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Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits
$$$ - a bit pricey
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5544 Connecticut Ave NW
District of Columbia
phone: (202) 363-4000
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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Reviews by MiguelMandingo:
quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I try to stop by this place every time I am visiting my parents in the DC area. This place has fantastic brews. They have beers that I had only read about.
Parking is pretty great for DC - they had tons around the back. When you walk in the back entrance, you can see a pretty huge cooler and shelf upon shelf of quality brews. The selection is really phenomenal - they had tons of regional East Coast brews, really great Belgians, and a bunch of non-regional stuff, all of superior quality and many are extremely rare.
The prices were decent - you get what you pay for. They weren't too far off from what I pay for comparable brews in this area. It wasn't too extravagant, but you will find that you will pay more than you originally intended, just because of the great beer that you throw in cart adds up pretty quickly.
The service is kinda crappy. But the guys who weren't in charge were great. They really tried to help me out when I had questions. The guy who was in charge that day was a prick. He was condescending when I asked questions, and he didn't seen that interested in helping customers. There was a customer in front of me in the checkout line that was about to buy $500 dollars worth of wine and champagne, but didn't like the attitude of the guy in charge - they exchanged some heated words and only bought half as much as he would have. The guy (I can only assume that he was the manager) didn't seem interested in helping me, until he saw the amount of beer I was buying, then he changed his attitude - slightly.
If you are in the area, you should stop by this store - it is awesome. They have amazing beers and lots of them. Just don't expect friendly service.
12-29-2007 04:19:55 |
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11-15-2013 17:25:26 |
More by polopaul20
11-11-2013 05:01:51 |
More by BillRoth
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | $$$
I stopped in based on a BA search while visiting a friend in the area.
Feel is like a typical old school liquor store. Nothing special in the decor or presentation. But they clearly put a lot of work into it with each bottle individually labeled. The only down side to that is that it blocks your view of the bottle itself. They have a good selection of Belgian, British and German beers with the US supply leaning heavily to northeast breweries.
A nice local shop with a good commitment to craft beer.
07-14-2013 17:26:48 |
More by GJ40
District of Columbia
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$$
Like everyone, I'd heard great things about CCW&S, but it didn't quite live up to my expectations. It's a bit cramped and the layout of the place (i.e. all singles with some broken sixers in the cooler) is a bit hard to navigate. The selection is very good, though, which is truly the main thing. They had a ton of Black Ops and a decent amount of BCBS (albeit for a limited time). The staff isnt particularly knowledgeable, with the exception of their "head beer guy", but if you've got a decent beer brain, you'll find your way around. The one big drawback is the price, though around DC, it doesn't get much cheaper, so you may as well avail yourself of the selection. It's not my favorite place around DC, but for Goose Island, Great Lakes and some of the smaller, northern breweries, Chevy Chase is necessary. It's definitely in my rotation around the area.
01-03-2012 01:54:50 |
More by jaheussner
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Visited during DC Conference Beer Sojourn, November 2011.
Located on the far north end of Connecticut Ave. near Chevy Chase Circle, I had to ride the bus up here (the Metro Line veers off over a mile from the store) and on a late Friday afternoon after the conference it was a very long ride, about an hour to go 4 miles. There's a small parking lot in the back off the street, very little street parking to speak of.
This isn't a beer store per se, a very good selection of wine and liquor. The key, of course, is the beer, and while it took me a while to understand the shelving/organization of the place, I can see why this is considered the best beer outlet in DC. I had my heart set on a 6-pack of Bell's Expedition, and a phone call confirmed availability. The website is pretty accurate re inventory, but I'd be careful to venture up here without checking. Staff was quite helpful, willing to answer any questions (didn't really have any other than checking on Bells/Founders/etc location).
