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Beer Available At Stuffed Sandwich (arranged by most recent)
Eldridge Pope Thomas Hardyís Ale (all vintages to 1999) 100, Moylans Old Blarney Barley Wine 96, North Coast Old Stock Ale 99, Bear Republic Olde Scoutterís Barleywine 93, Stone Mattís Burning Rosids Imperial Cherry Wood Smoked Saison 93, Stone Go To IPA 97, Noble Ale Works Nelson Showers 97, Anchor Our Special Ale (2005 and later) 94, Huvila Arctic Circle Ale 90, Corsendonk Christmas Ale 98, Grand Teton Bone Warmer Amber Ale 88, Stone Cali-Belgique Aged in White Wine Barrels 51, Hair of the Dog Blue Dot Double IPA 99, Kinetic Citrafuge Fresh Hop XPA , Bear Republic Cafť Racer 15 99, Ballast Point Habanero Sculpin 88, Beachwood Thrillseeker IPA 97, Bear Republic Black Racer 98, Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA 100, Drakes Denogginizer 99
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GT2 (532) Carlsbad, California | April 10, 2014
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
> The progenitor of craft beer bars in LA finds itself outdated but still dearly loved
>> It is an assuming strip mall place with an outdoor closed off, small patio along with inside long table bench type seating. The menu is mostly sandwiches and the quality isnít really up to par, but the portions are large and people seem to really like the spaghetti and meatball sandwich. I canít recommend getting the BLT. For beer, it is a very bizarre concept that could spell disaster for someone not íin the know.í First, you need to bring your own beer glass. Any shape seems to be okay as long as it is about 12oz I guess. If you fail to do this, you must buy a glass on premise, though they are $4 and up and you get to keep them. Plus, they arenít just pint glasses but proper tulips. So it isnít so bad if you forget. Then you can choose from bottles in their fridges or beers on tap. However, there are usually only 8 beers on tap and they keep with a theme. Iíve been here twice and it was barleywines in February and pumpkin beers in April. A little bit off season, but okay. So not much variety on tap as they are all so similar. For the bottles in the fridge, there isnít a list that I know of and thus no price list either. So it is sort of shoot and miss asking to look at bottles and checking vintages and price. The process is a bit frustrating for patron and staff. Prices are not super cheap with markup you would expect at a nice gastropub or restaurant. With that said, some bottles here you wonít find elsewhere such as 1991 Pope Elridge Thomas Hardyís Ale, $31. A quick glance through the fridge shows about 60% Belgian beers, 30% American, 10% German. Breweries to expect: De Dolle, Scaldis/Bush, Dupont, Fantome, Rochefort, Aecht Schenkerla, Lost Abbey... Most of the selection is similar to what you might find in Total Wine or a decent bottle shop, though the older retired English barleywines are quite the find. Ambiance is definitely outdated, could use new decoration, ceilings are very low, carpet is old. So from an outsiders perspective it isnít much, but from an insiderís perspective it is a local treasure having been around for so long and put LA on the craft beer map. That puts me at odds on how to view this place. I can say the staff and the people here are what make it tick rather than location, selection, food, or decor.
ChinoSkillzian (32) The Hills, California | July 17, 2013
88 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 19/20
Although I knew about this place beforehand, I have to thank Bobby for introducing me to the "real" Stuffed Sandwich and the crew. Awesome selection, got to try a lot of stuff here that Iíd never heard of. My favorite part of the selection is the back vintage stuff; it may not taste the greatest but itís cool nonetheless. I do enjoy the Polish sandwich, and the fact that the taps change every month is great. I also like bringing my own glassware, it gives it a memberís club feel.
devman171 (102) Annapolis , Maryland | April 30, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty small little diner atmosphere with tons of coolers full of bottles and a few drafts. Order a burger and a good beer, no frills.
t0rin0 (1180) Do Not Resuscitate, California | December 27, 2012
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Been coming in almost every Wednesday since the summer of 2007.
Some people get turned off by the rules and by Samís attitude and I can understand that but they are really nice people. Sam is all talk, heís actually very friendly. And the rule about having to buy food is well, thatís their rule. Itís a restaurant not a bar. And yes, you should bring your own glass or else buy one from them if you dont want to use a paper cup.
Beer wise itís hard to really stand out these days with so many restuarants and bars competing for the same beer but these guys always have an ecclectic collection and they go way back with a number of California brewers (Sierra Nevada, Moylans, North Coast, Stone, Hair of the Dog, the list goes on) and still have some really old stuff; Marlene sold me a bottles of batch 2 and batch 5 Adam in 2012 and a week later pulled out a 1996 Cantillon Kriek. They have Bigfoot back to the 90s and Anchor Our Special Ale back to the 80s.
The food is pretty good over all. Its mostly sandwiches but you can also get full entres as well as soup, fries, chili, and a few other things.
They put on a new set of kegs every month and occasionally organize tastings. Iíll continue to come back whenever I can.
amlove (6) California | February 1, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Amazing selection of bottles and a good rotation on tap as well. Staff is very knowledgeable, sadly Sam was not there during my visit due to his illness. They have a great variety of aged beers as well. Bring your own glass if you go or else you will be stuck drinking from plastic cups.
ReverendRhino (6) California | October 17, 2011
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
One word, awesome! Sam and Marlene are LAís craft beer spot and original. Sam has been ill for a while so call before you drive there. Food is great, owners are the friendliest people youíll ever meet. Every beer imaginable, I mean everything plus some vintage stuff.
brokensail (756) Orange County, California | August 29, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Itís sort of one of the quintessential beer places in LA County, and we donít really have too many of those.
Everyone knows about Sam and Marlene and their rule about food. The beer selection is hard to top, though some of it is kept in less than stellar conditions.
Donít eat the polish unless you like to crap yourself.
breaks808 (13) California | February 28, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
Small spot in san gabriel and they have been around for a while. They usually have around 8 taps going and this year they are doing different styles of beer each month. Sam knows his beer and it shows. Amazing bottle selection with some rare stuff. Food is mediocre but the beer is the reason to go here. Owner jokes alot so be ready. Another great SGV spot.
ekoerper (39) Iowa | January 3, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Great beer selection, lots of vintage stuff thatís difficult to find. Food is OK, but is basically just a requirement to order beer. Owners were very friendly and helpful, would definitely go again.
paiste2002 (15) Saugus, California | December 14, 2010
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Great beers selection, some in better shape then others. Food is ok, nothing special. Not worth going out of the way for but if your in the area a nice beer stop.
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