(Visited 09/2008): Visited South Bay during a trip to Coronado/National City. The store is on Palm Ave just a mile or two off I-5. There is a small lot on the side and front of the building.
The interior is every bit the convenience store, with the beer stocked along the right side. Most if not all the beer is in coolers, in packs and in singles.
There are a couple hundred choices from all over including regional beers from Moylanís, Lost Abbey, Drakeís, Stone, Lagunitas etc. Decent import selection as well from the likes of Meantime, Paulaner and Htiachino Nest.
Service was good as I picked out a suitcase full of beer for my trip home. I did not meet the legendary Joey but I will definitely stop back here again and would recommend anyone else to do the same.
Mail ordered Russian River, Ale Smith and Lost Abbey beers from South Bay. Joey was SUPER helpful throughout the process, and even held up the order so I could get Ten Commandments. The web site is a nice guide, and Joey is very responsive on e-mail. The turnaround was very fast, shipped UPS the same day we finalized the order. The only knock I had on the experience is that one of my Ale Smith IPAís broke in transit. Joey said he will send another bottle next time I order, and I trust this guy. The packaging was a bit less than bullet proof. (PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SB WEB SITE SPECIFICALLY SAYS BREAKAGE IS AT THE BUYERS RISK)
94 = ★★★★Ĺ (World class)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
Did an online order with Geoi and he was tremendously helpful and quick at processing everything. Selection is top-notch and the prices are fairly standard. Beer is shipped in very sturdy packaging, arrived in perfect quality and very quickly. Would definitely order from here again.
Backlog rate, mail order rate. This store is now Bine & Vine. Same owner Geoi but now with a nicer physical location, better website, and better shipping license. With South Bay, you could not have beer shipped legally to certain states including Maryland so I had to have boxes shipped to an address in DC, which was annoying. However, South Bay was able to score a bunch of California rarities like Bine & Vine does today. The most epic of which was a 1 bottle limit on Duck Duck Goose. I donít think any store doing online orders has ever had something quite that awesome. Service was amazing and continues to be amazing with Bine & Vine. So donít worry when you read this one is closed. It is simply new and improved.
bhensonb (559) Woodland, California | July 5, 2008| Updated August 3, 2008
Ordered over the phone. Joey knew what he had. Wasnít disturbed when I changed my mind on one item after he had it all totaled. Shipped quick. The packing is entirely recyclable. The web site of whatís on is kept up to date. This is a pretty good place to place an order. Got twelve bombers of beer Iíve never rated. Good source for So. Cal. brews. Rerating to add value.
Had the pleasure of meeting Joey and talking beer with him. Great guy. Really makes you want to frequent the place because of him, the best pricing around and the great local selection. Iíll be back each time Iím back in SoCal.
Been the beneficiary of some awesome beers. Saying theyíre professionally packaged is one thing, but in actuality, happens to be the truth - simple inserts that conform rather well and also nice to have bottles free of annoying styro pieces.
A definite YEEHAW!
Cletus (233) Connecticut | July 14, 2008| Updated September 14, 2008
This place is run by a great guy who loves beer and knows how to hook up the beer community. A great place thatíll definitely see a repeat customer in me!
ajm (202) Los Angeles, California | February 10, 2009
Joey is a true businessman who puts customers first and beer second. Obviously the most robust internet business around, but in-store features a few things that are either not posted or easily get lost on the website. Rare beers a go-go. The only beer store in the San Diego area that anyone knows by name. In a distant second is "oh, um... I donít know... one of the BevMos."