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Chuck's Fine Wines
$$ - reasonable
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23 Bell St
phone: (440) 247-7534
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quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped at Chuck's after the first annual Winking Lizard Real Ale Fest and happy I did. The store is located in downtown Chagrin Falls, and there is a fair amount of street parking in the surrounding blocks.
The interior has sections devoted to wine, cheese and of course beer. Many of the usual beers found in higher-end stores are either in one of the coolers or on the shelves. Regional brewers like Thirsty Dog, GLBC, Bell's, Dark Horse, Hoppin' Frog and others are represented. In addition there is a solid selection of imports, especially from Belgium. On top of THAT, the proprietor offered to take up "behind the cooler" after asking us if we were "beer hunters". Needless to say there are some real goodies tucked away back there.
Obviously from the above, the service at this store is top notch.
Overall this store is a must stop for anyone in the region.
04-04-2009 20:01:32 |
More by Dogbrick
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Well I recently had the pleasure of stopping in at Chucks. After reading the reviews and looking at their site I knew it was only a matter of time before I would make time to stop in. I'll just say I stopped in on a Saturday and spent about $60 and went back up Monday (hour drive mind you) just so I could spend another $100! Well you go in and there is a cooler ahead on the right with some pretty solid beers. Turn around and you will see more beer across the store. There you will see coolers with some shelves to your right. Pretty nice selection going on here. I was finally able to find an 1809 which Ive been looking for for a while now. The "Vault" is where its at. I asked about it and was told where it was. Its the big part of the cooler you were just looking at! You walk behind the shelves and around the corner and there is the cooler door. I was most impressed with what I found inside. I found some Backwoods Bastard(thank god because everyone else has sold out of it but I bought the last 2 4 packs so dont expect to find any!) and some Mikkeller, JW Lees, Creme Brulee (long sold out at other stores) and quite a few other gems. I even found me a bottle (expensive but oh well) of '06 VE! Just save yourself some trouble and stop into Chuck's whenever you get a chance, its totally worth it!
03-10-2009 04:07:29 |
More by drgonzo3705
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I've been going to Chuck's since before I was able to legally able buy beer, so now that this establishment is on my weekly shopping list, I though it best that I pay them my respects on BA.
An institution that has been in Chagrin almost since it's founding, Chuck's Fine Wines has grown through the years to become one of the best wine and beer stores in the midwest. I have yet to set foot into a "beverage store" with the ambiance of Chuck's. Nestled besides the upper falls of the Chagrin River, Chuck's has a very homey feel when you walk in the door. From the well worn wood floor to the old style slide door refridgerator that rests against the wall and all of the beer and wine paraphernalia which is displayed on the walls. The wine selection, which is divided by country and type, is quite extensive and is displayed in old crates and on new racks throughout the one end of the store. As you brouse through the store you'll find displays of seasonal beers for those that want to buy and bolt or, if you prefer, you can saunter throughout the store and peruse the huge selection of beers available from around the globe. If you display a real passion for finding that elusive brew, you may even persuade one of the knowledgable and friendly employees to show you into their "beer vault" behind the cooler, where you'll find some of the harder to locate brews like scotch cask aged ales from Scotland or a limited editon run from one of the many midwest mircobrewers. Mike (the Swami of Suds), Scott (the Baron of Brew) and Suzie (Chuck's resident IT expert) will be glad to make you aware of any upcoming beer or wine tasting events, or add you to their email listing to be notified of upcoming tastings. While you're at Chuck's, pick up some of the speciality cheeses and crackers to go along with those beers you just got. This is a one stop shop for hop "heads" and will leave you feeling fulfilled when you walk out the door. If you're in the area, it's well worth you making a planned stop by to check out the store. You won't regret it if you do.
02-09-2009 21:27:28 |
More by ABOWMan
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Decided to stop by on way to Cleveland...I am so glad that I did.
Chuck's Fine Wines is located in a beautiful, small town of Chagrin Falls. With all the snow it almost reminded me of the small towns in Vermont.
