If you are looking for unusual styles of beer to experience, this is your place. Their rotating selection of on-tap beers from around the world is sure to include several beers and maybe a couple of styles you’ve never heard of. They also have a really good bottle list (although it’s not uncommon for them to be out of the ones I’ve asked for).
The food is a mix of over-priced bar food and very good gourmet offerings that are highly overpriced (for the tiny amount you get), with an emphasis in the cheese department. But let’s be honest: You’re coming here for the beer, not the food!
Service is hit-or-miss; I’ve had excellent service on some occasions, and lousy on others -- the typical service is slow, but friendly, from an over-worked but well-meaning bartender/server.
Whether you’ll like the ambiance depends on your taste: It’s a hole in the wall, dark and dingy inside, and the clientele is a mix of college students & professors, sailors/soldiers from nearby military bases, and pretentious hipsters.
As far as the value... As I mentioned before, the food is really overpriced. The beer is also quite expensive ($6 for a 6-8 ounce "half-pour" is typical), but you’re paying for the opportunity to taste things you can’t find anywhere else, or at least not any bar in Norfolk. So if expanding your horizons is your goal, it’s a great place; if you just want to have a good beer, there are much better options in town.
fluffheady (109) Chicago, Illinois | November 11, 2013| Updated November 24, 2013
Really great spot. They have some amazing exclusives on draft, and they obviously have ridiculous connections. The ambiance is great, and I wish I lived around here so I could hang out here more often.
The staff was a little awkward. When we asked why they served so much Belgian/German beer - which is fine!!!! We just wanted to know their inspiration - they said ’to be different’. Interesting, because we all know the first generation of US craft beer bars were heavily Belgian/German. Is this the first ’retro’ craft beer bar? (Or was I too dense/drunk to take a joke? Probably.) I also felt a familiar vibe from the management - a vibe I’ve experienced before - when someone has a bar they obviously know is good, but competition in the area is so limited they become a little ostentatious. Meh. They were so damn nice I honestly didn’t care.
Go here. It’s a special place.
Yes it is that good. Located in unassuming space in corner of Norfolk. Fairly busy beer bar. You will see guests from all strata of society, bikers, beer geeks, lawyers etc. Bar is under guidance of beer enthusiast couple. I had only pleasure meeting Mailia. Service was quick, professional and knowledgeable. Beer was just excellent, not just good -excellent. Tap is only 20+ but you won’t find anything that is less than ordinary. Hidden gem!
It is no stretch to say this is the best (dang near almost) place to get unique and limited beers in the Norfolk area. There are other good beer bars but they don’t seem to get the rarer offerings. Staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. I really like that they offer three sizes: half pour, full and growler. I thought the prices were really fair for what you got and the selection was very diverse. They have a nice bottle selection but I was distracted by the taps. No real food (grilled cheese and other pub snacks) but they are about 1 mile from Ghent where there are plenty of restaurants.
Don’t let the location and exterior fool you. Once you’re inside, you know you have arrived at a place where everything evolves around craft brews. There is a rotating selection of about 20 taps in addition to a nice bottle list. They have a good selection of cheeses as well which can be paired with the perfect beer. Lots of international beers in addition to a very good selection of domestic ales. Absolutely a place to visit.
Excellent atmosphere, dark, and calm, there was a good crowd on the night I went, and the low low buzz of conversation was soothing and enjoyable. I especially love the obvious lack of big screen TVs and Neon signs. The focus here is really clear, good beer, and conversation.
The bartender/owner is a really cool kind of mellow guy, very informative and really knows how to explain the complex flavors of the beers he serves. I enjoyed his simple conversation and attentive service.
I’m sure I’ll be back, with intents to expand my palate.