DC Dream: Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits

Beyond its burgundy-trimmed exterior, under the somewhat generic liquor sign, a wine and beer lover’s paradise awaits. It’s not one of those chain liquor megastores and that is its charm and appeal. In fact, if you’re taking a stroll just south of Chevy Chase Circle in Washington, D.C., you may pass right by it if you’re not paying attention.

Let me introduce you to Chevy Chase Wine and Spirits – the Chevy Chase Wine and Spiritslatest find on my list great places to shop if you’re out to whet your whistle.

You see, I recently had the misfortune of having to travel to D.C. for a family medical emergency, but don’t worry, I won’t buzz kill this post with the details. In one of the few, brief moments I had as “down time” during my trip, I stumbled across this gem of a store.

Many who know me personally will tell you that I went into the store as part of my ongoing quest to source Bitburger Beer in the United States – which many of you may recall from one of my previous posts. They aren’t completely wrong.

Although the store’s main focus is wine (yeah, I’d say that carrying over 5,000 wines from around the world constitutes a focus), it is their beer selection – which boasts a hefty 1,200 brands – that really got my immediate attention. Truly, this store is the stuff from which dreams are born.

Shelf upon shelf is stacked with single-stocked rows of bottled beers from around the world and the U.S., reading like the Library of Congress for bottled beer. You’ll never see the same beer twice. Go on, name one. Chances are they have it.

Excuse me for a moment while I act like a kid in a candy store.

In fact, CCWS was the recipient of great recognition by Beer Aficionado Magazine. It’s not surprising that Chevy Chase Wine and Spirits have received such high praise. After all, they’ve been in business since 1934 and their staff has a combined 70 years experience in the business.

If neither wine nor beer is to your taste, perhaps CCWS can also tempt you with their great, big selection of vodka, scotch, cognac, bourbon, rum and other spirits, including our latest fav, absinthe.

If CCWS doesn’t have what you’re looking for, they’ll get it for you. In fact, I’ve already reserved a six-pack of my favorite German beer for my next trip to D.C. I can hardly wait.

Thank you, Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits!


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