Gilly's Craft Beer & Fine Wine
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Taps: 19 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 21
Reviews by WorldWideStout:
4.5/5 rDev +17.8%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Gilly's has been in existence for over a year now, and I make sure to visit at least once a month, if not more.
I will try not to repeat too much of what has been said below, only add on, and explain if I disagree with another review.
They have a very good selection of Dogfish Head, with 120 IPA, Palo Santo, Midas Touch, and the more common ones always in stock. Seasonals and once a year brews come in as soon as possible, and thanks to the large amounts they purchase, stay around for awhile. Prices for these beers are consistent with other stores in the area.
They have a good selection of microbrews and Belgians, which are often a few dollars more expensive than you would find elsewhere in the DC metro area. They're not atrocious prices, just a little on the high side. They have some well-known and a few lesser known imports (Russian and Argentinian breweries) but not many German brews.
You can find most beers refrigerated or non-refrigerated. As stated previously, you can make your own six packs, and they will break up any four or six pack for you that already hasn't been.
Tim and Johna, the couple who own the store, are lovely people, as are their employees. They may not have tried quite as many beers as some, but they've had plenty, and are quite knowledgeable about everything that's in or been through their store. Every few months there is an "open house" of sorts with several breweries and/or wineries pouring, live music, and some good deals. Tim and Johna are constantly trying to improve their selection and the store in general.
The store is saving away cases of some beers, and plan to sell them aged. I'm sure they'll be more expensive, but it's still pretty cool that they're doing it. You can also tell how excited they are about beer and their store, which is part of why the service is so great. For those who like wine as well, the selection isn't huge, but everything they do have is good. They also have a decent selection of sake.
I would definitely recommend this place to anyone in the DC area, as it's worth at least one trip to, and if you don't live too far away, a lot of them. Grab a pint when you first come in, order a sandwich, and then peruse the selection while you sip. Once your food is ready, you can sit down and talk, or watch the TV they have on. Then grab a mixed sixer or two, chat with the staff, and be on your merry way!
12-07-2009 03:38:11 | More by WorldWideStout
More User Reviews:
2.8/5 rDev -26.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$$
I'm pretty upset about Gillys. I used to frequent here a lot more until I finally realized how badly I was getting robbed with their prices. i was willing to overlook some of the out of date beers I purchased, but once i found some of my beers in other Montgomery County stores almost 10 dollars cheaper I was extremely upset. I will not go here again.
07-17-2013 04:41:23 | More by WWBG
2.55/5 rDev -33.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$$
I want to like this place but there are too many fundamental flaws. The only reason I go is because it's across the street from Guitar Center.
Atmosphere - No complaints here. It always has customers enjoying conversation over good beer and food.
Quality - The place is clean, they have everything they can get in the county, but the customer service is horrible.
Service - I've been in the place 5 or 6 times and no one has ever greeted me. Not a smile, not eye contact, nothing. It's so bad that I feel bad for walking up to the front counter to be rung up for something.
Selection - No complaints. It's Montgomery county. They do the best they can.
Food - Only eaten there once, but it was good.
Value - Robbery. Some people say, "It's montgomery county". I've been into just about every store in the county and Gilly's is the most expensive by far.
12-13-2012 06:34:01 | More by DCgolfpro
4.18/5 rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
One of only three stores in Rockville with a real selection of brews. A lot of reviews on here mentioning how expensive their prices are...well, it is Montgomery County and they control the distribution of alcohol in the County and there is a significant mark-up on everything. If you want cheaper prices then you have to leave the County.
The selection is good, the staff is knowledgeable and they have recently added a bar with eight to ten rotating handles. They also have regular beer and wine tastings throughout the month. Their sandwiches are also really good, especially with a quality brew.
In all honesty, I don't buy a lot of beers here or anywhere in the County, but if you want convenience and a good selection then Gilly's is as good as it gets.
08-19-2012 23:45:04 | More by Tenente
3.86/5 rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$
Situated in car culture Rockville, Gilly's sits in a strip mall sort of area. It's across the street from the guitar center, and traffic and odd street sort of make it hard to recognize or get to.
once inside the place offers a sandwich counter like atmosphere, but also a real simple selection of craft beers, and some wine. Staff are perfectly fine and can answer any questions you might have, their quite friendly.
Selection is slightly better than normal, but not by much. There is one standout here in that there are some Belgian items that I haven't seen anywhere else in the DC area.
However, the prices here are very high. With that in mind and the minimal selection compared to others I would probably head somewhere else.
01-16-2012 18:34:24 | More by smakawhat
3.56/5 rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$$
If you are desperate for craft beer, this is your destination. Astronomical prices! For instance, I've seen Dale's Pale Ale go for between $8-11 in the various stores I've been to in the DC metro area. This store was selling it for over $14. Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout was going for around $12 for a four pack, normally around $8-10 at other stores. This wasn't for every beer, but it is safe to suggest that you may pay 40-50% more for craft beer here.
