Travlr (2489) Washington, Washington DC | August 18, 2011| Updated January 17, 2015
Tiny place. Owner is keen on interesting beers, very engaging and helpful. Good selection that changes often, and the owner is willing to hunt down stuff for you, or refer you to other places to find stuff he doesnít carry. A must-stop while in DC.
The south entrance of the Dupont Circle Metro stop will be closed for most of 2012. This convenience store is located to the east and just south of the north Metro station entrance. 750s of Tilquin 375s of Girardin. Host of american and local beers in a small space. Russian River, Founders, Lost Abbey and Bells. Wish I could remember if they closed at 9 or 10pm on a weeknight. Either way it was earlier than it should be given the activity on the street and the number of people in the shop. A man walked up to me and asked if I had tried the Tilquin geuze. I thought he had simply walked in off of the street and asked me this question because he did not look like he worked there. I was in a transitionary state of thinking during the encounter, as I was in the process of figuring out he did work at the convenience store, but since I had not figured this out completely during the brief encounter, I gave him quite a strange look.
A very cramped place near Dupont Circle, and by very cramped, I mean that a fart would knock a beer off the shelves. The beer selection is rather good and there are some downstairs, but you have to ask for them. I was able to score a Cantillon Saint Lamvinus this way. The prices are average for the area.
This place is located right off of Dunlop circle right across from the metro stop. Itís a really steep escalator so I prefer taking the elevator. Itís a posh street so the shop fits in with the vibe. They donít have a lot of beer just three coolers and a couple of bookshelves. I scored some Surly which Iíve never seen around here. They also had some 3 Floydí, Russian river, and some Fantome. So in short they donít have a ton but what they have is of quality and some rare for the region or the country. Of course it ainít cheap but where are are you going to score Surly around here?
As the others say, make up in quality for what it lacks in quantity. Based on the "beers available" this place must rotate selection constantly as they did not have most of the stuff on the list. I did pick up a Jai Alai and a Juliet, however, and was pretty happy.
Well this place is smaller than I anticipated. Thereís perhaps only 100 bottles available. Just a couple of shelves and a few coolers in whatís mostly a wine shop. Nonetheless, the selection was pretty impressive. Whoever does the beer buying here is clearly knowledgeable. Thereís no filler. Limited bottles from the likes of Evil Twin, BFM, and Stillwater were available. 4 different offerings from Surly were certainly surprising to see. The prices are a bit punchy, but not insane. Thereís also a solid bourbon selection too. Overall, definitely worth a stop if youíre in DC. Iíll definitely be making return visits here in the future.
I walk in here once a week. This is an extremely small store, about the size of a dorm room that is packed to the gills with wine, bourbon, and beer. Beer selection at first looks very poor, but this place has some sort of crazy distributor relationship so that they received orders of BCS Rare, Cantillon Fou Fone, Lou Pepe Kriek, Drie Fonteinen Geuze, Cigar City Bolita/Either/Or/Maduro/Jai Alai/Cubano Espresso, Port Brewing Old Viscosity, Lost Abbey Angelís Share, Fantome Saison, Nogne O Dark Horizon 3, Russian River Consecration. So many others. The prices can be a little steep, but this is definitely worth stopping by to pick up a random single bottle that is just not for sale anywhere else for 200 miles. The couple who runs the store is wildly nice- super awesome people. They also stock Duck-Rabbit six packs for some reason even though no other place in DC has these. If there is a Cantillon or something you are looking for, you can kindly ask the staff dude and he might have a bottle in the back if you are polite and ask for a specific beer. They actually used to have a kick ass sandwich store inside (yes, it was the size of a dorm room closet), but they nixed that a few months ago to expand the beer selection!
This place was a few steps from our hotel, so we just had to visit and while we managed to find a good few bottles to buy, especially rarer Stillwater in our case, we left a bit depressed for our DC friends who have to live with such a place being one of the best in the city. Sure, they have a few dozen very good offerings, but in a free market like the capital of the US, how can no store be offering a selection ten times as big. Whole Foods just a few blocks away seemed to have more, but not all that repetitive a selection, fairly complementary actually, especially for the imports like Mikkeller. Still, for our casual visitor purposes, Connecticut did the job, but we visited many more in the hope of finding better, a contest in which there were no clear winners. There certainly were no Russian River when we visited. Staff was helpful here though.
ya know, i wasnt that impressed with this place. I know they get some rare stuff here like heady topper and Surly stuff however, its very small and crowded. Service is pretty strict and prices are out of this world. Surly cans for $7 a piece? i know its hard to get there but dont need that much price gouging!