Great place that I surprisingly had never been to while growing up in DC. I had a nice long talk with Dave and he kept pointing out supremely high quality brews, that I pretty much have had, but was pumped to see him talking up the good stuff and not pushing things that are highly priced. Saw new batch of Weyerbacher Riserva and a bunch of other cool stuff.
GT (672) San Diego, California | March 18, 2010| Updated May 25, 2011
Rodman’s beer department is very small and super duper cramped- nearly impossible to peruse unhurried. The selection is Top 3 in the DC Metro area without a doubt. Prices are good- but when something goes on sale it usually means it’s an IPA past its prime. The staff, Awit and Dave, are extremely nice and helpful. Great people and if you get to know them, they will hook you up. Other than that, most of the staff barely speak English and know nothing whatsoever about beer.
***UPDATE*** Dave, the beer buyer for Rodman’s left awhile ago from poor treatment so now there is really no beer buyer actively lobbying for rare releases. So Rodman’s still has a large selection of six packs and single bottles, but the selection is getting a little poorer with less stuff of interest. Rodman’s is definitely the place to pick up Bell’s and Founder’s but everything else seems to be lacking. Now that Dave is gone, no one in the store speaks English so forget asking anyone for help. I’m serious. Everyone in the store is Ethiopian or Eritrean. I once asked if they had any Bell’s Expedition. I had to show the store clerk a box that said "Bell’s" on it so he could recognize the symbol. Maybe someone should call DC Dept of Labor.
Great beer store in the DC area -- which there are very few of. Wide selection with reasonable prices. The staff really know a lot about beer and are very enthusiastic about what they do. They also have a great selection of wines.
JCB (289) Durham, North Carolina | February 14, 2009
Who knew, during all those years accompanying my Dad on shopping trips to Rodman’s, that I’d be buying craft beer here? Tucked away in a corner of this upscale grocery is a pretty damn good selection of beer. Cases piled high, 2 stuffed coolers, and some shelves with prime stuff. All your major micros are here: Stone, DFH, Bells, Southern Tier, JP, although no Brewers Art this time, alas. Also a fine selection of imported beers, with some especially nice Belgians. Good unintrusive service, always easy to find a bunch you want to take home.
There is a new beer guy, Hoppy Dave, who has made this the best bottle shop in the ’hood (Northwest DC, Montgomery County, Maryland). Prices are better than Chevy Chase, and the attitude and vibe are better is too.
Went in this week and scored some of my favorite IPAs from all over Bell’s Hopslam, Weyerbacher Double Simcoe, Stone Ruination, DF Head 60 Min, Troegs Nugget Nectar, etc.
Good selection of other styles, too - Belgians and others.
Good service, good prices there is always good beer on sale.
Hoppy Dave is not always on duty, but when he’s in the house, he always has good recommendations and has yet to steer this hophead wrong.
Two blocks south of the Friendship Heights metro station, across from the TV antenna on Wisconsin. The beer manager here actually knows his stuff, and they stock a mix of quality US micros with imports. The Belgian selection is nice, and this is the place I will be visiting when I want De Ranke, Liefmans, Hanssens and Saison Dupont. They have a number of strong dark Belgian ales, a lot of the new batch Stone 2007 RIS, as well as a couple of new beers I had not seen at Chevy Chase Wine - Arcadia Cocoa Loco and Malhuer Dark Brut. Plus, everything here is around $1-2 less than Chevy Chase. They don’t carry Cantillon and they don’t have a huge German selection, but for US and Belgain bottles this place is solid. If you’re wanting to collect some of the newest and rare bottles to hit DC, probably go to Chevy Chase Wine, but if you live around here and don’t want to pay CCW prices for "regular" bottles like Gouden Carolus, Smuttynose Imperial Stout and Allagash Interlude ($4 cheaper here), this is the place.