If you’re a big beer fan (like my husband) this six-month-old store in downtown Silver Spring is heaven. And even if you’re not (like me) it’s worth a visit just for the wow factor. The array of choices is quite simply amazing.
In the beer room, familiar brands such as Guinness and Wild Goose and Yuengling are packed in beside gourmet Chimay, pink-elephant Deliriums, and beers flavored with peaches, apples, strawberries, cherries, and raspberries. There’s a gooseberry and wheat ale from Scotland called Grozet. And a heather ale called Fraøch. And Banana Bread Beer from the UK. And Green’s Amber Ale, from Belgium, which is gluten free There are brews called The Dog Father, Rastafa Rye, Fiddler’s Elbow, Old Speckled Hen, Moa (from New Zealand), Voodoo Vator, Pork Slap, and Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer—whose slogan is “We drink what we can. We can what we drink.” All this makes me wonder why boring old nasty Budweiser has such a huge market share.
The wine room has a similarly wide selection, mostly from the big international producers—the US, France, Italy, Germany, Argentina, Chile, South Africa, Australia. But there are also sake and plum wines from Japan, several kinds of ports, and meads, and sangrias. There are kosher wines, and organic wines, and wines from the DC area. And my favorites are there too, Moët et Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Taittinger, and Dom Pérignon.
This is the only place in the US that my husband and I have ever seen the Dom displayed outside of a locked case. It made us feel welcome. We’ve already put Fenwick on our weekend errand route, and I may start stealing sips from my husband's pints soon. Who wouldn’t be intrigued enough to try something called Old Leg Over?
Fenwick Beer & Wine
Boutique Wines, Craft Beers
1327 Fenwick Lane (almost opposite the main Silver Spring post office)
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Monday-Saturday 10AM – 9PM
Sunday 12PM – 6PM
Free beer and wine tastings: Friday 4PM – 7PM