Chuck's Fine Wines

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

(440) 247-7534 | map
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Photo of CLE4goodBeer
3.79/5  rDev -16.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.5

If you are looking for Eurpoean imports, Chucks is outstanding. They have a large selection and restock often.

American craft beers are hit or miss. They do a nice job of always carrying the Midwest standards - Great Lakes, bells, founders, hopping frog, brew kettle, new Belgium, etc. They don't really get (m)any of the limited releases though from said breweries. Pricing is very fair.

The gems? Occasionally you can find a non-distributed beer thanks to their loyal customers who may drop one off after an out of town trip.

Food is limited to cheese, sausage and really is more of a small grocery. Very good cheese.

Staff is great. They really know their wine. I would not consider them beer geeks at all but they will help you track something down. They aren't going to know what bcbs or hf stand for, though. Very friendly.

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Photo of BB1313
3.97/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I've always been a fan of this place, the only problem is there are so many great places that are closer to me. I'm not saying this is a far drive for me, maybe I just don't utilize this place like I should. Great location in a fun little town. Creeky wooden floors. Smells like cheese or whatever's baking. Service is top-notch. They definitely know and appreciate craft beer, and are extremely friendly. They will do their best to make the customer happy. They have a very nice selection, it's almost typical. But there's a special backroom w/ some goodies that take this place to another level. The pricing is reasonable, maybe a dollar extra here and there.

Great store, great people. Definitely one of the better stores in Northeast Ohio. If you're in or from the area, this is a must!

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Photo of Eastside151
3.99/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

After reading about Chuck's on here decided to make the drive down to check it out. I have never been to Chagrin Falls and have to say it is a really nice area. Bring the wife (or husband) and send them off shopping while you visit Chuck's. Atmosphere is really nice in the store, staff is friendly and helpful. Was a little disappointed with the selection of singles. Expected a bit more than what they had. Prices on a singles are a bit marked up compared to other shops. Imports are the draw for Chuck's, unfortunately I didn't get to check out the vault and will have to do that on another visit.

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Photo of BT_Bobandy
4.14/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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 blackie
4.15/5  rDev -8.2%

Chuck's is just a couple miles from my aunt and uncle's house in Novelty, set just off the main square in downtown Chagrin Falls in a building with the look and feel of an old general store

it's absolutely essential to gain access to the storage area behind the display coolers - my first couple visits were underwhelming and didn't inspire any purchase (well, there was the legendary Siletz Spruce a few years ago...Siletz closed? nooo), this visit I merely expressed interest in Midwestern stuff unavailable to me at home and was pointed towards the cooler door

on open display was some adequate but pretty widespread (in Ohio) stuff - a range of Great Lakes, a Dark Horse, Erie, New Holland, Thirsty Dog, Bells, and many other common but quality selections to include a nice range of imports and Belgians, though nothing worth lugging home; things looked much better in the back room - Hoppin' Frog, Buckeye, Jolly Pumpkin, Two Brothers, The Bruery, Brew Kettle, more Dark Horse, AleSmith 750s, Clipper City bombers, Penn St. Nikolaus, actually had to limit myself to in-state breweries to keep from going overboard, keep a sharp eye out as there were more than a few not on display, requiring a peek into a few boxes to weasel out

the service was friendly and helpful, though I didn't have the "above-and-beyond" experience that others did

encountered a few dusty six-packs, and the warm ambient temp may or may not be a concern for those beers not in the cooler, but quality seemed to be generally in order

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Photo of ike4tay45
4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Located in a beautiful area of Chagrin Falls. Very friendly staff with a great knowlege of beer. You can head into the back into the cooler and take a peak at things that may not be out on the shelves. Prices are what you would expect. Very good selection. Have been able to find a few gems every now and then. One of the few locations in Ohio where I was able to find Terrapin Brewing beers. My wife and I make an evening of it, by heading to Chucks, then enjoying dinner at one of Chagrins cozy little spots.

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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 riemster
4.25/5  rDev -6%

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 Morey
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%

I'm from Erie, Pa...but I was in Cleveland, so I decided to take a trip over to Chagrin Falls. Man was I glad that I did!

I was like a kid in a candy store in Chuck's. They had plenty of English beers including...Sam Smith's entire lineup, Young's, Belhaven, Murphy's...and many more.