As you walk in, all the beer will be located on the left hand side of the store, except for a few beers that are in the fridge on the right hand side. There was numerous quality beers to choose from, especially Belgian and other imports.
The moment I stepped into the store, I was greeted immediately and offered help. After browsing for a while I was offered help again. Later, Scott helped me out and even took me to the infamous "vault." The service was honestly the best that I can remember of any store I have been to. Thanks Scott for all your help.
Selection was not the largest I have seen, but still plenty big to keep you feeling like a kid in a candy store.
Overall, this place is definitely a must stop. Gorgeous location, great beer, and outstanding service make this a worthwhile visit. The prices are also very reasonable.
11-27-2008 16:06:19 |
More by rhinos00
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I'm from Erie, Pa...but I was in Cleveland, so I decided to take a trip over to Chagrin Falls. Man was I glad that I did!
I was like a kid in a candy store in Chuck's. They had plenty of English beers including...Sam Smith's entire lineup, Young's, Belhaven, Murphy's...and many more.
They had plenty of American craft as well...Bell's, Founders, Flying Dog, Stone, Rogue, Clipper City, Troegs, Victory, Anchor, Sierra Nevada, Penn, Weyerbacher, Boulder, Great Lakes, and even Erie Brewing Co. beers.
As for the prices....this was the most impressive part of the experience for me. In PA we have all kinds of crazy alcohol taxes and what not. In Erie we pay an average of 11 or 12 bucks for a six pack of craft beer. At Chuck's the same sixers were $899 or so.
The only downside is that some of the beers were past their prime. I guess that this is almost unavoidable. But I personally would run specials on beer when it's getting close to it's best buy date.
Morey's Bottom Line: I would go back just to get beer there and I'm about an hour and 45 minutes away. Very nice atmosphere, very nice people, very nice town (starbucks, old fashion popcorn and ice cream shops, bagel shop...etc).
11-15-2008 13:07:13 |
More by Morey
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Quality. Very high indeed. All products displayed with care in organized way. Hardwood, uneven floors give it some charm. Many products displayed in wooden boxes or apple crates. Really pretty cool. This place is nearby several other unique shop type places and Einstein Bagles, a great outdoors (hiking, biking) shop and I am sure coffee and ice cream places as well. Chagrin Falls is a very nice place.
Service. This might be the strongest part. Very helpful, even funny staff who taught be several things about beer during my 10 minutes there. They provided good information but then also let me browse freely. Owner, operator is clearly passionate about beer and it shows. He spoke of Canadian beers (not Molson and Labbat's but micros from Canada) and that Speelman's had bought Unibroque recently. Despite my brief visit, service could not be improved upon.
Selection. They had this great big (2 gallon..4 liter?) double bastard bottle for like $80 and many of the more common micros from Ohio, PA, but STRONG selection of imports from Belgium, England, Ireland, Canada, and likely other countries. They had a "make your own 6 pack" area although those singles were not beers that excited me too much. Place is divided between wine, cheese, beer and other supplies. After I made my purchase I saw another out of the way cooler and saw Oak aged Yeti Imperial Stout. I'll have to return for that.
Value. I bought something like 8 beers (5 of them were various Unibroque 250ml) and my bill was $49.49 It was reasonable.
Notes: Really a nice place with even nicer people. Anyone in the area should stop in there.
11-09-2008 01:02:25 |
More by adamette
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This is a great beer store. I was in Ohio, with several friends, for a week and knew that we would be in areas where we couldn't find good beer. This was the right place to stock up.
I found out about Chuck's on BeerFly and the recommendations are right. Upon entering we were greeted by a friendly staff that went out of the way to help. The building is old and has probably been many different things. The left side if the store has all the beer. The selection is exceptional; I favor IPAs and found many that I can't get in Florida my home state. One of our group is a big Stout guy and he was like a kid in a candy store! When Mike showed us the "vault" it really got things going. He would show a beer we hadn't seen or couldn't get and, of course, we had to have it. We got the complete "tour" and bought much more than possible to drink in the week ahead but what the heck we were on vacation so have at it!
