This is a great place if you are looking for some hidden gems. Alot of beers, RR, TF, LA, etc. from the West coast, that are not distributed very well on the east coast find their way here. Although if you are from the west coast and do find them, you will notice quite the price hike (sometimes 300%). This is expected though since noone else sells them.
I appreciate the effort that Al goes through to keep his customers happy (emails, holding beers, etc.). I would definitely suggest this place if you live in the DC Metro area or are passing through and looking for some good beers.
This is a place you absolutely need to know if you are a beer nerd in DC. Their manager Al, has connections to small distributors criss-crossing the country and is a huge beer nerd himself. He gets ALL of the rare stuff from around the country, you name it, get gets it. The best part if he send out an email when he gets stuff and will let you reserve things with a credit card over the phone. It’s not cheap, at all, but if you want to try amazing regional stuff frmo Wisconsin, Indiana, Cali, etc. this is your place.
Nice little place not too far at all from the Dupont Circle station, so plenty accessible to travelers. By not too far, I mean about twenty steps from the northern exit to the station. Small place on the corner, beer is to the left and back once you walk in. Not a huge number of beers, but there isn’t much of anything there that I wouldn’t mind drinking.
Al is great and always extremely helpful. The e-mail updates aren’t frequent, but normally contain a few gems. Connecticut Ave. is perhaps the best in DC at taking advantage of the liquor laws and bringing in plenty of out-of-market beers. While they’re generally pricey, it’s nice to have that option. Most of the time these beers are fresh -- e.g., in the past week I’ve seen Deschutes Inversion IPA and Surly Furious that were less than a month old -- though occasionally some things slip, so I wouldn’t grab anything hoppy without a date code.
All in all, definitely a place worth stopping. DC has pretty good distribution, and this becomes excellent when you add in the extra stuff available here.
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 Angel’s 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 is located right off of Dunlop circle right across from the metro stop. It’s a really steep escalator so I prefer taking the elevator. It’s a posh street so the shop fits in with the vibe. They don’t have a lot of beer just three coolers and a couple of bookshelves. I scored some Surly which I’ve never seen around here. They also had some 3 Floyd’, Russian river, and some Fantome. So in short they don’t have a ton but what they have is of quality and some rare for the region or the country. Of course it ain’t cheap but where are are you going to score Surly around here?
Small shop but they make up for it with some random awesome selections. Picked up a Le Trou du Diable Dulcis Succubus today, and they also had Buteuse Special, CCB Guava Grove, Big Sound, and Humidor Jai Alai, and several other very nice things. Definite mark-up but given the area (Dupont Circle) and the convenience to the metro it’s hard to complain. Definitely a place worth checking out if you’re in DC.
Little place almost hidden by it’s own awning just north of Dupont Circle. The mood of the place isn’t much different than any other liquor store, except for the notable difference that the staff makes small talk with you. They’ll talk beer for sure, or just what’s up in life. You won’t find greater service than that. The selection is beyond what most places in the area have too, thanks to Al’s ability to get a hold of beers from the west coast, and even some Surly from MN. The deli is gone, but the conversation is all I really need.
Travlr (2936) Charlotte , North Carolina | 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 doesn’t carry. A must-stop while in DC.
small bottle shop / deli - a few coolers with six packs and bombers plus a few shelves of imports and bombers. the pricing on the stuff normally found in DC is average, but the grey market stuff (AleSmith, RR, etc) is very expensive. They had some Speedway Stout and AleSmith IPA as well as a few other rarities. I got a FW Sucaba for ~$17 - not bad.