Stopped in here on the way into town, I had heard amazing things so I was really looking forward to checking it out. Not the most beautiful looking place from the outside but really nice once you get inside. Tons of wine and liquor in the first few isles, beer in the last one. Atmosphere was laid back with lots of people coming and going. Service was solid all around. I was asked if I needed any help and he was nice enough to point out a few things I may have overlooked. Quality and selection were both quite high. I didn’t see any out of date beers and they even offer some proper glassware for some of their beers. Selection was really solid. They had everything from the everyday beers of the west coast to some really rare beers I have never seen on a shelf anywhere else but here. Prices were a touch high on the rarer bottles but all of the others were reasonable so I can’t knock it too much. Overall probably the best bottle shop I have come across on this trip. I just wish it was a little closer to where we are staying, I would love to go back.
This is the closest I have to a local bottle shop to me besides La Bodega. Jazz is the owner and beer dude and is connected with the bigger craft beer community. Make sure you are following the store on Instagram at http://instagram.com/elcerritoliquor . Find Upright, Cascade, Bruery one-offs, Lost Abbey special releases, De Cam, 3F, Cantillon, Alpine, weird Mikkeller and Evil Twin stuff, Tilquin, De Molen. They have a huge glassware selection as well with some rare but pricey glasses you won’t find anywhere else. Jazz has really hooked it up on numerous occasions so be sure to get in touch with him and start a conversation.
This place is a beer lover’s dream! The selection has to be the best in the country. They really care about beer and it shows. Can’t say enough about this place. If you are in CA and love beer, you have a home here.
Looks like a typical divey liquor store you’d score some tall cans from. Beer is along the far wall and there is a lot of it. Really nice selection. Lots of cool imports, obscure stuff from the state and from less seen breweries around the US. Prices are pretty fair, some thing’s are a bit more expensive than I’ve seen other places, but on the whole pretty reasonable. Out of my way to go with any frequency, but definitely worth a stop.
t0rin0 (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 10, 2013
Visited September 9, 2013.
OK, so I know that a lot of better liquor stores look as crappy as the rest from the outside, but this one had me questioning if I was even in the right place when I pulled up. I checked the RateBeer place page to confirm the address. As I pulled up there was a guy that had just finished peeling out in the dirt lot next door, a guy selling something from a cart on the sidewalk, and another guy that was stumbling pretty good. There is no mention of good beer outside. In fact about all I saw was a sign advertising that they sell water and a large ad for Jaegermeister.
Inside is your typical liquor store, extremely packed with bottles piled to the ceiling. The last aisle is the one you want. Lots of cool stuff on the shelves and in the fridges. It was nice to see some 3 Fonteinen gueuze just sitting there but I don’t particularly need any more right now. In the fridges I saw plenty of hoppy goodness. Mikkeller Farmhouse Invasion, all three of the Almanac single hop series, Black Market 4th Anniversary pale ale, Anchorage Galaxy White IPA, and plenty more. They had a single Anchorage glass on the shelf (teku)... for $15. It wasn’t for me, but yeah, that seems a bit ridiculous. They also have a cabinet behind the counter which is just visible to show off some of the beers inside. I assume those are only available if you know the owners. I didn’t ask but most of them were non-distributed bottles.
This is a beer heaven, from outside looks like a another liquor store, wait untilll you go inside, awesome selection, and everthing a beer geek wants they have it, look for guy name jazz who is the owner, he loves his beers. I bought $150 worth of stuff, he hooked me up with few bottles From the back. Jazz Is the man. Awesome service, awesome selection. Must stop!
Wow - are you kidding me? I stop in and buy some beer. Jazzz follows me out and says "bro, wanna try some beers?". Then he cracks out some Lost Abbey and Russian River Framboise for the Cure. Just hanging out drinking beers. This place rocks soooo hard! Jazzz is the man!
Unassuming location next to a Mexican restaurant that almost looks abandoned. Bottle selection is shocking. Staff is helpful as they give you advice on barrel aged stuff while selling Bud Lite and other pseudo-beers by the case. Worth going out of your way to try, which of course you’ll probably have to do.
One of the best beer stores around. It’s funny that unless someone told you about it you probably wouldn’t know. It looks like a random liquor store from the outside, but once you walk in and see the crazy selection. Jazz the owner is an awesome person. This is absolutely a must for beer enthusiasts. Shelf’s are loaded with rare beers, if you cant fine it here, then you wont find it anywhere.