Holiday Wine Cellar

302 W Mission Ave
Escondido, California United States 92025
bottle shop  4.85/5.0 114 reviews
Mon - Wed 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM; Thu - Fri 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM; Sat 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM; SUN 10:00AM - 6:00PM

Mayor: BeerandBlues2 (8) | Affiliated user(s) here MarkHWC, HolidayBeer | Bottles: 1100
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Beers At Holiday Wine Cellar

NameABVEntered
Libertine Gose4.7%10/15/2016
Uinta Funk’n Patch8%10/7/2016
Belching Beaver Pumpkin Spice Milk Stout5.3%10/7/2016
High Water / Uncommon Brewers Flamenco Roja6.6%10/4/2016
Oskar Blues Hotbox Coffee Porter6.5%10/3/2016
Boulevard Smokestack Series: Funkier Pumpkin8.5%10/2/2016
Amager / Cigar City Orange Crush5%10/1/2016
Amager / Cellarmaker The Dank Dane6.5%10/1/2016
Green Flash Treasure Chest 2015/20165.7%10/1/2016
Kikusui Junmai Ginjo Sake15%9/18/2016
Michinoku Onikoroshi Sake16.5%9/18/2016
Kamotsuru Tokusei Gold Daiginjo Sake16.4%9/18/2016
Stone 20th Anniversary Encore Series: 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale8.9%9/12/2016
Sho Chiku Bai (Pine Bamboo Plum) Nama Sake15%9/11/2016
Smog City The Nothing10%8/23/2016
Lervig / Surly 1349 Black Ale13.49%8/7/2016
Ichinokura Taru Sake16%7/29/2016
Ochakovo Zhigulevskoe4%7/22/2016
Borg Garún Icelandic Stout Nr. 1911.5%7/21/2016
Goose Island The Ogden9%7/21/2016
Montseny Mala Vida - Chili11%7/17/2016
Oceanside Ale Works Up A Kriek6.2%7/4/2016
Joto Junmai Sake15%7/1/2016
Jelen Pivo4.6%6/29/2016
Beachwood Blendery Propagation Series No. 0643.8%6/27/2016
Lost Abbey Box Set: Track #6 (Highway to Hell)14.3%6/13/2016
Lost Abbey Box Set: Track #8 (Number of the Beast)13.7%6/13/2016
Garage Project Hops on Pointe6.7%5/1/2016
Mizbasho Ginjo Sake15%4/24/2016
Joto Junmai Nigori Sake15%4/23/2016
Mission Maiden Voyage6.5%4/8/2016
Samuel Adams (Barrel Room Collection) Thirteenth Hour Stout9%4/6/2016
Corsendonk Christmas Ale8.5%4/5/2016
Cambridge Morning Dew5.5%4/5/2016
Westvleteren 12 (XII)10.2%3/25/2016
Karl Strauss Big Barrel Double IPA 9%3/9/2016
Karl Strauss Six Suits A-Hangin’ Holiday Imperial Belgian Brown8.5%3/9/2016
Rough Draft Hop Therapy9%1/12/2016


82
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Travlr  (2554) Charlotte , North Carolina | January 22, 2011
Smallish place with a big selection, including a nice range of Belgian stuff. A few rarities. Definitely worth a look.
82
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
t0rin0  (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | June 19, 2013
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.
88
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
brokensail  (1352) Dublin, California | March 27, 2011
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.
92
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Leighton  (983) London, England | December 13, 2013
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).
94
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
BeerandBlues2  (957) Escondido, California | May 1, 2015| Updated August 9, 2015
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.
94
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 19/20
theisti  (791) Kansas | July 6, 2009| Updated September 8, 2014
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.
86
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
GT  (672) Oceanside, California | March 20, 2014
> 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.
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere  (664) Montreal, Quebec | July 1, 2009
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.
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb  (581) Woodland, California | May 4, 2010
Web order. Pretty fast response. Web site was a bit out of date, but I got a bunch of beers I’ve never had. And they called to give me an update. Don’t hesitate to use these folks.
54
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 3/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 10/20
chibuck  (546) Chicago, Illinois | July 3, 2014
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.

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