A great place, where you wouldn’t expect it! Sam and crew are very nice, and the beer selection is great! Food is quite good too! True, you need your own glass or you will drink from Dixie cup, but go a few times and its like home, great place, great people, if you’re in the L.A. area, its a must!
It would be nearly impossible to find a place with more selection than here. Granted, some of the selection is hidden behind the counter, or in other storage areas, but there are a lot of rare gems floating around here. Sam is definitely into good beers and loves to try everything he can get his hands on and after some coaxing is usually willing to share. The one drawback is that you have to bring your own glass, or purchase one there, but I guess that does mean you get to choose whichever glassware you like. The food is really tasty and the service is great. If you are anywhere near the LA area, you gotta check this place out!
erway (41) Albuquerque, New Mexico | June 20, 2005
It’s a sandwich shop that happens to have an amazing selection of beer. Good sandwiches. Sam’s a bit cocky. The belgian selection is great. Watch out for older unkept beers. They do not refrigerate or cellar older beers and as such many are in bad shape. I had two while I was there that were very oxidized.
I thought Sam and Marlene were great people. I enjoyed talking to Sam. He’s a funny guy. This really is the "Kulminator" of the states, yet I am convinced that a lot of beer in his stash is in poor condition. Still though, name me another bar where I can leave with a few Hair of the Dog Adam Magnums from 1998 for only $ 19.99?? A really great place.
This is the one place I had to make on my West Coast trip. I was not dissapointed. 5 vintages of Anchor X-Mas on tap. Had a 1998 Young’s Winter Ale. I bought a 6 year vintage Big Foot 6 pack, 6 different Anchor vintages in bottles and rare Stone bottles to take home with me They owners were very friendly and talked to me for the entire time I was there. Great recommendations as well. Huge sandwiches. You have to go here if in the area.....
My oh my, this is beer heaven!! The list is mile-long and there is a lot more hidden in the cellar. Besides all the bottles they have plenty of hidden draught-treasures in the cellar that they take out from time to time!!! The food is good too and Sam and his wife are the nicest people!! If you are anywhere near the north american continent you have to go to this place!!! One example is that they have about 20 different years of the Anchor X-mas ales stored! I bet you can’t find that anywhere else in the world...!!
BY FAR the best selection in the entire west coast located in one place! The beer selection deserves to be worshipped and the service is good to boot! They have some really awesome sandwiches as well... the owners are super nice as well. Literally, if you are in southern california and you do not go here at least once...you are a raving jackass! You can find the rarest of the rare here...and their prices are good too! The staff is very very knowledgeable as well....these guys rock!
herbjones (29) Orange, California | January 18, 2004| Updated February 11, 2004
The premier vintage beer store on the west coast. The coolers are stocked with all kinds of goodies but the real treasures arent on display. Sam keeps them in the back and the only way you will even know about them is to talk shop with the owner. As mentioned you have to buy food and I suggest the pastrami.The paper cup thing does suck but my understanding is that they encourage you to bring your own. Or you can buy one from the extensive collection and use it. Its also a good idea to go often as you never know what will be for sale. 95 Boon Marriage Parfait that has been perfectly cellared. 15 year old Bigfoots,1988 Samis,87 Foghorns,80's vintage Thomas Hardys and on and on. IN conclusion, this is a must visit for anyone in the greater LA area! Sam and his wonderful wife Marlene are two of the nicest(and knowledgeable) people you will ever meet.
They got st ambriose at some ghetto ass liqour store here in sd. This place is a really tripped out, seems like your in a small town informal bingo game. The owner is cool, he tells you about beer. So they have an insane selection, but is kinda out of date. PBR on tap. Ya, gotta get food, but sandwiches are solid. But for the love of god, why was i drinking out of a dixie cup? I guess i gotta bring a glass with or buy one there.
O.K. This place is just odd. So, the liquor license requires that you buy food in order to buy beer...so go hungry. The beer, whilst your there, will be served in small wax-covered plastic cups...so look forward to that. The beer list will not be updated, so you will have to look over a counter into the cooler and over and under and in between a million different bottles to see what they have. The owner, Sam, is an eccentric fellow...who has, according to him, sampled over 13,000 beers from around the world, and he does seem pretty knowledgeable. The selection is amazing, you just have to have good eyes to see into the cooler across the counter. There will be some extremely rare beers here, no doubt...there's some beatrix and Alesmith Stubblin' Monk still there, or at least there was a few months ago..Great sandwiches though...
JohnC (163) Mission Viejo, California | January 12, 2004
This little sandwich shop in a strip mall has tons of beers by the bottle. I had a St. Ambroise Oatmeal stout while I was there. I had Never seen that in So Cal. As noted in cquiroga's review, you Must buy food in order to have a beer there. If you're in San Gabriel, this hole in the wall is well worth having a brew at.