SamsonAle (9) Novelty, Ohio | August 13, 2010| Updated August 25, 2010
I’ve been going to Chucks for 40 years. When I was a little kid I’d get a pop and a pretzel stick and they’d give me their extra beer signs to hang on my bedroom walls. The clientel would buy their cases of Gennesee and Black Label in long neck returnable bottles. Now, like every other store in Chagrin Falls, they’ve gone boutique selling imported cheese, fine wines and micro’s. They do a good job of it. It is fun to go through their cooler in the back looking for hidden beer treasures. They also sponsor tastings and have a pretty knowledgeable staff. See Mike for beer advice.
When looking at the building from the front there is parking to the right of this place. The Chagrin River in right behind this place. The interior of this building is old, creaking hardwood floors, different flooring here and there, although clean. Service was friendly and they took me to their beer cave, but I felt like these guys were completely out of touch with the newer good stuff is. This place has limited selection there is no way they had 600 different labels when I was there. They had one bottle I was interested in and looked at the bottle which said best by date in 2013, old stock. Some singles, but not all of their stock was avaiIable in singles. They had a keg of beer just sitting in the middle of the room and was offered a pint. Tried to find something interesting and left empty handed.
I recently discovered Chuck’s when I moved a bit more north in Ohio and did a search on ratebeer. A bit out of the way but worth a stop. They have a lot of European pilsners, lagers and stouts that you just don’t see anywhere else around here. great stuff. Then there’s the Vault. All the craft limited stuff is in there. I’ve found some amazing things in that room. They also have tastings from time to time. The people are super nice and the prices are pretty good. Stop out if you have a minute.
If I am in the Cleveland area I stop on over to Chuck’s. The staff is one of the best. A relaxing place to browse in. The value isn’t great but it is fair considering some of the stuff they do get on occasion. Chuck’s wont always have what you desire but they tend to have at least something so that your journey here wasn’t a waste.
This was a place we came to when we were visiting my parents. It is awesome. They have a very large selection plus many other things. If you talk to the owner and show him you are not a creep, he’ll let you into the "secret back room" and you can check out some better selections. They have glassware, wine, cheese and other random stuff there too. I really recommend this place, plus the Chagrin Falls area is a really nice place to visit.
(Visited 03/2009): 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.