I'd encourage anyone near Rockville to venture a little further south to Bethesda/Chevy Chase. Much more reasonable prices. I actually found 120 Minute for $7.50 a bottle in a Chevy Chase store! So it pays to research a little, especially looking at reviews on BA.
Do not reward this place with your business.
10-14-2011 19:48:43 | More by ceazaleo
2/5 rDev -47.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | $$$$
To save a few dollars on over priced under par beer at the hotel lobby. We went to a 6 pack shop near our hotel.
Gillys has a passable selection of the stuff other shops don't want. The prices are ASTRONOMICAL.
We were there, so we bought the beers. One of us had an off bottle, if not a bad beer. The complaint was made, but fell on deaf ears. I dunno about comping an unsatisfied customer. I don't own a business of my own and consider trying to satisfy all customers a potential pit-fall. That said, the staff had no interest in customer service or handling the matter professionally.... which I'm customary to in other shops.
With the prices they're charging, I guess Gilly's feels above respecting customers.
With Trader Joe's across the street and DFH in Gaithersburg, the only reason I can see for going to Gillys is bragging rights, but that's lost on me.
If you want good beer, go elsewhere.
If you want bragging rights, compete in an Ironman.
There's no reason to be had at this joint.
08-12-2011 23:20:48 | More by MONKandTUCK
4.33/5 rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$$
One of the better beer stores in the god forsaken county of Montgomery here in MD. A couple coolers up front with a shelf of mostly 12oz singles. In the back is two huge shelves of 22oz and 6 packs. Domestics on one side and internationals on the other. Intermingled around the store is wine. There is also a large deli fridge near the back with chilled 6-packs and 12-packs.
Great selection overall, the best that MD can import. In particular, they have some great Belgian ales, although they are outrageously priced. This is a common theme, everything is expensive in this store. A typical 6-packs will run you about $15 average, some even more. I don't really understand some of their prices, Victory beers (from PA) are more expensive than beers from states further away.
They actually have some solid sandwiches using good artisanal ingredients. They also have a couple tables and 4 beers on tap. I love going there to have lunch, some beer and then walking around the aisles browsing. I think they had heavy seas loose cannon, Flying Dog Imperial Simcoe, Dale's pale ale and another Belgian i can't think of.
Overall, a solid place and great service, the girl behind the counter is fantastic. That said, the prices here are pretty crazy, even for DC. I'll generally hit Belby's first, then here if i can't find something there. Gilly's also has a mailing list which helps update what beers they have in stock as well as on tap.
06-21-2011 17:57:50 | More by bum732
District of Columbia
3.73/5 rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$$
I want to love Gilly's. It's close by, they have a pretty good selection (a great selection if you're comparing them to anything else in Montgomery County), the employees are pleasant and don't pester you if you're browsing for a while, but ugh, the prices! I know this is partly due to Montgomery County, where beer and wine are generally more expensive than DC/VA/rest of MD, but I'll routinely see singles priced at least double what a comparable bottle shop in Northern VA (e.g. Norm's) charges, and bombers for $3-$5 more. They really do have some interesting selections that I don't see elsewhere - mostly unfamiliar Belgians and Eastern European stuff - so I still like to stop in from time to time.
So, if you're from outside of the DC area, I'd say this is in the second/third tier of bottle shops to hit. Don't go out of your way to get there, but if you're in the area, stop in. If they'd get their pricing a little more in line with the other craft beer centric stores in the DMV, I'd definitely shop there more often.
06-20-2011 16:40:05 | More by instantmessinger
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Just got back from picking up a sandwich and few bottles of limited supply Rodenbach and Rodenbach Vintage.
A colleague recommended this place and decided to go try it today. The place is a small deli, but the focus is definitely on the craft and unique international and hard to find brews, as well as decent size stock of worldwide and local wines.
Selection of the craft brews was average. They probably won't have everything you'd hope to find, but there is plenty available that you'll be familiar with and some you'll want to try.
Gilly's also has a rotating selection of three draft beers. I believe this selection rotates anywhere from 2-3 times a month with 1/2 pint/full pint servings ranging from $7-11 and $11 $15 respectively (while I was there today), depending on the beer.
Front end of store has a small selection of cold and ready to consume beers. Remind you, this selection is small and space is shared between sodas and juices for deli customers.
The food, from what I have had today is exceptional. The sandwiches are made with fresh ingredients on the spot and to order. A 6" is roughly $6.99 with 9" hoagies being anywhere from $9.99 to $13.
Enjoyed browsing through this place and will be visiting again.
03-18-2011 18:09:37 | More by Bradthoc
Gilly's Craft Beer & Fine Wine in Rockville, MD
87 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.