They had plenty of American craft as well...Bell's, Founders, Flying Dog, Stone, Rogue, Clipper City, Troegs, Victory, Anchor, Sierra Nevada, Penn, Weyerbacher, Boulder, Great Lakes, and even Erie Brewing Co. beers.

As for the prices....this was the most impressive part of the experience for me. In PA we have all kinds of crazy alcohol taxes and what not. In Erie we pay an average of 11 or 12 bucks for a six pack of craft beer. At Chuck's the same sixers were $899 or so.

The only downside is that some of the beers were past their prime. I guess that this is almost unavoidable. But I personally would run specials on beer when it's getting close to it's best buy date.

Morey's Bottom Line: I would go back just to get beer there and I'm about an hour and 45 minutes away. Very nice atmosphere, very nice people, very nice town (starbucks, old fashion popcorn and ice cream shops, bagel shop...etc).

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Photo of output01x
4.34/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Date visited: 1/31/12
Number of previous visits: multiple
Likelihood of revisit: definite

Chuck's Fine Wines is located in the heart of Chagrin Falls right off of Main Street. Because of this, finding the store without a GPS may be a bit difficult for those unfamiliar with the area as it is located quite a distance from the closest highways. There is not a lot of room for parking which can be a little problematic during peak hours or when there are multiple deliveries.

The store itself is rather quaint and has a rather rustic, welcoming feel to it. The creaky hardwood floors and ambient lighting definitely make it feel more like a mom 'n pop store rather than a money-grubbing company. The beer section is a bit chaotic with a well organized self-feed cooler, a large wall with a great selection of imports, and lines of table displays showing off random products. Books and glassware are also littered throughout the store and displayed in random areas with little recognizable reasoning.

The selection is pretty good. Given the size of the store, the lack of some staples is understandable. However, this isn't the kind of store that stocks every Founders and Great Lakes product available (although they do have the majority of their catalogs). The real appeal lies in the store's great selection of imports (La Chouffe, Orkney, Hitachino, etc.) as well as the vault.

The vault is located inside the self-feeding cooler and is accessed from the backroom. Please note that it is normally best to ask to see the vault as opposed to walking back there on your own. The vault is where beers are kept that aren't supposed to be sold at this location (beers not distributed here and beers with ABVs above the 12% state maximum). Entering the vault is usually a random experience. Sometimes you can find Oskar Blues Ten Fidy, other times you find some New Belgium Fat Tire. But the not knowing is what makes it so fun (like opening Christmas presents).

The prices of the six-packs is about on par with similar stores. However, the prices on the import singles is a bit marked up. Also, the prices on any of the specially available items in the vault are marked up a bit (and understandably so).

The products available are usually within date (except for some of the items in the vault) and are maintained well despite the seemingly chaotic organization. Little dust can be noticed on the products (even the ones that probably aren't the best sellers).

The workers are always warm and friendly and will always greet a customer as he/she walks through the door. They will usually allow an appropriate amount of time before asking if you need help and are always willing to offer recomendations when asked. They do not get caught up in long conversations but are obviously happy to help and converse briefly.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%

Stopped at Chuck's after the first annual Winking Lizard Real Ale Fest and happy I did. The store is located in downtown Chagrin Falls, and there is a fair amount of street parking in the surrounding blocks.

The interior has sections devoted to wine, cheese and of course beer. Many of the usual beers found in higher-end stores are either in one of the coolers or on the shelves. Regional brewers like Thirsty Dog, GLBC, Bell's, Dark Horse, Hoppin' Frog and others are represented. In addition there is a solid selection of imports, especially from Belgium. On top of THAT, the proprietor offered to take up "behind the cooler" after asking us if we were "beer hunters". Needless to say there are some real goodies tucked away back there.

Obviously from the above, the service at this store is top notch.

Overall this store is a must stop for anyone in the region.

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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 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 EdgarGerik
4.37/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Photo of Gregf51
4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of shortbus7
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This is a must go if you are in the Chagrin Falls area. Let me restate that, it is a must go if you are anywhere within 100 miles of Chagrin Falls. The store has a great selection of imports and micros. My favorite micros include Bells, Founders, and Great Divide. Just moved here from Colorado and have found micros from Oskar Blues, Ska, ODells, and Avery.
The "beer guy" Mike is also very knowledgeable and a conversation with this guy is a must. He will introduce you to beers that are spectacular, many of which I had not heard of before. One of the best places I have found since I have moved to Cleveland 3 months ago.

