Jim, the beer guy, was off when I went but the person who came to help me was willing to phone him at home to answer my questions - nice of them. The selection is great with lots of individual bottles that you won't easily find anywhere else. I'll go back if I'm in the area for sure.
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.
When I first saw the selection I almost wept. Everywhere I looked there was another beer I had wanted but never thought I would actually find. There is more focus on having the best of the best beer then having a huge selection. The selection is large but it is not the type of place that carries Etheopian lagers just so that they can add another beer to there list. Its all the good stuff in one incrediable isle.
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.
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.
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!
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....