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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%
[ Store ]

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