Marc (13) Yokosuka, Japan | August 15, 2004| Updated December 11, 2007
Usually over priced and poorly kept beers. The atendants either dont know anything or have tryed to pass off there wares in a very shiesty manner (claiming they had the only double bastard in town and charging 10 bucks for it for example) The biggest redeemer about this place is they sometimes have some hard to find stuff. If you see something rare, pick it up, if you think you can get it elsewere, do so it and probably pay less.
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.
An odd bird. Watch for ancient light struck bottles. The selection is very good. The staff is very confused as to what beer is, but you already know what good beer is so you don’t need any help do you?
eku28 (17) Los Angeles, California | March 26, 2004
Even though this place still has one of the better selections in SD, it has really gone downhill since the new owners took over in the last few years. As mentioned, some of the beers have been sitting there for years. I prefer to go to Holiday Wine Cellar or BevMo before I go here.
Although they have sandwiches, I would suggest eating elsewhere when near this place. The selection is good but I question the quality of the packaged product. The prices are a bit high as well. Better off with Beverages & More and grabbing a pint and burger at O’Briens right down the street.
Mesa Liquor definitely has one of the most unrivaled selections in Southern California. However, the storage of the beer is an absolute crime. I've walked in there at nearly 80F before with direct incandescent light shining right into the beer. Oh those poor beers. It's not in the best of areas either. If you want a rare beer, you may just find it here, but as DaSilky1 said, prepare to pay a 25% premium for it compared to everywhere else.
Aight...just be wary of old beers and you'll be all good. They have selection, and selection is key IMO. From CA micros to obscure belgians..you'll find them here. No doubt. Watch out for dust, that's all i must say.
Update: After Reading DaSilky1's post above I decided that I probably unfairly rated this place. Although they did have quality issues with the beers I purchased, I was not paying attention to settled dust. I'll try it again and keep that in mind. Like I said before this update, this place does have an amazing selection. Just be careful. As the brew tour description notes, many of the beers sold here have been abused, either by temperature or light. I've bought 10 bottles here and 7 were skunked in some way or another. It's a quandary as they do have a decent selection but I am unwilling to take the risk. The non-skunked bottles came from the refrigerated section so you're probably OK if bought from the cooler.