DTM (13) Winters, California | February 21, 2008| Updated March 2, 2009
WOW!! This place is located next to Safeway in a shopping center. I would have never believed it if I hadnít seen it with my own eyes. Great selection of brews you canít find very easily. Hair of the Dog, Avery and St. Bernardus are prime examples. Could definately blow a ton of cash here.
Kind of a dump, but selection is pretty decent, and prices are fair. Things are kind of all over the place, many in the cut open cases they were delivered in, but if you look carefully you might find a treat or two. They had Old Stock Bourbon (2009) there today, for example.
You wouldnít necessarily think this was a great bottleshop, but itís certainly one of the better ones. Huge selection of US and imports. More Russian River than you can shake a stick at. Prices arenít too bad. Service could use some help, though.
Great selections and mostly helpful if they have enough people working and not too many people shopping.
wavers1 (42) Notown, California | November 3, 2009| Updated June 12, 2011
this place used to be great and was my most frequent beer stop in the entire bay area, even being very far away. they have gone downhill to the point that i dont know if ill even bother going back there.
the are more expensive than ebay, they dont keep any of the proper beers cold, they have literally over a year old iipas sitting out on the hot floor of the place, the staff is lethargic and completely uneducated and uninterested in beer, it always stinks like cigarettes in there, and the place is just grimy and dirty.
if you find a yulemsith iipa, its from last year since they still have 3 cases they wanna sell before the put out the fresh stuff, onto the uncooled floor of the retail area.
i recently drove 3 hours round trip for a certain vintage beer, and was told that they do have it, but they didnt know where it was exactly and could not be bothered to go find it for me. WTF?! i used to love giving these guys 400 at a time for beer, but they have lost a very valuable customer.
i highly advise anyone in the area to hit up beer revolution, ledgemores, city beer, healthy spirits, bottle barn, or hell, even perrys would be better than this place! dont say i didnt warn you if you go here and buy some old ass ipas and uber expensive vintage beers that ive literally been watching deteriorate on the shelves and even in DIRCT SUNLIGHT for the past several months, some of the really absurd bottles ive seen sitting there unchilled for OVER A YEAR!!!!
you have been warned. avoid this place like they plague, they arew not helping to promote craft beer here, they are destroying it and pandering to the greedy ebay style marketing. fuck em.
This place has beers you canít get anywhere else. They let you buy singles of any thing. A real plus. Rare stuff. Beer heaven really! This is one of the best beer stores I have seen. You can tell the owner really loves good beer. Worth a drive from anywhere. I drove 60 miles.
Overall, this is a place I will come back to even though I live about 30 miles away. They have stuff here that I havenít seen anywhere else. Imported Belgians that Iíve never even heard of. I was very exited as I perused the isles. Also a very good plus was they had many singles available of beer that usually come in sixers or fours. Some vintaged stuff too, 06 Double bastard, 07 Old Guardian and more. The prices seemed average as Iíve seen cheaper and more expensive. The only bummer was the service. I guess I came on the wrong day (Friday afternoon) as there were three people working there and not one of them came over to ask if I needed any help. As I was checking out with my haul, I asked the guy at the register if he knew much about the beer they had. He didnít look a day older than 18, but after talking to him for a couple minutes, he did seem to know a little bit. He told me something weird they do, a kind of a scavenger hunt, where they will hide some rare vintaged stuff somewhere in the store and you have to look carefullly to find these gems. Weird. Just give me the beer, OK? Great place though.