Schneider's of Capitol Hill

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Type: Store

300 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, District of Columbia, 20002-5702
United States

(202) 543-9300 | map

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Added by Huhzubendah on 11-27-2008

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.76/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Convenient location but a typical DC wine/beer/liquor store. Super tight. A good selection of beer and with DC ABC laws sometimes a crazy variety. With that said, the prices can be a be high. But look closely there are hidden gems.

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Photo of Squire
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of TheBlueJerzzzz
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of imbibehour
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Situated behind Capitol Hill, it's quite an odd store and location on a triangle lot. From the outside the store looks quite big, but inside it's a cramped mess with really tall celings and narrow isles.

Beer is in the pack, and it's placed like many other items in the store really poorly. Aside from your typical cold cases, irregular wooden shelves jut out, and some have the items placed up real high that you can barely reach them, let alone see them without standing 20 feet back in the isle and looking at them from a distance.

Staff though is knowledgeable and courteous, and once in awhile the odd interesting beer is to be found here. But the place is pretty haphazard, sparse, and not a real great shopping experience.

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Photo of Iamjeff6
4/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Lucular
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Very helpful employees. My wife and I were there to buy wine, but the beer manager was on hand to answer my questions about the upcoming BCBS release.

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Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Big_V
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Offered great selection of local and not so local brews. The customer service was excellent. They knew their stuff. A must for BA's like myself.

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Photo of misternebbie
3.68/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 1.75

Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Jtc2811
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Pretty cool establishment, and the only decent craft beer shop in the Capitol Hill area. Be prepared for close quarters. They have an overwhelming selection of liquor and REALLY nice wines. In the back is the fairly formidable beer section, where the regular craft sixers are in the fridge, and the bombers and rare bottles are on racks. They occasionally get a few extra rare selections, but with the price tag to boot. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and really helpful. Overall a great establishment, and they make great use of the space.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.08/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Schneider's of Capitol Hill is literally a corner store turned into a beer/wine store. The aisles are very small, and it's always very cramped- especially when they're busy. The beer selection, while not huge, is pretty impressive. They have stuff there that I haven't seen anywhere else around N. Virginia or Maryland. Service has always been good there. When it's busy you're not going to get individual attention, but otherwise I've experienced good service here. Prices are a tad high, but not ridiculous for DC. Considering some of the hard to find stuff here- and that it's in DC- I can let that slide. I hit Schneider's once every couple months to see what they have- usually when I'm eating at La Loma, a nearby restaurant. Definitely a good place to check out if you're around Capitol Hill in DC. Cheers.

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Photo of Chaney
4.08/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

While small in scope beer-wise, this is a pretty cool place.

Atmosphere: Cramped. Jeez this place is cramped! However, when a place is good, isn't that a good sign?

Quality and service: The service is GREAT! For example: I called and asked the buyer to reserve me a Founders KBS 4-Pack several months ago when it was newly released. I didn't hear anything about it for about a month or so, but then, out of the blue, a call arose. This is but a small example of the great service.

Selection: While they have at least four times as much wine as they do beer, what they do have ranges from good to "you've gotta be kidding me." The DC motto of Taxation without representation is alive and well here. Lost Abbey, Alesmith, Ithaca, and many other out of the area breweries are commonplace.

Value: At least a few $ above what you might expect to pay, especially in the Virginia area....

One of my "go to" hot spots for sure!

NOTE: Whenever there is a popular beer release, always call and reserve your allotment. I've never not gotten on the list, and I call quite often.

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Photo of raveskdr
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I moved to Capitol Hill 6 months ago or so. Went here based on recommendations by other BA members.

I have been there during the day on weekday's mostly. I have never really ran into a big crowd, but I can see the place getting very cramped when busy.

I have always had great interactions with all of the staff. They are courteous and really know their beer (or they will find someone there that does).

I've been able to pick up some great stuff there. They have Port, Lost Abbey, Cantillon, Goose Island, Mikkeller, Brewdog, DFH semirares, and plenty of others. They recently had Ithaca and Cigar City in as well, which is very new to the area. They also get the rare "local" beers (such as Hopslam, KBS, Founders Imperial Stout, etc).

The price is a bit higher than outside of DC, but when you are a stones throw from the Capitol, you have to expect that. Think paying $1-2 more per 6er or bomber.

