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Norm's Beer & Wine


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Norm's Beer & WineNorm's Beer & Wine

Type: Store

136 Branch Rd SE
Vienna, Virginia, 22180-4714
United States

(703) 242-0100 | map

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: 76 | Ratings: 91
Reviews by yeaprolly:
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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Photo of LADaveBN
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Visiting NoVa and decided to check out Norm's for stuff I can't readily get in California. Decent selection of 4/6 packs. Smallish selection of bombers. The majority of it is not refrigerated. The biggest knock on this place is things seem to be all over the place and not terribly orderly (for the most part, it was arranged by brewery). Other than that, the selection was pretty good.

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Photo of MRN
5/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I really appreciate Norm's frequent updates on Facebook and Twitter and the weekly newsletter, which lists the new beer and wine releases they have gotten in. The shop itself must be a TARDIS because I don't know any other way they could fit all the different beers and wines they carry. Norm and his staff are extremely knowledgeable and friendly. They have regular beer and wine tastings most Fridays and Saturdays and are often open on holiday mornings like Thanksgiving for your last-minute beverage needs. The new growler station is also a welcome addition. One reviewer downgraded them for an apparent belief that the shop layout was unorganized. This is not true. Yes, there are only a few signs but everything is grouped by region -- Virginia first, followed by Maryland, Pennsylvania, DC, East Coast, Midwest, West Coast, UK, etc. It just takes a little brewery/winery knowledge or a quick question to any of the staff to navigate the shelves.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Elsuperjefe
5/5  rDev +17.4%
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. :)

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Great selection and very friendly. One of my favorite bottle shops in the area with a great selection and a knowledgeable, laid back group of employees. Bonus- they just added a growler station and their first kegs included Alpine Duet and Alesmith Speedway Stout, both very limited in the NoVa area.

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Photo of Brushkanna
3.75/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25

the service was OK best to know what you are looking for, Norm did not seem to like to come out from behind the register

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5/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Superb selection - just about the best I have seen. Good service a slightly higher prices than some other places.

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4.8/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Great selection! Nice staff and they always update Facebook quickly when they get shipments!

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -41.3%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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Photo of amstokesdb9
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of RobertHolley
3.19/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of HopSlobber
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of davet100
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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