Good Selection and good service. I was out in San Diego a few months back and visited as many of the "hotspots" as I could while I was there. They did not have as wide a selection as say Best Damn Beer Shop, but they did have plenty to choose from and had some local brews that I did not see at the other beer stores in town.
Have made some nice finds here, and have been disappointed as well. They sometimes have things hiding in the shadows if you ask. They have some odd old stuff sometimes. I got a bottle that’s too old to be entered into the database from a brewery that closed in the late 90’s, I believe. I stop by to see what they got going on, it’s worth the stop.
Vac (38) San Diego, California | July 23, 2004| Updated January 2, 2007
Mesa liqour is located right down the street from my new office, so I’ll probably be visiting it a few times. The selection is actually pretty good, they have a decent amount of Imports, mostly Belgian and English, as well as a pretty good amount of Micros. They didn’t really have any vintage or specialty brews but what they had was good for a new guy in town. The only thing that would say to look out for is the dust on some of the bottles. That actually scared me away from buying a couple of things. The cashiers that I saw looked like a couple of colege kids just trying to earn some cash and get some cheep beer to party with. Not much help with any questions you might have.
i think you must be talking of somewhere else...the owner is beyond pleasant, socking away new russian rivewrs for me..and as for discounts, i get one every time..now, yes there are dusty bottles, but buyer beware, he has considerabley worked up the place, new stock, and rare as fuck beers, and as for out of date....BELGAINS ARE SUPPOSED TO AGE, YOU MAROONS!!, SO, I GO THERE 2 TIMES A WEEK AND HAVE NEVER BEEN DISAAPOOINTED.., CRAIG
Biggest selection that I’ve seen south of Holiday Wine Cellar. Lots of local, Belgian (some I’ve never seen before), standard to substandard German selection. You certainly want to select carefully due to the overpricing and shelf life issues. Do your homework and you may score.
This place was once great, but if you go there now, you’ll find bottles, under light, that are near 5 years old or more. One of the employees agrees with me, that they should be taken off, but the owner, is a little more fiesty. Luckily, the one employee that knows me, lets me know when the cantillon shipment came in and will give me a credit for a duchess that turned to chummy syrup. They do carry quite a bit.. One of the few places to get cantillon and thomas hardy(though at a ridiculous price)
Stopped in real quick about 5 minutes before closing to grab a bottle of Alesmith IPA. They had a nice selection of belgian beers, but the selection of SD locals could have been better. Lots of dust on the bottles including the IPA’s. Prices were OK on some of the local stuff. Worth the stop if you go to O’Briens.
I been going to this place for the last 2 years, but it seems they never get any new stuff in. Almost anything outside the cooler is very old and in poor condition, although, they do have a nice selection of Rogue ales and imports from Belgium and other Euro countries. Prices are very high and there is no way your going to get a discount on any old dusty beers because the owner is very stubborn and thinks your coming up on him.