I used to visit this place after every trip to Stone. Pretty good selection over all and they occasionally get some brewery only release type stuff though often times you have to know someone there to get access to it. They also have some vintage stuff hidden, but again you have to know someone. Check the website and you’ll see a fairly complete listing of what they have.
Service is pretty hands off but if you ask a question they are happy to answer. The walk in beer fridge is the best part of the store but they also have a downstairs section for the wine. Prices are high but that’s to be expected. Probably past due for another visit.
Great selection of American craft in the coolers, as well as some Belgians in there as well. Russian River, Stone, Moylans, Santa Cruz, Lost Abbey, Lagunitas, AleSmith, HotD, Deschutes...you name it.
Pretty extensive selection of Belgians out on shelves right behind the coolers as well, along with American Craft Belgian-style beers.
The prices are what I would have expected to pay anywhere, and they also had a pretty good selection of glassware.
The staff were very helpful and nice people.
Absolutely world class. They have an incredible range of California beers, plus lots of national brand and a very impressive selection of European stuff. The prices are very good. The guy at the check out seemed a little smug but I don’t really care about that at a bottle shop, they don’t offer a volume/ case discount on beers, in case you were wondering. A must-visit if you are anywhere in the vicinity (and I would go out of my way to visit).
This gem is tucked neatly in Escondido just off Highway 78 with easy access. Unassuming at first, this dark store boasts a large high quality beer, wine, and spirits selection, each one seemingly individually picked for placement on the shelf or in the cooler. I was able to find several things here that I have yet to find in SD. This store is legit and the staff are ever ready to assist.
Visited during my family vacation to San Diego - hit this up between the Wild Animal Park and a visit to Stone. The store is a 70’s chalet style storefront on a busy corner in Escondido. The beer is given its own corner, and the selection is just breath taking. So Cal local micros are covered, and an extensive import list - particularly German. They really had everything I could imagine, plus a bunch of really rare stuff that I had never seen on shelves before. The staff was super helpful, and pulled some additional beers out for me they knew I would like. Certainly in the top tier of bottle shops I have visited.
94 = ★★★★˝ (World class)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
> Smaller interior packed with tough to find wine, beer, and liquor; secret bottom floor
>> Knowledgable staff, weekly tastings, a wine tasting machine downstairs, online store, mostly refrigerated beer tells me that this store is run the right way. Found tons of cool stuff:
Cisco Pechish Woods, Monomoy Kriek, Logsdon, Hopfenstark, Modern Times, usual suspects, expensive Evil Twin, Mikkeller, other Norwegian and Danish imports. Liquor wise found Bruichladdich Black Art 4.1 for $330, so there’s that. Prices not so bad. Reminds me a lot of an upgraded La Bodega, the best beer store in Riverside CA. Will be coming back often as this is the best bottle shop that I know of in my area besides Texas Liquor in Carlsbad.
I was quite surprised with how small the beer section actually is in this store, but one needs to understand that what is in the fridge complements what is in the small corner aisles. Still, it was half a kilometer away from our hotel and while I certainly did not encounter westys, I found the type of stuff I was looking for: Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme, Brother Levonian, Carnevale etc. For So.Cal. offerings, I guess this covers its territory pretty well, including rarer breweries like Lightning or Coronado. The service was also totally fine, asking us twice if we needed anything, found what we were looking for, you can’t ask for much more than that.
Really shocked by these ratings as I was so let down. This is a skip. The ambiance is great, one of the nicer looking shops I’ve seen, huge coolers and a nice downstairs tasting room. There is a big cooler in the back, but its to cold you can’t spend more then a couple minutes in there when you want to spend lots of time browsing. The coolers have prices and deals prominently placed, but the organization is off. Its really hard to search for beers, its not done by style or state or country, so you are just kind of left wandering around. No doubt there are a shit ton of beers here. However, there’s nothing remotely rare. Its all stuff I can find anywhere. Even when you see a brand like Midnight Sun, its all their common bottles. No Russian River, lacking in stouts. Really not getting it? I was there 15 minutes, never once asked if I needed help. Maybe I could have been directed to something interesting, but I walked away empty handed.