World class bottle shop. The selection is the best I have found in the San Diego area. Loads of local stuff. Some Pliney on my stop. The guy working there was enthusiastic and helpful without being annoying, which is great. He told me and some other customers about the Goose Island Bourbon County stuff he was keeping behind the counter. The value is good to begin with but they also offer volume discounts: buy six bottles get the seventh for a nickel, buy 12 bottles the eleventh and twelfth for a dime. Not bad. Not bad at all. This place is a five-minute walk from Pizza Port Carlsbad so take them both in on one visit.
Ibrew2or3 (353) Tempe, Arizona | September 17, 2007| Updated December 23, 2011
Original Sept 2007 rate (second rater for this place)
They have three cooler doors full of craft beer singles hailing from the west coast, points east, Belgium, Europe and elsewhere. Decent pricing too. No real surprises here so I walked out empty handed. Also a mirror like collection opposite but not in the cooler. So if it isn’t in the frig check there too.
A return visit December 2011 with how they have stepped it up here really really requires a re-rate. Wow, they pull in tons of options from close by in SoCal to tasty Danish brewed treats and other odds and ends from around the globe. This is way more impressive than my 2007 visit. They still have pretty much the same size cold space but now opposite are well stocked, well organized and sharply displayed bottle options. There seemed to be harder to find bottles everywhere I looked. The guy behind the counter, owner maybe, was very nice and gracious. This is a must if you’re looking for something harder to find. This is not really the place to go to stock up as the prices are higher than elsewhere. For me I’m usually looking for new stuff so this works. I’ll be back for sure.
This place has gone under a major renovation, beautiful new shelving down the middle isle and power-sliding front door make it more like an actual grocery store. All the San Diego craft beers are very well represented and there are a vast selection of beers from throughout the US. Belgian beers are also very well represented and you’re be sure to find whatever you’re looking for from anything Wine Warehouse carries. The cooler doors are crammed full of 22’s and six pack goodies. All specialty and seasonal beers are brought into Texas liquor but you’ve got to get there early because they always sell out quick. If you need anything special make sure you ask Ryan Salem (owner/operator) you’ll usually find him working the register before 2pm. Ryan takes alot of pride in his store and is constantly finding new a hard to find brews that he eargerly brings into his strore. All and all this is the holiday wine cellar of Carlsbad, drop by and see what I’m talking about and I’m sure you’ll be pleasantly surprized!
Visited later in the evening. Service was prompt and very friendly. The beer is laid out in one long aisle, racks on one side, coolers on the other. The selection was pretty great, and the prices were very fair. I found 12 or so bottles pretty much right away, and would have bought a ton more if it wasn’t for our friends at the TSA. If you are just going to bottle shop, I would recommend this place over the Pizza Port bottle shop due to selection and price. If you want to hang out a bit, PP is a better option, of course. I believe I receive a free bottle based on a case purchase.
82 = ★★★½ (Solid place, near the top of the list for locals and visitors)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
I stopped by during RBSG. This does not look like much on the outside, but they have an entire aisle (very narrrow) dedicated to beer. I think the selection is outstanding, and they carry lots of the west coast beers. Too bad my suitcase was not larger, because I would have walked out with much more. Regional offerings from Deschutes, Port/Lost Abbey, Alesmith, Green Flash, Bruery, Ballast Point, Firestone Walker, etc. in addition to imports. Prices are a tad on the high side (I can get stone cheaper in TN!), but I have seen worse. Worth a visit in addition to the Pizza Port shop.
Texas Liquor has the 2nd best selection in North County Coastal area. It is open during the day, which the PP bottle shop is not. The selection is good, and the prices are very reasonable. This is especially true if you buy a decent amount of beer. As we all know, craft beers aren’t ever the cheapest. Texas usually has deals posted that give you discounts on your 7th 22oz bomber or your 11th & 12th 22oz bomber. If you’re resourceful, you can put together a nice craft brew package. The service is available, but not overly insightful. There is always plenty of parking since it is adjacent to the Albertsons. I always recommend stopping in on your way to PP, especially if you’re buying more than just a few bottles.
Beer selection is really thorough. Maybe if you’ve had A LOT of different beers it might not be good enough but for me it was fine. Some of the prices were on the high end but they also have sales on really good stuff they are just trying to clear out. Good place to visit in terms of convenience for coastal north county SD.