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Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Store ]
5544 Connecticut Ave NW
District of Columbia
phone: (202) 363-4000
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 79 | Show All Ratings:
District of Columbia
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I've been going to Chevy Chase for about nine years and have always been impressed with their beer selection, which encompasses difficult to find and eclectic foreign labels as well as small production domestic craft brews. And they make a point of getting anything they don't have. The store itself has three different areas where beer is stored, and it's not necessarily clear where to look if you have something specific in mind. To that end, the best way to browse their selection is sometimes online. Then go there and ask where it is. The store occasionally offers beer tastings on Fridays and Saturdays, although the selection is usually at the discretion of the distributor rather than management. It would be nice if they did some focused/educational beer tastings.
07-08-2010 23:24:51 |
More by malloyca
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
After hitting other local spots, I just had to stop in here and see what all the hooplah was about. Damn, everybody's been pretty spot-on here. Sure, most of the store is devoted to other alcoholic goodies, but they do not skimp on the brews, baby! They carry a very large assortment of beers, mostly in singles, from around the country and around the world. They employ a tag system that tells you about the beers (name, origin, ABV, and prices for singles, sixers (or fours when applicable), and cases) that is pretty nice and informative. Most of the bottles are fresh, but every now and then there's some slightly dusty offerings. I can't comment all that much on the service (I prefer to just browse on my own), but they have offered to help me before (which is always a nice touch), and I witnessed them helping a couple o' ladies find a variety of desired brews. They seem very knowledgable and helpful. The only real knock I have against this place is the slightly steep prices: I know that the District in general is kinda pricey, but I can find some of their offerings elsewhere for less. Still, their beastly selection will keep me coming back for more.
06-06-2010 22:02:37 |
More by TMoney2591
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
This is set along a pedestrian area with boutique-type shops, parking meters in front but a lot in back. If you drive in from the north you'll go through an area with camera-enforced speed limits, it was interesting watching heavy traffic all going exactly 30mph.
The shop is filled mainly with wine (and spirits), with the rear of the store dedicated more-or-less to beer. A lot of beer. Hundreds of beers from USA craft brewers, another hundred or so from Belgium, and another hundred or so from "other".
Every beer lives on a specific shelf space, designated by a label indicating country/state and price. What's really nice is the clear marking of price, indicated as singles price or 4-pack, 6-pack, or whatever relevant volume.
Definitely worth a stop in DC, if you can't find something you like here then you're not gonna find something you'll like anywhere.
03-12-2010 09:37:49 |
More by TurdFurgison
District of Columbia
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Wow! It's like stepping into a whole world of beer on the outskirts of DC! I was impressed with their selection.. they had more of the mainstream microbrewers, but had the lesser-known beers produced by them.
It was a bit confusing to look at the shelves and get a sense of what was there. I think they are trying to save space by single-fronting the beers, but it is really confusing on the eye. Plus, they have all these little hanging price tags that just add to the confusion.
Overall it was a really cool place to buy beer. A tad on the pricey side, but they had just about everything that I was looking for.
02-25-2010 20:16:16 |
More by alysmith4
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
This is a beer store / liquor store that is within walking distance of the Friendship Heights station. It has a good selection of beer and about 1/3 of the store is devoted to beer entirely.
The setup is a little odd. There are basically singles on the shelf only. Lots of a shelves with a couple of bottles on each shelf of each beer, maybe 6 individual beers to a shelf. Each are individually marked for sale, there are discounts for 6 / 12 / 24 packs of any particular beer. I guess its a bottle lovers paradise. There are several hundred varieties of beers there. Seriously impressive.
The staff is helpful and the two people I talked to knew a lot about their inventory. Also, their website has a partially complete inventory online (although you have to search it and some of their spelling is questionable). I seriously think that I have found my new beer store in general. At least I have three really reliable ones now. I am seriously impressed by Chevy Chase and if you are in the DC area and want to make a mix pack of beer, get to this store.
Good Job Chevy Chase.
01-21-2010 22:01:17 |
More by drabmuh
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Easily the best place to bottle shop in the DC area, but I'm not sure that is saying much.
The wall of beer is a very nice feature with lots of singles available. The fact that they sell just about every beer they have by the bottle, sixer, and case (with a nice discount on a case purchase) is a very nice selling feature. If you have not been before, you can pick single bottles from the wall and coolers or order six-packs and cases at the counter and they'll retrieve them from the walk-in or basement. If you are there in the morning hours, the system they have for receiving shipments is pretty cool.
The selection is very good for the area, but I've seen better in more remote areas of VA.
As others have stated, wine and liquor dominate this store and they do have a nice selection of those. Beer is in the back left, with a couple of coolers and shelves opposite the checkout (don't miss those - usually a couple of gems there). Prices can be a bit on the high side, but the selection makes the trip worthwhile.
01-16-2010 02:08:40 |
More by beer2day
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I usually go to Chevy Chase Wine and Spirits once every other week to pick up single bottles of one or two styles to sample that weekend. Though I've often been frustrated by what they don't have, for the most part this is a very high quality beer store that makes it very easy to by singles and try a wide variety of great craft and foreign brew offerings.
