Windy City Liquor | El Cajon, California
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Windy City Liquor
Excellent based on 42 ratings
Type: Beer Store

701 Broadway
El Cajon, California United States 92021 [ print map ]
618 588 8404

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Hours: 7am-11pm


Mayor: StefanSD (19) | Bottles: 700+


Windy City Liquor

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Beer Available At Windy City Liquor (arranged by most recent)
Midnight Sun 2011 World Tour: Moscow 99, Midnight Sun Second Hand Smoke 93, Crooked Stave Vieille Artisanal 99, New Belgium La Folie 100, Almanac Farmers Reserve Pluot 99, Firestone Walker Opal 97, Green Flash Road Warrior 98, Mikkeller Texas Ranger Barrel Aged (Eagle Rare Edition) 99, Clown Shoes Billionaire 98, Cascade Apricot Ale 99, Evil Twin Ashtray Heart 97, Evil Twin Hop Flood 96, Hess Grazias Vienna Cream Ale 76, Noble Ale Works Amarillo Showers 88, Alaskan Winter Ale 71, Lost Abbey Saison Blanc 96, Midnight Sun 2009 Crew Brews: Brewtality 99, Ninkasi Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout 95, Knee Deep Midnight Hoppyness 99, Grand Teton Bone Warmer Amber Ale 88
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42 reviews for Windy City Liquor
 Ambiance  72%
 Service  83%
 Selection  80%
 Food  75%
 Value  80%
 Overall  80%
 Rating  85%
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  AMBIANCE 1/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 13/20
badlizard  (141) Berkeley , California | August 11, 2008
A bit of a scary place with check cashing available, but lots of local stuff and older vintages. I got a bottle of Green Flash 3rd Anniversary, Stone XI, Stone 7-7-7, and Deschutes XX Black Butte. Not bad. Just ignore the shirtless guys with missing teeth buying cases of Bud.
68
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 12/20
IEBAILI  (8) San Diego, California | December 3, 2007
Good place to stock up on local stuff - they carry more local selections than most and they buy in mass quantities - meaning they often have anniverary and special release beers from 2 or 3 years ago. Friendly and reasonably knowledgeable staff. Import selection is good but I havenít seen anything really special in that department. Lots of large format bottles. I wish my neighborhood liquor store was close to this good.
82
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3  (333) Tempe, Arizona | September 14, 2007
Very nice place with friendly and helpful staff. Really nice people. Everything was neat and tiddy with the majority of the brews in cold storage. Pretty big selection of west coast brews at very competitive prices. They have (as of Aug. 2007) Stoneís 06 and 07 Vertical, Double Bastard, Old Guardian and Imp. Stout. They also have bunches of the Stoneís 10th in the huge 3L bottles. This is a refreshing alternative to Keg and Bottle #2 just a few miles west of here.
64
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
trokini  (56) San Diego, California | September 4, 2007
Big selection, but you can get a lot of these beers elsewhere, and cheaper. They do have a good amount of locals, including Alpine. Some have been around for a while. I will agree, this is one of the best places in El Cajon.
80
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel  (83) Encinitas, California | July 31, 2007
Only above average selection, but one of the largest selection of locals in the San Diego area. Other stores tend to sell out, but they are here for a longer period of time, especially Stone. It was the last store to have Stone 9th anniversary, 2006 Barleywine. I talked to the owner, who is very friendly. He ordered as much Reaper beers before they went out of business. He also orders odd things as soon as he finds out about them. I bought a 2005 Samiclaus, when everyone else has 2006. Everything is refrigerated.
90
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
Sickboy282  (9) San Diego, California | April 15, 2007
I have only been there once, but will probably make the trek just to get the alpine line-up, even though I can get it windmill farms. The beer selection isnít amazing, but it is a ll stored well and has some hidden treasures. They still had plenty of sierra celebration and displays full of stone 06.06.06 and the 10th anniversary. The owner is very personable and wants to please. He seems proud of the selection and rightfully so. In east san diego, there is no where else that has this selection.
72
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations  (6) Last Supper, Arizona | April 2, 2007| Updated June 5, 2007
Emil was great. I called him on the phone a few times to get an order together. He took the time and walked with the phone in his ear. He worked with me for almost 40 minutes and he never made me feel rushed. This guy has a decent collection of local stuff not to mention other regionals. Heíll buy enough of the Stone, Sierra Nevada, etc. seasonals to keep him supplied for many months. He still had some Stone Anniversary Ale 9, and 10. Great for a collector. I ended up w/ a case of bombers and he wrapped it up to accommodate my traveling back to AZ (* revised later*/ three of the bottles were over the hill). I sent my wife and kids to pick up the case and Emil was very polite and offered them all a complimentary beverage for the long ride home. This place is very easy to get to from I8 so if youíre headed East on 8 through El Cajon stop by. Among others, I got all four of the available Alpine brews. Overall: well lets face it. I got three bad beers and no 12oz bottles available.
82
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
padrefan98  (38) (San Diego) Santee, California | April 1, 2007
Nice selection of beer. Some hard to find as well as some popular local choices. Alesmith, Stone, Ballast point, Lost abbey.
62
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
fordest  (62) Santee/San Diego, California | November 13, 2005
Not a bad little place. Same with their sister store in Santee. Currently, the owner is trying to phase out Stone (Trying to make some sort of point with Stone Brewing) which seems silly to me, but still plenty of other interesting things.
74
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
mjg74  (47) La Mesa, California | June 24, 2005| Updated July 29, 2012
This place has quite a few local beers. There are also a few beers here that I have not seen elsewhere. Some of the bottles look like they have been in the cooler for years. Prices are about average.

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