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Reviews by malloyca:
District of Columbia
4.14/5 rDev +0.5%
D'vines is a clean, well organized beer and wine shop that has a very intelligent, if not extensive, selection of domestic and imported beer (they have a lot of good stuff). Staff is helpful and knowledgeable when asked. Prices are high relative to some other beer and wine stores in the area; expect to pay a few dollars more for a six pack here than at some of D.C.'s other leading beer sellers. Also notable is the excellent selection of craft kegs that D'Vines has available at www.dcgrowlers.com. Until recently, they also dispensed growler fills. This has been temporarily shut down, but I understand a legislative fix from the D.C. council is in the works.
12-20-2011 19:48:30 | More by malloyca
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3.95/5 rDev -4.1%
I hit this store in DC from time to time. They have a pretty solid selection or American micros. They also have a smaller section of imports. The store is pretty small but it is nice and clean. They have a good selection for the size of store they have. There is some locals represented there. You have to really look when you are browsing as it is easy to miss something, especially on the top shelves. Overall this is a good store.
They did let me down a bit recently. I called several times in the weeks leading up to the BCBVS release. I called at least once a week starting a good 6 weeks out. I kept calling and they said they didn't have it. Then one day I happen to be in the store, just a few days after my last call, and they say all bottles are spoken for. They said they started a waiting list a couple weeks back. They could have mentioned there was a waiting list one of the many times I called. I let them know that was pretty grimy. That is the only negative experience I have had with this store.
02-20-2011 10:31:25 | More by BigTomZ
3.9/5 rDev -5.3%
Located right in the heart of Columbia Heights, by the metro station. It looks attractive and upscale from both the outside and the inside.
There is a small but good beer selection in refrigerators along the back wall, and a few Belgians and other bombers to the left. It's an eclectic selection, and you're sure to find something you like. New Holland's Mole Ocho, Dogfish Fort, Six packs of Bells... a random assortment. One complaint is that many beers are available only in 6-packs... they could use an expanded individual bottle selection.
I didn't ask for help and didn't receive any.
As others have mentioned, this place is a bit pricey on some beers. Worth a stop if you're in the area.
08-31-2010 16:17:25 | More by shivtim
3.85/5 rDev -6.6%
This, along with the whole foods on P street are where I buy most of my beer from. They have a solid stock, and sometimes a few surprises are mixed in.
A couple of hints first off: 1. Sometimes they are overpriced, unless you are really worried about not being able to find a beer somewhere else, good to price check at another place. Case in point: $18 for a bottle of SN 30th Anniversary, going for 10 at whole foods. 2. The bottles on the shelf above the cooler are for sale, and sometimes there are some fairly hard to find beers up there. And because people don't realize they are for sale, they stay around.
For the selection, they run all the regulars and have a lot of offerings from bells, founders, and goose island. They have everything else you'd expect in a mid atlantic store, and then some. For a while their selection of Jolly Pumpkin was the best I'd seen in DC. Sometimes you can stumble on a gem: a couple bottles of Mikkeller 2008 Santa's Little helper going for $9 each, or year and a half old bottles of Allagash Curieux.
A solid store, and certainly worth checking out if in the area. If you live around here you'll find yourself stopping in almost weekly. Staff is helpful, but not very knowledgeable. They do tastings every once in a while, but not anything that is a must go to.
04-04-2010 21:37:02 | More by jslot38
District of Columbia
3.85/5 rDev -6.6%
I go here probably biweekly, This place has by far the best selection in the Columbia Heights area: cases of DFH, SN, Founders, Brooklyn, Great Divide, Bell's etc routinely in stock. Consistently has a good variety from other top notch brewers like Avery, Stone, Victory, North Coast, Troegs, as well as plenty of other stuff. Solid selection of Belgian singles and bombers.
Stock is generally very fresh, although I've had a handful of exceptions (my fault for not checking) on some 8 month old amber ales I paid full price for.
The staff is always really friendly, polite, and eager to help. But (from my 3-4 attempts to engage them on advice) at least every one of them whom I have spoken with is pretty weak on the beer knowledge!
For example: "What's a rauchbier? Wow, a beer that tastes like bacon? That's cool!" (I myself searched around and found that they had Rogue Smoked Ale in stock, which i was happy with)...I purchased some Duvel, and the checkout guy, who I'd been joking around with about football, said, without a hint of sarcarsm, "Dude, that's a pretty bottle, but not my fave beer, I can't take the bitterness of all those hops. But I know a lot of other folks dig it."
I also called about a keg, and they said they would research it for me and call me back. They never did.
I've seen three instances of tastings. These were really weak:
- Negro Modelo (super boring, but actually I love this beer)
- BL Golden Wheat (seriously!?! actually it was better than expected, but come on!)
- Peak Organic Amber Ale
Prices are well, perfectly fair for the area given recent gentrification, but still a bit pricey.
Overall, great selection for a small store in DC, and I'll continue to go there, but feels more like a beer/win store for yuppies than beer geeks. Can't speak at all to the wine selection. Very happy to have them in the neighborhood, but they should invest in some liquid professional development for the staff : )
01-31-2010 01:10:11 | More by lenin2040
4.2/5 rDev +1.9%
D'Vines was the last stop of a 3-hour Circulator bus free-transfer marathon, clean little store in the concentrated shopping center just north of 14th and Columbia, the floorspace is clear - with most of the wines on wall racks and the beer in a large cooler along the back of the store, tastings are held on occasion
making good use of limited space, a concentration of good beer is available, notables include the Goose Island big beer line of Bourbon County, Matilda, and Pere Jacques; Founders Breakfast Stout; Brewers Art 750's of Ozzy and Resurrection; Stone Bashah, Self-Righteous, and VE; Dogfish limiteds, and a good bit more, one full cooler cell devoted to bombers, and another with various Belgian singles and 750s - the rest was mostly six-packs, be sure to look on either side of the counter as there were beers on display there as well
the shopkeep was friendly, and displayed a willingness to help anybody in the store
prices were on par with the area, and a few items cheaper (GI BCS was a full $5 more expensive at Whole Foods)
11-07-2009 22:12:53 | More by blackie
3.85/5 rDev -6.6%
Popped into this place on a whim on my way back to the subway station after eating at Redrocks pizzeria. Its a smallish shop with a mixture of wines and beers. The selection was mediocre until you get to the back wall of coolers. I was thrilled with the overall selection of bombers.
There were plenty of beers in the coolers from Founders, Stone, Troegs, Smuttynose and the prices were reasonable. I was happy to see VE 090909 and I asked the only employee there how much it was. He said 8$. A little high, I debated and then decided to get two. He went to ring it up and they were 6$. He apologized for not knowing off the top of his head but I was happy, 6$ is way better than 8$.
Nothing too odd or unique here. Just a really solid craft beer selection for a mid-Atlantic store.
10-23-2009 16:12:44 | More by drabmuh
4.35/5 rDev +5.6%
Saw this location in Columbia Heights while walking to Julia's Empanadas and decided that I'd go check it out. The shop was relatively small with a bare concrete floor, some wine and beer racks, and a cooler in the back. Not at all run-down though, in fact, fairly chic. For what beers they had, they were all of good quality. I especially noticed that they had a great selection of German single bottles on a rack, as well as a decent assortment of American micro-brews. Staff was extremely friendly and attentive. Overall, a good place to shop if you're in the area.
08-25-2009 03:29:51 | More by thekanna
d'vines in Washington, DC
91 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.