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Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits

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Chevy Chase Wine & SpiritsChevy Chase Wine & Spirits
BA SCORE
95
world-class

86 Ratings
Ratings: 86
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.49%
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5544 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20015-2610
United States
phone: (202) 363-4000

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Photo of malloyca
5/5  rDev +15.7%

I've been going to Chevy Chase for about nine years and have always been impressed with their beer selection, which encompasses difficult to find and eclectic foreign labels as well as small production domestic craft brews. And they make a point of getting anything they don't have. The store itself has three different areas where beer is stored, and it's not necessarily clear where to look if you have something specific in mind. To that end, the best way to browse their selection is sometimes online. Then go there and ask where it is. The store occasionally offers beer tastings on Fridays and Saturdays, although the selection is usually at the discretion of the distributor rather than management. It would be nice if they did some focused/educational beer tastings.

malloyca, Jul 08, 2010
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 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 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 03, 2009
Photo of ChrisBowers
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.

ChrisBowers, Dec 06, 2003
Photo of ecoboy
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%

Putting numbers on this store makes little sense. You don't really care about service or value (which is reasonable when it comes to how much space their selection must take up; the overhead must certainly add up) when there is THIS MUCH TO CHOOSE FROM!

One of the few package stores that made me get that jittery spring in my step when I realized the monumental task that faced me: when there are this many choices, and I have but one fifteen minute visit to fill the car's trunk, what to get? what to get?

One of the best quality beer selections on the east coast, I can safely say.

ecoboy, Apr 28, 2005
Photo of BillStrehl
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%

To me Chevy Chase is my Mecca when it comes to buying beer. I have read a lot of the other reviews so let me help those of you who want to get the most out of your trip there.

First, the best time to go is during the day, excluding lunchtime and anytime Saturday. The reason for this is mainly parking which is free and behind the store. There is one caveat to this. Beer tastings can occur on Friday afternoon/evening and Saturday afternoon. For a schedule of tastings call or check their website.

If you want the ultimate in service then call ahead and make sure that Larry Robinson is working and what his schedule is. Just like any other job, Larry has breaks for such things as lunch so if if your time is short talk to Larry personally so you know his schedule.

A lot of people have commented on how many singles the store has. That's why it can boast that is has about 1000 different beers. It also means that not every beer will available at every moment or that there is even a case available. But this is not a bad thing as it also means the beer will not sit on the shelf forever.

The best way to shop for the beer(s) you want is to check the Monday Washington Post for the stores weekly ad, check their website for the ad, or signup for their weekly newsletter to see if it is on sale by the case. Singles and six packs are never discounted. You can call in an order and charge it over the phone. If the amount you want is not in stock, they will order it for you and call you when it arrives. Every new ad features a different selection and most beers go on sale at least a couple times of year.

Now finally, how I do it. I buy certain beers on a regular basis and know about how long my stash will last. I order enough on sale so that it gets consumed by the sell by date on the case and is to last until another sale. For me that is 5 to eight cases depending on he time of year. When I go to pick up my order, I might plan my trip around a tasting if I want to expand my horizons or I will make sure Larry Robinson is there. I will tell him what I am interested in and give him some parameters to work with such as beer that has qualities I like or the characteristics of a beer. I also bring in clippings from other newspapers for Larry as he is alway looking for new brews to offer. And if I did not like something I bought (as a single) I let him know why and what I think is better. He appreciates the feedback.

You can pick up copies of the Alestreet News and the Mid-Atlantic Brewing News which are kept in a bin on the floor next to the door of the walk-in beer cooler.

And tell Larry Bill sent you!

BillStrehl, May 08, 2006
Photo of 86sportster883
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%

I was staying in the embassy row area of DC and hopped the Metro from Dupont up to the Friendship Heights station. Chevy Chase Wine and Spirits is less than a mile walk from the station, through one of the original suburbs of DC. As I walked past the massive turn-of-the-century homes, I could only imagine the seven figure prices that they probably commanded.

When I finally got to CC Wine and Spirits, I wasn't disappointed. Their selection of American, Belgian, German, Baltic and one-off beers was probably as good as it gets. I went there hoping to pick up a mixed six pack of Bell's that I can't get in NJ. I found that, along with a bottle of Rogue's 10k Brew, J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (2000), one of Harpoon's 100 Barrel Series beers, a Samichlaus and Spezial's Rauchbier Lager.

Since my inner beer geek had gotten the best of me, I had to have the owner call me a cab to get me back to my hotel. They boxed my beers, taped it up well for me to travel with, and called me a cab when I finally left.

This place is a must stop beer destination. My advice to any BA visiting DC is to blow off the Brick and head north to Chevy Chase. You'll find a similar great selection, but pay only a fraction of the cost.

