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Chuck's Fine Wines
$$ - reasonable
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23 Bell St.
phone: (440) 247-7534
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vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$$
After reading about Chuck's on here decided to make the drive down to check it out. I have never been to Chagrin Falls and have to say it is a really nice area. Bring the wife (or husband) and send them off shopping while you visit Chuck's. Atmosphere is really nice in the store, staff is friendly and helpful. Was a little disappointed with the selection of singles. Expected a bit more than what they had. Prices on a singles are a bit marked up compared to other shops. Imports are the draw for Chuck's, unfortunately I didn't get to check out the vault and will have to do that on another visit.
10-01-2012 04:24:55 |
More by Eastside151
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Date visited: 1/31/12
Number of previous visits: multiple
Likelihood of revisit: definite
Chuck's Fine Wines is located in the heart of Chagrin Falls right off of Main Street. Because of this, finding the store without a GPS may be a bit difficult for those unfamiliar with the area as it is located quite a distance from the closest highways. There is not a lot of room for parking which can be a little problematic during peak hours or when there are multiple deliveries.
The store itself is rather quaint and has a rather rustic, welcoming feel to it. The creaky hardwood floors and ambient lighting definitely make it feel more like a mom 'n pop store rather than a money-grubbing company. The beer section is a bit chaotic with a well organized self-feed cooler, a large wall with a great selection of imports, and lines of table displays showing off random products. Books and glassware are also littered throughout the store and displayed in random areas with little recognizable reasoning.
The selection is pretty good. Given the size of the store, the lack of some staples is understandable. However, this isn't the kind of store that stocks every Founders and Great Lakes product available (although they do have the majority of their catalogs). The real appeal lies in the store's great selection of imports (La Chouffe, Orkney, Hitachino, etc.) as well as the vault.
The vault is located inside the self-feeding cooler and is accessed from the backroom. Please note that it is normally best to ask to see the vault as opposed to walking back there on your own. The vault is where beers are kept that aren't supposed to be sold at this location (beers not distributed here and beers with ABVs above the 12% state maximum). Entering the vault is usually a random experience. Sometimes you can find Oskar Blues Ten Fidy, other times you find some New Belgium Fat Tire. But the not knowing is what makes it so fun (like opening Christmas presents).
The prices of the six-packs is about on par with similar stores. However, the prices on the import singles is a bit marked up. Also, the prices on any of the specially available items in the vault are marked up a bit (and understandably so).
The products available are usually within date (except for some of the items in the vault) and are maintained well despite the seemingly chaotic organization. Little dust can be noticed on the products (even the ones that probably aren't the best sellers).
The workers are always warm and friendly and will always greet a customer as he/she walks through the door. They will usually allow an appropriate amount of time before asking if you need help and are always willing to offer recomendations when asked. They do not get caught up in long conversations but are obviously happy to help and converse briefly.
02-01-2012 06:18:29 |
More by output01x
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Chuck's is for sure the place to go in the Cleveland area if you want to find good beer. The "Swami of Suds", as they call him over there, Mike, is a super nice guy, knows a good amount about beer and is in touch with beer people all across the country. There is a bunch of stuff out in the open but if you really want rare stuff ask to go back in the fridgerated room. I've bought brews by Epic (Utah), De Dolle (Belgium), Schloss Eggenberg (Vienna), Alesmith (California) and some other random ones. You'll probably find something you've never had before.
Mike usually has one or two beers from Three Floyds! Cheers!
01-21-2012 00:24:28 |
More by Hopdaemon39
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Located in a beautiful area of Chagrin Falls. Very friendly staff with a great knowlege of beer. You can head into the back into the cooler and take a peak at things that may not be out on the shelves. Prices are what you would expect. Very good selection. Have been able to find a few gems every now and then. One of the few locations in Ohio where I was able to find Terrapin Brewing beers. My wife and I make an evening of it, by heading to Chucks, then enjoying dinner at one of Chagrins cozy little spots.
09-13-2011 01:02:47 |
More by ike4tay45
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is a great place to buy beer or just browse. Wide selection of beer and wine.Also they make homemade cheese and bread but I have not tried the cheese. As everyone else states the selection of beer is huge and employees are willing to help, especially mike the beer man as I call him. My last purchase came with a free homemade pepperonni roll which was very good. Their is also alot of shops and cafes within walking distance from chucks. This is a shop you have to see if your in the area, or if your 45 minutes away like me.
