Chuck's Fine Wines

Chuck's Fine WinesChuck's Fine Wines
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Chuck's Fine WinesChuck's Fine Wines
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Type: Store

23 Bell St
Chagrin Falls, Ohio, 44022-2989
United States

(440) 247-7534 | map
chucksfinewines.com

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36
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42
Liked:
42
Avg:
4.52/5
pDev:
6.42%
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Photo of vinyljunkie
5/5  rDev +10.6%

This is my favorite beer store yet! The selection is outstanding and the customer service is superior.

I was not in the store but for 1 minute and was cheerfully greeted. When I explained that this was my first time there and that I was interested in beer, I was introduced to the "beer guy", Scott, who showed me around the place. He broke down their inventory by region and style and even took me back to "the vault". There are some real goodies back there.

Scott is very knowledgeable and spent time assisting me with my purchase. My haul consisted of Southern Tier Choklat, Mikkeller Big Worse and Black Hole, Avery Mephistopheles' Stout, and Bell's Special Double Cream Stout.

As soon as I deplete my inventory, i am heading back up there to pick up some other goodies that I will not mention in this review. That is, if they are still there of course :)

I give this place an A+. Thanks!

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Photo of jeffmonarch
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%

Truly Outstanding Selection and Service

My personal beer haul included: several beers from Southern Tier, Fantome, Stone Verticle Epic 06, Double Bastard, an assortment of French and Belgian ales unheard of in Wisconsin, a bottle of 04 les bon voex, some Speedway, a couple of Japanese micros, some South Hampton stuff, and so much more. Be sure to ask Mike about the Vault. You’ll have to figure out the password but it’s not too difficult. I nailed it on my first guess and once I got back there I was floored…old FFF stuff, some vintage stone, loads of Ale Smith, weird Weyerbacher and Jolly Pumpkin brews, etc… Many thanks to BA Scott for the tip about the vault.

Mike and I chatted for a while and he was very helpful. He asked to see my want list and as I showed him he would run back to the vault, a back room, or some hidden shelf in search of what I was looking for. Often he would return with just the bottle I was looking for. Other times he would have something similar to suggest. As I left, he handed me his card and told me to call before my next trip to Cleveland. He said that with enough notice he could put together an order for me including any brews he could get his hands on. He even said he would package it and store it in his cooler for a few months or ship it if I wouldn’t be able to come get it right away.

I really enjoyed the layout of the store and the location made for an easy sell to my girlfriend and inlaws. Chuck’s is located right across the street from the Popcorn Shop and the Chagrin Falls. We spent the afternoon hiking and swimming at nearby Squaw Rock and then went to the Popcorn Shop to buy ice cream and look at the falls. I was able to run across the street and do some beer shopping.

I highly recommend Chuck’s for the service and selection. Prices were generally good. I found a few of the beers to be about 10% higher in price then they would be at a larger liquor store in Cleveland but many others such as the Stone Vertical were an absolute steal. All in all the quality, variety, and bargains more then made up for any high prices.

I will try to go back to Chucks each time I go to Cleveland from now on.

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Photo of Nipitato
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%

I made it to Chuck's while home for the Christmas holiday. It was well worth the nearly hour drive from where I was staying to check it out. In terms of atmosphere Chuck's is the coolest beer store I can remember being in. Chuck's is in an old building right along the Chagrin River just before the falls. The atmosphere inside was just as good as outside. It has the look and feel of an old liqour store...because it is. Wood floors, low hanging ceilings, alcohol and beer everywhere.

The beer section took up a big chunk of floor space. I couldn't figure out any semblance of organization and the lack of it certainly lended itself to browsing. The selection was very good. A good representation of midwestern beers, which is what I came in for, as well as a nice selection of Belgian and German beers. I was particularly impressed with English offerings.

The icing on the cake for me was when one of the guys working there, (Chuck himself? I didn't catch his name) took me in the cooler to show some other stuff that wasn't on the floor - a bunch of seasonals from Great Lakes, Bells, and Three Floyds. I was pysched because I have been waiting to try Three Floyds for some time.

All in all a great beer store. I'll be heading down whenever I go home to Cleveland.

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Photo of quasimoto
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%

This place is sort of a drive for me, an hour at least. But you know what it is well worth it. Chuck's with out a doubt THE premiere beer shop in the greater Cleveland area.
First off is the selection at this place is like none I've ever seen. Bottles all over the floor, in boxes of course but none the less. Belgians all over the wall. another wall that is a cooler, full of ready to drink items. It really is the best place to find beers.
The service there is great as well. Only if you can get past the pompousness of the staff. The kinda think they are better than you , which can get kind of annoying. Of course Im only kidding. These guys are great. They are exceedingly knowledgeable and are willing to talk all day long about beer.
If you ask me, and since you are reading this you are probably are looking for some input. This is it in Cleveland.

