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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 CuriousMonk
2.45/5  rDev -43.3%

This little joint is situated in NW DC. I heard about this place through various reviews. While the selection is quite impressive, but every bottle there is covered with dust and off-putting. Prices are stupid expensive and make no sense. It's sort of a creepy place to visit. I'm not a fan of this place and have gone about three to four times and have never bought anything, okay except an awful $18 bottle of la jolla pumpkin 750ml bottle which was terrible per se. Mostly because they don't have anything worth buying (6 month old DIPAs anyone? $30 DuClaw Colossus?) Nobody offered their help. I asked one guy for a Belgian beer, he said talk to that large looking dude and he knows his stuff. That so called dude didn't know anything not even De Struise stuff. Don't waste your time jaunting over to this place which is not metro accessible. Don't believe the website, which says it's like in the Top 10 of ____. No way. Head to Whole Foods instead for FRESHER selections and more reasonable prices.

CuriousMonk, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of jaluria
2.9/5  rDev -32.9%

I came across this place inadvertently and I've felt blessed ever since. This is easily one of the best beer stores on the East Coast. The fact that they have a fully accessible database online is just incredible. Rather than spending hours and hours looking at different bottles in the store, I look up styles and brands here on beeradvocate.com and then search Chevy Chase Liquors website. Once I'm ready to place an order, I just fax over my list and I'm done. The service is very good, but could be improved slightly. Everyone in the store is knowledgable, but they are not always attentive or friendly as many other places I've been to.

Overall, this an exceptional store in terms of available selections and ease of using their online website. Having been a frequent customer of theirs, I would expect much higher quality of service and a friendlier atmosphere. In addition, parking/shopping during the weekend at this place is just not feasible with the number of people in there. I always feel rushed to make my selections and leave. I can't say enough about the selections, but it's not really a place I like to visit, unless I have to. Many bottles are over-priced relative to other stores in the area I've come across.

jaluria, Sep 20, 2005
Photo of david131
3.4/5  rDev -21.3%

I have been her on a few occasions on trips out to MD. The place is mostly a liquor and wine store, but beer gets quite a bit of cooler space here. The selection is mostly in singles, and you have to ask for a 6-pack or a case if you want one. There a quite a few bombers and 750's. Some of the breweries that come to mind are St. Bernardus, some Bells, Arcadia, Green Flash, Weyerbacher, Victory, Brooklyn, Avery, Rogue, Dogfish Head, Smuttynose, Troegs, Lagunitas, etc... The thing that caught my eye the most was an old empty bomber of Oberon they had on a shelf. The employees seemed to be bothered with people questions and were very slow in checking me out (I had 3 singles). I just felt like I was bothering them and like me giving them business was not worth their while (maybe because I look young...?). Needless to say, the parking sucks, the selection is some of the better in the area, and the employees seem like they have something better to be doing (I couldn't say what). Anyway, it's definitely worth visiting, but I don't know what the employees of a "fine" liquor store could possibly be annoyed by.

david131, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of jbs7ad
3.45/5  rDev -20.1%

This place definitely has a good selection. I rate its quality and value a bit low because of my experience.

The store is on the opposite side of town from my house. After living here a year I finally stopped by the weekend before Primary Consumer Holiday (aka Christmas) because I was in the area. There were some beers I had not seen in other places. A couple good mix packs, too (Heavy Seas, Magic Hat). I bought six different IPAs, don't remember which ones. I avoided bottles that had dust on them, there were quite a few. It ended up not mattering, though, because two of the three I have opened were skunked. One only slightly but the other extremely.

If you buy beer here, stick with the more popular brews, especially the East Coast breweries, or ones with bottled on/drink by dates. Otherwise you may get a bubbling bottle of dankness. I'll give the place a second chance, but in the meantime I'm sticking to Town Pump liquors in College Park and Franklins in Hyattsville: they are closer, have decent selection (Franklins is a brewpub and has an attached general store that sells various wines, beers, and other products), are a bit cheaper and the alcohol tax is half as much in MD as in DC.

jbs7ad, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.7/5  rDev -14.4%

I have lived in DC, about a year and a half now, and have gone here a couple times.

