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Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits

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Chevy Chase Wine & SpiritsChevy Chase Wine & Spirits
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world-class

85 Ratings
Ratings: 85
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.49%
$$$ - a bit pricey
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5544 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20015-2610
United States
phone: (202) 363-4000

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malloyca

District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +15.7%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

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.

07-08-2010 23:24:51 | More by malloyca
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easement

Georgia

5/5  rDev +15.7%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$

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.

11-06-2008 02:50:51 | More by easement
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tatoodkelt

Maryland

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
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BeerSox

Virginia

4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
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
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ChrisBowers

Virginia

4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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
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ecoboy

Rhode Island

4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$

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.

04-28-2005 16:21:18 | More by ecoboy
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BillStrehl

Maryland

4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$

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!

05-08-2006 15:08:56 | More by BillStrehl
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86sportster883

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$

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.

01-29-2008 05:24:05 | More by 86sportster883
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skibumdc

Virginia

4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$

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.

03-28-2008 15:37:39 | More by skibumdc
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thekanna

Maryland

4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$

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.

01-04-2009 16:54:40 | More by thekanna
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