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Gilly's Craft Beer & Fine Wine

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31 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

2009 Chapman Ave
Rockville, Maryland, 20852-1614
United States

(301) 770-5515 | map

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Reviews by WorldWideStout:
Photo of WorldWideStout
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Gilly's has been in existence for over a year now, and I make sure to visit at least once a month, if not more.

I will try not to repeat too much of what has been said below, only add on, and explain if I disagree with another review.

They have a very good selection of Dogfish Head, with 120 IPA, Palo Santo, Midas Touch, and the more common ones always in stock. Seasonals and once a year brews come in as soon as possible, and thanks to the large amounts they purchase, stay around for awhile. Prices for these beers are consistent with other stores in the area.

They have a good selection of microbrews and Belgians, which are often a few dollars more expensive than you would find elsewhere in the DC metro area. They're not atrocious prices, just a little on the high side. They have some well-known and a few lesser known imports (Russian and Argentinian breweries) but not many German brews.

You can find most beers refrigerated or non-refrigerated. As stated previously, you can make your own six packs, and they will break up any four or six pack for you that already hasn't been.

Tim and Johna, the couple who own the store, are lovely people, as are their employees. They may not have tried quite as many beers as some, but they've had plenty, and are quite knowledgeable about everything that's in or been through their store. Every few months there is an "open house" of sorts with several breweries and/or wineries pouring, live music, and some good deals. Tim and Johna are constantly trying to improve their selection and the store in general.

The store is saving away cases of some beers, and plan to sell them aged. I'm sure they'll be more expensive, but it's still pretty cool that they're doing it. You can also tell how excited they are about beer and their store, which is part of why the service is so great. For those who like wine as well, the selection isn't huge, but everything they do have is good. They also have a decent selection of sake.

I would definitely recommend this place to anyone in the DC area, as it's worth at least one trip to, and if you don't live too far away, a lot of them. Grab a pint when you first come in, order a sandwich, and then peruse the selection while you sip. Once your food is ready, you can sit down and talk, or watch the TV they have on. Then grab a mixed sixer or two, chat with the staff, and be on your merry way!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Dirtyhands
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Rammed96
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

They have a great selection of craft beers.
But, they are Super Expensive!!!!
Up to Double the cost of most places. But they have stuff you can't find else where.

Bitter sweet place.

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Photo of Inspired
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I like Gilly's, but I can't recommend it...at least not as a bottle shop. Perhaps BA should consider adding a "Value" criteria to their rating process. You see, while Gilly's has a lot going for it, the astronomical prices of their beers (both bottles and growler fills) pretty much cause me to steer clear of the place when I'm shopping for beer.

In terms of a restaurant/pub, I have always had good experiences with the staff when I grab a bar stool and settle in for a beer and a sandwich. Speaking of which, their food, which consists mainly of sandwiches, is really good and their beer selection is about as good as you'll find in Montgomery County. As for the vibe of the place, it's kind of cozy and has a sort of "Cheers" vibe to it in the bar area at least.

So come for a pint and a sandwich, but if you're looking for a six pack to take home, you might want to look elsewhere or plan on paying a premium.

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Photo of dexterk1
3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25

Vibe is average and selection not bad. They do the best they can with limited space.
Service is pretty good. Value is bad. Overpriced for package sales.

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Photo of Kdowney1
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Crveballin
2/5  rDev -48.5%

Photo of wgassert22
3/5  rDev -22.7%

One of the best selections in Montgomery County, but the prices are ridiculous. The 40-50% markup comment is spot-on

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Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of TangoDeTank
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of BuffaloBrewFan
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of ArmOnFire
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Visiting from NH for work the next day, it was a Friday and they were having a Lagunitas event. Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable.
It's a bottle shop, that has 16 taps, with a sub/ sandwich shop, what more could a beer geek ask for?
The only negative, is that they could probably use some more space. The small bar in the back was packed on the evening I visited, but the staff handled it very well.

I ended up enjoying a few pints while looking over the large selection of bottles on the display racks, fridge.

Sandwich was good, the beers on tap were great, I will be coming back here on future trips.

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Photo of Beer4MyBrajs
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of DCgolfpro
2.55/5  rDev -34.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

I want to like this place but there are too many fundamental flaws. The only reason I go is because it's across the street from Guitar Center.

Atmosphere - No complaints here. It always has customers enjoying conversation over good beer and food.

Quality - The place is clean, they have everything they can get in the county, but the customer service is horrible.

Service - I've been in the place 5 or 6 times and no one has ever greeted me. Not a smile, not eye contact, nothing. It's so bad that I feel bad for walking up to the front counter to be rung up for something.

