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Chuck's Fine Wines

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Chuck's Fine WinesChuck's Fine Wines
BA SCORE
99
world-class

38 Ratings
Ratings: 38
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 6.37%
[ Store ]

23 Bell St
Chagrin Falls, Ohio, 44022-2989
United States
phone: (440) 247-7534

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Reviews by jeffmonarch:
Photo of jeffmonarch
4.85/5  rDev +6.6%

This place is great. I just recently moved to Ohio from the DC area and I am always looking for a great store to supply my addiction to good beer. I found this place here and based on other reviews, I had to check it out. As you walk in the first thing you notice is that this is a really old building, possibly a house at one point? Great atmosphere, I was greeted immedietly after walking through the door. As soon as i mentioned BA the whole staff got excited. The main room you enter is mostly wine but has some beer. After walking through this room you move to the left into a beer haven. It's a little tight in area's but no real beer fanatic would ever complain about being squeezed in between tight isles of great beer. There are a lot of hard to find beers in supply here. Most of these are in low quantities but they have them. After talking to one associate i was offered a tour of the beer "Vault" as he refered to it. He took me into the cooler and showed me the selection of beer in there. The back wall of the cooler is full of nice 6-pack, 750's and really hard to find singles. I left with a great selection of the following; (2) 2003 Aventinus still in the white wrappers with purple lettering, a 12oz. Mephistopheles stout from Avery, a Stone 07' Vertical Epic, Stone Imperial Russian Stout, Unibrou Chambly Noire, AleSmith Speedway Stout, and a 6-pack of Paulaner Salvator. The best part of the visit is that when I asked if they had Unibrou Quelque Chose they offered to order a case and hold a couple for me. This is a hard to find Cherry beer. My wife loves this as it is not a typical beer and tastes like drinking warm cherry pie. This is so important because most beer stores make you deal with what they have. I would recomend this place to anyone. There was also a couple of people there for the wine and cheese selection. I don't care for either but they supposedly have a great selection of these also. I have to finish the review with talking about the staff and how great they are. This is my new favorite store, period.

jeffmonarch, Nov 22, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of RudCho
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

RudCho, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of CLE4goodBeer
3.79/5  rDev -16.7%

If you are looking for Eurpoean imports, Chucks is outstanding. They have a large selection and restock often.

American craft beers are hit or miss. They do a nice job of always carrying the Midwest standards - Great Lakes, bells, founders, hopping frog, brew kettle, new Belgium, etc. They don't really get (m)any of the limited releases though from said breweries. Pricing is very fair.

The gems? Occasionally you can find a non-distributed beer thanks to their loyal customers who may drop one off after an out of town trip.

Food is limited to cheese, sausage and really is more of a small grocery. Very good cheese.

Staff is great. They really know their wine. I would not consider them beer geeks at all but they will help you track something down. They aren't going to know what bcbs or hf stand for, though. Very friendly.

CLE4goodBeer, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of riemster
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

riemster, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of Eastside151
3.99/5  rDev -12.3%

After reading about Chuck's on here decided to make the drive down to check it out. I have never been to Chagrin Falls and have to say it is a really nice area. Bring the wife (or husband) and send them off shopping while you visit Chuck's. Atmosphere is really nice in the store, staff is friendly and helpful. Was a little disappointed with the selection of singles. Expected a bit more than what they had. Prices on a singles are a bit marked up compared to other shops. Imports are the draw for Chuck's, unfortunately I didn't get to check out the vault and will have to do that on another visit.

Eastside151, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of output01x
4.34/5  rDev -4.6%

Date visited: 1/31/12
Number of previous visits: multiple
Likelihood of revisit: definite

Chuck's Fine Wines is located in the heart of Chagrin Falls right off of Main Street. Because of this, finding the store without a GPS may be a bit difficult for those unfamiliar with the area as it is located quite a distance from the closest highways. There is not a lot of room for parking which can be a little problematic during peak hours or when there are multiple deliveries.

