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t0rin0 (1503) Do Not Resuscitate, California | July 9, 2014| Updated July 15, 2014
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Viisted June 9, 2014.
Not sure why itís taken me so long to get back here but I hadnít actually been back since they opened. I stopped in once years ago after a failed trip to More Beer because they were up at the homebrew fest and I needed some bottle caps. Mark was the guy that got me started on homebrewing, back when he was at the cigar shop on Euclid. This place is a little different but they still sell homebrew equipment as far as I know. They have about a dozen taps going. Theyíre licensed as a tasting bar and have limited hours (like a liquor store) but they serve pints. They donít really sell food but they do have small cheese plates and you can bring in your own food. As for the beer options, itís not the most amazing selection but you will find a couple of solid choices. I enjoyed the fact that they served me Simtra IPA in a St Bernardus chalice. On the other side of the building where the wine bottles are is a little alcove where there are some fridges with bottles in them. Small but diversified selection. Naturally they have the Belgian imports like Rochefort (no Orval however) but most of the stuff is US-made. I was first excited to see Pizza Port cans and then saddened when I looked underneath to see that it was two months old. FYI, you can grab bottles from the fridge or shelf and theyíll open them for you.
Prices are very good on drafts. I paid $4.50 I think for my glass. Bottle prices are a little higher and I think (but donít quote me on this) that they charge a corkage fee for opening bottles.
The building is pretty neat and has some history. It was the old Santa Fe train station from the late 1800s, The bar side is where the customers stood and the wall behind the bar was the ticket counter. Behind that was an office and a loading area for cargo, most of which was citrus that was grown locally. The station was shut down in the 1960s and basically sat empty for a few decades before these guys (probably actually the city but who knows) renovated it about 7 or 8 years ago and turned it into a wine and beer shop. Itís right next to the new station so you can literally hop off the train on your way home, grab a beer, and catch the next train. Pretty cool place.
GT2 (648) San Diego County , California | June 15, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
This store is seriously legit. Major overhaul adds to the wine tasting bar and cigars. Now a small but excellent selection of beer singles all fridged with 11 taps, all locals and one offs. So impressed. Will be coming here a lot I feel. In the fridge there was Alesmith, Anchorage, Port, Firestone Walker, Coronado, Strand, much more. On tap Stone RuinTen, Hangar 24 experimental ipa, more locals Iíd never even heard of. Staff was awesome. Just a world class store all around. They have $3.50 pints of whatever on tap and sampler flights. This place was the bomb.
mezr (2) California | May 14, 2010| Updated August 5, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Main focus is on wine. But thereís a great little beer ífridge in the back corner!
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