Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits

Chevy Chase Wine & SpiritsChevy Chase Wine & Spirits
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Chevy Chase Wine & SpiritsChevy Chase Wine & Spirits
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Type: Store

5544 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20015-2610
United States

(202) 363-4000 | map
chevychasewine.com

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Reviews:
84
Ratings:
95
Liked:
85
Avg:
4.28/5
pDev:
10.28%
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Photo of clabaugh
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

My friends and I have taken to referring to Chevy Chase Wine and Spirits simply as "Chevy Chase," thus capturing how this store encompasses everything that really matters in this DC suburb. Chevy Chase has an astounding selection of domestic and import beers. In addition, they offer an inventory on their website, so it's very easy to determine whether they have what you want (which they almost certainly will). The staff is knowledgeable and helpful. If by chance the store is not carrying the beer you're looking for, a Chevy Chase employee is always ready to recommend a substitute of the same style. Chevy Chase offers tastings weekly. This can be a great way to find a real gem amongst their 1000+ beers. Sales are regularly occurring, so on any given day one can get a great deal on a great beer. If you're ever in the DC metro area, or are close enough to make a daytrip there even, I highly recommend visiting Chevy Chase. It's not likely to disappoint.

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Photo of pbr85
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

The selection at Chevy Chase is amazing. They have a wide variety of domestic and imported beers. The prices are reasonable all things considered and are competitive with other stores in the city. I have been to the store four or five times and I'm pretty sure the shortest period I've spent in there looking at the selection was thirty minutes, and I may have spent much more than that the other times. The selection is just incredible.
Their website can be used to find out if they have a beer in stock. You have to cross your fingers with this store because even if it is in stock on the website, it doesn't mean they have it in the store. That is the only drawback I can think of. Many things are out of stock and even more may only have two or three in stock, which seems to fly out of there (my friend and i didn't take one beer off the shelf and all of them sold by the time we were ready to check out). However, if you don't find what you are looking for, the knowledgable staff can give you recomendations. Overall it is a great place to go for rare brews (they claim to have 1000-1200 depending on the day), but give yourself at least an hour to drool over everything

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Photo of jaluria
2.9/5  rDev -32.2%

I came across this place inadvertently and I've felt blessed ever since. This is easily one of the best beer stores on the East Coast. The fact that they have a fully accessible database online is just incredible. Rather than spending hours and hours looking at different bottles in the store, I look up styles and brands here on beeradvocate.com and then search Chevy Chase Liquors website. Once I'm ready to place an order, I just fax over my list and I'm done. The service is very good, but could be improved slightly. Everyone in the store is knowledgable, but they are not always attentive or friendly as many other places I've been to.

Overall, this an exceptional store in terms of available selections and ease of using their online website. Having been a frequent customer of theirs, I would expect much higher quality of service and a friendlier atmosphere. In addition, parking/shopping during the weekend at this place is just not feasible with the number of people in there. I always feel rushed to make my selections and leave. I can't say enough about the selections, but it's not really a place I like to visit, unless I have to. Many bottles are over-priced relative to other stores in the area I've come across.

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Yet another reason to love beerfly. We have family in the AU area, and we pass by this place every single time we go to and come back. I passed it dozens of times. You really wouldn't know from the outside that this place is as stacked as it is.

Located directly on Connecticut, which is one of the main spokes ranging out from DC to 495. Parking in the rear.

Stupendous selection of the finest quality. If I lived nearby, I could only wonder what levels the beer karma would have attained by now...Unlike many of the Baltimore places with good selection, you can actually find some rarities mixed in that make the trip worthwhile. Great service folks who actually know a thing or two about their product.

If you are in DC, this is a must see to stock up on all your needs.

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Photo of lou91
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%

This is an excellent beer store - truly world class and unique. It has beer signs in front of each beer so you can see clearly the beer, brewery and price without having to pick up each bottle. This is great since they have a lot of beer from all over the world. Here is what I picked up last week:
old ruffian, de dolle export stout, cisco libation, allagash 10th anniversary, avery 12 anniversary, spoon whacker, smutty ipa. I easily would have picked up another 10-15 bottles but I couldn't carry it all. This is a must visit in DC. for everyone but especially for the west coast.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%

This was only the second time that I've had occasion to visit this place. I "found" it the last time thanks to BeerFly back in early spring when I last visited my aunt and uncle in the Tenleytown/AU area. It is about a twenty minute walk door-to-door, but now that I know where I am going, the walk seems much shorter. There is free parking in the rear of the store, and that is important, because if you are only going for beer, it is all of the way aft. Since I come in through the front, I park my wheeled Coleman cooler by the door, traverse past all of that pesky wine and liquor, and get down to business.

