). (1,236 characters)

Photo of BigTomZ
4/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is one of my regular bottle shops. It is back in the corner of a small shopping center. The store is clean and they have a decent selection of micros and a solid selection of imports. They keep the seasonal and rotational releases in the main isle so their new stuff is easy to spot. I always liked that. The staff is always friendly. Their prices are pretty reasonable for the area. The store is small, but there is plenty of space for move around. They do also have some locals represented. They have some euro macro lagers in the back also. (548 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Through the unrelenting hell of NOVA to get here. Tucked away in the corner of a strip-mall, I think one of the nicest things about Norms is the ambiance: pleasant, woody wine store vibe. Plenty of room to move around, with cases, shelves, and bottles everywhere. The service was quite friendly, and not intrusive. And they have some nice discounts available (e.g., xyz% off for mix n match). Good selection though a bit disorganized. Good mix of bombers and different sizes especially winter brew selection. Quite a bit of regional coverage from Troegs, et. al. (562 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%

Norm's is one of the best beer and wine shops in Northern Virginia. If you're traveling to the area, this is one of the preeminent locations to purchase your canned and bottled suds.

First of all, the shop has but the front windows, meaning the product is kept away from the sunlight. Once you walk in, the store is deceptive in size, as you wouldn't think it's as big as it is.

The selection is wonderful. Singles, bombers, six packs and cases are sold, and the store is laid out really well, making it easy for the everyman (or woman) to find exactly what they are looking for.

Lots of local and hard to find product.

The staff seemed to be quiet but extremely friendly, and they kept a steady stream of Grateful Dead on the stereo. There was also a cat wandering around as I browsed.

The prices are standard for the area - nothing gouging.

I highly recommend you make a point of stopping by Norm's the next time you're in the area. Be sure to look carefully, as it is well hidden in it's respective strip mall! (1,019 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%

Well reputed Norm's... I was looking forward to paying a visit and this do with friends in Vienna was a perfect excuse.

The store, with an equally solid wine section and some snacks, was well set around their beer selection. Great range, good opportunities to make a custom six-pack. The choices were nice with some oddities, at least some that I don't find in my regular spots. On this occasion picking up some Firestone Walker made my day, including their Anniversary ale. The local guy I was visiting had no idea the place existed and was psyched to discover it as he was toying with his custom six-packs.

I had little opportunity to chat with the staff but their general demeanor was professional and affable. Pricing was sitting between reasonable and a bit pricey depending on the brew, all in all, it was in line with the average for the region.

I'll most definitely try to stop again when visiting this area. (920 characters)

Photo of 321jeff
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%

I stopped by Norm's last week on my way home. I had been there several times before, but finally decided to review it. Norm's is tucked away in a corner of an everyday shopping center, and you wouldn't know it was there if you weren't looking for it. When you walk in, wine is the initial focus, but a quick glance through all that reveals several shelves of beer. It's actually a pretty cool setup with six packs on the shelves in the middle, singles along a portion of one wall, seasonals on another shelf, cases stacked on one side and a refrigerated section in the back.

It's very well organized with all the beers of one brand together (except seasonals) and it seems that the shelves are ordered regionally, with the most local getting the primary focus. Lots of quality locals that aren't found in other stores, including Mountaineer Brewing, the first West Virginia brewery to distribute out of state (at least to my knowledge).

The staff are always friendly and more than willing to help. Prices area also reasonable, especially for that area, and are as good as anywhere else. Definitely stop by if you're in the area. (1,131 characters)

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