(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.
Sammy (673) Toronto, Ontario | June 12, 2005| Updated August 1, 2014
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. The Bell’s(and other Michigan brews) distributor in Ohio strongly urged me to go there "These guys take a bit of everything" Updated years later to reflect current reality v. so many better stores now.
A fine detour in Cleveland’s suburbs. This is one gourmet wine/cheese/beer stop that seems to be ran with passion from as friendly people as one can hope for. They’d show us the impressive remnants of their French courses, would bring the beer up to our car to send us out with good wishes and would offer good advice and places to stop on our way. Just genuine, good people. As far as service, it does not get much better. The place is also well laid out, in a nice little town so that you feel very comfortable. Some other raters complain about the premium prices, this is not something I’ve felt, but I’m not so familiar with Ohio’s usual costs. It certainly was cheaper than in Pennsylvania. As far as the selection goes, there were a couple of hundred different beers to choose from. Not very practical is the fact that they preferred not to break six-packs. Be sure to ask for the walk-in cooler because that’s where we bought 2/3 of our stuff from. This contained a few newer limited offerings. Not a world-class selection, but the usual suspects are covered and I was happy to find stuff like Buckeye and The Brew Kettle. If service is of importance to you, that’s a top spot. If selection is all that counts, there may be better options, but not many in Greater Cleveland area. For instance, I found Chuck’s superior to Rozi’s in Lakewood.
A nice surprise I was shown on a visit to family in the area. Nice ambiance for a beer store. Staff were beyond friendly. They had mistakenly put the wrong price beneath a 6 pack and gave me the price which was two dollars cheaper. Nice selection of imports and micros from the area. A good place to pick up some beer, I can’t ask for much more.
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.
This has become my main source of new purchases now that I am settled in. Being only a few miles away and close to the grocery store it is easy to fabricate an excuse to visit.
The selection here covers almost everything that you can get in the state. Finding it can be tricky as the bottles are spread all over the store (my only real complaint). Most of it though is in two areas. The first are the shelves and coolers which contain the regular stable of beers (Southern Tier six packs, lambics, Belgians, etc). The rest are hidden in the walk in cooler. Here you will find stuff like Olfabrikken Abbey Ale, Mikkeler Black Hole and Big Worse, the whole Alesmith lineup and plenty more.
If you time it right there are monthly tastings as well. For $5 you get to try a nice selection and then walk out with the bottles in hand. Also be sure to check out the cheese selection.
Chuck’s is very close to home and im greatful for that. Mike was very helpful and quiet willing to help with my decisions. Reasonable and willing to work with me. Lots of bottles, including alot of belgians and hard to find 22oz bottles. Great store in a nice town. will definitely be back in the near future.