On the left hand wall, as you approach the rear counter and register, are several wooden shelves, with plenty of bottles on each shelf. Moving further back is a refrigerated area, what I can only liken to the dairy case at the supermarket, with more, different beers (!). Above that case are bomber bottles and cork-finished bottle-conditioned beers. To the right of the counter are two refrigerated coolers with glass doors and pull handle doors. Bear in mind that there is NO repetition of beer in any of these areas. DROOL! I would suggest that one or five of their shopping carts might come in handy, or maybe just a forklift, if your credit card is strong enough.

The beer is all fresh and the staff really knows what they are talking about. Further, they are not pushy, allowing me time to breathe and make a reasoned decision. They even have a display, although dusty, of empty bottles that they have had for sale at one time or another. It is quickly becoming a destination of choice when I visit DC and I highly recommend it to others (especially those of us from PA, where something like this is the stuff of dreams).

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Photo of ecoboy
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%

Putting numbers on this store makes little sense. You don't really care about service or value (which is reasonable when it comes to how much space their selection must take up; the overhead must certainly add up) when there is THIS MUCH TO CHOOSE FROM!

One of the few package stores that made me get that jittery spring in my step when I realized the monumental task that faced me: when there are this many choices, and I have but one fifteen minute visit to fill the car's trunk, what to get? what to get?

One of the best quality beer selections on the east coast, I can safely say.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

A great resource for beers when in DC. Just outside the city proper on Connecticut Ave. The quality is damn good. While the display and organization is a bit confusing everything looked fresh and clean. The various shelves are spread around a bit and not all in one place. They are also around the registers so you have to get in between the people waiting to check out. It was a week before Xmas so the place was really jumping which made it a bit of a hassle to do this. There were even some selections lined up on the counter-it could be very easily to overlook something.

There was plenty of help if you needed it-all well marked by wearing Santa hats!!! Anyone was more then happy to go get the beers you needed to list if there was only one bottle on the shelf. The system can leave a bit to be desired though the one gentleman that helped me knew the inventory off the top of his head.

The selction is quite amazing to say the least. Theres Belgians that this BA had never heard of. Micros from some of the small Scottish brewers that I was never able to track down when I was in Scotland. A good variety of US micros from all over. Beers from the former Soviet countries. It really was a global selection.

This place is definately worth a stop. Id try to get there on a week day when things might be easier to take in and peruse. I dropped a quick hundred before I knew it.

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Photo of biernuss
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%

Just got back from my first visit to Chevy Chase with more to come.
Awesome! I went in through the backdoor so I was immediately surrounded by the LARGE inventory of beers available. Single bottles on shelves with pricing for individual bottles; six pack; half cases and cases. Grab a shopping basket and start loading up on singles or take your pad and pencil to find the stock number of your favorite beer to buy in larger quantities. Store personnel was very helpful and friendly. Pricing seems somewhat high but everything is relative (Coor's Light costs $5 or $6 at a ballgame). Great place and a simple drive from I-270 even on a hectic Saturday afternoon. I shall return!!

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%

Hey Lucy I'm Home! (Or at least I want to move in...)

I had heard about the selection at Chevy Chase Liquors, and thought I was not going to be able to check it out. It is near impossible to find a place to park at the establishment. I must have circled the block 4 times, but finally I stopped in front of the store, best quarter I ever spent.

The selection is well done. Beer everywhere. Single bottles in a line with numbers on them if you desire a six pack or a case. Bring a pad and pen and write down the name of the beer and the number as well as the quantity you desire. The prices are not the best, but the selection quickly makes you forget about all that. Don't forget to turn around and look at the wall in front of the back counter. I was about to check out and then realized there was another wall of beer.

I spoke with a couple of store employees. Only one really seemed to know beer, but the other two were still extremely helpful. The guy who retrieved the beer had quite a task running around in coolers and downstairs to find my selections.