I have gone a couple times, each time thinking maybe it'll get better because of the great reviews, and I'm always a little underwhelemed. I AM NOT saying this is a bad beer store, because it certainly isn't. I just don't think it is all that people have cracked it up to be on BA.

Quality: They do get great in country stuff as well as rarer things like Nogne-O, lots of belgians, germans, UK stuff, etc. Impressive the variety they have, but at the same time, I see lots of hoppy beers sitting on shelves in singles and I know that they are probably old and not the beer they used to be now. Good stuff overall, but maybe the particular times I've gone they havent had anything particularly rare or really great stuff I 'had to buy.' Solid, but it's nothing exciting.

Side: The bottles are very haphazardly organized too, which turns me off a little. I just feel like they don't have a lot of 'quality control.'

As for service, the people working there mostly ignored me poking around in the beer and didn't offer to help or help find anything I was looking for. Average. Maybe I've been there when the beer guy wasn't there or something, but the workers didnt seem knowledgeable or caring about the customers.

Overall, solid, but I'll tell those coming into town if you are nearby, sure check it out, but there are better places to check out. In DC, I like CT Ave Wine and Liquor in Dupont Circle (which is a fun area to visit and hang out in anyways), Schneiders in Capitol Hill (also near some good stuff), Rick's in Alexandria, VA, and Total Wine in Alexandria also. Personal opinion, and I realize I'm going against the current on this store, but I have not been overly impressed in my visits.

Dreadnaught33, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of brewandbbq
3.7/5  rDev -14.4%

It has been 4 years since I had last visited Chevy Chase, and was dissapointed this time around.
Maybe it's the fact that the beer selection in Mass has improved dramatically since then, or also that I had already stopped at Stateline Liquors in Elkton Maryland, previously.
Regardless, a bit out of the way and trafficy to get to, and once you're there, the only option seems to be parking out back which was full that day.
Service was non existant as they were having a 25% off wine sale that day, but thats OK , as-what you see is what you get, I assume.
Wooden shelving with lots of singles, a fairly even mix of imports and domestics, with more singles up above, on the other wall, and even right next to the register.
More singles in a cooler with doors opposite the register, and a medium sized open deli- type cooler filled with sixers that was broken.
All the bottles have large printed out price tags, which seemed a bit odd, and there were quite a few empty slots on the wooden shelving.
A few finds that were unique to CC:
1 single bottle of RR Damnation
Bison 750's
Butte Creek
Crickett hill
Everything else was on the shelves for less money (believe it or not)
at Stateline.. See the Stateline beerfly.
10% discount on 24 bottles or more, with sixers counting as 6,(now, would that be 6 at the single price? who knows).

brewandbbq, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of threedaggers
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

threedaggers, May 18, 2014
Photo of Shootpassbeerme
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Shootpassbeerme, Aug 02, 2014
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 mi6234
3.93/5  rDev -9%

I just started going to this place a little more often. Rodman's use to be my go to store in the District but that place has gone way down hill in terms of price and never gets the really tough to find stuff.

The place is kind of cramped. It's old and a bit musty. I've heard they will sell old beer but I've never bought anything that would be hurt by age so I can't speak to that.

There's only one guy there that seems to know about beer (I'm always referred to him when I ask). He seems knowledgeable but no one is super friendly. I'm not there to make friends though so it's not an issue.

You can get really hard to find stuff here. I was able to get Parabola, Hanssens Gueuze and Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti all within the last month. They have a very impressive selection of lambic which has been great since I've really gotten into them recently. Their selection in general is awesome but as I said, I really only go here for the really tough finds because I can just stock up at Total Wine for year rounds and major seasonal releases.

Defiantly worth your time if you're looking for something specific but not a place I would go to stock up on everyday beer.

mi6234, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of akorsak
3.94/5  rDev -8.8%

I visited CC W&S on a early March friday afternoon. Despite that timing, parking was an absolute nightmare, forcing me to park across Connecticut Ave. in the safeway parking lot (illegally I might add). After traversing Connecticut Ave. at my peril, I arrived at C W&S.

