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Calvert Woodley Liquor

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Calvert Woodley LiquorCalvert Woodley Liquor
BA SCORE
81
good

11 Reviews
Reviews: 11
Visits: 16
Avg: 3.15
pDev: n/a
[ Store ]

4339 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20008-2305
United States
phone: (202) 966-4400 | map
www.calvertwoodley.com

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Place added by: iccccceman on 09-29-2009

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Reviews: 11 | Visits: 16
Reviews by damjadi:
Photo of damjadi
2.65/5  rDev -15.9%

Wow! A fine wine store selling a few dozen 750s of mainstream Belgian beers and cases of low end, uninspired beers. The main business seems to be sale cases of Sam Adams and that ilk. Not much selection and no one there who has any knowledge of beer. Pretty bleak...

It is convenient to the metro (across from UDC), but why it is even listed as a beer store is a head scratcher. I have seen 7-11s with better selection.

Wine? Check. Coffee? Check. Fine cheese? Check. Beer? Not so much....

Unless you are looking for wine, keep looking...

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More User Reviews:
Photo of _RL_
4.94/5  rDev +56.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I didn't go to CW before Randy became their beer guy so I can't comment on the older reviews, but CW is now one of the best (if not the best) place to go for beer in DC. Anyone who visited P Street while Randy was there knows the connections and service he brings to the table. Pay CW a visit. You owe it to yourself.

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Photo of Devman171
4.72/5  rDev +49.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

One of the new Craft beer hotspots in DC! small parking lot, close to the metro. Randy is doing a great job of bringing in great new beers at solid prices.. thanks guys!

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Photo of Drew031482
4.84/5  rDev +53.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Best bottle shop in the City since Randy made the move from Whole Foods P. St.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
4.94/5  rDev +56.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This store has morphed ever since Randy arrived for P Street Whole Foods. Amazing selection of beers, including a rotating selection of limited and hard to find products. Extremely well staffed with numerous employees walking the store asking customers if they need help. Great weekly sales. Overall, it is now one of the best craft beer stores in the DC area.

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Photo of BrownBottle
5/5  rDev +58.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

One of the finest stores in the area. This is the store to keep your eye on, considering they recently hired Randy (former Whole Foods purchaser on P Street). If it's anyone that can get exceptional or special release beers in, it's gonna be him. Now they arguably have the best selection of quality(!) craft beer in the area and I imagine we'll only see improvements with time.

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Photo of Nexking
4.94/5  rDev +56.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The place has definitely changed drastically since Randy got there. Great selection and fantastic service.

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Photo of hshand17
5/5  rDev +58.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Since Randy has arrived from Whole Foods P Street in November, he's transformed this place into arguably the best beer store in the area. Great prices, great service, great selection of cans, bombers, etc. If there's a limited release beer, chances are they're going to have it along with the best selection of everything else.

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Photo of sulli520
5/5  rDev +58.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

With Randy joining Calvert Woodley their beer selection is now second to none in DC.

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Photo of xcdarrel17
5/5  rDev +58.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I think in the past the beer selection was average, but they have a new beer buyer, Randy, previously of Whole Foods P St. The selection now is second to none and the service is exceptional. Calvert is now a must stop beer destination in DC.

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Photo of Barracudas
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25

Photo of sokol_1993
3.04/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25

This liquor store got pretty negative review from BA-er in the past, but I'm here to provide a few comment of the store condition in 2015.

One word: Samuel Smith.

As the other reviewers said, CW does not have many type of craft beers, and only the mainstream Belgian like Chimay, not even Rochefort. It is mainly a wine and liquor store, but with seemingly cheaper price than other places; for example, a bottle of Three Philosophers only costs 9.99 compared to 10.99 at other places.
However, when I was there 2 days ago, CW was having a huge selection of Samuel Smith, with Chocolate Stout, Nut brown ale, oatmeal stout and other. It is much more extensive than any other Samuel Smith selection I've seen in DC, so that is CW bright point in the beer department.

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Photo of freimuth
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of smakawhat
2.74/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 2

Long story short, Calvert Woodley is very focused on wine and some decent spirits, so this is NOT a good place to go for craft beer. Do not come here if you want to buy/find beer.

The store is laid out well, but traffic in the Van Ness area is terrible and parking here is a bit of a pain. There is a lot though that is for the store and even has employees casually monitoring it to let people know of free spaces.

Service is pretty solid and the staff that monitor the isles and stock know their product, they just don't carry any decent beer or much variety. It's not something they cater to. Prices here are also just slightly high.

In short it's a little pit of a pain to get to, has no selection for craft beer, but if you want a decent bottle of spirit or wine, even something perhaps less than ordinary then come here. But don't bother shopping here if you want beer.

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Photo of malloyca
3/5  rDev -4.8%

CW is wine-focused. Don't go out of your way to go here if you are looking for a great selection of hard to find beers. That said, the pricing is reasonable, and better than most grocery stores in the area. The selection consists of a smattering of macro brews (US and Euro) with a few smaller, mostly East Coast craft brews. I'd say the selection is slightly better than the local Safeway, Giant or Target, with better prices, but go to Chevy Chase or Rodmans for better beer options. CW's emphasis is wine, and in that regard CW has no peer D.C. It also has a great deli.

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Photo of John_M
2.85/5  rDev -9.5%

OK. Seeing this on BA is about to get on my last nerve.

I get it that appearing on BA beerfly is essentially free advertising for wine/liquor stores, and so why not request that it be added to the que. However, anyone visiting CW looking for a decent selection of beer would be pretty pissed pretty quick, and so I don't see how appearing on BA beerfly is a good thing for CW.

Located on extremely busy Connecticut Ave., one starts with the fact that the parking lot here is tiny, and so one often has to wait in line to use the parking lot (backing out into Connecticut Ave. often enough). I guess it's worth the wait for the outstanding wine selection and high quality deli, but not for the beer selection. As the previous reviewer noted, this place has a few different Belgians, as well as few regional favorites (Victory and Troegs, and I'm really not sure what else). However, it's a pretty unimpressive selection, and it's apparent that CW has beer only for wine consumers who want to pick up a 6 pack or two, along with their wine pick-up, for the few token beer drinkers at the house party. It's a completely thoughtless, indifferent selection, and clearly reflects the mindset of the staff here (who near as I can tell, know nothing about beer - they tend to know a great deal about wine).

The sad thing is, there are a number of very good beer stores in the area (Chevy Chase is just a mile or so down the street), so it's ridiculous for this place to be on BeerFly. For wine, I go here all the time, but this is BeerFly, not WINEfly! Get it?

Good grief....

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Calvert Woodley Liquor in Washington, DC
81 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.