Good selection of beer, but I ordered online and only ordered for AleSmith beers. Came nicely packaged. However, several have talked about the fact that they were called when something was missing from their order. This did not happen nor did they send a tracking number with the receipt. Had to email several times to get the tracking number. That said it will not stop me from ordering from them unless they stop carrying AleSmith.
ross (59) weddington, North Carolina | April 29, 2004
ordered from them online. great selection of alesmiths. never been to the store. bottles came packed so well you could have thrown it off a 3 story building and nothing would happen. called them to get the tracking number, seemed personable enough. a wonderful selection of beer makes this a great place to order online. only gripe is they dont tell you how much its going to be to ship it, they just bill you.
This place is the ultimate stop for those seeking alcoholic consumption. If you want belgians, if you want local brews, if you want a hefeweizen, then youll get about 50 varities here. Parking is good, the selection is unparalled, and you can buy by the single. Prices are decent but can get expensive as would be expected. The workers are knowledgeable, and nearly every style can be represented at hi times. You can also order in what you desire! A MUST STOP for anyone in the area!
ZepolK (1) South Side Montebello, California | February 23, 2004
Somewhat odd place with what appears to be an indoor swap meet feel. Great beer selection, but the service could not be any worse. Staff could care less if you found what you were looking for. When I would ask they seemed to be annoyed with my questions and would give generalizations on where they may or may not have a particular beer hidden. As I said the selection is great, but good luck trying to find anything. With a selection this vast they should consider having a Kiosk or at least a map, or a knowledgeable beer guide who actually knows where they keep all the different beer! Overall I got what I came for but I took forever to find it, especially with the kind of "Bevis & Butthead, Spicoli staff" they have running the beer section. If Hi-Time Wine Cellars management ever read this review, stop hiring the local potheads from Newport and your friends kids, there not cutting it!
Very tough to find, so MapQuest it. Excellent selection! True beer lovers should plan on spending 60-80 minutes in this store ogling and selecting your purchases. Service is decent, too. I like the darkened back room with the bombers and exotics in it - very nice. If it isn't at Hi Time, it cannot be obtained in SoCal. Oddly, their focus is wine, but perhaps that pays the bills.
This place blows and everyone should stop going there.Leave the beer for me! Seriously, if they dont have it, you cant get it in SoCal. If you dont see it ask for Mike he can tell you if they can get it or if they got it and you missed the boat.
JohnC (163) Mission Viejo, California | January 12, 2004
The first two sentences in the Brew Tour says it all, "Moslems go to Mecca. Beer Geeks go to Hi Time." They have an enormous selection of beer. They have monthly beer tastings. Yes, look at the map on their website, because they are in an out of the way location. The beer staff is knowledgeable. You can mail order beer from them. As noted in the Brew Tour, this is First and Foremost, a Wine store. Even if you aren't into wine, go downstairs and see the wine cellar.