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Good Bottle Shops for Beer in DC area

Cheshire_Cat Feb 29, 2012 10:06 AM

Hi everyone,

I am going to be in the DC area (from the West Coast) in a couple weeks and wanted to bring back some East Coast beer. Any suggestions on bottle shops with a good selection??? Not looking for tap rooms or draft... just bottle shops.

I am particularly looking for Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout).


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  1. agarnett100 RE: Cheshire_Cat Feb 29, 2012 11:38 AM

    Check founders website the nearest place that carries Founders is located in Sterling VA(you will need a car). I would call the them directly at 616.776.2182 or email info [at] foundersbrewing [dot] com

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    1. re: agarnett100
      Cheshire_Cat RE: agarnett100 Feb 29, 2012 11:42 AM

      Actually that is just the distributer for the DC area. But thanks for thought!!!

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      T2Va RE: Cheshire_Cat Feb 29, 2012 01:32 PM

      Try the Westover Market in Arlington. They have what they call a "Great Wall of Beer." The Lost Dog Cafe (across Washington Blvd. from the market) has a long beer list too, including three other Founders beers, but not KBS. Westover is between Ballston and East Falls Church.

      1. Insidious Rex RE: Cheshire_Cat Mar 1, 2012 10:50 AM

        Norm's in Vienna, Virginia and Rick's Gourmet in Alexandria are two good places to start. Might also call up any of the local Total Wine warehouses to see if they are carrying it. Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits near the Friendship Heights metro is a possibility too.

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          SoxFan1 RE: Insidious Rex Mar 2, 2012 07:36 AM

          I haven't heard anyone announce availability of KBS yet this year, although it should be soon. Norm's limited customers to two bottles per person last year, others do something similar. I think Rick's uses a "waitlist", which is probably already longer than what their allotment will be. I don't know what goes on in the DC and Maryland shops.

          Norm's and Rick's will have just about everything that is distributed in Virginia (Great Lakes Brewing out of Cleveland hit the shelves in VA for the first time earlier this week). A couple of the Whole Foods supermarkets (Vienna and FairLakes) also have fairly extensive offerings.

          1. re: SoxFan1
            Vera RE: SoxFan1 Mar 3, 2012 07:54 AM

            Don't forget Wegmans Grocery Store that has a whole back wall filled with many brands of beer. I heard they have about sixty brands and there are multiple locations in the area. Good luck.

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          dcgdc RE: Cheshire_Cat Mar 7, 2012 09:40 AM

          try cleveland park liquors and chevy chase wine and spirits

          1. Insidious Rex RE: Cheshire_Cat Mar 13, 2012 10:36 AM

            Thought you might find this interesting if not unfortunate: http://www.mlive.com/business/west-mi...

            1. Insidious Rex RE: Cheshire_Cat Mar 27, 2012 10:43 AM

              Well there will be a keg of this stuff tapped at Rustico in Ballston tonight at 6PM. They are also tapping kegs of HopSlam, Nugget Nectar & Sculpin. Dont expect any of them to last the night...

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