Love this place. It's my local beer shop. Recommend fully.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.4/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

This is probably my go-to liquor store if I am in the Capitol Hill area or a last minute pit stop before heading out to MD or wherever BWP leads me. Schneider's has a vast selection of wine and spirits and, I understand, a very knowledgeable staff. They can provide great recommendations for lesser known labels that are cheaper than the named brands and better in quality too. I was told that anything with red price tags are the lowest prices possible and everything else is negotiable. However, I was never approached when I was looking at their small but high quality beer section (all refridgerated which is a nice plus especially when you want beer on the go). I usually pick up the Harpoon Leviathan series here and some random beers that are not usually available in similiar stores. The downside are the beer prices and the store is extremely small.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%

Wow this place is busy, but it is walking distance from Union station which, for me, is a huge plus!

This is a wine / liquor store that has some nice beer. It's the type of place that has very little macro crap available but plenty of regional and seasonal beers in bottle for an average price for the area.

The time I was there the place was SHOULDER TO SHOULDER middle aged people buying cases of wine and liquor...seriously. The staff was so eager to sell me my rodenbach that they INSISTED that I approach the counter which pinned an old man in his early 60's between me and counter, the inevitable confrontation resulted with a flurry of bumping into one another and apologizing, it was horrible.

The selection of everything but the beer is really impressive. The beer is OK, about 50 different bottles of something interesting but it will be an easy store to ignore in general, I don't know if I'll go back again.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

As I mentioned in a previous review of another great beer store in DC, I really like beer places with caring, knowledgeable staff who put together basically the best collections they can with the space they have. This store also is that.

Schneider's has a good showing of things you come to expect at a beer store in DC, but also some rarities that you can't find elsewhere, namely they have some great west coast stuff from Alesmith and even Lost Abbey, which I have never seen in the DC area at all. They seem to be good at letting limited release stuff go to people who follow them on facebook/twitter or who come in regularly.

I went here for the first time tonight, and already met the beer guy John who realized instantly I was serious about beer and helped me to an LA Angel's Share and Coronado Idiot IPA. (Awesome) He seems very knowledgeable about his beer and seems to try to get good stuff when it's around, e.g. like Bell's limited release stuff like oracle or hopslam, (along with stuff like Weyerbacher, Founder's, Southern Tier, Goose Island, Mikkeller, Dogfish, Brooklyn, etc.)

They are limited by space, so you may end up not finding exactly what you are looking for, but for the most part they do pack that space in with great beer. Just be careful because they usually only have about 1-3 variaties of most breweries that are common around here...(space issue)Going on off hours might be best too, because it seems like it could get crazy if there were a lot of people in there! Also, the rarer stuff like Lost Abbey is priced high, but hey it beats having to trade for it and pay for shipping to the West Coast!

Recommended but nothing to seek out.

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Photo of StrangeBrewer76
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%

This place is comically small. There is no room for browsing, comparison or contemplation. To pass someone in an aisle you will need to excuse yourself because you will likely be uncomfortably intimate with them as you pass.

This is more of a liquor/ wine store in the high-end capital hill tradition and the beers offered fit right in. A few small coolers in the back have some decent stuff but the fact that I had to 'dance' with four different people just to get a pair of six packs kind of put me off. They had Bells but no Hopslam so I was reasonably satisfied with Expedition and two-hearted. The parking lot is an afterthought so unless you live in the neighborhood I see no reason to stop here.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A staple on Capital Hill for years - and now here on BeerAdvocate, Schneider's is primarily a purveyor of spirits and wine. There is an intriguing selection of bottles on shelf and in freezer. I stuck my head in there last week and found - as I recall - the following: a nice selection of Bells, Racer 5 bombers, several styles of Allagash (Hugh Malone and a Belgian Stout); Anchor Christmas, many Belgian bombers, plenty of Stone products and many others.

Certainly not the most impressive selection of beer in the area, but enough making it worth a trip if in the area. I happen to work about 10 minutes from here, so I will no doubt swing by on the way home. The closest Metro is Union Station; Schneider's is a few blocks east on Mass Avenue.

They do have a very extensive single malt selection.

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Schneider's of Capitol Hill in Washington, DC
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