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Beer Available At Holiday Wine Cellar (arranged by most recent)
Delirium Nocturnum 94, Iron Fist Imperial Rebellion Anniversary Ale 57, Anchorage / Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Boreal 98, Gouden Carolus Easter Ale (2010+) 96, Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown Ale 97, Victory Golden Monkey 97, Samuel Adams (Barrel Room Collection) New World Tripel 96, Petrus Aged Red 75, Mt. Shasta Lemurian Lager 41, Grand Teton Coming Home Holiday Ale 2013 77, Cisco Cranberry Woods 91, Jolly Pumpkin / Anchorage Calabaza Boreal 99, Fish Tale Starfish Imperial Red 92, Amager/Hoppiní Frog Frog Hops To Amager 99, Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA - Yakima #291 95, Port Brewing Wipeout IPA 99, Uinta Detour Double India Pale Ale 97, Almanac Barrel Noir 98, HeíBrew Death of a Contract Brewer 97, AleSmith IPA 100
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Travlr (1644) Washington, Washington DC | January 22, 2011
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Smallish place with a big selection, including a nice range of Belgian stuff. A few rarities. Definitely worth a look.
t0rin0 (1427) Do Not Resuscitate, California | June 19, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
I used to visit this place after every trip to Stone. Pretty good selection over all and they occasionally get some brewery only release type stuff though often times you have to know someone there to get access to it. They also have some vintage stuff hidden, but again you have to know someone. Check the website and youíll see a fairly complete listing of what they have.
Service is pretty hands off but if you ask a question they are happy to answer. The walk in beer fridge is the best part of the store but they also have a downstairs section for the wine. Prices are high but thatís to be expected. Probably past due for another visit.
brokensail (884) Orange County, California | March 27, 2011
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Great selection of American craft in the coolers, as well as some Belgians in there as well. Russian River, Stone, Moylans, Santa Cruz, Lost Abbey, Lagunitas, AleSmith, HotD, Deschutes...you name it.
Pretty extensive selection of Belgians out on shelves right behind the coolers as well, along with American Craft Belgian-style beers.
The prices are what I would have expected to pay anywhere, and they also had a pretty good selection of glassware.
The staff were very helpful and nice people.
Rastacouere (664) Montreal, Quebec | July 1, 2009
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
I was quite surprised with how small the beer section actually is in this store, but one needs to understand that what is in the fridge complements what is in the small corner aisles. Still, it was half a kilometer away from our hotel and while I certainly did not encounter westys, I found the type of stuff I was looking for: Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme, Brother Levonian, Carnevale etc. For So.Cal. offerings, I guess this covers its territory pretty well, including rarer breweries like Lightning or Coronado. The service was also totally fine, asking us twice if we needed anything, found what we were looking for, you canít ask for much more than that.
Leighton (637) London, England | December 13, 2013
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
Absolutely world class. They have an incredible range of California beers, plus lots of national brand and a very impressive selection of European stuff. The prices are very good. The guy at the check out seemed a little smug but I donít really care about that at a bottle shop, they donít offer a volume/ case discount on beers, in case you were wondering. A must-visit if you are anywhere in the vicinity (and I would go out of my way to visit).
GT2 (613) San Diego County , California | March 20, 2014
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
> Smaller interior packed with tough to find wine, beer, and liquor; secret bottom floor
>> Knowledgable staff, weekly tastings, a wine tasting machine downstairs, online store, mostly refrigerated beer tells me that this store is run the right way. Found tons of cool stuff:
Cisco Pechish Woods, Monomoy Kriek, Logsdon, Hopfenstark, Modern Times, usual suspects, expensive Evil Twin, Mikkeller, other Norwegian and Danish imports. Liquor wise found Bruichladdich Black Art 4.1 for $330, so thereís that. Prices not so bad. Reminds me a lot of an upgraded La Bodega, the best beer store in Riverside CA. Will be coming back often as this is the best bottle shop that I know of in my area besides Texas Liquor in Carlsbad.
theisti (536) Leawood, Kansas | July 6, 2009| Updated September 8, 2014
94 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
Visited during my family vacation to San Diego - hit this up between the Wild Animal Park and a visit to Stone. The store is a 70ís chalet style storefront on a busy corner in Escondido. The beer is given its own corner, and the selection is just breath taking. So Cal local micros are covered, and an extensive import list - particularly German. They really had everything I could imagine, plus a bunch of really rare stuff that I had never seen on shelves before. The staff was super helpful, and pulled some additional beers out for me they knew I would like. Certainly in the top tier of bottle shops I have visited.
94 = ★★★★Ĺ (World class)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | August 19, 2004| Updated August 4, 2010
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent selection, mostly all in the fridges, which is a good thing for this part of America. California seems to be very regional in its micro distribution though so donít expect to find all the breweries youíd want to discover. A very good bottle shop at the state level Iím sure.
bhensonb (492) Woodland, California | May 4, 2010
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Web order. Pretty fast response. Web site was a bit out of date, but I got a bunch of beers Iíve never had. And they called to give me an update. Donít hesitate to use these folks.
jrallen34 (438) Chicago, Illinois | July 3, 2014
54 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 10/20
Really shocked by these ratings as I was so let down. This is a skip. The ambiance is great, one of the nicer looking shops Iíve seen, huge coolers and a nice downstairs tasting room. There is a big cooler in the back, but its to cold you canít spend more then a couple minutes in there when you want to spend lots of time browsing. The coolers have prices and deals prominently placed, but the organization is off. Its really hard to search for beers, its not done by style or state or country, so you are just kind of left wandering around. No doubt there are a shit ton of beers here. However, thereís nothing remotely rare. Its all stuff I can find anywhere. Even when you see a brand like Midnight Sun, its all their common bottles. No Russian River, lacking in stouts. Really not getting it? I was there 15 minutes, never once asked if I needed help. Maybe I could have been directed to something interesting, but I walked away empty handed.
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