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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 80x2HopHead
4.51/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of rhinos00
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%

Decided to stop by on way to Cleveland...I am so glad that I did.

Chuck's Fine Wines is located in a beautiful, small town of Chagrin Falls. With all the snow it almost reminded me of the small towns in Vermont.

As you walk in, all the beer will be located on the left hand side of the store, except for a few beers that are in the fridge on the right hand side. There was numerous quality beers to choose from, especially Belgian and other imports.

The moment I stepped into the store, I was greeted immediately and offered help. After browsing for a while I was offered help again. Later, Scott helped me out and even took me to the infamous "vault." The service was honestly the best that I can remember of any store I have been to. Thanks Scott for all your help.

Selection was not the largest I have seen, but still plenty big to keep you feeling like a kid in a candy store.

Overall, this place is definitely a must stop. Gorgeous location, great beer, and outstanding service make this a worthwhile visit. The prices are also very reasonable.

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Photo of jampics2
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%

Awesome beer store right in my backyard. Well, actually in the city next to me, but hands-down the best place on the East Side of Cleveland. Warehouse Beverage and Whole Foods are nice too, but Chuck's takes the cake for their quality, charm, selection, and awesome service.

As others have noted, you'll need to ask to see the back cooler if you're looking for the good stuff. I remember my first trip and being blown away that they had some things you don't normally find in this state. Mike, the Swami of Suds, is knowledgeable and really just a great guy. He's even reserved stuff for me and special ordered. He rocks!

Brands like Founders, Alesmith, Ithaca, Cantillon, Fantome, Dark Horse, the list goes on and on. If it's available in Ohio (and sometimes even if it's not) they have it.

Chuck's can be a dollar more than some other stores for a $15-ish 750ml, but I love the place, the people, it's creeky floors, and, of course, the back cooler.

Cheers to great beers from one of the best stores I've ever been to!

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Photo of adamette
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%

Quality. Very high indeed. All products displayed with care in organized way. Hardwood, uneven floors give it some charm. Many products displayed in wooden boxes or apple crates. Really pretty cool. This place is nearby several other unique shop type places and Einstein Bagles, a great outdoors (hiking, biking) shop and I am sure coffee and ice cream places as well. Chagrin Falls is a very nice place.

Service. This might be the strongest part. Very helpful, even funny staff who taught be several things about beer during my 10 minutes there. They provided good information but then also let me browse freely. Owner, operator is clearly passionate about beer and it shows. He spoke of Canadian beers (not Molson and Labbat's but micros from Canada) and that Speelman's had bought Unibroque recently. Despite my brief visit, service could not be improved upon.

Selection. They had this great big (2 gallon..4 liter?) double bastard bottle for like $80 and many of the more common micros from Ohio, PA, but STRONG selection of imports from Belgium, England, Ireland, Canada, and likely other countries. They had a "make your own 6 pack" area although those singles were not beers that excited me too much. Place is divided between wine, cheese, beer and other supplies. After I made my purchase I saw another out of the way cooler and saw Oak aged Yeti Imperial Stout. I'll have to return for that.

Value. I bought something like 8 beers (5 of them were various Unibroque 250ml) and my bill was $49.49 It was reasonable.

Notes: Really a nice place with even nicer people. Anyone in the area should stop in there.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%

I was in Cleveland visiting a friend and found Chuck's using Beerfly. I'm happy I made the drive out to Chagrin Falls!

I did a quick walk through and was impressed with their selection. Good Belgians (many I've never seen before) nice Germans and British as well. They also had a great selection of regional craft beer as well.

Mike then helped me and I proceeded to find many things of interest and it concluded with a tour of the "vault" where I grabbed several interesting brews. Mike was awesome, so much so that I ended up out there a couple of days later to round out "catch". Leipziger Gose, Lion Stout, Bell's Two Hearted, Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale, Thomas Hardy's, Weyerbacher Heresy and many more.

I know where I'm headed on my next visit to Ohio!

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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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Chuck's Fine Wines in Chagrin Falls, OH
Place rating: 4.52 out of 5 with 42 ratings