Certainly could have hung out here for quite a while. Prices are a bit on the high side of average prices for DC area, but given the quality of the selection, especially hard to find items, I was glad to pay the preacher. If you're looking for hard to find items (from a PNW perspective) this place and the Whole Foods on P certainly top the list. Deserving of its lofty status. Highly recommended.
11-27-2011 22:43:19 |
More by jdense
District of Columbia
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I've seen amazing reviews of this place... and subpar reviews here. I think my review will be somewhere in the middle.
Atmosphere: Once you walk in, there is a distinct musty smell here the is inviting for the average beer geek. However, many may be turned off by this aspect. The beer is situated in the front part of the store, and the wine (and there is quite a bit), on the far back half.
Quality: I've never bought brews from here that were past their prime, and no one I know has ever either. There are very crude paper price tags situated on the individual beers, but still the quality of the overall beer selection is quite good.
Service: As many times and I've been here, it never fails. Once I ask a beer question, the person yells to the head beer guy, "HEY, COME HERE!" I think his name is Larry... and he's great!
Selection: Not as great as others have mentioned. I can get most of the stuff on the Virginia side of the DC area, but there are a few gems that are worthy.
Value: Meh... I guess this place is good, but it seems average overall to me. I will give them a pass overall compared to the Whole Foods (Whole Paycheck) up the road.
09-13-2011 04:34:35 |
More by Chaney
District of Columbia
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
I just started going to this place a little more often. Rodman's use to be my go to store in the District but that place has gone way down hill in terms of price and never gets the really tough to find stuff.
The place is kind of cramped. It's old and a bit musty. I've heard they will sell old beer but I've never bought anything that would be hurt by age so I can't speak to that.
There's only one guy there that seems to know about beer (I'm always referred to him when I ask). He seems knowledgeable but no one is super friendly. I'm not there to make friends though so it's not an issue.
You can get really hard to find stuff here. I was able to get Parabola, Hanssens Gueuze and Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti all within the last month. They have a very impressive selection of lambic which has been great since I've really gotten into them recently. Their selection in general is awesome but as I said, I really only go here for the really tough finds because I can just stock up at Total Wine for year rounds and major seasonal releases.
Defiantly worth your time if you're looking for something specific but not a place I would go to stock up on everyday beer.
06-09-2011 15:27:28 |
More by mi6234
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | $$$$
This little joint is situated in NW DC. I heard about this place through various reviews. While the selection is quite impressive, but every bottle there is covered with dust and off-putting. Prices are stupid expensive and make no sense. It's sort of a creepy place to visit. I'm not a fan of this place and have gone about three to four times and have never bought anything, okay except an awful $18 bottle of la jolla pumpkin 750ml bottle which was terrible per se. Mostly because they don't have anything worth buying (6 month old DIPAs anyone? $30 DuClaw Colossus?) Nobody offered their help. I asked one guy for a Belgian beer, he said talk to that large looking dude and he knows his stuff. That so called dude didn't know anything not even De Struise stuff. Don't waste your time jaunting over to this place which is not metro accessible. Don't believe the website, which says it's like in the Top 10 of ____. No way. Head to Whole Foods instead for FRESHER selections and more reasonable prices.
02-23-2011 21:49:12 |
More by CuriousMonk
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$$
This is probably the only place in DC where you can buy single 12oz bottles. Not only that, there is an incredibly varied selection of US craft choices, showing producers that are common around here (Dogfish, Duck Rabbit, Great Lakes, Great Divide, Lagunitas, Stone etc...), to having a great selection of imported.
The best is there imports are by the bottle and you can save yourself from spending a lot of money on items that you would normally have to fork over bombers and packs for. There are also beers in this store that I have NEVER seen anywhere else in the area. Staff is pleasant as well. Great place to shop in candy store like fashion. Keep in mind though, some bottles have been sitting so check for freshness dates.
One good suggestion, if you can't find parking out in front, or want to skip the meters (who doesn't) go park behind the store by turning down McKinley ST NW, they have a lot.
02-22-2011 01:19:04 |
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