Connecticut Avenue Wine & Liquor
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Reviews by markb40:
District of Columbia
4.54/5 rDev +3.2%
Since I posted my review, they have taken out the deli/sandwich station and in its place have added lots of new shelving for beer. It is much better organized and easier to navigate. From what I've heard, they also plan to redo the wine/liquor area with better shelving to make it easier to browse. Also, it took me a few trips to realize this, but they have added single beers to one of the fridges on the left when you walk in. It is next to a juice/sode fridge and a wine fridge, so it is easy to miss.
Original Review - 1/7/2011
This is why I belong to BA. I've been looking for Cigar City beers in DC for months. They have distribution in Philly and NYC- there's got to be some savvy distributor who can grab a case or two off the truck en route, right? Well, the answer I've been getting at most shops in town when I ask about Cigar City is one of:
a) a blank stare
b) "never heard of them"
c) "we carry everything you can get in DC! if you don't see it on the shelf, it doesnt' exist!"
So I log into beerfly and start looking at the bottle shops for DC. I read the reviews on CT Ave Wine and thought they were too good to be true, but being desperate and lured by claims of recent Jai Alai purchases I stopped by.
To be fair, it really is tough to prepare yourself for how small this place is. I think I read somewhere (and I'll second the opinion) that if you're wearing a backpack, it's probably safest to leave it at the door.
They seem to specialize in limited release, hard to find beers. It's not an overwhelming, awe-inspiring wall of options, but instead a small, carefully selected bunch of excellent beer, both Belgian and American.
What really separates this shop is the service. The beer guy is dialed in and incredibly helpful. I was greeted when I entered the shop and when I told him I was looking for Cigar City, he pointed me right to the remaining bottles of Madura Brown. He apologized for only having a few left, but he said he was hoping to get another few cases in the next month. I asked him a few other questions including- "When do you get HopSlam?" - A: sometime in the next week or two, a shipment of 4 cases. It was just very nice to go to a beer shop where the employees were not only friendly and helpful, but also incredibly knowledgeable.
It's not news, but yes this place is pricey (It's DC. Everything is marked up.) and yes, there are some very old bottles here (I noticed an '09 Smuttynose Wheat Wine in the fridge), but I still think it's a great shop and a great find in the DC beer scene. Thanks BA!
01-07-2011 20:16:40 | More by markb40
More User Reviews:
District of Columbia
3.5/5 rDev -20.5%
Obviously not the beer stockist it was, the selection was reasonable but nothing great. Some nice rarities hidden between some 75cl bottles and Belgian beers. Not many rarities (I did get Maine Beer Zoe and Founders Devil Racer TIPA) and not wide selection. However, if wine and liquor are your thing then you've come to the right place!
06-20-2014 18:25:05 | More by LukeMarson
3.45/5 rDev -21.6%
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
Connecticut Avenue Wine & Liquor in Washington, DC
96 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.