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Norm's Beer & Wine

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

78 Reviews
Norm's Beer & WineNorm's Beer & Wine
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

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

(703) 242-0100 | map
normsbeerandwine.com

Notes:
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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PLACE STATS
Score:
94
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
94
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
7.73%
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Reviews: 78 | Ratings: 94
Reviews by rhartogsq:
Photo of 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.

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

nice little hole in the wall of a store. friendly staff offering their help as i walked through. plenty to choose from w/ a good local selection. didn't find or ask for any rarities but the place left me w/ a feeling that they wouldn't be hesitant to fill you in on any if they were present or would eventually be. worth stopping in.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of aaronstol
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

This place is so great that I drive by many other beer stores and well stocked supermarkets just to buy my beer here. Great service and a great selection. Folks here couldn't be nicer and their email newsletter ensures you're always up-to-date with new arrivals or interesting selections.

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Photo of LADaveBN
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
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 +17.1%
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 -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Elsuperjefe
5/5  rDev +17.1%
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 +4.7%
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 -12.2%
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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Photo of tclipse
5/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Qwiklap
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
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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Photo of Beerdsley
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of hophead_87
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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

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Photo of NaH2
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Brewski
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of mcomsto
2.5/5  rDev -41.5%

Photo of DDrake
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of markgugs
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Jcohen20
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of yeaprolly
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of amstokesdb9
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.

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Photo of RobertHolley
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.

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Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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