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Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits

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Chevy Chase Wine & SpiritsChevy Chase Wine & Spirits
BA SCORE
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86 Ratings
Ratings: 86
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.49%
[ Store ]

5544 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20015-2610
United States
phone: (202) 363-4000

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Photo of alysmith4
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%

Wow! It's like stepping into a whole world of beer on the outskirts of DC! I was impressed with their selection.. they had more of the mainstream microbrewers, but had the lesser-known beers produced by them.

It was a bit confusing to look at the shelves and get a sense of what was there. I think they are trying to save space by single-fronting the beers, but it is really confusing on the eye. Plus, they have all these little hanging price tags that just add to the confusion.

Overall it was a really cool place to buy beer. A tad on the pricey side, but they had just about everything that I was looking for.

alysmith4, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.45/5  rDev +3%

This is a beer store / liquor store that is within walking distance of the Friendship Heights station. It has a good selection of beer and about 1/3 of the store is devoted to beer entirely.

The setup is a little odd. There are basically singles on the shelf only. Lots of a shelves with a couple of bottles on each shelf of each beer, maybe 6 individual beers to a shelf. Each are individually marked for sale, there are discounts for 6 / 12 / 24 packs of any particular beer. I guess its a bottle lovers paradise. There are several hundred varieties of beers there. Seriously impressive.

The staff is helpful and the two people I talked to knew a lot about their inventory. Also, their website has a partially complete inventory online (although you have to search it and some of their spelling is questionable). I seriously think that I have found my new beer store in general. At least I have three really reliable ones now. I am seriously impressed by Chevy Chase and if you are in the DC area and want to make a mix pack of beer, get to this store.

Good Job Chevy Chase.

drabmuh, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of beer2day
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Easily the best place to bottle shop in the DC area, but I'm not sure that is saying much.

The wall of beer is a very nice feature with lots of singles available. The fact that they sell just about every beer they have by the bottle, sixer, and case (with a nice discount on a case purchase) is a very nice selling feature. If you have not been before, you can pick single bottles from the wall and coolers or order six-packs and cases at the counter and they'll retrieve them from the walk-in or basement. If you are there in the morning hours, the system they have for receiving shipments is pretty cool.

The selection is very good for the area, but I've seen better in more remote areas of VA.

As others have stated, wine and liquor dominate this store and they do have a nice selection of those. Beer is in the back left, with a couple of coolers and shelves opposite the checkout (don't miss those - usually a couple of gems there). Prices can be a bit on the high side, but the selection makes the trip worthwhile.

beer2day, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of macpapi
4/5  rDev -7.4%

I usually go to Chevy Chase Wine and Spirits once every other week to pick up single bottles of one or two styles to sample that weekend. Though I've often been frustrated by what they don't have, for the most part this is a very high quality beer store that makes it very easy to by singles and try a wide variety of great craft and foreign brew offerings.

Chevy Chase is located in downtown Chevy Chase (duh!). Unlike much of D.C., the parking situation here is pretty easy and convenient. I've never had a problem finding a spot that is accessible to the store no matter day of the week or time of my visit.

Walking in the front door/street side of Chevy Chase, you are welcomed by a somewhat old fashioned looking, quaint-type of wine shop. It is a one-room establishment, with racks forming aisles in a pretty narrow fasion. The store can get quite cramped between employees stocking items and customers sharing aisles. And they do try to cram as much product into their somewhat limited space as possible.

Overall, I would estimate that the wine and spirit offerings take up a full 2/3 of the store. Beer is located toward the left side and back of the building. That is not to say that they do not pay proper attention to beer. Instead, they utilize their shelf space wisely by putting only single bottles there, with tags denoting respective prices for single bottles, six packs, and cases. It is a very convenient system if all you want is a single beer or two, though if you desire higher quanties you will have to ask an employee to retrieve your request from what I can only imagine is an immense stockroom. Waiting has never really been a problem for me, though.

As far as selection goes, it is quite impressive. The first four-foot wall section (ascending about six-seven feet in height, to accomodate about eight shelves) is comprised of Belgian beers. There is an impressive array, both of those commonly found elsewhere and a few odd types that I had never seen before. The next four foot section is comprised of German singles and 1/2 litre bottles. Again, all of the standards are there as are some special rare bottles. Then comes eight feet of American craft brews. Another impressive array. If I were to offer any complaint on overall selection, it would be with regards to the American representation. While the overall quantity of beers is impressive, there have been many times where I've been unpleasantly disappointed by what they are lacking, i.e. some special beers from well-respected American craft breweries that I can find at most other good beer stores, but not at Chevy Chase. That being said, each time this happens I am surprised, but usually find a replacement pretty quickly.