Quality: Excellent selection of fine ales and lagers. I went specifically for Unibroue 15 (P.S., mission accomplished) and found some Stone Arrogant Bastard to go along with it. There is a fine selection of Belgian ales, German lagers and American craftbrews.

Service: See parking above for where CC W&S was deducted points. Outside of that, the employees were friendly.

Selection: Great selection of beers. All beers were clearly labelled and priced, giving me a good idea of what the final bill would be. I'd like to return without my 14 mo old son in tow, as he made carrying out very difficult.

akorsak, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev -7.4%

I've seen amazing reviews of this place... and subpar reviews here. I think my review will be somewhere in the middle.

Atmosphere: Once you walk in, there is a distinct musty smell here the is inviting for the average beer geek. However, many may be turned off by this aspect. The beer is situated in the front part of the store, and the wine (and there is quite a bit), on the far back half.

Quality: I've never bought brews from here that were past their prime, and no one I know has ever either. There are very crude paper price tags situated on the individual beers, but still the quality of the overall beer selection is quite good.

Service: As many times and I've been here, it never fails. Once I ask a beer question, the person yells to the head beer guy, "HEY, COME HERE!" I think his name is Larry... and he's great!

Selection: Not as great as others have mentioned. I can get most of the stuff on the Virginia side of the DC area, but there are a few gems that are worthy.

Value: Meh... I guess this place is good, but it seems average overall to me. I will give them a pass overall compared to the Whole Foods (Whole Paycheck) up the road.

Chaney, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of timtim
4/5  rDev -7.4%

seeing as we all have to deal with distributors and availability and transporting of such a delicate, beautiful thing, nowhere will ever get a 5 as far a selection goes, just the same as no beer will likely ever get a 5. obvious, i guess. chevy chase has the best selection around that i've seen. staff is polite and professional, but i had a hard time believing this is what they love. beer is all over the place, and signage is sometimes incorrect. i love beer and i like this store. i'll be back.

timtim, Jun 30, 2007
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 GJ40
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%

I stopped in based on a BA search while visiting a friend in the area.

Feel is like a typical old school liquor store. Nothing special in the decor or presentation. But they clearly put a lot of work into it with each bottle individually labeled. The only down side to that is that it blocks your view of the bottle itself. They have a good selection of Belgian, British and German beers with the US supply leaning heavily to northeast breweries.

A nice local shop with a good commitment to craft beer.

GJ40, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of tgbljb
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%

Visited the store on a Saturday afternoon. Nice establishment with all items clearly marked as to price for singles, 6-packs, and cases. Service was virtually non-existent, and When I asked for some 6-pack holders to put singles I was was told just to put them in the cart and they would pack them when I checked out. (Even though there were plenty of empty beer cases stacked around they packed my mixed case in wine boxes trying to jam 2 bottles in each slot. I even offered to grab an empty case from the stack??). I also had to ask if there were any qyuntity discounts (I was told 10% off 24 bottles) The selection was absolutely great and I easily found a nice selection for a mixed case. Service could improve.

tgbljb, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%

I try to stop by this place every time I am visiting my parents in the DC area. This place has fantastic brews. They have beers that I had only read about.

Parking is pretty great for DC - they had tons around the back. When you walk in the back entrance, you can see a pretty huge cooler and shelf upon shelf of quality brews. The selection is really phenomenal - they had tons of regional East Coast brews, really great Belgians, and a bunch of non-regional stuff, all of superior quality and many are extremely rare.

The prices were decent - you get what you pay for. They weren't too far off from what I pay for comparable brews in this area. It wasn't too extravagant, but you will find that you will pay more than you originally intended, just because of the great beer that you throw in cart adds up pretty quickly.

