Bamsen78 (271) Sønderborg, Denmark | October 10, 2013| Updated November 24, 2013
Located just off the busy Dupont Circle, this rather small store is, well, a labyrinth of shelves, rather randomly filled with beer, wine and spirits. The selection is OK, for an American store, but it is rather limited to chiefly mainstream US beers and quite a lot of Belgian trappist ales. The staff appear busy and seemingly unimpressed by the presence of potential customers looming in every corner of their labyrinthic realm. I left without buying anything, just didn’t want to have yet another sixpack cram my hotel room.
kermis (551) The Hague / Amsterdam , Netherlands | October 6, 2013
Not a huge selection but certainly some great stuff including a new firestone walker on my visit. Understand prices are a little high but certainly didn’t feel cheated for the quality of beers.
While visiting DC, I went to this place expecting to find Heady Topper as it is listed as a store on the distribution list. No such luck at all. I was told that they only get it on a rare occasion and that it sells out almost immediately. Not surprising but it was still pretty disappointing. As a Southerner, this was as close as I have gotten to any of the location on HT’s distribution map. Oh well, I did find a nice bourbon barrel stout to ease the pain.
Well this place is smaller than I anticipated. There’s perhaps only 100 bottles available. Just a couple of shelves and a few coolers in what’s mostly a wine shop. Nonetheless, the selection was pretty impressive. Whoever does the beer buying here is clearly knowledgeable. There’s 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. There’s also a solid bourbon selection too. Overall, definitely worth a stop if you’re in DC. I’ll definitely be making return visits here in the future.
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!
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.
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?
A small liquor, wine and beer shop in the heart of DC with an extraordinary beer selection - quality not quantity. Thanks top liberal liquor control laws in DC, the get some beers not distributed in the region, e.g., Three Floyds, Russian River and Cigar City.
One of my favorite stops. The selection isn’t tremendous but the quality of the selection is great. I’ve been here a few times while in D.C. and they seem to always get a few bucks from me. The service isn’t great. You always have to ask your questions to the clerk behind the register because there are customers constantly checking out. This limits the guy behind the counter to help each and every browser. The prices are market up on things that are not typically found in D.C. and that makes sense to me. I’ve been to a lot of places and this is a place worth going.