There is also a good deal of mixed refrigerated space at Chevy Chase. The store's final left hand side eight foot section is dominated by American crafts, with a few 750 ml bottles from different locales (Belgium, Canada, U.S.) mixed in. Above these cold beers is another shelf of unrefrigerated beers, dominated by mostly seasonal or special release beers. Continuing to the back right wall one finds more refrigerated offerings that range from macro-crap (it's own unfortunate four foot section) to English and other European brews. Along the higher shelves at the back can be found some other international beers (from Latin and South America, Asia, the Caribbean, and elsewhere). There is one final four foot section of mostly Belgian 750 ml bottles.

Besides my previous complaint about not always being able to find exactly what I want, there is one other relatively important problem with Chevy Chase. On several occasions I have found shelved bottles notably out of date. I've even unwittingly purchased out of date beer there once or twice. Since I know where to look for this information it is not as huge an issue with me as it should be with others, but it is not always possible to locate best by dates on all craft or imported bottles. This is definitely a quality issue that I would like to see improved.

Service is decent. The beer manager is quite knowlegable and helpful when there. Other employees do not seem to know as much about beer. While they are friendly enough, there can be times when they do not seem to want to be bothered by questions. They will always retrieve your requests in a prompt manner, though, which is really most of what you can ask for. Still for a specialty shop purporting to be top shelf, one would expect a bit more at times.

On the whole, despite a handful of complaints, Chevy Chase does a good job of bringing quality and quantity to D.C. beer enthusiasts. It is as fine of a beer store as I've found in the area and well worth the excursion for me and many others around these parts.

macpapi, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of GeezLynn
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

In D.C. for a few days and saw that BA had this listed as one of the better options for beer stores.

I found that they had a very good selection, although a number of items were out of stock. They had some limited release beers, and most of what they offered were available as singles. The prices were also a little - to a lot higher than what I am used to paying, but judging by other reviews, they are probably fairly comparable to local standards. There was plenty of parking in back, and the staff were available and helpful if not overly beer knowledgeable.

GeezLynn, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of Travlr
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

This place undoubtedly has the best beer selection in the DC metro area, with a wide range of American beers, Belgians, Germans, British, Scottish, etc and a small handful from Latvia, Lithuania, and even Croatia. Prices have been creeping up lately, but that's par for the course in DC. Three shelves of singles, plus a large fridge section. Large bottles of both American and Belgian ales. Beer manager can order beers for you - ordered a batch of De Dolle Stille Nacht this way, very reliable and convenient. Periodic tastings. Great place.

Travlr, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of bobschmenge
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Simply put, Chevy Chase Wine is a wonderful resource for great beer in our nation's capital. The beermonger there knows his stuff and is willing to help. They have a solid selection of American craft brews but also many beers from England, Belgium, and points beyond. In addition to six packs and bombers there are a number of shelves with 12oz. singles. The only knock on this store is the premium price you pay. As an alternative, give Rick's Wine and Gourmet in Alexandria, VA a try - it does not have the broad selection, but they stay current, are very friendly and conduct tastings every Saturday.

bobschmenge, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of Daniellobo
3.8/5  rDev -12%

It´s another reference store in the region for craft beer lovers. It´s true that the staff seems to be typically knowledgeable and helpful, and besides a good wine selection, the beer stock is quite tremendous. Plenty of single bottles to show off their range, and to tempt you to check out if they have larger qualities on stock, which they usually do.

Real trouble is that while not prohibitive, the prices are mechanically higher than elsewhere nearby... A minimun $1 up on most six packs and up from there. I fear that is geared a bit towards a more comfy, posh crowd not bothered by the difference. If I were in need of something specific that I can´t find elsewhere I´d probably come in to try my luck. But otherwise, and with Rodman´s relatively close, this is not one of my stops.

Daniellobo, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of BgThang
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%

This place had a great selection and the staff was pretty helpful. I found founders, duck rabbit, weyerbacher, southern tier, bell's, and a bunch of locals.

The price was reasonable and the store was easy to transverse. If your in the area and want what DC has to offer this place is it.
Recommend highly.
They helped carry out the beer haul to the car as well. If you want something on the shel you can right the number doen and take it to the counter and they can check how much they have left or how much is left to buy.

BgThang, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of tatoodkelt
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%

I found this place thanks to a thread on BA and since its about ten blocks from where I work I decided to check it out.

Large wine area in the front of the store, beers in the back. I was amazed at the selection of beers, all in singles! There are a couple of coolers with cold six packs as well as a long open cooler with bombers. First place I've found with Bells and Founders in the area as well as a few others.

