Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits
Ratings: 85 | Reviews: 80 | Display Reviews Only:
4.45/5 rDev +3%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
This is a beer store / liquor store that is within walking distance of the Friendship Heights station. It has a good selection of beer and about 1/3 of the store is devoted to beer entirely.
The setup is a little odd. There are basically singles on the shelf only. Lots of a shelves with a couple of bottles on each shelf of each beer, maybe 6 individual beers to a shelf. Each are individually marked for sale, there are discounts for 6 / 12 / 24 packs of any particular beer. I guess its a bottle lovers paradise. There are several hundred varieties of beers there. Seriously impressive.
The staff is helpful and the two people I talked to knew a lot about their inventory. Also, their website has a partially complete inventory online (although you have to search it and some of their spelling is questionable). I seriously think that I have found my new beer store in general. At least I have three really reliable ones now. I am seriously impressed by Chevy Chase and if you are in the DC area and want to make a mix pack of beer, get to this store.
Good Job Chevy Chase.
01-21-2010 22:01:17 | More by drabmuh
4/5 rDev -7.4%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
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.
01-16-2010 02:08:40 | More by beer2day
4/5 rDev -7.4%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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.
11-29-2009 22:44:14 | More by macpapi
4.5/5 rDev +4.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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.
11-29-2009 17:14:46 | More by GeezLynn
District of Columbia
4.35/5 rDev +0.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
This place undoubtedly has the best beer selection in the DC metro area, with a wide range of American beers, Belgians, Germans, British, Scottish, etc and a small handful from Latvia, Lithuania, and even Croatia. Prices have been creeping up lately, but that's par for the course in DC. Three shelves of singles, plus a large fridge section. Large bottles of both American and Belgian ales. Beer manager can order beers for you - ordered a batch of De Dolle Stille Nacht this way, very reliable and convenient. Periodic tastings. Great place.
11-08-2009 02:05:12 | More by Travlr
4.5/5 rDev +4.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
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.
08-29-2009 16:31:51 | More by bobschmenge
District of Columbia
3.8/5 rDev -12%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$$
It´s another reference store in the region for craft beer lovers. It´s true that the staff seems to be typically knowledgeable and helpful, and besides a good wine selection, the beer stock is quite tremendous. Plenty of single bottles to show off their range, and to tempt you to check out if they have larger qualities on stock, which they usually do.
Real trouble is that while not prohibitive, the prices are mechanically higher than elsewhere nearby... A minimun $1 up on most six packs and up from there. I fear that is geared a bit towards a more comfy, posh crowd not bothered by the difference. If I were in need of something specific that I can´t find elsewhere I´d probably come in to try my luck. But otherwise, and with Rodman´s relatively close, this is not one of my stops.
08-19-2009 20:47:43 | More by Daniellobo
4.3/5 rDev -0.5%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
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.
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.
06-29-2009 06:07:12 | More by BgThang
4.85/5 rDev +12.3%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I found this place thanks to a thread on BA and since its about ten blocks from where I work I decided to check it out.
Large wine area in the front of the store, beers in the back. I was amazed at the selection of beers, all in singles! There are a couple of coolers with cold six packs as well as a long open cooler with bombers. First place I've found with Bells and Founders in the area as well as a few others.
Price was about what I expected for the NW DC area. Some of them were cheaper than I thought they would be though.
Make sure you look up, lots of old bottles on display shelves.
The staff was very helpful. I meant to ask about special orders but completely forgot as I was wandering around. I'll definitely be back though!
05-15-2009 17:29:09 | More by tatoodkelt
4.5/5 rDev +4.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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.
04-19-2009 15:29:16 | More by qchic
Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits in Washington, DC
95 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.