Chevy Chase is located in downtown Chevy Chase (duh!). Unlike much of D.C., the parking situation here is pretty easy and convenient. I've never had a problem finding a spot that is accessible to the store no matter day of the week or time of my visit.
Walking in the front door/street side of Chevy Chase, you are welcomed by a somewhat old fashioned looking, quaint-type of wine shop. It is a one-room establishment, with racks forming aisles in a pretty narrow fasion. The store can get quite cramped between employees stocking items and customers sharing aisles. And they do try to cram as much product into their somewhat limited space as possible.
Overall, I would estimate that the wine and spirit offerings take up a full 2/3 of the store. Beer is located toward the left side and back of the building. That is not to say that they do not pay proper attention to beer. Instead, they utilize their shelf space wisely by putting only single bottles there, with tags denoting respective prices for single bottles, six packs, and cases. It is a very convenient system if all you want is a single beer or two, though if you desire higher quanties you will have to ask an employee to retrieve your request from what I can only imagine is an immense stockroom. Waiting has never really been a problem for me, though.
As far as selection goes, it is quite impressive. The first four-foot wall section (ascending about six-seven feet in height, to accomodate about eight shelves) is comprised of Belgian beers. There is an impressive array, both of those commonly found elsewhere and a few odd types that I had never seen before. The next four foot section is comprised of German singles and 1/2 litre bottles. Again, all of the standards are there as are some special rare bottles. Then comes eight feet of American craft brews. Another impressive array. If I were to offer any complaint on overall selection, it would be with regards to the American representation. While the overall quantity of beers is impressive, there have been many times where I've been unpleasantly disappointed by what they are lacking, i.e. some special beers from well-respected American craft breweries that I can find at most other good beer stores, but not at Chevy Chase. That being said, each time this happens I am surprised, but usually find a replacement pretty quickly.
There is also a good deal of mixed refrigerated space at Chevy Chase. The store's final left hand side eight foot section is dominated by American crafts, with a few 750 ml bottles from different locales (Belgium, Canada, U.S.) mixed in. Above these cold beers is another shelf of unrefrigerated beers, dominated by mostly seasonal or special release beers. Continuing to the back right wall one finds more refrigerated offerings that range from macro-crap (it's own unfortunate four foot section) to English and other European brews. Along the higher shelves at the back can be found some other international beers (from Latin and South America, Asia, the Caribbean, and elsewhere). There is one final four foot section of mostly Belgian 750 ml bottles.
Besides my previous complaint about not always being able to find exactly what I want, there is one other relatively important problem with Chevy Chase. On several occasions I have found shelved bottles notably out of date. I've even unwittingly purchased out of date beer there once or twice. Since I know where to look for this information it is not as huge an issue with me as it should be with others, but it is not always possible to locate best by dates on all craft or imported bottles. This is definitely a quality issue that I would like to see improved.
Service is decent. The beer manager is quite knowlegable and helpful when there. Other employees do not seem to know as much about beer. While they are friendly enough, there can be times when they do not seem to want to be bothered by questions. They will always retrieve your requests in a prompt manner, though, which is really most of what you can ask for. Still for a specialty shop purporting to be top shelf, one would expect a bit more at times.
On the whole, despite a handful of complaints, Chevy Chase does a good job of bringing quality and quantity to D.C. beer enthusiasts. It is as fine of a beer store as I've found in the area and well worth the excursion for me and many others around these parts.
11-29-2009 22:44:14 |
More by macpapi
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
In D.C. for a few days and saw that BA had this listed as one of the better options for beer stores.
I found that they had a very good selection, although a number of items were out of stock. They had some limited release beers, and most of what they offered were available as singles. The prices were also a little - to a lot higher than what I am used to paying, but judging by other reviews, they are probably fairly comparable to local standards. There was plenty of parking in back, and the staff were available and helpful if not overly beer knowledgeable.
11-29-2009 17:14:46 |
More by GeezLynn
District of Columbia
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
This place undoubtedly has the best beer selection in the DC metro area, with a wide range of American beers, Belgians, Germans, British, Scottish, etc and a small handful from Latvia, Lithuania, and even Croatia. Prices have been creeping up lately, but that's par for the course in DC. Three shelves of singles, plus a large fridge section. Large bottles of both American and Belgian ales. Beer manager can order beers for you - ordered a batch of De Dolle Stille Nacht this way, very reliable and convenient. Periodic tastings. Great place.
11-08-2009 02:05:12 |
More by Travlr
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
Simply put, Chevy Chase Wine is a wonderful resource for great beer in our nation's capital. The beermonger there knows his stuff and is willing to help. They have a solid selection of American craft brews but also many beers from England, Belgium, and points beyond. In addition to six packs and bombers there are a number of shelves with 12oz. singles. The only knock on this store is the premium price you pay. As an alternative, give Rick's Wine and Gourmet in Alexandria, VA a try - it does not have the broad selection, but they stay current, are very friendly and conduct tastings every Saturday.
08-29-2009 16:31:51 |
More by bobschmenge
Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits in Washington, DC
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