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.
magsinva (180) Virginia | September 24, 2011| Updated November 24, 2012
Small corner wine liquor and beer store, that specializes in stocking the good stuff. While their beer floor space is relatively limited (2 8’x4’ book cases plus 8’ beer cooler), they have some great gems. On my visit they were out of a lot of things, especially the lambics. That aside, they still had a nice cross-section of craft beers. Everything from Russian River & lost abbey on the west coast to rarer DFH on the east coast. The also had about 10 different Mikkellers. The prices were a bit steep, but I haven’t seen the Russian River or Lost Abbey anywhere else in NoVa.
Very solid and worthwhile shop. Was happy to see the Stillwater 25 to One here, along with a good mix of Cigar City, which I wasn’t expecting. Product obviously moves quickly and there’s good diversity, with lots crammed into a small store. Both of the people working were very friendly and helpful. Prices are, of course, at DC’s ridiculous level.
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.
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.
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.
Ambience - As an out-of-towner, I loved the vibe of this place, as we just don’t have corner markets like this. I can see how the close quarters would get old, but I’d be willing to make that sacrifice for a selection like this.
Service - Incredibly helpful and knowledgeable.
Selection - Well, this is what the place is famous for, and I can’t argue. There’s not a lot, but you’ll want pretty much every bottle they have. I was happy to take Cigar City, Mikkeller, a Mad Bitch, Baying Hound, Stillwater, Jolly Pumpkin, Nogene O, and more back to my hotel. I can only imagine what this place would be like if they had more room for beer.
Value - Yeah, you’ll pay for the privilege of buying such goodies in the middle of DC, and the prices did prevent me from getting a few of the things I wanted...but at the same time, a lot of the stuff is priced very fairly. It just depends on the item. I felt pretty great about what I got for 75 bucks.
Overall, I can’t imagine going anywhere else if staying in DC. If passing through the area, I’d drive an hour out of my way just to stop here.
A liquor store near Dupont Circle in the nation’s capital with a very decent selection of craft beers. The store is more liquor-centric (wine and spirits), but it has more than just 30 packs of Busch.
The gentleman who appeared to be running the beer section was very helpful, not only recommending beers, but helping me carry them to the counter (a shrewd move, to be sure). I dropped about $60 but came out with a nearly-full box of 22s.
Prices are pretty reasonable. And there is even a deli where you can order a sandwich while you seek out beer. For its small stature, this place offers a nice selection and a good shopping experience.
As the others say, make up in quality for what it lacks in quantity. Based on the "beers available" this place must rotate selection constantly as they did not have most of the stuff on the list. I did pick up a Jai Alai and a Juliet, however, and was pretty happy.
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.