Norm's Beer & Wine
Ratings: 74 | Reviews: 72 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by rhartogsq:
4.72/5 rDev +10.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Really good shop in a slightly hidden corner of a shopping center. Of my four go-to places in Northern Virginia for great beer, this is the cheapest and friendliest. Although it isn't the closest to me....but my brother lives just a few blocks from it.
I have only been to Norm's a handful of time, and each time there were different employees. All were very nice and helpful. Their selection is pretty outstanding. I bought a rare RJ Rockers Black Perle last night. A healthy selection of Local, national and International selections fill their shelves.
I would recommend liking their page on Facebook, as they do a great job of posting photos of new arrivals.
12-19-2011 19:56:59 | More by rhartogsq
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4.32/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
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.
04-16-2014 23:50:53 | More by amstokesdb9
3.19/5 rDev -25.3%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
I was very underwhelmed by Norm's. I think I am spoiled by Total Wine. Norm's had no rhyme or reason to how they displayed their beer. It was a joke. I could not find anything. It was random, not by country, not by type, it seemed that wherever there was space that put the beer. I was not impressed at all. The selection was ok at best.
03-24-2014 20:53:15 | More by RobertHolley
4.44/5 rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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 +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
I love this place, and has served as my go-to beer place for the last year or so. Selection is pretty good; generally rivals that of the Whole Foods which is located nearby, and the Total Wine a few miles away. There is always people in there and it seems as though there is good product turnover because I seldom walk away without something fresh. The customer service is immense, the staff are not only friendly, but extremely knowledgeable. The prices are reasonable, some products are very slightly cheaper up the road at Whole Foods but being a big local support small business kind of person, I generally stay loyal to Norm's. If your buying a case of beer, or indeed 4 six packs, they take off 10% at the till which is always welcome. Lately I cottoned on to their online presence and their weekly newsletter of new arrivals which is really helpful, particular valuable if you are looking to pick up something with a bottle limit or something with limited distribution and very popular. All in all, great place and while I am in the area, I will continue to choose this place to satisfy my beer purchasing needs.
09-05-2013 19:36:50 | More by davet100
4/5 rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | $$
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 -9.1%
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 -7.3%
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
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