Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits
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Reviews by BeerSox:
4.85/5 rDev +12%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
My first trip to a D.C. beer (liquor) store. Located on one of the main drags in northern "suburb" D.C., it's a tiny shop, but somehow big on the inside. The place is located on the west side of the street with a scattered amount of metered street parking, along with an entrance to the sidewalk. This place is in a bit of a market style area. There is packing around back if you turn on to McKinley Street then make an immediate left. It's a bit cramped back there. There is also a back entrance if you park back there.
This place builds its great selection by expanding vertically. To obtain some items you need a ladder. The beer is toward the back/packing lot side. There are a couple closed coolers and shelves on the left when walking in from the back (right from the front) and a good selection of singles to the right. Just about everything is in singles as a matter of fact. There are a lot of 12oz singles near the counter, and lots of 22oz/750ml bottles in a refrigerated shelf behind it. Don't forget to look up as there is beer along the walls on high shelves. Each beer is clearly marked with a price. I'm wondering how long it is before the new single bottle laws reach this place (anything under 70oz can't be sold individually, even if that's the original intent, like the 750ml and 22oz bottles). Probably the best selection I've seen in a store in a long time, possibly ever.
The prices seem to be decent, about average for anything in the area. The selection overall seems to be more expansive than northern VA, however there is still a lot of overlap. It will probably take me several visits to discover the complete selection that's unavailable in VA. The beers are also arranged by style, or at least placed near each other. In some cases, the beers are grouped together with other beers from the same brewery.
The service seemed to be okay, plenty of people around, although I never really asked for help. Judging by the selection, I'm sure someone in there knows their stuff regarding beer.
If you live in D.C., NoVA, or southwest Maryland, you have to make it to this place. Hell, if you access to a car, boat, or airplane, you should make it to this place. Probably one of the best selections on the East Coast. Highly recommended.
04-03-2009 23:28:00 | More by BeerSox
More User Reviews:
4.07/5 rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | $$$
Very friendly staff, clean and organized store. Decent selection though most beers are sold as singles. Prices are typical for DC. Will definitely go back if in the area.
Note : if making a special trip for something seen on their website call first to check availability.
01-03-2014 14:23:42 | More by SUP3RDAV3
4.04/5 rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | $$$
I stopped in based on a BA search while visiting a friend in the area.
Feel is like a typical old school liquor store. Nothing special in the decor or presentation. But they clearly put a lot of work into it with each bottle individually labeled. The only down side to that is that it blocks your view of the bottle itself. They have a good selection of Belgian, British and German beers with the US supply leaning heavily to northeast breweries.
A nice local shop with a good commitment to craft beer.
07-14-2013 17:26:48 | More by GJ40
District of Columbia
4.38/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$$
Like everyone, I'd heard great things about CCW&S, but it didn't quite live up to my expectations. It's a bit cramped and the layout of the place (i.e. all singles with some broken sixers in the cooler) is a bit hard to navigate. The selection is very good, though, which is truly the main thing. They had a ton of Black Ops and a decent amount of BCBS (albeit for a limited time). The staff isnt particularly knowledgeable, with the exception of their "head beer guy", but if you've got a decent beer brain, you'll find your way around. The one big drawback is the price, though around DC, it doesn't get much cheaper, so you may as well avail yourself of the selection. It's not my favorite place around DC, but for Goose Island, Great Lakes and some of the smaller, northern breweries, Chevy Chase is necessary. It's definitely in my rotation around the area.
01-03-2012 01:54:50 | More by jaheussner
4.44/5 rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I've seen amazing reviews of this place... and subpar reviews here. I think my review will be somewhere in the middle.
Atmosphere: Once you walk in, there is a distinct musty smell here the is inviting for the average beer geek. However, many may be turned off by this aspect. The beer is situated in the front part of the store, and the wine (and there is quite a bit), on the far back half.
Quality: I've never bought brews from here that were past their prime, and no one I know has ever either. There are very crude paper price tags situated on the individual beers, but still the quality of the overall beer selection is quite good.
Service: As many times and I've been here, it never fails. Once I ask a beer question, the person yells to the head beer guy, "HEY, COME HERE!" I think his name is Larry... and he's great!
Selection: Not as great as others have mentioned. I can get most of the stuff on the Virginia side of the DC area, but there are a few gems that are worthy.
Value: Meh... I guess this place is good, but it seems average overall to me. I will give them a pass overall compared to the Whole Foods (Whole Paycheck) up the road.
09-13-2011 04:34:35 | More by Chaney
District of Columbia
3.93/5 rDev -9.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
I just started going to this place a little more often. Rodman's use to be my go to store in the District but that place has gone way down hill in terms of price and never gets the really tough to find stuff.
The place is kind of cramped. It's old and a bit musty. I've heard they will sell old beer but I've never bought anything that would be hurt by age so I can't speak to that.
There's only one guy there that seems to know about beer (I'm always referred to him when I ask). He seems knowledgeable but no one is super friendly. I'm not there to make friends though so it's not an issue.
You can get really hard to find stuff here. I was able to get Parabola, Hanssens Gueuze and Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti all within the last month. They have a very impressive selection of lambic which has been great since I've really gotten into them recently. Their selection in general is awesome but as I said, I really only go here for the really tough finds because I can just stock up at Total Wine for year rounds and major seasonal releases.
Defiantly worth your time if you're looking for something specific but not a place I would go to stock up on everyday beer.
06-09-2011 15:27:28 | More by mi6234
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