86sportster883, Jan 29, 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 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 woodychandler
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%

This was only the second time that I've had occasion to visit this place. I "found" it the last time thanks to BeerFly back in early spring when I last visited my aunt and uncle in the Tenleytown/AU area. It is about a twenty minute walk door-to-door, but now that I know where I am going, the walk seems much shorter. There is free parking in the rear of the store, and that is important, because if you are only going for beer, it is all of the way aft. Since I come in through the front, I park my wheeled Coleman cooler by the door, traverse past all of that pesky wine and liquor, and get down to business.

On the left hand wall, as you approach the rear counter and register, are several wooden shelves, with plenty of bottles on each shelf. Moving further back is a refrigerated area, what I can only liken to the dairy case at the supermarket, with more, different beers (!). Above that case are bomber bottles and cork-finished bottle-conditioned beers. To the right of the counter are two refrigerated coolers with glass doors and pull handle doors. Bear in mind that there is NO repetition of beer in any of these areas. DROOL! I would suggest that one or five of their shopping carts might come in handy, or maybe just a forklift, if your credit card is strong enough.

The beer is all fresh and the staff really knows what they are talking about. Further, they are not pushy, allowing me time to breathe and make a reasoned decision. They even have a display, although dusty, of empty bottles that they have had for sale at one time or another. It is quickly becoming a destination of choice when I visit DC and I highly recommend it to others (especially those of us from PA, where something like this is the stuff of dreams).

woodychandler, Jul 04, 2005
Photo of biernuss
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%

Just got back from my first visit to Chevy Chase with more to come.
Awesome! I went in through the backdoor so I was immediately surrounded by the LARGE inventory of beers available. Single bottles on shelves with pricing for individual bottles; six pack; half cases and cases. Grab a shopping basket and start loading up on singles or take your pad and pencil to find the stock number of your favorite beer to buy in larger quantities. Store personnel was very helpful and friendly. Pricing seems somewhat high but everything is relative (Coor's Light costs $5 or $6 at a ballgame). Great place and a simple drive from I-270 even on a hectic Saturday afternoon. I shall return!!

biernuss, Sep 27, 2004
Photo of jaco677
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%

Coming from the beer selection wasteland of Maryland, I finally found myself with the time to drive down and check out CCWS. I thought the selction was great, although not laid out in what I thought was a sensible display. This place was the exact opposite of your usual liquor store. Don't go planning on finding some six packs of anchor or sams. There were 2 small wall firdges with a couple of sixers, but that not where people that frequent the joint spend their time. On the opposite wall next to the register counter is what I will call the "Feature fridge", hosting a wide array of belgians, and american micros. Was happy to find some Bear Republic limited bombers including both salvation and damnation. When i brought them and my other purchases to the counter the bearded gentleman (up until now, quiet and not the most helpful of people, granted help was not requested) noticed the S&D and asked if i had had the avery collaboration. Pardon my ignorance but i had never heard of it. So he took me over and showed it to me, and then spent about 10 mins pointing out some other tasty treats that i had passed by. All in all very helpful, and very succesful trip.

jaco677, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%

This is truly a great BA beer store. Everything is laid out user friendly. Organized by country then ABC's. Every thing is singles on the self so it is close, no back and forth, walking around hunting. The single 4/6pk and case price is right there. I buy by the 4/6 and case so I grab a single show the man and he heads for the cellar for fresh. That's a tip to avoid some dusty shelf flower. I did see a couple of Ayinger Marzen (it's June) on the shelf. I did not snag them. I did ask if they had been there long. The shop clerk was truthful and unoffended with my question. That's the right way to be. I did not see any beer with dust, except the historic for show empties on the top shelves. Quite a museum, and worth a look for the BA historian. Of coarse they were missing some old favorites in their stock but with laws and economics they are some what subject to the importers and distributors.

The service was amazing the guy I tapped on the shoulder for help was extremely helpful & friendly answered all my questions, retrieved my order, rang it up boxer it up and carted it to my car. On top of that, he invited me to bring in a wish list and he would try to fill it. How could that be better. Well ok he could have offered a sample.


The selection is the best I have seen in this area (DC MD VA) Even better then that oversized wine cooler on the other side of our river. I was in the other day and found quite a nice stash enhancer dropping a C note+ on 3 mixed cases for Mein Bier Keller. They included: Weltenburger Kloster Asam-Bock, Allgäuer Cambonator Doppelbock, Spezial Rauchbier Lager, Hofbräu Maibock, Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen & Rauchbier Urbock, Hirsch Bavarian-Weissbier Hefeweisse & Doppel-Hirsch. Oh yes and 2 4pks of ,Westmalle D's & T's. Nice haul.
The value was reasonable, not awesome but ok they have singles, 4/6 packs and case prices. Also if you buy 24 or more singles they give 10% of your total bill. So the more you buy the better deal you get. With a big selection all in one place any savings for sale chasseing would get burned up in gas.