The service is kinda crappy. But the guys who weren't in charge were great. They really tried to help me out when I had questions. The guy who was in charge that day was a prick. He was condescending when I asked questions, and he didn't seen that interested in helping customers. There was a customer in front of me in the checkout line that was about to buy $500 dollars worth of wine and champagne, but didn't like the attitude of the guy in charge - they exchanged some heated words and only bought half as much as he would have. The guy (I can only assume that he was the manager) didn't seem interested in helping me, until he saw the amount of beer I was buying, then he changed his attitude - slightly.

If you are in the area, you should stop by this store - it is awesome. They have amazing beers and lots of them. Just don't expect friendly service.

MiguelMandingo, Dec 29, 2007
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 SUP3RDAV3
4.07/5  rDev -5.8%

Very friendly staff, clean and organized store. Decent selection though most beers are sold as singles. Prices are typical for DC. Will definitely go back if in the area.
Note : if making a special trip for something seen on their website call first to check availability.

SUP3RDAV3, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%

This place is an absolute pain in the ass for me to get to from Baltimore, which is why I seldom stop by. Traffic and parking are both a nightmare here, but once you actually walk inside, the selection is striking. I always come in from the back parking lot, and so the first thing I see upon entering is a very impressive selection of imports and craft beer. The store is pretty narrow with high ceilings, and it often seems a bit cramped inside. However, there is a wall of beer on both sides when you first walk in, with a large selection refrigerated. Some of the bottles look a bit dusty, which is worrisome, but I can't say I've ever bought anything that didn't taste fresh. Supposedly, this place occasionally gets in beers from Russian River. Maybe, but I've never been lucky enough to find any the times I've visited. However, they do have a nice selection of vintage J.W. Lee beers, as well as a good selection of Belgians. Service always seems a bit distracted to me, though the times I've spoken to the manager/owner, he clearly was knowledgeable about beer. The rest of the staff, not so much.

All in all this is a solid place, one I'll continue to visit on occasion when I happen to be in the area.

John_M, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of Riggo
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.

Riggo, Jan 02, 2003
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4.15/5  rDev -3.9%

I planned this trip around some business I had in D.C., so I was able to take full advantage by driving. Parking was a pain, but it was definately worth it. Huge selection, almost everything available in singles if you want it that way. The guy I was talking to was very helpful, checking to see if some of the stuff I was looking for was hidden in back (I had a wish list from their website). I picked up Stone, Southampton, Russian River, Lagunitas, and about a case of singles. In short, a very positive experience, but make sure you aren't low on cash, because you will find lots of stuff to spend it on.

, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of wickedpete
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

I finally made it up to this place recently and it was about what I expected.

One open deli type cooler with lots more bottles on the walls. The selection is very good, making this one of the few places to find certain hard to find things.

My big complaint is how hard it is to view the selection because of the tight spaces and it was quite crowded while I was in.

The staff was very helpful when it came to picking something out for a tasting I was going to be attending. They seemed to know what many people had been picking out so that I didn't run the risk of duplicating someone's beers.

If you're in the area and looking for something less run of the mill, this is a good place to start, and probably finish your quest.

wickedpete, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits is recognized as one of, if not the best bottle shop in DC. After hearing about it for years, I finally make the trek to Mecca in December.

The shop is signifigantly smaller then I expected. Not that this is a bad thing - it is simply condensed. All of the beer is toward the back. It's laid out in a bit of an odd manner, but once you get your bearings, it's not hard to find (most) of what you're looking for.

The selection is top notch, and it catered to all palates and incomes. I was quite impressed with their selection of high end product as well (they had a couple bottles of Tactical Nuclear Penguin, as well as some high end and hard to find sours).

The staff was somewhat stand-offish, and didn't really offer to help. When looking for this or that, I felt as if I was "in the way" when asking for assistance. They certainly weren't rude, but I can't say the service was stellar.

The owner was there as well. He, on the other hand, was quite nice and friendly, though he kept himself up front in the wine area.

Prices are high(er). I mean it's DC - what were you expecting?

If you're in DC, be sure to hit Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits. It's a must - whether on a vaca, or just jaunting into the city.

Rhettroactive, Jan 27, 2011
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Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits in Washington, DC
95 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.