Some of our haul: Stone Brewing IPA, Arrogant Bastard Ale, Ruination IPA and Old Guardian Barleywine. Great Lakes Brewing Blackout Stout, Weyerbacher Black Hole, Ale Smith IPA, New Holland Night Tripper, Moylans IPA, Triple Ale and Stouts, Southern Tier Unearthly IPA, Bells Ales, Pyramid Brewing and many more! When buying "collectors" beer be careful some beers don't age well. We had one or two, bought in the excitement of the moment that should have been left on the shelf. All in all still a great beer store. It is worth walking down the street to see Chagrin Falls and the rest of the area if you have the time.
These guys really made our trip and we will return when in the area. Thanks Mike for having all those great beers available in a cool place!
10-26-2008 20:06:20 |
More by GoodBeerLarry
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I was in Cleveland visiting a friend and found Chuck's using Beerfly. I'm happy I made the drive out to Chagrin Falls!
I did a quick walk through and was impressed with their selection. Good Belgians (many I've never seen before) nice Germans and British as well. They also had a great selection of regional craft beer as well.
Mike then helped me and I proceeded to find many things of interest and it concluded with a tour of the "vault" where I grabbed several interesting brews. Mike was awesome, so much so that I ended up out there a couple of days later to round out "catch". Leipziger Gose, Lion Stout, Bell's Two Hearted, Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale, Thomas Hardy's, Weyerbacher Heresy and many more.
I know where I'm headed on my next visit to Ohio!
08-14-2008 02:59:54 |
More by ThirstyBird
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This is my favorite beer store yet! The selection is outstanding and the customer service is superior.
I was not in the store but for 1 minute and was cheerfully greeted. When I explained that this was my first time there and that I was interested in beer, I was introduced to the "beer guy", Scott, who showed me around the place. He broke down their inventory by region and style and even took me back to "the vault". There are some real goodies back there.
Scott is very knowledgeable and spent time assisting me with my purchase. My haul consisted of Southern Tier Choklat, Mikkeller Big Worse and Black Hole, Avery Mephistopheles' Stout, and Bell's Special Double Cream Stout.
As soon as I deplete my inventory, i am heading back up there to pick up some other goodies that I will not mention in this review. That is, if they are still there of course :)
I give this place an A+. Thanks!
12-19-2007 22:59:24 |
More by vinyljunkie
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place is great. I just recently moved to Ohio from the DC area and I am always looking for a great store to supply my addiction to good beer. I found this place here and based on other reviews, I had to check it out. As you walk in the first thing you notice is that this is a really old building, possibly a house at one point? Great atmosphere, I was greeted immedietly after walking through the door. As soon as i mentioned BA the whole staff got excited. The main room you enter is mostly wine but has some beer. After walking through this room you move to the left into a beer haven. It's a little tight in area's but no real beer fanatic would ever complain about being squeezed in between tight isles of great beer. There are a lot of hard to find beers in supply here. Most of these are in low quantities but they have them. After talking to one associate i was offered a tour of the beer "Vault" as he refered to it. He took me into the cooler and showed me the selection of beer in there. The back wall of the cooler is full of nice 6-pack, 750's and really hard to find singles. I left with a great selection of the following; (2) 2003 Aventinus still in the white wrappers with purple lettering, a 12oz. Mephistopheles stout from Avery, a Stone 07' Vertical Epic, Stone Imperial Russian Stout, Unibrou Chambly Noire, AleSmith Speedway Stout, and a 6-pack of Paulaner Salvator. The best part of the visit is that when I asked if they had Unibrou Quelque Chose they offered to order a case and hold a couple for me. This is a hard to find Cherry beer. My wife loves this as it is not a typical beer and tastes like drinking warm cherry pie. This is so important because most beer stores make you deal with what they have. I would recomend this place to anyone. There was also a couple of people there for the wine and cheese selection. I don't care for either but they supposedly have a great selection of these also. I have to finish the review with talking about the staff and how great they are. This is my new favorite store, period.
11-22-2007 04:37:08 |
More by jeffmonarch
Chuck's Fine Wines in Chagrin Falls, OH
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