I saw no dust on any of the beers on the shelves and older beers were in a bargain bin.

I'll be back to Chevy Chase after I work some more and save some cash. You could really stock up there.

Oh, for anyone who thought they might have Drednaught, better call, I purchased the last two bottles...;)

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Photo of grasshopper
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Chevy Chase Liquors. The selection was pretty impressive. There were quite a few regional micro-brews(Weyerbacher, Stoud's, Flying fish etc) as well as microbrews from as far away as California(Stone's). For the most part you need to understand the system of finding the beer you want. Because of limited space 1 bottle of every beer they carry is displayed throughout the rear area of the store with a label reading an identification number including price. There were quite a few belgium beers and many other European beers. It is probably the best selection of beer in any category I have seen in D.C. to date. The service is very good but you need to find the sales people who have more knowledge about the beers if you have any questions. Sometimes they have beers that may not be displayed on the shelf- So be sure and ask about a beer you may like but don't see.
The Brickskeller is the only place that I can think of that rivals this place, however the Brickskeller is a place where you sit and drink vs. liquor/beer purchases.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%

This place is unbelievable! Having recently moved to Arlington, I made the pilgrimage this morning to find out what everyone was talking about. Chevy Chase Liquors is tucked into an old style row of shops in the heart of Chevy Chase. It is not a big sture, but the accomplish their impressive selection (1200+ according to their beer manager) by only displaying singles. If you want something besides a single, they will go get it for you from cold storage.

They have an impressive array of imports and hard to find domestics. Their single prices on Belgians and other imports are actually quite good. They pride themselves in having hard to find stuff (Hercule Stout anyone??). They have a ton of Belgian and German beers, and many very hard to find domestic specialty beers. Their six pack prices on microbrews/imports aren't anything to write home about, but they're not absurd either. This isn't the type of place you go to just pickup a 6er of Sierra Nevada. This is the place you go to get the stuff no one else will have.

The staff is all knowledgable and was very helpful to me when I came across some beers I'd never heard of before. If you live in the DC area, you owe it to yourself to check this place out.

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Photo of hungryghost
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

This place must have over 500 brands of beer. Not to mention booze and a pretty extensive wine selection.
The service can be kind of gruff at times but some of them do seem to know they are talking about. It is great just browsing around and picking out new things to try. You can buy only singles, this is a fantastic option. Try ten new things, if you do not happen to like one, you are not stuck with the rest of the six pack. If you go to get the beers you can buy anywhere, the prices are nothing special. There are beers from all over the world. I think the US selection is pretty darn good as well.

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Photo of Riggo
4.15/5  rDev -3%

This place boggles the mind with the sheer number of beers available, whether its American micro, Belgian, Czech, or English.
Any serious beer lover in the DC area must check this place out. This is the place for mind-blowing selection. It's like beer vertigo. You should go in there with a plan or alot of money; otherwise its easy to just get bewildered.

This is the only place in the DC metro area where I have found Deschutes beers (for example), which are not distributed east of the Mississippi as I understand it. The guy at this place told me they make a trip to the Northwest and bring the stuff back on their own.

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Photo of DarthMalt
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

On a quick junket to DC, I actually lucked out and picked this store first. Unfortunately, I wanted one of the two beers in the world that they couldn't get. But I do not fault them, and, truly, THIS PLACE IS AMAZING!!!!!!!! They have one of everything on the walls with little tags telling you all the breakdown prices. All the beer is cold stored, so you have to point and get service.

This place is part beer Mecca, part beer library--as curious things, such as a Michelob Pale Ale (which I've never seen nor heard of before) sit on the shelves next to the Rachbiers, Ales out the a**, and lagers from all corners of the world.

Interestingly enough, the store is like your typical neighborhood main-street hardware store, with an ample parking lot in back, and the venerable-old, greasy-glass-doors back entrance, which harken back to the shopping days of yore. I felt like a kid again, going to the candy store!

PS - I visited about five other stores in DC that day, and they all wound up pointing me back to Chevy Chase Liquors. This place has its props! If they don't have it, it isn't within a hundered miles of them (which I proved to myself later that week)--unless, of course, you head to the Brickskellar (west shot off DuPont), where you have to eat your beer on site.

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Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits in Washington, DC
Place rating: 89.5% out of 100 with 95 ratings
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