3fourths (1556) Boulder, Colorado | July 11, 2005| Updated January 22, 2013
Online ordering review, so disregard the ambiance number. When I found out that Vintage Cellar will not send to my state anymore, I was basically forced to buy from the west coast again. Hi Time’s shipping charges are more expensive that VC, but still less than Liquid Solutions, so I went with them. With a special on Double Bastard bombers, the price savings was equal to the shipping cost, so I was a happy camper. They shipped extremely fast, but messed up on two bottles... I got Alesmith IPA rather than Stone: not a big deal, I love both of those beers, but I needed the Stone specifically. On the phone and over email the staff was friendly enough and was willing to help me get the order correct. Nice guys.
I was initially concerned as I turned onto Ogle (from Orange) to see what appeared to be a residential area. I almost missed the place at first, but was able to slow down and make it into the parking lot.
I walked in through the main entrance to see quite the expanse of cigars, wines, and spirits. I was (again) a bit confused until I looked to my right to see a hallway were I could see some cooler doors and a walk-in cooler through a hallway.
The initial confusion was quickly replaced with a feeling of elation. There are about 6-8 cooler doors and a substantial pile of cases to the left of the doorway. Next to/behind the cooler doors is a large walk-in cooler where there is even more good stuff.
Lots of, well, just about everything. Plenty of German beers, a pretty good selection of Belgians, as well as other imports such as Mikkeller and Nogne-O. All the usual suspects from CA and the west coast, and quite a few you don’t usually see (most notably Kern River, Mammoth, and Caldera). Plenty of stuff from DFH, Flying Dog, New Belgium, HotD, Russian River, The Bruery, Stone, Deschutes, North Coast, and more (too many to name).
I wish I had more money to spend here because I could have easily bought a few cases full of beer (I went conservative and only bought one case worth).
Web Order: Rep on the phone helped maxmize my order by minimizing my shipping costs through box managment. Well packed and shipped out expediently. My experience too. Two shipments recently and it was quick. Where a beer was out they called to check on a substitute. Actually 4 were out, and I said just fill with different Aktiens. And they did! Now I have two big 12 bottle styro packs with cardboard cases. Anybody want to drop by and get them to help with their trading?
Quite an epic selection of booze. A ridiculous liquor selection, and a very good wine selection. Beers were almost all kept in a cooler, with a large amount of uncommon to see beers (nothing super rare, but a lot of new ticks even for a local). Employees were knowledgeable, but vocally arrogant and dismissive. Prices were fair for wine and beer, but a bit high for some/most of the liquor.
This place is the shit. All their beer is in walk in cooler. Singles available. Tons of local brews including tons of Alesmith, Russian River, Lost Abbey, and Alpine. Had Deliverance for $16 which was $8 cheaper then Hollingshead. Another must stop in the OC.
Two things. This is an alcohol emporium. Most of the beer is kept cold, which is great. I think everybody has covered the details here. I like that beers rotate and move. Freshness is a nice aspect of the beers offered here, in my book. Prices are fair, selection is broad. Organization could be a little better. Ask if they have anything on the shelves that isn’t out and they’ll go in the other cooler and show you treats like Consecration.
Big beer, wine, spirits, tobacco and gourmet food place tucked away behind a big strip mall. The place is really nice but the beer area is tucked away in a more unfinished area which is still nice and organized. Service was great, someone asked if we needed any help and made some nice suggestions. Selection was really good, lots of California micros, US micros and imports. Value was great on most things while some bottles seemed a tad bit high. Overall a great bottle shop, definitely stop by if you’re in the area and see that they have.
I called ahead to check on Alesmith availability. They told me they had a shipment coming in, place my order, and they would contact me if something was not available. I placed my order for Speedway Stout and 3 filler bottles, in order to maximize the box space. In the comments section of my order, I specifically asked them to not process my order if anything was out of stock. I wanted to cancel or substitute if that was the case. They were out of stock on Speedway and went ahead a processed my order. I got 3 filler beers and no Speedway. I paid 16.00 to ship three beers I really did not want.Grand total of $25 for second choice beer. No chance to cancel. I emailed them to let them know of the error, and someone did call me back that day. They apologized and said they would ship me a Speedway when it came in. A month later, I made another inquiry to the status of my missing beer.UPDATE 3-4-06.
A bottle of Speedway shows up at my door. They remember their promise after two months. That is good customer service. I recommend Hi-Time, but only if you phone your order in.