Selection - No complaints. It's Montgomery county. They do the best they can.

Food - Only eaten there once, but it was good.

Value - Robbery. Some people say, "It's montgomery county". I've been into just about every store in the county and Gilly's is the most expensive by far.

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Photo of Tenente
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

One of only three stores in Rockville with a real selection of brews. A lot of reviews on here mentioning how expensive their prices are...well, it is Montgomery County and they control the distribution of alcohol in the County and there is a significant mark-up on everything. If you want cheaper prices then you have to leave the County.

The selection is good, the staff is knowledgeable and they have recently added a bar with eight to ten rotating handles. They also have regular beer and wine tastings throughout the month. Their sandwiches are also really good, especially with a quality brew.

In all honesty, I don't buy a lot of beers here or anywhere in the County, but if you want convenience and a good selection then Gilly's is as good as it gets.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Situated in car culture Rockville, Gilly's sits in a strip mall sort of area. It's across the street from the guitar center, and traffic and odd street sort of make it hard to recognize or get to.

once inside the place offers a sandwich counter like atmosphere, but also a real simple selection of craft beers, and some wine. Staff are perfectly fine and can answer any questions you might have, their quite friendly.

Selection is slightly better than normal, but not by much. There is one standout here in that there are some Belgian items that I haven't seen anywhere else in the DC area.

However, the prices here are very high. With that in mind and the minimal selection compared to others I would probably head somewhere else.

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
2/5  rDev -48.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3

To save a few dollars on over priced under par beer at the hotel lobby. We went to a 6 pack shop near our hotel.

Gillys has a passable selection of the stuff other shops don't want. The prices are ASTRONOMICAL.

We were there, so we bought the beers. One of us had an off bottle, if not a bad beer. The complaint was made, but fell on deaf ears. I dunno about comping an unsatisfied customer. I don't own a business of my own and consider trying to satisfy all customers a potential pit-fall. That said, the staff had no interest in customer service or handling the matter professionally.... which I'm customary to in other shops.

With the prices they're charging, I guess Gilly's feels above respecting customers.

With Trader Joe's across the street and DFH in Gaithersburg, the only reason I can see for going to Gillys is bragging rights, but that's lost on me.

If you want good beer, go elsewhere.
If you want bragging rights, compete in an Ironman.

There's no reason to be had at this joint.

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Photo of bum732
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

One of the better beer stores in the god forsaken county of Montgomery here in MD. A couple coolers up front with a shelf of mostly 12oz singles. In the back is two huge shelves of 22oz and 6 packs. Domestics on one side and internationals on the other. Intermingled around the store is wine. There is also a large deli fridge near the back with chilled 6-packs and 12-packs.

Great selection overall, the best that MD can import. In particular, they have some great Belgian ales, although they are outrageously priced. This is a common theme, everything is expensive in this store. A typical 6-packs will run you about $15 average, some even more. I don't really understand some of their prices, Victory beers (from PA) are more expensive than beers from states further away.

They actually have some solid sandwiches using good artisanal ingredients. They also have a couple tables and 4 beers on tap. I love going there to have lunch, some beer and then walking around the aisles browsing. I think they had heavy seas loose cannon, Flying Dog Imperial Simcoe, Dale's pale ale and another Belgian i can't think of.

Overall, a solid place and great service, the girl behind the counter is fantastic. That said, the prices here are pretty crazy, even for DC. I'll generally hit Belby's first, then here if i can't find something there. Gilly's also has a mailing list which helps update what beers they have in stock as well as on tap.

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Photo of instantmessinger
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

I want to love Gilly's. It's close by, they have a pretty good selection (a great selection if you're comparing them to anything else in Montgomery County), the employees are pleasant and don't pester you if you're browsing for a while, but ugh, the prices! I know this is partly due to Montgomery County, where beer and wine are generally more expensive than DC/VA/rest of MD, but I'll routinely see singles priced at least double what a comparable bottle shop in Northern VA (e.g. Norm's) charges, and bombers for $3-$5 more. They really do have some interesting selections that I don't see elsewhere - mostly unfamiliar Belgians and Eastern European stuff - so I still like to stop in from time to time.

So, if you're from outside of the DC area, I'd say this is in the second/third tier of bottle shops to hit. Don't go out of your way to get there, but if you're in the area, stop in. If they'd get their pricing a little more in line with the other craft beer centric stores in the DMV, I'd definitely shop there more often.

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Photo of Bradthoc
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Just got back from picking up a sandwich and few bottles of limited supply Rodenbach and Rodenbach Vintage.

A colleague recommended this place and decided to go try it today. The place is a small deli, but the focus is definitely on the craft and unique international and hard to find brews, as well as decent size stock of worldwide and local wines.