Price was about what I expected for the NW DC area. Some of them were cheaper than I thought they would be though.

Make sure you look up, lots of old bottles on display shelves.

The staff was very helpful. I meant to ask about special orders but completely forgot as I was wandering around. I'll definitely be back though!

tatoodkelt, May 15, 2009
Photo of qchic
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Made a quick stop here and my first impression was that is wasn't quite as big as one might expect after hearing so much about it and seeing their advertisements in newspapers. Now that I think about it, those ads comprised of list next to list crammed together represent the store fairly well. I was immediately greeted and offered wines to taste upon entering(it was a serve yourself situation which was an interesting setup) and there were many other employees around to help with any questions. I headed for the beers to the left of the store, and was happy to see so many singles available. The drawback is that they are gonna cost a touch more, but not prohibitively so. American micros available to the area were well represented, including the newly acquired Founders. Decent selection of bombers to ensure more interesting findings. Six packs were in coolers along the opposite wall, and I noticed some decent prices on cases (Bell's 2 Hearted for 34). A good place to stop if you are near, but nothing rare or cheap enough for a special trip. If I wasn't so impressed by Rodman's, this place would really stand out more.

qchic, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

BeerSox, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of TLove
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

Found this place a few days ago and surprised to see this place is the #5 retailer in the country for liquor, wine, and beer. Not a huge place, but unique in its combination of good service, good wines, and about 1200 beers available.

Their strong point is definately the fact that they offer nearly every beer in single form. This means one can pay a little extra per beer to try 6 different beers rather than having to purchase a 6 pack to try one beer.

Contains beers primarily from abroad, New England, and the West Coast. Also doesnt stick to easier to find beers from such breweries. For example, in addition to carrying the Smuttynose Pale Ale (a must for ale lovers!), they carry many of the big beer series and a more rounded, local-oriented seasonal stash such as the Robust Porter, the Winter Ale, the Summer Weizen, and others.

My only complaint is that despite the extensive collections and styles available is that this is more expensive than other retailers. Understandable considering NW DC is generally expensive, but Rodman's and Cleveland Park offer a fantastic selection with more reasonable pricing.

TLove, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of SerieDNo3
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%

This is about the only place I've found where I can buy a single of absolutely any beer on the shelf, and they have a damn good selection to boot. Numerous offerings from pretty much everywhere, and they always seem to have that hard-to-find beer I'm seeking. They're a bit on the expensive side, especially if you just do singles, but they run regular specials on cases, making for some great buys if you're patient. Staff are very well-versed, and quick to help out and make recommendations. It's a bit out of my way, but always worth a trip.

SerieDNo3, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of jamesdantes13
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

It's a very small store, but they managed to have a large selection of beers by displaying mostly singles.

Their prices are not the lowest, but not too overpriced.

The have decent service and the store is clean and well organized.

Additionally, their website is very useful in seeing what they have in stock and if any beers are on sale. I've sent them emails asking when certain seasonal will arrive and they have responded quickly and informatively.

One of the best beer stores in the area. Definitely the largest selection of American craft beer singles I've seen. Only problem is that since almost all beer is displayed in single bottles, it can be annoying if you want a 4-6 pack of something. Great place to go for sampling a variety of beers.

jamesdantes13, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of organicbrewer
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

Hit up on the way back home from DC. Though mostly wine, they have a solid beer selection. While not as large as some beer stores, very diverse. Good mix of beers separated by country of origin. Picked up a couple of lambics and bombers that are harder to find up here in PA.

Service was great with the shopkeep checking in with me and making sure I found everything I wanted.

Nothing seemed out of date and no old beers (as long as you don't count the J.W. Lees Barleywines).

Though a little more pricy than where I live, I think that is due to it being in a Big City with the expences that go along with it.
Will I go back? Most definetly.

organicbrewer, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of thekanna
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%

This would have to be my favorite store in the D.C. area for beer. Their selection is absolutely amazing: almost all the beer styles from (almost) every beer-producing country displayed on the shelves: their largest selection being of Belgians, Germans, and Domestics. Here you can find anything from an eclectic 13th century grut beer to a bottle of DeuS. Simply outstanding.

Staff is friendly, but not very knowledgeable. However, the manager is somewhat of a beer/wine/spirits geek and he can definitely tell you all you need to know, as well as make some great recommendations. Also, as an added bonus, there are often beer tastings hosted here. Thumbs way up on this place.

thekanna, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of easement
5/5  rDev +15.7%

The best store for beer in the D.C. area. in my opinion. It's similar to Norms out in virginia, but in D.C. and has a bigger selection.

