It is tucked away into an industrial park setting with solid warehouse appeal inside and out. The inside is seriously spacious. The beer area is decent enough in size but only makes up about an eighth of the total retail space. They have a very nice array of west coast craft beer bombers and sixes. I was very happy to see a couple of cases of The Abyss just sitting there waiting for me to take home. I walked away with 13 bombers and left behind many more I wish I could picked up. I love that they provide an array of styro shippers for purchase. They seemed pretty inexpensive too.
Warehouse looking store in a warehouse neighborhood. I liked the selection and the prices. I was able to get a lot of new to me California made brews. A lot of bombers and other single large bottles were in the cooler. The Belgian selection was decent. Certainly worth a stop if you are in the area. My main problem was the closing time. Who closes at 6:30 at night?
caesar (370) Bunnik/Utrecht, Netherlands | September 30, 2008
Recommended by the bartender from Russian River, as there might be some of the specialty RR brews available. Too bad they didnt have any available anymore, but still the selection of nice californian beers was pretty good. No real exquisite beers, but they are probably nowhere to be found.
footbalm (75) Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota | August 10, 2008
On recommendation from odeed. Really donít give a shit if it is a fucking doghouse as long as the beer selection is great. I dont need assistance to service dont matter either but when I asked for more Pliny the Elder the cat working simply asked me how many yaí want and then went and gotíem.
They also gave me the right directions to the highway. The selction was very good, tone of CA brews which what I went there for.
Big, dark, cold, warehouse with a ton of booze! I had a helpful guy tell me where some stuff was and check me out. I guess the disgruntled girl had the afternoon off. Tons of beers, a few I had never seen in any store before. And even with their good prices, I spent way more than I should have, and could have broke the bank! Iíll definitely stop in here every time I go to Santa Rosa from now on.
Well, what an unassuming place nestled inconspicuously in an industrial park. Dimly lit (which is good) warehouse atmosphere. Not pretty, but I donít care. A really solid beer selection. Lots of international beers and North American microbrews. The only place Iíve seen Cuvee Rene in Cali as well as the only place Iíve seen Quelque Chose. Respectable prices. Their mead selection is limited. They do have lots of other liquors and wines. Definitely worth a stop. They do have some old bottles hanging around, though, so beware. 6 packs cannot be broken down, which sucks, too.
Industrial building hidden away. However, they have a relatively good selection, but have great prices. Nothing overly exotic, but pricing is the best Iíve seen since Iíve been in SF. Only big drawback for me was I couldnít buy single bottles from sixers.
When I go shopping for beer at a place like this, I couldnít care less about the service. Their service is horrible, and the place looks like a, well, a barn. BUT THIS DOES NOT MATTER! They have EVERYTHING you could possibly get in NorCal, at prices that beat pretty much any other place. I picked up some Double Bastard, a ton of Moylans, some harder to find Deschutes (Obsidian and Abyss) and some hard to find Belgians. And anything from the nearby Russian River is half priced what youíd pay at the pub.
This is a great store for all types of alcoholic beverages and they have a good beer selection. Their selection is overall the best in the North Bay (of the San Francisco Bay Area) as far as I have been able to determine and I know people come from all over to go here. They carry all the local beers - Bear Republic, North Coast, Moylanísm, Russian River, etc., plus a great range of others from across the country and internationally, ith a large Blegian section, some hard-to-find British beers, and a nice German section, as well as cider ranging from dreadful to expensive and good. The beer guy is helpful and enthusiastic.
Light industrial building. Parking can be a bit tight when itís busy. Tough to get a cart through the single door - when you expect the door to resist closing! Canít even see beer upon entry. Overloaded with wine and hard stuff. But when you get to the right rear, itís really interesting. More space for beer than Ledgers, less than Bottleworks. Lots of beer, and itís mostly decent ales. Staff was willing to help - donít know how useful it would have been. Had my printable beer list to go by. All the help needed. A goodly number of hard to find California ales, and some old foreign friends Iíve never rated. Worth a drive of an hour or two! Highly recommended.
Great place, but they DO NOT ship beer. I spoke with the manager, and he said it was illegal. Doesnít make much sense as I can get beer shipped from a place in San Diego (South Bay Drugs & Liquor...I recommend them). The Bottle Barn sells styro shippers, so you can mail them yourself or check them as luggage (which is what I did). Selection was great IMO. They have a big cooler full of bombers, too many of which I have never tried. It was a bit hard to find the place, but well worth the effort. Wish they would look into shipping.