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Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits
$$$ - a bit pricey
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5544 Connecticut Ave NW
District of Columbia
phone: (202) 363-4000
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quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
This was only the second time that I've had occasion to visit this place. I "found" it the last time thanks to BeerFly back in early spring when I last visited my aunt and uncle in the Tenleytown/AU area. It is about a twenty minute walk door-to-door, but now that I know where I am going, the walk seems much shorter. There is free parking in the rear of the store, and that is important, because if you are only going for beer, it is all of the way aft. Since I come in through the front, I park my wheeled Coleman cooler by the door, traverse past all of that pesky wine and liquor, and get down to business.
On the left hand wall, as you approach the rear counter and register, are several wooden shelves, with plenty of bottles on each shelf. Moving further back is a refrigerated area, what I can only liken to the dairy case at the supermarket, with more, different beers (!). Above that case are bomber bottles and cork-finished bottle-conditioned beers. To the right of the counter are two refrigerated coolers with glass doors and pull handle doors. Bear in mind that there is NO repetition of beer in any of these areas. DROOL! I would suggest that one or five of their shopping carts might come in handy, or maybe just a forklift, if your credit card is strong enough.
The beer is all fresh and the staff really knows what they are talking about. Further, they are not pushy, allowing me time to breathe and make a reasoned decision. They even have a display, although dusty, of empty bottles that they have had for sale at one time or another. It is quickly becoming a destination of choice when I visit DC and I highly recommend it to others (especially those of us from PA, where something like this is the stuff of dreams).
07-04-2005 08:31:53 |
More by woodychandler
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Stopped by on my way out of town since my usual route was under construction and badly backed up. I found metered street parking easily, but there is a parking lot out back (and the front sign states that too).
Super selection of singles for those out of towners to pick up some local brews. Great European selection too. A surprisingly large number of mixed 12 packs from various breweries.
Interesting dusty bottle collection sits high above the cash register.
Definitely worth a stop in Washington DC especially if you are from out of town.
06-08-2008 23:34:34 |
More by Gavage
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
This place is an absolute pain in the ass for me to get to from Baltimore, which is why I seldom stop by. Traffic and parking are both a nightmare here, but once you actually walk inside, the selection is striking. I always come in from the back parking lot, and so the first thing I see upon entering is a very impressive selection of imports and craft beer. The store is pretty narrow with high ceilings, and it often seems a bit cramped inside. However, there is a wall of beer on both sides when you first walk in, with a large selection refrigerated. Some of the bottles look a bit dusty, which is worrisome, but I can't say I've ever bought anything that didn't taste fresh. Supposedly, this place occasionally gets in beers from Russian River. Maybe, but I've never been lucky enough to find any the times I've visited. However, they do have a nice selection of vintage J.W. Lee beers, as well as a good selection of Belgians. Service always seems a bit distracted to me, though the times I've spoken to the manager/owner, he clearly was knowledgeable about beer. The rest of the staff, not so much.
All in all this is a solid place, one I'll continue to visit on occasion when I happen to be in the area.
01-31-2008 16:35:33 |
More by johnmichaelsen
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
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
Hey Lucy I'm Home! (Or at least I want to move in...)
I had heard about the selection at Chevy Chase Liquors, and thought I was not going to be able to check it out. It is near impossible to find a place to park at the establishment. I must have circled the block 4 times, but finally I stopped in front of the store, best quarter I ever spent.
The selection is well done. Beer everywhere. Single bottles in a line with numbers on them if you desire a six pack or a case. Bring a pad and pen and write down the name of the beer and the number as well as the quantity you desire. The prices are not the best, but the selection quickly makes you forget about all that. Don't forget to turn around and look at the wall in front of the back counter. I was about to check out and then realized there was another wall of beer.
I spoke with a couple of store employees. Only one really seemed to know beer, but the other two were still extremely helpful. The guy who retrieved the beer had quite a task running around in coolers and downstairs to find my selections.
I saw no dust on any of the beers on the shelves and older beers were in a bargain bin.
I'll be back to Chevy Chase after I work some more and save some cash. You could really stock up there.
Oh, for anyone who thought they might have Drednaught, better call, I purchased the last two bottles...;)
04-06-2004 01:50:33 |
More by GCBrewingCo
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I visited CC W&S on a early March friday afternoon. Despite that timing, parking was an absolute nightmare, forcing me to park across Connecticut Ave. in the safeway parking lot (illegally I might add). After traversing Connecticut Ave. at my peril, I arrived at C W&S.
Quality: Excellent selection of fine ales and lagers. I went specifically for Unibroue 15 (P.S., mission accomplished) and found some Stone Arrogant Bastard to go along with it. There is a fine selection of Belgian ales, German lagers and American craftbrews.
Service: See parking above for where CC W&S was deducted points. Outside of that, the employees were friendly.
Selection: Great selection of beers. All beers were clearly labelled and priced, giving me a good idea of what the final bill would be. I'd like to return without my 14 mo old son in tow, as he made carrying out very difficult.
03-04-2006 22:16:09 |
More by akorsak
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Finally made it to Chevy Chase on my last day of having a car. What a selection! It really is as good as everyone says. Excellent variety from all over the place, and multiple options for buying most beers (almost everything is available as singles, which is great, and then also 6 packs or a case). It's also relatively easy to find, and has free parking out back, so if you're in the DC area you should stop by. Service is ok- I didn't have to ask for anything, but I saw them fetching a case for somebody from the back. When I was scrutinizing a few bottles they didn't ask me if I needed any help, but oh well.
05-17-2007 02:55:21 |
More by shivtim
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Putting numbers on this store makes little sense. You don't really care about service or value (which is reasonable when it comes to how much space their selection must take up; the overhead must certainly add up) when there is THIS MUCH TO CHOOSE FROM!
One of the few package stores that made me get that jittery spring in my step when I realized the monumental task that faced me: when there are this many choices, and I have but one fifteen minute visit to fill the car's trunk, what to get? what to get?
One of the best quality beer selections on the east coast, I can safely say.
04-28-2005 16:21:18 |
More by ecoboy
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
I was staying in the embassy row area of DC and hopped the Metro from Dupont up to the Friendship Heights station. Chevy Chase Wine and Spirits is less than a mile walk from the station, through one of the original suburbs of DC. As I walked past the massive turn-of-the-century homes, I could only imagine the seven figure prices that they probably commanded.
When I finally got to CC Wine and Spirits, I wasn't disappointed. Their selection of American, Belgian, German, Baltic and one-off beers was probably as good as it gets. I went there hoping to pick up a mixed six pack of Bell's that I can't get in NJ. I found that, along with a bottle of Rogue's 10k Brew, J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (2000), one of Harpoon's 100 Barrel Series beers, a Samichlaus and Spezial's Rauchbier Lager.
Since my inner beer geek had gotten the best of me, I had to have the owner call me a cab to get me back to my hotel. They boxed my beers, taped it up well for me to travel with, and called me a cab when I finally left.
This place is a must stop beer destination. My advice to any BA visiting DC is to blow off the Brick and head north to Chevy Chase. You'll find a similar great selection, but pay only a fraction of the cost.
01-29-2008 05:24:05 |
More by 86sportster883
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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
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