Connecticut Avenue Wine & Liquor Deli
Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 30 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Dreadnaught33:
District of Columbia
4.8/5 rDev +7.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
I have to echo what some of the other BA's have already said about this store: It's definitely the best kept secret in the whole DC area. It looks very unassuming from the outside, but any thoughtful craft beer fan will notice immediately upon walking in that Al and Bobby have done a great job making sure that top quality stuff from around the country makes it to the store, even if its in a small cramped space. (Which they definitely make the most of)
The guys are very nice and so far I have built a great relationship especially with Al, the main beer guy. Everytime I walk in and he always seems to be there just to say hello and see if there is anything special that I'm looking for or letting me know about things that are coming in. I think that that kind of friendly service alone already raises the value of the place.
The do a great job stocking up on the best seasonal releases and year round releases from companies in the US like Dogfish Head, Founders, Bells, Duck Rabbit, Jolly Pumpkin, Goose Island, Great Divide, Avery, Stone, The Bruery, Troegs, Weyerbacher, Hoppin Frog, Coronado, etc. and also harder to find imports like Mikkeller, Brewdog, Cantillon and others. Awesome stuff, just one word of warning, make sure you check the dates on some things sitting on the shelfs, because some hoppy beers or others that dont do well sitting may be a little old because the shelves are so tightly packed it seems hard to regulate, though I havent had a problem with this so far.
All in all a great place, highly recommended. Just be aware that the prices are DC Dupont Circle area level, but trust me there is some stuff you wont find anywhere else and its usually worth paying a little extra for.
09-21-2010 18:47:14 | More by Dreadnaught33
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3.45/5 rDev -22.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | $$$
Dragged my girlfriend all the way across the city to this place with the promise that they would have a good selection of rare beers and stuff I cant find around the area.
I was extremely let down. They didn't have ANY Founder's or Bell's. Nothing that interesting there and no traces of any of the other rare beers that have been mentioned in other reviews.
Good for a quick six pack of beer if you're in the neighborhood, but overall, a waste of time.
01-26-2014 19:43:06 | More by alexk307
District of Columbia
4.72/5 rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I stopped by the store on a day off today to see what was available. They didn't have all of the brands mentioned in earlier reviews of the shop (no RR, cigar city, floyds) but I still call what they had 5/5. Long gone from other stores Evil Twin, bunch of Surly, awesome Oude/ Gueze selection. Of the stuff they had that I 'know the going rate for' for available Bruery, Firestone, etc I thought their prices were more than fair.
It was a weds morning so I didn't get (or request) much by way of service, as they was only a security type guy and the cashier but both friendly and helpful.
I'd say they wine selection appeared great if you're a >$50 a bottle type shopper. Not many places put $80 Burgundies on 50% off closeout but I guess space is tight. Also one of the more extensive vintage champagne selections I've seen.
I'll definitely make this place one of my stops in DC especially if I'm hitting the P St WFM, as a nice parking spot is appropriate for both. Fun old city neighborhood (at least during the day) with old book stores etc taboot.
07-24-2013 18:21:59 | More by Prince_Casual
4.64/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | $$$$
Extremely amazing selection of beer here that you should not be able to get in the area. I dont know how they had Surly, Alpine and RR when i went there but they had tons. I was shocked. Prices were very high but considering you cant get this selection anywhere else i didnt mind. if you dont mind paying top dollar for rare beers then this place is for you. They have mostly unrefrigerated bombers / 750mls bottles, as the emphasis is on rarity and not sixers/quantity. If youre in DC and a beer enthusiast you must stop here.
05-27-2013 17:56:28 | More by Axnjxn
Connecticut Avenue Wine & Liquor Deli in Washington, DC
97 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.