The store itself is rather quaint and has a rather rustic, welcoming feel to it. The creaky hardwood floors and ambient lighting definitely make it feel more like a mom 'n pop store rather than a money-grubbing company. The beer section is a bit chaotic with a well organized self-feed cooler, a large wall with a great selection of imports, and lines of table displays showing off random products. Books and glassware are also littered throughout the store and displayed in random areas with little recognizable reasoning.

The selection is pretty good. Given the size of the store, the lack of some staples is understandable. However, this isn't the kind of store that stocks every Founders and Great Lakes product available (although they do have the majority of their catalogs). The real appeal lies in the store's great selection of imports (La Chouffe, Orkney, Hitachino, etc.) as well as the vault.

The vault is located inside the self-feeding cooler and is accessed from the backroom. Please note that it is normally best to ask to see the vault as opposed to walking back there on your own. The vault is where beers are kept that aren't supposed to be sold at this location (beers not distributed here and beers with ABVs above the 12% state maximum). Entering the vault is usually a random experience. Sometimes you can find Oskar Blues Ten Fidy, other times you find some New Belgium Fat Tire. But the not knowing is what makes it so fun (like opening Christmas presents).

The prices of the six-packs is about on par with similar stores. However, the prices on the import singles is a bit marked up. Also, the prices on any of the specially available items in the vault are marked up a bit (and understandably so).

The products available are usually within date (except for some of the items in the vault) and are maintained well despite the seemingly chaotic organization. Little dust can be noticed on the products (even the ones that probably aren't the best sellers).

The workers are always warm and friendly and will always greet a customer as he/she walks through the door. They will usually allow an appropriate amount of time before asking if you need help and are always willing to offer recomendations when asked. They do not get caught up in long conversations but are obviously happy to help and converse briefly.

output01x, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.8/5  rDev +5.5%

Chuck's is for sure the place to go in the Cleveland area if you want to find good beer. The "Swami of Suds", as they call him over there, Mike, is a super nice guy, knows a good amount about beer and is in touch with beer people all across the country. There is a bunch of stuff out in the open but if you really want rare stuff ask to go back in the fridgerated room. I've bought brews by Epic (Utah), De Dolle (Belgium), Schloss Eggenberg (Vienna), Alesmith (California) and some other random ones. You'll probably find something you've never had before.

Mike usually has one or two beers from Three Floyds! Cheers!

Hopdaemon39, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of ike4tay45
4.2/5  rDev -7.7%

Located in a beautiful area of Chagrin Falls. Very friendly staff with a great knowlege of beer. You can head into the back into the cooler and take a peak at things that may not be out on the shelves. Prices are what you would expect. Very good selection. Have been able to find a few gems every now and then. One of the few locations in Ohio where I was able to find Terrapin Brewing beers. My wife and I make an evening of it, by heading to Chucks, then enjoying dinner at one of Chagrins cozy little spots.

ike4tay45, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of DogfishJoe
4.7/5  rDev +3.3%

This is a great place to buy beer or just browse. Wide selection of beer and wine.Also they make homemade cheese and bread but I have not tried the cheese. As everyone else states the selection of beer is huge and employees are willing to help, especially mike the beer man as I call him. My last purchase came with a free homemade pepperonni roll which was very good. Their is also alot of shops and cafes within walking distance from chucks. This is a shop you have to see if your in the area, or if your 45 minutes away like me.

DogfishJoe, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of shortbus7
4.47/5  rDev -1.8%

This is a must go if you are in the Chagrin Falls area. Let me restate that, it is a must go if you are anywhere within 100 miles of Chagrin Falls. The store has a great selection of imports and micros. My favorite micros include Bells, Founders, and Great Divide. Just moved here from Colorado and have found micros from Oskar Blues, Ska, ODells, and Avery.
The "beer guy" Mike is also very knowledgeable and a conversation with this guy is a must. He will introduce you to beers that are spectacular, many of which I had not heard of before. One of the best places I have found since I have moved to Cleveland 3 months ago.

shortbus7, Aug 14, 2011
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Chuck's Fine Wines in Chagrin Falls, OH
99 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.