Unassuming location next to a Mexican restaurant that almost looks abandoned. Bottle selection is shocking. Staff is helpful as they give you advice on barrel aged stuff while selling Bud Lite and other pseudo-beers by the case. Worth going out of your way to try, which of course you’ll probably have to do.
t0rin0 (1516) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 10, 2013
Visited September 9, 2013.
OK, so I know that a lot of better liquor stores look as crappy as the rest from the outside, but this one had me questioning if I was even in the right place when I pulled up. I checked the RateBeer place page to confirm the address. As I pulled up there was a guy that had just finished peeling out in the dirt lot next door, a guy selling something from a cart on the sidewalk, and another guy that was stumbling pretty good. There is no mention of good beer outside. In fact about all I saw was a sign advertising that they sell water and a large ad for Jaegermeister.
Inside is your typical liquor store, extremely packed with bottles piled to the ceiling. The last aisle is the one you want. Lots of cool stuff on the shelves and in the fridges. It was nice to see some 3 Fonteinen gueuze just sitting there but I don’t particularly need any more right now. In the fridges I saw plenty of hoppy goodness. Mikkeller Farmhouse Invasion, all three of the Almanac single hop series, Black Market 4th Anniversary pale ale, Anchorage Galaxy White IPA, and plenty more. They had a single Anchorage glass on the shelf (teku)... for $15. It wasn’t for me, but yeah, that seems a bit ridiculous. They also have a cabinet behind the counter which is just visible to show off some of the beers inside. I assume those are only available if you know the owners. I didn’t ask but most of them were non-distributed bottles.
Looks like a typical divey liquor store you’d score some tall cans from. Beer is along the far wall and there is a lot of it. Really nice selection. Lots of cool imports, obscure stuff from the state and from less seen breweries around the US. Prices are pretty fair, some thing’s are a bit more expensive than I’ve seen other places, but on the whole pretty reasonable. Out of my way to go with any frequency, but definitely worth a stop.
bytemesis (754) Sunnyvale, California | August 5, 2012| Updated August 28, 2012
Had to see what the fuss was about, and yes, it is really that good. Staff was knowledgable and friendly, beer selection was impressive including a lot of 99 and 100 pointers. Kind of a dump, but the best places usually are.
This is the closest I have to a local bottle shop to me besides La Bodega. Jazz is the owner and beer dude and is connected with the bigger craft beer community. Make sure you are following the store on Instagram at http://instagram.com/elcerritoliquor . Find Upright, Cascade, Bruery one-offs, Lost Abbey special releases, De Cam, 3F, Cantillon, Alpine, weird Mikkeller and Evil Twin stuff, Tilquin, De Molen. They have a huge glassware selection as well with some rare but pricey glasses you won’t find anywhere else. Jazz has really hooked it up on numerous occasions so be sure to get in touch with him and start a conversation.
The selection was huge, the service friendly and prices affordable. What I was expecting to find was single 12 oz bottles. Unfortunately no American singles, only 6-packs. Well I bought some nice 22 oz bottles. Not necessarily as good as I expected but definitely worth stopping.
Wow - are you kidding me? I stop in and buy some beer. Jazzz follows me out and says "bro, wanna try some beers?". Then he cracks out some Lost Abbey and Russian River Framboise for the Cure. Just hanging out drinking beers. This place rocks soooo hard! Jazzz is the man!
Unsuspecting place that rolls deep. Jazz has stocked the shelves well and is very helpful. Be sure to check out his bottle collection! Excellent selection of domestics, like Jester King, that I didn’t even think got this far west as well as a solid offering of imports. Well worth the excursion if you’re in the IE.
Where to start with this place. Does it appear sketchy from the outside, yes. Does there appear to be too much going on around this place for the time of day and week, yes. Will you find plenty of new brews to buy, YES. Inside it has these cherry wood colored shelves that remind me of Texas Liquor in Carlsbad and some of the new shelves put it at Bine & Vine down in Normal Heights. I see lots and lots of fairly organized international offerings including a pleasing array from Mikkeller and To OL where there are easily a dozen I would be happy to buy if I had the money and an easy way to get them home as I’m getting on a plane after this. Ended up grabbing two To OL’s and some cool looking local offerings. Big selection that will have me coming back whenever I’m within 30 miles of this place.