09-03-2011 21:57:42 |
More by DogfishJoe
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is a must go if you are in the Chagrin Falls area. Let me restate that, it is a must go if you are anywhere within 100 miles of Chagrin Falls. The store has a great selection of imports and micros. My favorite micros include Bells, Founders, and Great Divide. Just moved here from Colorado and have found micros from Oskar Blues, Ska, ODells, and Avery.
The "beer guy" Mike is also very knowledgeable and a conversation with this guy is a must. He will introduce you to beers that are spectacular, many of which I had not heard of before. One of the best places I have found since I have moved to Cleveland 3 months ago.
08-14-2011 02:41:14 |
More by shortbus7
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Well, luckily this place is pretty close to a relatives house, so I had to stop since I was around.
Fantastic selection of brew, especially imports/Belgians. I finally found some Drie Fonteinen, which I have been curious about for quite some time. Also make sure you have a nice chat with Mike, the beer guy here. He is highly knowledgeable in beer, and actually recommended some brew for me to try that I actually didn't know existed. Checked the ratings here to see where they stood and they were both high A-. So the service here is definitely top notch for sure, plenty of help with whatever I was looking for. I will have to get some more suggestions next time I am in there again.
Of course as mentioned in other reviews, they let me know about "the vault" after a bit of time browsing everything. So much goodies in there, and I am sure it regularly rotates as it is sold. I will have to go back in a month or two and see what else is new. I scored some beers that I have always wanted to try and never thought I would ever get unless I traded, or got it mail ordered. Amazing place, a must visit for the area.
06-22-2011 05:02:25 |
More by superspak
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I've always been a fan of this place, the only problem is there are so many great places that are closer to me. I'm not saying this is a far drive for me, maybe I just don't utilize this place like I should. Great location in a fun little town. Creeky wooden floors. Smells like cheese or whatever's baking. Service is top-notch. They definitely know and appreciate craft beer, and are extremely friendly. They will do their best to make the customer happy. They have a very nice selection, it's almost typical. But there's a special backroom w/ some goodies that take this place to another level. The pricing is reasonable, maybe a dollar extra here and there.
Great store, great people. Definitely one of the better stores in Northeast Ohio. If you're in or from the area, this is a must!
03-22-2011 22:10:05 |
More by BB1313
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Awesome beer store right in my backyard. Well, actually in the city next to me, but hands-down the best place on the East Side of Cleveland. Warehouse Beverage and Whole Foods are nice too, but Chuck's takes the cake for their quality, charm, selection, and awesome service.
As others have noted, you'll need to ask to see the back cooler if you're looking for the good stuff. I remember my first trip and being blown away that they had some things you don't normally find in this state. Mike, the Swami of Suds, is knowledgeable and really just a great guy. He's even reserved stuff for me and special ordered. He rocks!
Brands like Founders, Alesmith, Ithaca, Cantillon, Fantome, Dark Horse, the list goes on and on. If it's available in Ohio (and sometimes even if it's not) they have it.
Chuck's can be a dollar more than some other stores for a $15-ish 750ml, but I love the place, the people, it's creeky floors, and, of course, the back cooler.
Cheers to great beers from one of the best stores I've ever been to!
05-20-2010 12:55:15 |
More by jampics2
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Chuck's is just a couple miles from my aunt and uncle's house in Novelty, set just off the main square in downtown Chagrin Falls in a building with the look and feel of an old general store
it's absolutely essential to gain access to the storage area behind the display coolers - my first couple visits were underwhelming and didn't inspire any purchase (well, there was the legendary Siletz Spruce a few years ago...Siletz closed? nooo), this visit I merely expressed interest in Midwestern stuff unavailable to me at home and was pointed towards the cooler door
on open display was some adequate but pretty widespread (in Ohio) stuff - a range of Great Lakes, a Dark Horse, Erie, New Holland, Thirsty Dog, Bells, and many other common but quality selections to include a nice range of imports and Belgians, though nothing worth lugging home; things looked much better in the back room - Hoppin' Frog, Buckeye, Jolly Pumpkin, Two Brothers, The Bruery, Brew Kettle, more Dark Horse, AleSmith 750s, Clipper City bombers, Penn St. Nikolaus, actually had to limit myself to in-state breweries to keep from going overboard, keep a sharp eye out as there were more than a few not on display, requiring a peek into a few boxes to weasel out
the service was friendly and helpful, though I didn't have the "above-and-beyond" experience that others did
encountered a few dusty six-packs, and the warm ambient temp may or may not be a concern for those beers not in the cooler, but quality seemed to be generally in order
11-28-2009 18:02:05 |
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