This is a fun place to go just like your corner store, where they all know your name. I am a regular. Prost und Zum Wohl! MK

MuenchenerKindl, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%

I took the trip from VA today to see what all the fuss is about. I can definitely say the trip was worthwhile. The staff was helpful but not hugely knowledgeable. I had been looking for some Russian River brews and was happy to find a couple. Otherwise I spent the time browsing what is a somewhat confusing layout but I found what I hope to be some worthwhile beers. They seemed to have a nice selection of wine and liquor as well, but I did not get the chance to peruse them. I will definitely return here but I doubt it will be on a regular basis.

stereosforgeeks, Mar 10, 2007
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 GCBrewingCo
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...;)

GCBrewingCo, Apr 06, 2004
Photo of lou91
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%

This is an excellent beer store - truly world class and unique. It has beer signs in front of each beer so you can see clearly the beer, brewery and price without having to pick up each bottle. This is great since they have a lot of beer from all over the world. Here is what I picked up last week:
old ruffian, de dolle export stout, cisco libation, allagash 10th anniversary, avery 12 anniversary, spoon whacker, smutty ipa. I easily would have picked up another 10-15 bottles but I couldn't carry it all. This is a must visit in DC. for everyone but especially for the west coast.

lou91, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of 5dots
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%

Wow - my cousin had recommended Cairo Liquors to me, and I was telling my girlfriend that I was planning on going there after work. She got on BA and read the reviews of this place, and said "I'll pick you up, we'll go to Chevy Chase".

This is probably the best selection of beers I have seen available in one place, ever. An extremely wide variety, which while not terribly well sorted, does span pretty much any country that makes beer worth drinking, and a ton of (worthwhile) American beers, too. Standouts included several Hitachino Nest beers, the full Unibroue line, the full Rogue line (including a few of their only-for Japanese-export styles), the full Ommegang line (in 750 mL and 12oz. bottles), and a REALLY thorough selection of Belgians.

Staff was not super helpful - I noticed some guys having trouble finding trappist beers, and the staff seemed unclear as to where to point them. Additionally, one of the beers I was buying wasn't in their database, and I had to wait around while they put it in (after waiting around as the guy ringing me up tried to figure out what the problem was). That said, they were friendly enough, and apologized for making me wait.

To summarize: it's pretty easy to blow a wad of cash here. I kept seeing beers I'd only heard of, or beers that sounded exciting that I hadn't seen anywhere else. I kept putting beers in my cart, thinking "if I don't get this now, when am I possibly going to get this?"

5dots, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of clabaugh
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

My friends and I have taken to referring to Chevy Chase Wine and Spirits simply as "Chevy Chase," thus capturing how this store encompasses everything that really matters in this DC suburb. Chevy Chase has an astounding selection of domestic and import beers. In addition, they offer an inventory on their website, so it's very easy to determine whether they have what you want (which they almost certainly will). The staff is knowledgeable and helpful. If by chance the store is not carrying the beer you're looking for, a Chevy Chase employee is always ready to recommend a substitute of the same style. Chevy Chase offers tastings weekly. This can be a great way to find a real gem amongst their 1000+ beers. Sales are regularly occurring, so on any given day one can get a great deal on a great beer. If you're ever in the DC metro area, or are close enough to make a daytrip there even, I highly recommend visiting Chevy Chase. It's not likely to disappoint.

clabaugh, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of EStreet20
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

A very nice establishment. I can't complain at all about my visit. I went there on Thasnksgiving morning as I was in DC spending Thanksgiving at my sister's place and that's the only opportunity I had to get there. Despite the extremely high volume of customers the employees were very helpful to everyone who needed assistance. One of the cashiers even ran down tot he cellar to grab me a fourth bottle of Stone Ruination IPA after the shelves were empty so I could get the four pack price (I was stocking up on Stone products since they don't distribute in NJ). The guys talked beer a little as they rang me up, even though the place was so crowded. This combined with a very nice selection of singles and bombwers made for a great experience. I can't wait to head back there on a less busy day to wander around a bit.

EStreet20, Nov 29, 2005
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 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 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 SilverRocket
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Love this place...I go here at least once a week. Huge selection lines the walls - organized primarily by country (and state for U.S.). In my experience they almost always have exactly what I'm looking for (although I've had close calls where they're almost out of stock for a given selection). Staff is very helpful with making recommendations, though occasionally coming off a tad surly. They sell singles, so you can make your own six-pack, though I think they charge per bottle, so you don't really get a "deal," though overall worth it.

I once saw a mother and father browsing the store, with their 8-year old son patiently waiting alongside. He asked his parents what was taking them so long. I think the father's reply best sums it up: "This is like a candy store for moms and dads"

SilverRocket, Jul 23, 2007
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Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits in Washington, DC
95 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.