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GT2 (517) Carlsbad, California | June 12, 2012
66 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
Schneiderís, like Connecticut Ave Wine and Liquor, has a normal distributor then has a gray market distributor that will bring beers like Alesmith, Lost Abbey, etc into the store for a mega markup. But, if you are looking for Alesmith Old Numbskull, Wee Heavy, Speedway in the district, this place usually stocks it and is only a few blocks from the Capitol building. The store itself is very cramped, overwhelming, and staff off in space, and is 80% wine, 10% liquor, and 10% beer. They have an email list you can sign up for to hear about new beer stock, but Iíve never once gotten an email from them. Thankfully, you can now FOLLOW THEM ON TWITTER @Schneidersbeer. This is the only way to know what they have new in store beer wise. However, the tweeter only tweets about once a week. I also have a bit of a grudge against this place since I came in multiple times inquiring about Bourbon County Rare when it was about to be released and they acted like I was from outer space. Then a few days later, three of my friends got their "reserved" bottle of BCS Rare that I was told didnít exist. Thatís okay, I donít need to ever come back to this store anyway. My closet has a much better selection.
tastybeer (31) Bloomington, Indiana | April 2, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Small shop off Mass Ave. thatís a short walk from Union Station. Focus is primarily wine and liquor, with a small beer selection. However, you can frequently find plenty of DC grey market beer plus Italian sours, Cantillon, one-offs from American breweries, other stuff. However, Iím pretty sure most of the stuff is snarfed up quickly by subscribers of their newsletter, so donít expect very much of it to be there at any given time. Decent selection of six packs and bombers, with all the favorites: Mikkeller, JP, Founderís, Bellís, Southern Tier. Prices are dcent and comparable to other DC bottle shops. Overall, a good spot if you live/work nearby (I do), but I wouldnít go out of your way for it.
Travlr (1324) Washington, Washington DC | January 2, 2012
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Small place with an emphasis on wine and spirits. Beer selection is small but well chosen, with lots of turnover. Selection would be improved by a bigger selection of local stuff. Staff is abundant, friendly and helpful. DC is starved for good beer stores, so this is a good stop and only a short walk from Union Station.
sepia5 (8) Connecticut | March 18, 2011| Updated April 19, 2012
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 15/20
Schneiderís is by far and away the best option for finding craft beer when on Capitol Hill, and is located just blocks from Union Station. A relatively small store that uses every bit of available space, you will have to contort and twist and turn and excuse yourself while perusing their narrow aisles, stocked to the brim with high quality wine, spirits, mixers, and (of course) beer. There are about three coolers dedicated to beer, and a decent amount of shelf space that is lined with bombers and 750s. Understand, though, that shelf space is limited and turnover can be quick. Nevertheless, one reason to shop here is that Schneiderís is among 3 or 4 places in the District that tend to get relatively rare stuff (such as offerings from Russian River, Cigar City, Alesmith and Port/Lost Abbey) that slips its way into DC due to our lax and unique distribution laws. Another reason to shop here is the staff, most importantly John, who, aside from being a really nice guy and great conversationalist, is also probably the most knowledgeable beer guy at any retailer in DC. My only complaint is that prices tend to be a few bucks more here than elsewhere in DC, even some of the good stores near Dupont Circle, which is generally a more expensive neighborhood. I stomach it for all the other benefits of the place and the proximity to my little row house, but it would be nice to see them drop their prices just a bit. I donít mind paying $20 for Alesmith, all things considered, given that their stuff is so hard to come buy; but, if youíre quick, you can often find the same 750 for $17 or $18 elsewhere in the District.
UPDATE (4/19/2012) John has been gone from Schneiderís for some time, and, although this is still a fine bottle shop, it has dropped off somewhat. There are fewer rarities and more focus on the major micros youíd expect to see. There also seems to be less turnover. Iím going to have to downgrade this somewhat.
Pivoyager (83) Gaithersburg, Maryland | July 12, 2010
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 20/20
Although specializing in wine, Scheniderís usually stocks an ecclectic variety of craft beers in bombers and six-packs. Always reliable and good to know when in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.
argo0 (209) Washington DC | July 5, 2010
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
If youíre on Capitol Hill, itís certainly worth a visit -- theyíve been around for years with their focus on wine/spirits, but recently theyíve been working on having a solid beer selection that rotates. They also have plenty of staff on hand should you require assistance.
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