Jim Dorsch has assembled a treasure trove of great beers -- all the Trappist breweries are here, as are a number of top regional brewers, good German and Belgian, Unibroue, and the list goes on. While the number of different beers may be less than some of the bigger places, the quality is unmatched by anywhere else I've seen on the East coast. Now if they could only get Alesmith and Bell's....
WOW! Went here with jeffc666. I had seen the pics posted in the forum, but it could not prepare me. AWESOME selection! Found so many things I have never seen before here. Met Jim Dorsch who was above and beyond friendly and helpful. I came out $283 poorer, but it was worth every cent. Make your way here, by any means necessary!
The best place to buy beer in the DC area, bar-none. Jim Dorsch has created a selection of beer that is simply unbelievable. The focus is primarily on Belgian beers, all six Trappist breweries are represented, typically 6 or 7 different Cantillon bottles, etc… This does not mean that American micros are not represented; this is where I have purchased Three Floyds, Stone, Midnight Sun, and more. The selection is always changing and it is always an event to visit the store. Jim Dorsch is always extremely helpful. Overall this is an experience not to be missed, which is sure to leave any beer geek’s wallet lighter.
As for it being "a hike", hey, it's only a hike if you live in the wrong part of town. For some of us, it's local, so nyah nyah. Ambiance sucks, as it's a grocery store. Sort of a given that it's not that good, but ambiance really isn't relevant to package stores anyways. Service is great, as Jim's a darn good guy who's very friendly and helpful and will go out of his way to get good stuff in. Selection is near-legendary for a very good reason, as this place has hundreds of single bottles of various brews from all over the place. Jim gets in the rarest stuff and will hold it for the good beer geek. Sixer selection is a bit more limited, but that's not really a major issue as you can always hit Norm's for that. From just a rarities and selection perspective, it's hard to imagine a better place.
Excellent store, not as much of a selection as I had thought, only one aisle of beer, but it was a long aisle, good selection of local micros, and Westy 12! lots of other rare stuff to be had, Jim was great with hooking me up with a great deal, everyone was right about him, he’s an amazing person to deal with there, the overall service was great, they had a free Clipper City sampling when I there, could have spent a heck of a lot more time and heck of a lot more money there, but I had to cut myself off, I’ll definitely be back when I’m in the area again
It’s a grocery store and a damn fine one. Jim Dorsch keeps a hefty and varied selection of Belgians on hand. He’ll set aside beers for you if you call in advance. The selection is excellent with lots of Three Floyds (no more for a while since their distrobution area no longer includes Virginia), local brews, Stone, Southampton, etc. While I’m there, I always find lots of great game meats, spices, coffee and breads.
The best beer selection I have ever seen. And Jim is one hell of a guy. You would never imagine so much beer in one aisle at a grocery store, but then again this is no ordinary grocery store. Jeremy (jgb9348) introduced me to this place and I always go there when I'm back in DC.
One of the best brew selections anywhere. The main guy here is Jim Dorsch, who is a hell of a nice guy who’ll go out of his way to get stuff for you. If you aren’t already, he will offer to put you on his email distribution list to make you aware of what’s going on. A good selection of US micros/imports in 6 pack and bombers. The real highlight though is the wooden shelf of singles that consist of hard-to-find imports and US micros. The Belgian brew selection is so good that it makes me mad at myself for not liking them. The only downside (and I’m nitpicking here) is the ambiance. It is, after all, a douchey yuppie grocery store. But who gives a shit if they have the best beer on the planet.
Excellent health food store. Is beer a health food now? I guess so.
There are a large assortment of top-rated brews on the shelves, but be friendly to the guy who asks if you need help. You do. You just didn’t know it.
They keep the best beers in the back, out of sight, not on the shelves. Isn’t that great? It’s like a secret society. You have to prove yourself worthy.
The beer specialist, "Mike" brought out the good stuff when I asked why he didn’t have it. Nice touch. Then I asked what else he was hiding in the back and he brought out the Westlveren. He said they couldn’t put it on the shelves because the alcohol enforcement police doesn’t like that it doesn’t have labels.
He’s right about that. In DC they don’t sell Westy’s at all because they are afraid of crackdowns.
Mike is a beer saint.
Worth a drive from DC.
I’ve seen larger selections, but this place had some (of what I’d call) rare beers! Pretty great prices. I prefer Norm’s just down the street but I was happy to see beers and vintages I haven’t seen elsewhere, ever in this area. Dropped a huge amount of money immediately and will be back again.