Norm's Beer & Wine
Ratings: 72 | Reviews: 70 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by ewright:
4.5/5 rDev +5.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I hit Norm's on my Memorial Day weekend trip to the DC area. I was specifically looking for beers I can't get in NC. I wound up with several Troegs brews (no, Nugget Nectar was gone by then), one from Stoudt's, a couple from Oskar Blues, Southern Tier and Stone as well. I did not see ANY NC beers up there, but I'm not sure how many have VA distributors.
While browsing, I noticed several six packs of Troegs beers that I wanted to try. As my budget wouldn't allow me to pick them all up, I asked the clerk if I could split up sixers to create a mixed Troegs sixer. He agreed to that (sounded like something they don't normally do) which made my day.
I was quite happy with my visit to Norm's.
05-30-2008 01:00:45 | More by ewright
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4.44/5 rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
12-11-2013 12:30:46 | More by HopSlobber
4.5/5 rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
I love this place, and has served as my go-to beer place for the last year or so. Selection is pretty good; generally rivals that of the Whole Foods which is located nearby, and the Total Wine a few miles away. There is always people in there and it seems as though there is good product turnover because I seldom walk away without something fresh. The customer service is immense, the staff are not only friendly, but extremely knowledgeable. The prices are reasonable, some products are very slightly cheaper up the road at Whole Foods but being a big local support small business kind of person, I generally stay loyal to Norm's. If your buying a case of beer, or indeed 4 six packs, they take off 10% at the till which is always welcome. Lately I cottoned on to their online presence and their weekly newsletter of new arrivals which is really helpful, particular valuable if you are looking to pick up something with a bottle limit or something with limited distribution and very popular. All in all, great place and while I am in the area, I will continue to choose this place to satisfy my beer purchasing needs.
09-05-2013 19:36:50 | More by davet100
4/5 rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | $$
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.
05-27-2013 17:47:50 | More by Axnjxn
3.88/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
02-07-2012 01:21:31 | More by Jimmys
3.96/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
01-21-2012 17:44:49 | More by Eriktheipaman
4.2/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Entering a typical strip mall in NOVA, in this case Vienna, you encounter Norm's. First thing I notice, is... a dog. This my friends.. is a great sign. Anytime a business has a dog in it wandering around, it means good things. It's just a fact.
The staff seems to be incredibly friendly with each other and is very willing to help out. I also like the layout of the store, and the little touches of bombers on wine racks.
Selection is pretty good, but not much chance of getting mixed items, but there is still a few to choose from. I also like the fact that many of the staff were just chatting about beer casually, items that showed up on tap in nearby places, what to try, it shows they know the product and more importantly actually take pride in it.
Prices are very reasonable, and they can answer any question you might have. Great little place to check out if you are in the area.
01-06-2012 17:27:24 | More by smakawhat
District of Columbia
4.64/5 rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
01-03-2012 01:32:14 | More by jaheussner
Norm's Beer & Wine in Vienna, VA
95 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.