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Rick's Wine And Gourmet
$$ - reasonable
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3117 Duke St.
phone: (703) 823-4600
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(Place added by: hopsaplenty)
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| Reviews: 50
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
quality: everything seems to be in order, but I worry a bit about the bottles sitting near the window in the sunlight...follow up from the owner reveals that he, too, is worried about this and is working on a solution
service: hard to judge, as I didn't really ask for any
selection: Great selection, lacking only singles. Regional breweries, including Blue & Gray and Legend were represented, with bombers in a cooler for around 5 dollars. Other brands included Stone, Troegs (including 3L Mad Elf), Smuttynose (including the big beer series), New England, Bluegrass Jefferson's Reserve, and so on. No way I can list everything there, but it was impressive. Definitely worthy of a visit and I will return whenever in the area.
03-18-2008 02:19:52 |
More by blackie
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
We took a cab from our hotel in Old Town because we weren't sure how far it was. I don't get the fact that Taxis charge you extras like 1.25$ for an extra passenger (what a way to encourage carpooling!) or 2.50$ for popping open the trunk to put your luggage inside. Anyway, turns out it was less than 2 miles away in a strip mall complex.
We were instantly greeted as we came in and got asked if we needed some help, always a good sign. We browsed around the isles to take a look at the selection. They had a lot of stuff, but I was half-expecting to find a little more rarities. Maybe I caught them on a bad week, maybe there just wasn't too many outstanding brews available at that moment, who knows. A few nice imports were on the shelves, but nothing that made my jaw drop either. But they did carry a lot of the bigger micros and had plenty of local rep as well. Legend Brewing, Williamsburg Aleworks and Old Dominion were all breweries that I knew little or nothing about, so I mostly concentrated on these. They had the Millennium ale aged a few years available, but at over 20 bucks a sixer I decided to pass and go for the '08 at a more reasonable 10$. For some strange reason, it's illegal for them to break six packs. Just another one of those zany liquor laws you see now and again I guess. I talked about that with the lady at the register and another employee, they seemed like really nice people.
So overall a big thumbs up, I'm glad I went (somewhat) out of my way to find this place.
04-06-2008 21:58:00 |
More by Goldorak
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I heard good things, so I decided to check this place out. It's slightly more of a drive than I'm normally used to, but, upon seeing their wares, I felt it was worth it. A very good selection of various brews from across the country was the focus (at least in the beer section, anyway), with a decidely smaller selection of European brews, primarily Belgian and British. Most of the bottles were warm, though there were also a pair of small coolers. What I felt was lacking was the singles selection: Sure, there's a bunch o' bombers and the like, but only a select few single 12 oz-ers; the rest were still confined in their sixers. The staff is very knowledgable and more than happy to provide recommendations. Overall, a good selection and good prices will allow this place to stay on my list of go-to stores.
06-07-2010 04:22:50 |
More by TMoney2591
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
Located in a strip mall off of Duke street. Store is dedicated mostly to wine, but there is a divided off section of warm beers and a couple cooler doors with cold stuff. Good selection of locals and regionals - better than I have seen elsewhere. Not great when compared to some of the beer dedicated stores I've seen elsewhere. Staff seemed helpful. I was able to pick up a few six packs of stuff I hadn't found in some of the other places I'd stopped in - and there seemed to be some more rare offerings.
03-15-2007 19:24:34 |
More by rowew
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
I stopped by mainly to acquire some winter brews for a tasting I was holding with friends. I was instantly greeted as I came in and got asked if I needed some help, always a good sign. I browsed around the isles to take a look at the selection. They had a lot of stuff, but I was half-expecting to find a little more rarities. Maybe I caught them on a bad week, maybe there just wasn't too many outstanding brews available at that moment, who knows. A few nice imports were on the shelves, but nothing that made my jaw drop either. But they did carry a lot of the bigger micros and had plenty of local rep as well such as Legend Brewing, Williamsburg Aleworks and Old Dominion.