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Photo of Bones54
5/5  rDev +10.6%

I can't believe I've worked and lived so close to this place and never knew about it! This place simply rocks! The staff is more than friendly to offer up their vast knoweledge of beer and help you find whatever you might be looking for. The selection is one of the best in the area, and as far as I can tell the rotation is very good as well. Selection wise- anything that you they can get in Ohio they seem to be willing to bring here for their customers. Not to mention they also have some fine glassware, cheese, and wine. Truly a classy place. Cheers to you Chuck's!

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Photo of Photekut
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%

Thank you Scott for suggesting this location while I was visiting in Ohio.

I was able to find the Speedway Stout I have been looking for!! (Mike held a few bottles for me. Thank you.) I also got a few bottles of Dreadnaught, Double Bastard, Brooklyn Black Choc. Stout, Expedition Stout, St. Bernardus 12, La Fin Du Monde etc. etc. that I cannot dream of finding in my corner of Tennessee.
There was alot more there that I wanted to try, but space in my car was the limiting factor.

I was very happy with the prices, and the help taking my cases out to the car after my shopping spree. As some others mentioned before, they mentioned that they are willing to ship to me if I decide I want something later that may not have been in stock at the time.

I will be back for sure next year.

Edit: I have now ordered from them twice over the phone and have been more than happy with the results. The beers ship quickly and are very well packaged.

Edit 2: came back 3/22/08 another amazing expreience. I wish I did not live 9 hours away.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.25/5  rDev -6%

Chuck's Fine Wines is located just off Main Street in quaint little Chagrin Falls. The white clapboard building backs onto the Chagrin River, within sight of a portion of the Falls, where dozens of ducks paddle placidly along, unaware of their proximity to great beer. There's plenty of parking beside the store and along the street, most of which was empty since I got there before the opening time of 10:00 AM.

The interior is quaint as well, made even more so by the extremely creaky hardwood floors. Some beer is present on the right hand wall; German imports on shelves and a pretty good selection in an old cooler. The really good stuff is in the center of the store near the cash register and on tables, shelves and a cooler to the left. The *really* good stuff is in The Vault, the walk-in portion of the cooler.

All in all, I'd say the selection is similar to some of the best of Ohio's beer stores. I did see some things here that I hadn't seen anywhere else though. American micros were pretty well represented (more singles would have been nice), but I would have liked to have seen a bigger selection of top shelf Belgians. I guess John's Grocery in Iowa City has spoiled me in that regard. Prices seemed a little on the high side, but not so much that I wouldn't shop here if I lived in the area.

The biggest negative for me was some less than fresh beer that was still sitting on the shelves. I'm talking 'best by' dates of 2002-2003 for pales ales and pilseners. Completely unacceptable. In fact, I put about half a dozen bottles back since I was leery about their age. Faded labels and floating junk is not something that I want to see when I go beer shopping. Overall quality is great, but the score will have to be knocked back a notch to reflect the need to weed out the oldies. [Edit: I'm going to decrease the quality score another half-point since I've had to drainpour two bombers that were extremely old; total cost was more than $10.]

The biggest positive was the service. Mike was a tremendous help and took me into the cooler where the quality beer lives. Needless to say, if one doesn't know about that cache, one doesn't have any idea of what riches await at Chuck's. He even broke a 4-pack for me 'since you're here all the way from Iowa'. He also offered to mail me beer (Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard) that hadn't come in yet. Even without the great selection, this is a place that I'd come back to just to hang out and talk beer.

It was a little out of my way, but I'm glad that I stopped at Chuck's Fine Wines on my most recent trip home. The BAs of Northeastern Ohio are lucky to have a place like this and I'll be sure to stop in again if I'm in the area.

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Photo of bruachan
4.7/5  rDev +4%

my impression is that beer is a little more expensive around here than other places, but the prices at chuck's are good. the selection on the other hand is great. esoteric belgians, classic english ales, outstanding domestic offerings. good service, too. i will definitely be back!

came home with a Schelenkerla Urbock, Cantillon Iris, Jolly Pumpkin, Moylan's Kiltlifter, Founder's Centennial IPA, Adnam's Broadside, Sammy Smith Winter Welcome and a new Duvel tulip to replace my shattered chalice

they've got some fun stuff they've been holding onto iin back, too, if you're nice

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Photo of neenerzig
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%

This store is an excellent place for any wine or beer lover. They have more wines than beers available (hence the name Chuck's Fine Wines). But they have more beer than some other stores around the area I have seen. Great Lakes, Bell's Unibroue, Corsendonk, Stone, Dogfish Head, Flying Dog, Sam Adams, Konningshoeven, Victory, and Rogue can all be found here, among tons of lesser known, but just as tasty, brews. Mike, one of the employees certainly knows his stuff when it comes to beer. I was blown away by the selection and knowledge of the employees of beer. Worth a trip for sure if you live in the greater Cleveland area or are passing through.