One cool thing is that you can buy everything in singles which is awesome because I collect bottle caps.

It's a bit on the pricey side, but the selection more than makes up for it.

Look above the open cooler for recent selections. I found some Sierra Nevada Harvest up there. There's also some great impulse buys by the register.

They also have a good selection of gueze and other lambics that I haven't seen in the area.

easement, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of midaszero
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

Everyone recommended Chevy Chase as a must hit if I was in DC so it was the first place I stopped. Well it might have been over hyped and I was initially underwhelmed by the selection I've come to appreciate it.

I picked up 3 jolly pumpkins, some ten fidy, and expedition stout, and rochefort 10 which I couldn't find anywhere else in the DC/NoVa area. There regular offerings were more expensive then other places I saw but they do have a huge wall of singles.

The staff is usually busy but will help you out if you have a question or if there is nothing else going on.

I will definitively swing by Chevy Chase the next time I am in town.

midaszero, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

Gavage, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of HopHead1982
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

As a westerner, it was nice to be able to find a place like this to be able to find many of the micro-brews I can't find out west. The place is a little off the beaten path (i.e. not near a metro stop) but isn't tucked away in a hard to find corner. Although it is a wine & liquor store, the place has an excellent selection of beer, both singles and six packs. Again, I was able to find many of the craft beers I can't find out west (Bell's, Victory, Southern Tier, Brooklyn) among others. They also had an impressive selection of imports as well. Once or twice I had to ask the help if they had any more of a particular style and he was able to go into a walk-in cooler to grab some more. Who knows what else they have tucked away in there, but considering the amount of beer on the floor, I would bet there is a lot. I will definitely go back here next time I am in DC. The only problem I ran into was figuring out how to get all the beer I bought home. This is definitely worth your time.

HopHead1982, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of ClashmoreMike
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%

The Practical = Not near a subway station but it's on Connecticut Avenue, so taking a bus to this place is pretty easy. If you have a car, there's plenty of parking space around the back (I've always seen 10+ parking spaces empty).

The Selection = Truly amazing beer selection. I've always found what I was looking for. Westmalle, Unibroue, Weihenstephaner, Ommegang, Smuttynose, Rogue, Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, Stone, Chimay, St Bernardus, Bell's, Flying Dog, Rochefort ... it just goes on and on. I've bought about 10 different brands of beer from them so far, and none has been skunked or otherwise off.

Nice Touches = Their website lets you search their inventory to see what is currently available. You can buy any of their beers in singles. Yes, it's a bit more expensive than buying 4 or 6 packs, but it's so amazing to be able to buy just one bottle of beer when you've never tried it before.

The Service =I really don't know. When I go in there, I go prepared, knowing what I want to get after reading this site. So, I've never asked for help.

ClashmoreMike, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of skibumdc
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%

I used to visit this during my college years at American University.
Single bottle pricing, MASSIVE selection for when I was a college student and didn't want the standard macro/micro brew available at most places.
Lots of Belgian beers.
Just a wonderful place to visit and pick up some nice single bottles.
I can't comment on the current state of selection as the last time I visited this store was several years ago. I have since moved out of the District to Virginia.
I love a place that has single bottles. I know from a business standpoint it's a PITA to run it that way so I appreciate the work they do for the customer.

skibumdc, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Ah - Chevy Chase, the place i head to when I need a quick Bell's fix. The selection here is pretty darned good. I've spent a ton of time browsing their collection and have always been pleasantly surprised with what I've found. The stuff in here is mostly fresh, though i've spied a couple of year-old bottles of DFH Aprihop. As far as Belgians go, this place is one of the best in the area. Excellent selection here.

The single biggest plus is the fact that you can buy everything in singles.

CCWS is pricey and when you add the 10% DC sales tax, you can end up spending about 15% more than you would at, say, Norm's. However, i don't mind biting the bullet every once in a while because of their excellent singles selection

Larry, the beer manager, is great. Very helpful and an interesting person to talk to

DefenCorps, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of fightindaman
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

I've only purchased bee from here once, but it was a good experience. Their entire selection is available on their website, which for me is excellent as it lets me know if its worth making the trip. The selection is rather large, much larger than anything else in my immediate vicinity. Store employees were rather prompt with helping me find what I needed. My rating on the price may be off, as I was purchasing the Oscar Blues Brewery's "Gordon" which is not a cheap beer to begin with.

Overall, seems like a very good establishment. I'll probably be going back the next time that I want something more than what I can find at the local Whole Foods.

fightindaman, Feb 06, 2008
Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits in Washington, DC
94 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.