02-17-2011 19:56:24 |
More by CuriousMonk
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Went to this place on a whim because my wife and I were looking for Terrapin beer in northern Virginia. Place is a nice, smallish gourmet shop with a variety of cheeses, wines, mustards, pastas, and several shelves and coolers with beer in them. We were able to locate several rare beers. They stock Terrapin (a rarety for the area), Founders, Stone, a dozen other craft breweries. I don't think you could mix 6 packs but there were singles in a cooler and plenty of bombers. We were able to pick up Self righteous ale and Depth Charge. The staff was really helpful, but the beer director Jon is a tool and arrogant about his station. I would return to this place as long as I didn't have to encounter or interact with him.
10-11-2009 20:34:10 |
More by drabmuh
District of Columbia
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This place used to be great, but now the treatment towards us beer geeks has been less than stellar. As a matter of fact, it's been much, much less than than that. Dunno what the owner is trying to prove: Perhaps that he is a bigger beer geek than us? It seems he is intimidated by the craft beer community and by us in general, however I'm just speculating, so what do I know?
Atmosphere: Yeah, this is fine. There is a Starbucks and Noodles and Co. outside which always helps.
Quality: I will give them this: The do get some decent local stuff and they are disciplined about making sure it's fresh (the stuff that is best served that way, anyway).
Service: Read my introductory line.
Value: Actually, the prices are quite fair. Most of the local stuff is a dollar or two less than what you will pay at Whole Foods, and the store is organized impeccably into a bomber section vs. a 6-pk one.
I've been going here for MANY years, but I've noticed a decline in it's customer service.
NOTE TO OWNER/MANAGER: Although you may have a specific mindset (which is contrary to our own) about be beer geekdom. If you think we're tools and don't want to have anything to do with us, please, please, please, for the time being, help us when we come into your store without being pompous. You're not the only beer store in town.
06-10-2011 09:08:06 |
More by Chaney
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Located in the Alexandria Commons shopping center on the right side as you're turning in (facing north). The beer section is on the right front side of the building. I was a little dissapointed to see a beer shelf so close to the front store windows. I'm sure most of the beer is fine, but if a clear bottle was set there it would be at risk of skunking.
The selection breaks down into mostly 22oz/750ml bottles (along with a few rare larger sizes) along with a few 500ml/330ml bottles, and six packs. There aren't very many 12oz singles because the six packs aren't broken. There are a lot of rare beers mixed in with the usuals.
At the time I was there a beer tasting was going on with a good selection of beers such as Rogue's 2008 Brewer's Ale and the '08 Stone Vertical Epic. There was a person there that was very knowledgeable about the beer, and could offer help.
A great selection. I wish I was closer to this place. If you're looking for something very rare this is probably the best place to stop in the greater D.C. area (as far as I know).
08-23-2008 19:13:42 |
More by BeerSox
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Stopped in during the afternoon on a Saturday, with a couple of NoVA/DC BAs.
Sort of tight quarters in the beer area, but what's in there is impressive. Cases stacked floor to almost ceiling, singles spread throughout, micros, from far and near, imports from the mundane to the downright rare.
Counted myself lucky to have gotten out less than $100 lighter, and I had been to Norm's and WF/Vienna right before this stop!
If you're in the area, this is another must stop in the NoVA region, although I will admit that there seems to be quite a few "must stops" around here. Amazing that they all seem to have a few exclusives that the other places don't have, complementing each other well.
08-09-2005 22:18:57 |
More by ppoitras
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped here while in town visiting a friend. I came in search of local stuff and wasn't too disappointed - a cooler on the right was home to 4 or 5 offerings from Legend and 2 from Blue and Gray. Had a good deal from Dominion, as well, and I saw a handful of others I was not acquainted with. They had a better selection of limited release offerings than Total Wine & More did, and overall I'd call it a solid collection of crafts and a pretty good selection of imports.
I didn't ask for help but they were offering a tasting while I visited, and the guy doing the pouring seemed to know what he was talking about so I'd feel relatively confident in getting some good help if I had asked. Prices were reasonable and selection definitely seemed like the best in the area. I'd stop here again next time I was in Alexandria.
03-08-2009 23:54:14 |
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