Eric

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Photo of scott
5/5  rDev +10.6%

Chuck's is the home of fine drink. As with the town, Chuck's is a great old 19th century building that is warmly lit, and the creaks in the floor are free. Shelves & stacks of wine (2500+ bottles) and beer (400+) that occupy the 2000sq/ft floor keep the eyes dancing.

Mike, the Swami of Suds, without-a-doubt knows his stuff. He loves to talk beer, down to how to pair it with food. Everything you need, that is available to Ohio, can be got here. What ever they don't have can be ordered and received within days, at no obligation.

The staff know their trade, and they walk your purchase to your car even if it's little more than a sixer.
Plus they have books, glasses, coasters - enough swag to swing a stick at. They also keep a nice selection of cheese and food stuffs.

It's a place not to be missed. In short, it's a place for a guy to go to feel like a kid again.

Plus, they usually have monthly beer tastings @ only $5 a pop.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%

All Hail Chuck's Fine Wines!

Located in the cozy and scenic little town of Chagrin Falls.

As Chuck's namesake implies wine is the name of their game but to my surprise their beer stock was quite impressive. American brewers such as Rogue,Stone,Victory,Bell's,Founder's, and quite a few California brewers such as AleSmith and Anderson Valley to name a few. Imports from all over the world are also well represented. They also have a separate shelf for single bottle purchases. Chuck's offers plenty of glassware along with free coasters. Beer tastings seem to occur twice a month from many quality brewers. Service is top notch as everyone knows their beers and they are accommodating to your every need.

If in the Greater Cleveland area Chuck's is a must stop for those in need of a breath of fresh air and top notch brews!

Cheers!

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Photo of JackStraw22
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%

Funny, I grew up near Chagrin Falls, but never went to Chuck's until I moved away. I always knew it as a wine and cheese store and it was only on a visit back home that I found out they had a ton of good beer too.

The selection is very good. The stock was a little scattered, there didn't seem to be any system to how the beer was arranged. This actually made it fun to dig around the store, though. I found almost everything I could think of, so it's a great place to start if you're looking for something obscure. The wine selection is great too.

The building is old and right near the falls which gives it a nice atmosphere to dig around for some good brews.

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Photo of Manos
4.15/5  rDev -8.2%

A great find on the east side of Cleveland, in a pretty little town called Chagrin Falls (lots of rich people here, kind of reflects, the style and prices at the local stores). They carried anything I could think of looking for at the time. Lots of glassware, as well as Belgian, and domestic micros as well. Picked up: Two Hearted, Stone 7th Anniversary, Great Lakes Anniversary, Buckeye76(!), Delirium Tremens, and a nice Duvel Tulip in one stop. Great selection and they carry your stuff out to your car for ya. Lots of wine too (for those who care).

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Photo of smitty1080
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Beautiful store in a beautiful town.

They have a great selection of import singles and wide variety of cold six-packs, brews from New Holland in MI stood out to me.

Their bombers and 750ml selection was nicely varied. They had all the Rogues I have seen in Ohio, and some that I had never seen, like their Hefe.

The only cold beer was the six packs and some of the bombers. All the single imports were un-refrigerated

Tons of glassware located next the beer that was intended to hold.

They also have a deli section dedicated to cheeses.

A stand out store in Northeast Ohio.

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Photo of Sammy
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%

Fate was with me on the trip to Chuck's. I pleasantly found it to be on the street that is on the 271 express (chagrin), it was in a nice small town, and it was near the off-the-wall Buckeye's. More than 400 beers, at fair prices, with a very knowledgeable and involved owner and backup. Lots of hard-to-finds. Bonus points for throwing in a glass and other freebies, telling me about future brewery beer tastings, and breaking up some 4-and 6-packs which was a pure pleasure for my ability to import despite being a bit of hardship to them. (NOte: return trip 14 months later, staff did not break up like the owner did)The Bell's(and other Michigan brews) distributor in Ohio strongly urged me to go there "These guys take a bit of everything" Worth the trip.

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Photo of ubiquibeer
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%

Forget Rosi's, this is the best beer store in the Cleveland area. The selection is excellent, the knowledge is excellent, and Chagrin Falls is a really attractive place. The only place in Cleveland I was able to find Rogue Imperial Pils, and they also make runs out west to get hard-to-find beers. Recommended!

They have regular visits by local breweries, tastings, and other cool gatherings. I travel to this store every chance I get (I live about 20 minutes away). If you live in the Cleveland area or are visiting, and have never been to this store it is a must see.

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Chuck's Fine Wines in Chagrin Falls, OH
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