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Connecticut Avenue Wine & Liquor

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Connecticut Avenue Wine & LiquorConnecticut Avenue Wine & Liquor

Type: Store

1529 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20036-1103
United States

(202) 332-0240 | map

Closed on Sundays.

Added by frimairist on 06-24-2009

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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 37
Reviews by markb40:
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4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

***EDIT 5/4/2011***
Since I posted my review, they have taken out the deli/sandwich station and in its place have added lots of new shelving for beer. It is much better organized and easier to navigate. From what I've heard, they also plan to redo the wine/liquor area with better shelving to make it easier to browse. Also, it took me a few trips to realize this, but they have added single beers to one of the fridges on the left when you walk in. It is next to a juice/sode fridge and a wine fridge, so it is easy to miss.

Original Review - 1/7/2011

This is why I belong to BA. I've been looking for Cigar City beers in DC for months. They have distribution in Philly and NYC- there's got to be some savvy distributor who can grab a case or two off the truck en route, right? Well, the answer I've been getting at most shops in town when I ask about Cigar City is one of:
a) a blank stare
b) "never heard of them"
c) "we carry everything you can get in DC! if you don't see it on the shelf, it doesnt' exist!"

Well then.

So I log into beerfly and start looking at the bottle shops for DC. I read the reviews on CT Ave Wine and thought they were too good to be true, but being desperate and lured by claims of recent Jai Alai purchases I stopped by.

To be fair, it really is tough to prepare yourself for how small this place is. I think I read somewhere (and I'll second the opinion) that if you're wearing a backpack, it's probably safest to leave it at the door.

They seem to specialize in limited release, hard to find beers. It's not an overwhelming, awe-inspiring wall of options, but instead a small, carefully selected bunch of excellent beer, both Belgian and American.

What really separates this shop is the service. The beer guy is dialed in and incredibly helpful. I was greeted when I entered the shop and when I told him I was looking for Cigar City, he pointed me right to the remaining bottles of Madura Brown. He apologized for only having a few left, but he said he was hoping to get another few cases in the next month. I asked him a few other questions including- "When do you get HopSlam?" - A: sometime in the next week or two, a shipment of 4 cases. It was just very nice to go to a beer shop where the employees were not only friendly and helpful, but also incredibly knowledgeable.

It's not news, but yes this place is pricey (It's DC. Everything is marked up.) and yes, there are some very old bottles here (I noticed an '09 Smuttynose Wheat Wine in the fridge), but I still think it's a great shop and a great find in the DC beer scene. Thanks BA!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of grover37
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Small but well curated selection. Typically a dollar more than most places on most large format bottles. Rare bottles tend to hang around an extra day or two here, so sometimes you get lucky.

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Photo of VABA
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Squire123
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of stevoj
3.79/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4

Small, but excellent selection of higher end beers. Prices match rarity. No bargains to be found, but all top notch. Easy to get to, very convenient to Metro and downtown businesses and hotels.

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Photo of Iamjeff6
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of ChrisinRI
3.75/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of NickyHouHou
5/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

For any newcomer to the craft beer scene, one hopes to find a retail outlet that has very knowledgable staff, an eclectic selection of readily accessible and hard-to-find brews, and the patience to help aforementioned newcomers. That place is Connecticut Avenue Liquors, right in the heart of DC's famous Dupont Circle. It's no wonder DCBeer.com lists them as a prime location to purchase beer. On a search for a limited release brew, I phoned them for an inquiry. Not only did they have it, but they said they would put it aside for me. After I got there, I ended up finding some other fantastic limited release items. I also ended up talking with the manager, and... Well, let's just say that I ended up walking out with an EXTREMELY rare find! If you're ever in the DC area, it is worth the trip to Connecticut Ave. Liquors!

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Photo of djhowell
3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of lorenwhite7
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of 31Sam13
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of DCgolfpro
3.4/5  rDev -21.1%

Of the dozen times I've been here I've only had a good customer service experience once and that was 5 years ago. Their selection has dwindled significantly now that the don't bother with the gray market items anymore. You also often find that the good beer is reserved for "regulars", although they won't define what that actually means. My guess is that it means, "employees".

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Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of amstokesdb9
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

I guess this place used to be better than it is now. I have been a few times and yes they do have some rare things but nothing to get really excited about, no out of distribution beers here anymore. I have never found the staff to be particularity friendly either, in stark contrast what past reviews said. The bottle shops in VA have better selecting, service, and pricing anyway. Overall, it's worth a stop if you are in Dupont but don't make a special trip.

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Photo of doremite
3.75/5  rDev -13%

From Boston. Gave it a shot curious what I might find in the DC market. Wasn't blown away by the selection. Walked out with some decent bottles but don't expect any rarities. Selection didn't strike me as overly creative but that said plenty of good stuff to choose from. Just nothing that really excited me. Jolly Pumpkin, Allagash, Bruery, Mikkeller, Goose Island respectable larger production type inventory. Also found price points pretty high. Perhaps 10% higher than I am used to at pricey bottle shops in Boston.

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Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Shootpassbeerme
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of LukeMarson
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Obviously not the beer stockist it was, the selection was reasonable but nothing great. Some nice rarities hidden between some 75cl bottles and Belgian beers. Not many rarities (I did get Maine Beer Zoe and Founders Devil Racer TIPA) and not wide selection. However, if wine and liquor are your thing then you've come to the right place!

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Photo of threedaggers
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of jtladner
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of alexk307
3.45/5  rDev -20%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2

Dragged my girlfriend all the way across the city to this place with the promise that they would have a good selection of rare beers and stuff I cant find around the area.

I was extremely let down. They didn't have ANY Founder's or Bell's. Nothing that interesting there and no traces of any of the other rare beers that have been mentioned in other reviews.

Good for a quick six pack of beer if you're in the neighborhood, but overall, a waste of time.

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Photo of Packlifenc
5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of polopaul20
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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