San Roque Market & Liquors
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
3.85/5 rDev -6.1%
Visited on Friday 2/4/11.
Smallish liquor/general store pretty far down on State Street (from the freeway at least). Walked in and you are greeted with a small area of general goods (chips, candy, etc.), an area of wines, an area of liquors, and multiple beer coolers. I didn't count but I would guess there were at least 15 doors of beer all along the side walls.
There were a lot of good beers available. A lot of beers from CA, European beers (Belgium, England, Scotland, France), and some from other parts of the US. There was a decent selection of local beers too, such as Telegraph from Santa Barbara and Island from Carpenteria.
I would say prices are pretty fair. I found some beers that I have been looking for at what I think was a decent price: The Bruery Black Orchard for $8.99 and BrewDog Rip Tide for $5.99. However, there are some bottles that are well above prices I have seen elsewhere.
Overall, a good place to stop in if you are in the area. There is some harder to find stuff, some local goodies, and some interesting big format bottles (a jeroboam of Van Steenberge Augustign Ale for example).
02-06-2011 09:34:52 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.05/5 rDev -1.2%
I took the girlfriend up to Santa Barbara for the weekend for her birthday. I tried to keep beer out of it as much as possible as she gets a bit annoyed by my obsession. But, on the way back down to the LA area, I convinced her a stop here would be okay.
Walking in you see that almost all of the beer is in coolers--very nice. Some good offerings from CA and a few gems from out of the country--Lou Pepe Kriek 2007 anyone?
They still had some FW13 left as well, but at $25 a bottle. I picked up one and left the other two for someone else.
The service was friendly, but nothing out of the ordinary. I sort of like to not be bugged in these situations, but appreciate a hello and a smile.
The only downer is that the beers are a bit on the expensive side, probably about 10%-20% higher than usual (on average). Still, you don't have all that much choice when it comes to beer in SB.
03-15-2010 19:23:11 | More by womencantsail
4.05/5 rDev -1.2%
Probably the best selection in Santa Barbara - almost everything in the fridge, but there are some real gems hiding among the wine and liquor (FW 13, '07 Lou Pepe Kriek, etc). Lots of Belgian ale, including a few sours; some decent German beers; a good cross section of Telegraph, Eel River, Island, Rogue, Moylan's, Marin, Firestone, Lagunitas, Ballast Point, Alesmith, and a few other Central and NorCal beers (but as others have noted, no Russian River). Other domestics include lots of 4 packs from Dogfish Head, 1L bottles from Grand Teton, and so on...
Prices are a little high, $7 for most Rogue bombers, $11+ for Hopsickle, all in all there is about a 13% mark-up compared to most other stores I've been in for beer across the board (the same is true for much of their whisky and bourbon - though a few bottles are inexplicably cheap).
Service was friendly but not especially knowledgeable, and somewhat disinterested (e.g. continuing a cell phone conversation while helping customers).
02-28-2010 08:30:44 | More by augustgarage
4.05/5 rDev -1.2%
I'd been in this store a number of times over the years, but that was long before I knew what good beer was. So yesterday on my first trip to Santa Barbara in a long time I decided to stop by and give this place a shot.
Upon entering and finding the beer coolers which took up the entire left hand wall and part of the adjacent wall all I could say was "WOW!". I was quite surprised at the size and selection this place carried. Plenty of both American and Import brews, and at reasonable prices.
Can't really say much about the service, just the usual liquor store clerks when I was there. However I sort of appreciated that as it allowed me to take a good look at the beer without interruption.
If you plan on visiting Santa Barbara then it's certainly worth stopping by this little (but well stocked) store located towards the northern end of State Street.
01-27-2010 01:19:12 | More by JBogan
4.15/5 rDev +1.2%
From the outside it's a normal looking Liquor store on State St. Once you walk in you can tell that their selection is fairly expansive.
All of the beer is in coolers against and around the back wall. They had some beers there that i had been unable to find or were long sold out at my regular stores back in Ventura County.
