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.
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.
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.
I was visiting from out of town and made a special trip to come here based on the ratings. I was disappointed and found it did not live up to its hype. The fridge selection was inferior to that of even the Whole Foods in Foggy bottom, and while there were some more unique offerings (Mikkeller) a lot of the supposedly grey market offerings (Russian River) were nowhere to be found. A lot of the specialty stuff that was there was room temperature and looked pretty much picked over, with the remaining items looking like they were near or past their sell by date.
On the plus side, the gentleman working there was very helpful -- looks like getting on a email list will get you a heads up of new arrivals, which appear to fly out of the place fairly quickly. So, if you live nearby in the Dupont Circle area, the higher ratings are probably warranted. I did pick up a nice item from Deschutes which is next to impossible to find on the east coast.
Small shop right next to the Dupont Circle North metro station. A small selection of six packs: Founder’s, Bell’s, Flying Dog, plus other locals. They seem to get the most of the grey market stuff: Deschutes, Russian River, DDC, Surly, Cigar City, pretty much whatever you can think of at a hefty markup. The staff is usually friendly although the beer guy lied to my face the other day about a special release. Definitely the place to go if you have money to burn though.
The south entrance of the Dupont Circle Metro stop will be closed for most of 2012. This convenience store is located to the east and just south of the north Metro station entrance. 750s of Tilquin 375s of Girardin. Host of american and local beers in a small space. Russian River, Founders, Lost Abbey and Bells. Wish I could remember if they closed at 9 or 10pm on a weeknight. Either way it was earlier than it should be given the activity on the street and the number of people in the shop. A man walked up to me and asked if I had tried the Tilquin geuze. I thought he had simply walked in off of the street and asked me this question because he did not look like he worked there. I was in a transitionary state of thinking during the encounter, as I was in the process of figuring out he did work at the convenience store, but since I had not figured this out completely during the brief encounter, I gave him quite a strange look.
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.
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.