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 youíve never heard of. They also have a really good bottle list (although itís not uncommon for them to be out of the ones Iíve 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 letís be honest: Youíre coming here for the beer, not the food!
Service is hit-or-miss; Iíve 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 youíll like the ambiance depends on your taste: Itís 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 youíre paying for the opportunity to taste things you canít find anywhere else, or at least not any bar in Norfolk. So if expanding your horizons is your goal, itís 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 íto be differentí. Interesting, because we all know the first generation of US craft beer bars were heavily Belgian/German. Is this the first íretroí 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 Iíve 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 didnít care.
Go here. Itís 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 wonít 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 donít 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.
Donít let the location and exterior fool you. Once youíre 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.
Iím sure Iíll be back, with intents to expand my palate.
Stopped in here last week during a trip down to the Norfolk area for work. As others have pointed out, park around the corner for better options.
Ambiance was fantastic. Fairly dark with a somewhat-industrial feel to it. Big chalkboard with all the tap listings. Nice glassware display and a mini "cellar" off to one side.
Service was phenomenal, some of the best Iíve ever had. The bartender was extremely friendly, knowledgeable, and engaging. Service was prompt, and it was really nice talking with someone passionate about the beer and the establishment.
Selection was great. A lot of imports, as well as a dedication to the Zytamore series. I went with 2011 Bon Chien (how can I pass that up?) and then smaller pours of a few other options. Cheese and sausage plate was fantastic to go along with it.
Prices were fairly reasonable. Maybe a bit pricey for the area (not really sure), but quite a bit better than what Iím used to paying in the DC area.
Overall, a must stop if youíre in the area. Highly recommended.
Amazing bar that raises the bar for bars on the entire east coast, lol. Ben and Malea know more about beer than anyone and can recommend your next favorite beer if youíre unsure what to order. Donít forget to meet the most interesting man, Norbie, while youíre there.