Selection of the craft brews was average. They probably won't have everything you'd hope to find, but there is plenty available that you'll be familiar with and some you'll want to try.

Gilly's also has a rotating selection of three draft beers. I believe this selection rotates anywhere from 2-3 times a month with 1/2 pint/full pint servings ranging from $7-11 and $11 $15 respectively (while I was there today), depending on the beer.

Front end of store has a small selection of cold and ready to consume beers. Remind you, this selection is small and space is shared between sodas and juices for deli customers.

The food, from what I have had today is exceptional. The sandwiches are made with fresh ingredients on the spot and to order. A 6" is roughly $6.99 with 9" hoagies being anywhere from $9.99 to $13.

Enjoyed browsing through this place and will be visiting again.

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Photo of captwalt
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I was very impressed by this place. I found the service to be outstanding. very friendly staff willing to talk. The mix a 6 pack is a wonderful thing and I wish more people would do this. The sipping pint while you shop is also a big bonus. They had lots of stuff that I haven't seen before. They did not have exactly what I had gone there for but there was plenty more to boggle my mind and bedazzle my palate. The price is somewhat high but reasonable. Overall this is the best beer store in this area and the sandwiches were good too.

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Photo of glocks4interns
4/5  rDev +3.1%

I've not eaten here so I can't comment on the food. I'm pretty sure they also have been on tap for the cafe.

As far as the store goes it is alright. The craft selection is much better than most beer & wine stores but not nearly that of the top-tier stores (Perfect Pour, Chevy Chase).

It seemed to have a nice selection of Belgian and American beer but less of a selection of other beers. I found a few bottles here I was interested in but overall wasn't too impressed.

The biggest downside is price. The prices here were the same as something like Perfect Pour or Chevy Chase both of which have much greater selections. If I didn't work 10 minutes from Perfect Pour I'd be much more likely to come here.

Overall this is a fine beer store if you need to pick something up in Rockville but doesn't compare to a few other stores in the area. It is next to Urban BBQ which is amazing and a good reason to stop by (get the Soul Rolls).

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Photo of biglite351
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%

The place was nice and clean. The bottles were not dusty Luke in a few other places that I have gone. The selection was good for a local shop, but I would not drive far to get there. Prices were not bad, but not near the best either. The one employee did ask me if I needed any help, but she was the only non-cook employee at th3 time so she was busy.

Bottom line is that if I was in Rockville and wanted some good beers, I would stop in. But if I was in another area I would not make a drive just for this place.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%

Gilly┬┤s is an iconic reference for craft beer and fine wine in the region. After crossing them in many conversations and tracking them a bit on-line I was able to make a first quick visit.

Quite a fresh and dedicated establishment to a cultured way of drinking. Nice and reputed offer to have a beer while shopping, or actually sit down in one of the few tables, can be had with a few of the food-cheese selection that they also hold for nice pairings. The tap rotates quite a bit and I had a quick taste of the Chimay Cinq Cents.

The prices in general seemed average and above for the region and most craft beers Very nice and solid selection with some oddities. And also a nice cold range... If anything, I noticed an absence of barley wines, but I think it was probably a matter of the season and related availability more than anything else. Nice grouping of single bottles to sample instead of trying a whole six pack. Friendly staff and vibe.

Certainly a place to recommend, revisit, and keep in mind. A bit too suburban a location, but that may only apply to a few of us.... Active and savvy on social networks sites such as Facebook or twitter to help people keep updated on new arrivals, tap changes and other news (quite a nice touch).

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Photo of Cunningham26
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%

I stumbled upon this place having made a pilgrimage from Boston to go to my favorite bbq place on planet earth, Urban BBQ. a few years ago, a friend and I would go to enjoy delcious pulled pork, and then go into the quikiee mart next door to pick up some old bo to drink in foggy bottom with our hipster friends for irony. we were jerks.
but now, with craft beer, amazing bbq, and guitars within 100 yards of each other, it's like the trifecta. this place had a great selection of craft, including an immense selection of DFH. it looked like it was run by a husband and wife team, and while it didn't have all the usual suspects, it had enough that it could quench any BAs craving with something tasty.
Service was good, my girlfriend and i were just browsing but were asked if we needed any assistance, but not pushing anything, just the kind of service I love.
prices were around $2-3 more than most places, even downtown DC package shops. I'm sure Gilly's is still paying off the initial capital to get all the bottles in there, so if i lived in the neighborhood, i wouldnt mind supporting them.

Hopefully i will be back soon to enjoy some bbq, pick up a tele, and some brews next time i'm in rockville!

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