hmmmm maybe i missed something here. STan was working the day i was there and i asked him for some Kern River stuff-he brings back some Knee Deep bottle.....well it was nice of him to get something from the back of the store, so i bought it. turned out to be a decent beer. however, with that said, the selection here is good, but not great. he must keep all the really good stuff in the back. seemed kind of an old place to be all that great.
Checked out the temperature .cooler running at 54deg. Yikes not good for taste at that temp.checked prices and asked guy named george why cooler warm n prices high?said look my electric bills high n i can charge u less if u show me what u want...I have some expired beer I sell cheap in the back.I said no thanks i will browse more...nice variety.than George yells hey u gonna buy or not i got take a crap so what u gonna buy.?Got a gew beers paid too much but that george is a no class carpetbagger.he didnt know beer at all and said his beer man works nites....will try at nite .hopevhe fix his cooler .jeers to george
Checked this place out while I was in town for the L.A Roadster show..Very nice selection and very helpful..They even called a few other liquor stores to find some special beers I was looking for..I would reccomend this to anyone as I had a great experiance.
Second stop of the LA area day, right after stopping at Hollingshead’s so it had some big shoes to live up to. Upon entering I was left wondering if I was in the right spot. All of the beer is located in the cold fridges on the right side of the store. Spirits are mostly behind the counter and wine is in the middle, they outnumber beer approximately 3:1. Atmosphere was decent. I could feel the guy behind the counters eyes follow me around the store which was a little off putting. Service was much the same, he never once asked if I needed help and my only interaction with him was brief and to the point. Quality was pretty solid. I didn’t notice anything our of date so no problems there. Selection was good but nothing amazing. Plenty of national and international brands mixed with the normal regional ones, nothing overly rare or anything like that. Prices were typical for the area. Overall a decent bottle shop but I wouldn’t go out of my way to visit it again.
Most definitely a nice place, but the selection isn’t at an impressive level. Lots of good beers though, and beers I hadn’t seen before, quite a few regular Belgians as well. A place I’d gladly visit again, but I don’t think it’s worth a detour. We were lucky to stop to find the address half a mile away, else I’d probably be a bit disappointed if we turned our car and drove miles to get there. But hay, it’s a a nice place anyway.
This insanely high place score is probably outdated as this beer store was good, but nowhere near as good as it’s #1 in the entire area place rating would suggest. Large selection, everything is fridged pretty much with some hard to find Stone beers that haven’t been for sale for a long time, mostly their 12oz collaboration bottles. They also had some older Unibroue anniversary beers going back to 15, 16, and 17. Other than that, it was a typical good local selection of the usual suspects. Ambiance is heavily lacking though. No real "staff" since it’s just a gas station like convenience store.
Forgot to rate this one a couple years back when I was visiting the area. Very inconspicuous from the outside. Looks like your run of the mill liquor store. Inside looks the same until you head to the cold boxes near the back. Tons of great bottles. Not too much that I can’t get in the northern part of the state, but I still walked out with several bottles that I was very excited about. The service was great… when I told the guy I was staying in a hotel nearby he gave me a really nice allagash glass for free… you know, so I can taste the beers in style. Awesome! Kind of reminds me of my local, Perry’s Liquor only without the high prices.
t0rin0 (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | June 5, 2013| Updated December 27, 2013
Jeez, didnt realize I hadnt rated this place yet. Been visiting since the guys at Stuffed Sandwich told me about it back in 2007.
Small liquor store that seems to sell more lotto tickets and cigarettes than anything else but they also have a half a dozen cooler doors with good beer in them. Stan is the guy to talk to if you want something. He can either order it for you or he’s hiding it in the back. This has been a blessing and a curse at the same time. Everyone now knows that you have to talk to Stan so people only go when he’s around and he’s started putting everything in the back which is kind of ridiculous. And I’ve told him that too. If you want to hold a couple bottles for friends/regulars thats fine but when all the sought after stuff is in the back no one that doesnt know to talk to Stan will think this place is worth shopping at.
Prices are high but no higher than most other places and for items that move quickly they are priced pretty evenly with the Bevmo down the street. Check it out when in the area, they’re nice people and occasionally pull out some neat and old stuff (old Firestone anniversaries, old Stone vintages, even the occasional vintage Russian River sour).
Edit: This is a tough one. Stan has always given me everything I’ve asked for. He’ll save stuff for me when ever I ask, which is awesome. My issue is more that if he’s not there all the good stuff isn’t available. Please put out the IPAs in the fridge for everyone. One consequence of having a lot more competition is that you won’t get swarmed every time you get a case of Pliny so there is no reason you can’t put most of it out for the public. For things like Temptation, Firestone Anniversaries, Cuvee de Tomme, etc, I can see (and greatly appreciate) holding some for regulars.
Medium-sized store in a small shopping center. Way out of town. Quite a drive to get there. And, to be honest, I was a bit disappointed.... but just a bit. Long rows of coolers filled with a decent and balanced selection of world beers, with an emphasis on West Coast brews. Good selection of glassware. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff (not sure if it was Stan or not). Good place for the area, but maybe not quite up to the level of its current rating. I think that perhaps locals may get special orders and other rare things that are not out on view for the walk-in customer.