They had the regular craft lineups from Rogue, Stone, Deschutes, but also from local Santa Barbara brewers, Telegraph and Island, also a nice Belgian section including Cantillon.
The guy working there was super nice and gave a few suggestions, I however already had my heart set on what i wanted. I will definitely swing by this place every time i'm in SB.
01-18-2010 17:22:07 | More by tjensen3618
3.85/5 rDev -6.1%
Stopped in here yesterday on the great Santa Barbara beer-run day 2009. We never planned on hitting these many beer establishments, but we did and got a feel for Santa Barbara as a whole's beer supply.
Quality is solid. Everything is refridgerated and kept out of sunlight almost entirely. A little tightly pakced store, but not anything too bad.
Service was avoided a bit, but seemed friendly enough. Didn't really need any suggestions and they didn't supply any.
Selection was a winning point. Lots of Belgians and Euro-beers in general. Not quite as good as Keg & Bottle in some ways, but still plenty good and much better than I could've hoped for. Weihenstephaner, Allagash, lots of locals, Stone, but no Lost Abbey, Russian River or anything really outside the state of California as far as American brews go it felt like (Ok, I know I said Allagash, but Sam Adams and that felt a bit like it).
Still a great little store, would head back again for sure before the week is out. Really nice little selection.
09-11-2009 17:05:18 | More by nomomentwasted
4.05/5 rDev -1.2%
I stopped in while on vacation in Santa Barbara. San Roque has a good selection with each and every beer refrigerated. They have quite a few bottles but the majority of the stock is six packs. They seem to have a bigger selection of Californian and European beers then anything else. They didn't seem to have many of the more uncommon beers. For example, they had no Russian River. But San Roque is well worth a visit and given their commitment to refrigeration, I'd bet on the quality to everything they sell.
08-21-2009 04:37:01 | More by GJ40
4.2/5 rDev +2.4%
Not a bad place. They have an excellent selection of Belgians, I'll give them that. But their domestic stock needs a lot of work. They've got great stuff from the Bruery, Ommegang and Allagash, but their 12oz selection is hurting bad.
They have soooo much fridge space here and a lot of it is taken up by truly mediocre micro stuff from the us. Somehow they have room for literally about 9 types of Anderson Valley brews, but only THREE varieties of Sierra Nevada? Sometimes, a man needs more than Bigfoot, PA, and Porter.
The prices are a little wonky too. Racer 5 six packs should not cost 13 dollars, I'm sorry. The notoriously expensive Whole Foods charges 9 bucks.
On the bright side, they really do have the best stock in Santa Barbara. With Keg N Bottle you get beer that is either too old, too expensive, or (usually) both. San Roke is my go to spot.
And yep, the young guy is really nice. He will make an effort to know you.
03-22-2009 08:56:34 | More by photomike
4.5/5 rDev +9.8%
Probably the best selection of beer in town. Off the top of my head these are some of the the brands I recall seeing the past two times I visited this past week:
Brouwerij De Ranke
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
This probably accounts for 1/3 of their offerings and they also have various brews like Piraat and Gulden Draak in magnum and double magnum sizes.
04-19-2007 21:35:10 | More by AAvgerinos
4/5 rDev -2.4%
The other reviews sum this place up pretty well. Good selection (especially for Santa Barbara) is only outdone by Keg N Bottle, but I shop here much more often. Why? As pointed out before, KNB is known for old stock, plus they are way too expensive ($8 for Stone 10th?!?). San Roque is generally reasonable, with a few Belgians bordering a bit too high. Most prices will be $1-$2 more than the better LA stores, but that's not bad. It's about as cheap as you'll find most of these brews for in SB County.
The guys working there are cool - the old guy is very friendly (but doesn't interact too much), and the young guy sincerely seems to try getting new good things in. Anyway, they've always been good to me, and I'll be sad to only get to come up here on occasional visits since I'll be moving out of the area.
Recommended - if you are visiting Santa Barbara, this is the place to go.
02-26-2007 08:07:00 | More by rallison
San Roque Market & Liquors in Santa Barbara, CA
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