Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits
Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 80 | Display Reviews Only:
4.65/5 rDev +7.6%
Hey Lucy I'm Home! (Or at least I want to move in...)
I had heard about the selection at Chevy Chase Liquors, and thought I was not going to be able to check it out. It is near impossible to find a place to park at the establishment. I must have circled the block 4 times, but finally I stopped in front of the store, best quarter I ever spent.
The selection is well done. Beer everywhere. Single bottles in a line with numbers on them if you desire a six pack or a case. Bring a pad and pen and write down the name of the beer and the number as well as the quantity you desire. The prices are not the best, but the selection quickly makes you forget about all that. Don't forget to turn around and look at the wall in front of the back counter. I was about to check out and then realized there was another wall of beer.
I spoke with a couple of store employees. Only one really seemed to know beer, but the other two were still extremely helpful. The guy who retrieved the beer had quite a task running around in coolers and downstairs to find my selections.
I saw no dust on any of the beers on the shelves and older beers were in a bargain bin.
I'll be back to Chevy Chase after I work some more and save some cash. You could really stock up there.
Oh, for anyone who thought they might have Drednaught, better call, I purchased the last two bottles...;)
04-06-2004 01:50:33 | More by GCBrewingCo
4.5/5 rDev +4.2%
Chevy Chase Liquors. The selection was pretty impressive. There were quite a few regional micro-brews(Weyerbacher, Stoud's, Flying fish etc) as well as microbrews from as far away as California(Stone's). For the most part you need to understand the system of finding the beer you want. Because of limited space 1 bottle of every beer they carry is displayed throughout the rear area of the store with a label reading an identification number including price. There were quite a few belgium beers and many other European beers. It is probably the best selection of beer in any category I have seen in D.C. to date. The service is very good but you need to find the sales people who have more knowledge about the beers if you have any questions. Sometimes they have beers that may not be displayed on the shelf- So be sure and ask about a beer you may like but don't see.
The Brickskeller is the only place that I can think of that rivals this place, however the Brickskeller is a place where you sit and drink vs. liquor/beer purchases.
02-03-2004 23:48:15 | More by grasshopper
4.85/5 rDev +12.3%
This place is unbelievable! Having recently moved to Arlington, I made the pilgrimage this morning to find out what everyone was talking about. Chevy Chase Liquors is tucked into an old style row of shops in the heart of Chevy Chase. It is not a big sture, but the accomplish their impressive selection (1200+ according to their beer manager) by only displaying singles. If you want something besides a single, they will go get it for you from cold storage.
They have an impressive array of imports and hard to find domestics. Their single prices on Belgians and other imports are actually quite good. They pride themselves in having hard to find stuff (Hercule Stout anyone??). They have a ton of Belgian and German beers, and many very hard to find domestic specialty beers. Their six pack prices on microbrews/imports aren't anything to write home about, but they're not absurd either. This isn't the type of place you go to just pickup a 6er of Sierra Nevada. This is the place you go to get the stuff no one else will have.
The staff is all knowledgable and was very helpful to me when I came across some beers I'd never heard of before. If you live in the DC area, you owe it to yourself to check this place out.
12-06-2003 18:54:53 | More by ChrisBowers
District of Columbia
4.3/5 rDev -0.5%
This place must have over 500 brands of beer. Not to mention booze and a pretty extensive wine selection.
The service can be kind of gruff at times but some of them do seem to know they are talking about. It is great just browsing around and picking out new things to try. You can buy only singles, this is a fantastic option. Try ten new things, if you do not happen to like one, you are not stuck with the rest of the six pack. If you go to get the beers you can buy anywhere, the prices are nothing special. There are beers from all over the world. I think the US selection is pretty darn good as well.
10-24-2003 05:34:25 | More by hungryghost
4.15/5 rDev -3.9%
This place boggles the mind with the sheer number of beers available, whether its American micro, Belgian, Czech, or English.
Any serious beer lover in the DC area must check this place out. This is the place for mind-blowing selection. It's like beer vertigo. You should go in there with a plan or alot of money; otherwise its easy to just get bewildered.
This is the only place in the DC metro area where I have found Deschutes beers (for example), which are not distributed east of the Mississippi as I understand it. The guy at this place told me they make a trip to the Northwest and bring the stuff back on their own.
01-02-2003 13:41:28 | More by Riggo
4.3/5 rDev -0.5%
On a quick junket to DC, I actually lucked out and picked this store first. Unfortunately, I wanted one of the two beers in the world that they couldn't get. But I do not fault them, and, truly, THIS PLACE IS AMAZING!!!!!!!! They have one of everything on the walls with little tags telling you all the breakdown prices. All the beer is cold stored, so you have to point and get service.
This place is part beer Mecca, part beer library--as curious things, such as a Michelob Pale Ale (which I've never seen nor heard of before) sit on the shelves next to the Rachbiers, Ales out the a**, and lagers from all corners of the world.
Interestingly enough, the store is like your typical neighborhood main-street hardware store, with an ample parking lot in back, and the venerable-old, greasy-glass-doors back entrance, which harken back to the shopping days of yore. I felt like a kid again, going to the candy store!
PS - I visited about five other stores in DC that day, and they all wound up pointing me back to Chevy Chase Liquors. This place has its props! If they don't have it, it isn't within a hundered miles of them (which I proved to myself later that week)--unless, of course, you head to the Brickskellar (west shot off DuPont), where you have to eat your beer on site.
07-15-2002 10:14:05 | More by DarthMalt
Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits in Washington, DC
95 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.