Ramirez Liquor & Kegs Delivery
Ratings: 22 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I visited Ramirez after a bottle share last weekend. It's in a slightly sketchy area and I got asked for money both leaving and going back to my car. The outside looks like any other liquor store but inside it's actually nice. Most of their beer is in coolers but there is a good amount sitting on shelves as well. Service is average at best. The selection is pretty great, including some out of market beers and things I have never seen anywhere else. Prices are reasonable but some of the out of market stuff was a bit pricey ($8 for a 12 oz. bottle). Definitely worth a stop if you are in the area.
11-01-2012 22:03:54 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.3/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is one of the best stores in the city and it's sort of a hidden gem. The neighborhood is East L.A. which is getting more and more re-gentrified daily. It is a very mixed population and no longer the "bad neighborhood" of years past.
This place has one of the best selections of tequila anywhere...period! Bottles go from modest to many hundreds of dollars and there are, literally, hundreds of different bottles.
In speaking with the owner (the son...Alex) who took over from his mother he got into beer by accident. Now, he prides himself on his knowledge and his never ceasing efforts to provide more and more diverse choices. He's doing a great job.
Stop in. No, it doesn't have the biggest selection in town but it's a great selection and you almost always find something that you've been looking to try. Also, every now and then you can find an older bottle for a real treat.
Oct 8, 2011 addition: Alex is really growing the place. More and more selections are coming in of high quality. Today, Cantillon bottles on the shelves!
06-02-2009 04:27:41 | More by GRG1313
3.6/5 rDev -13.5%
quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited on 02/25/08.
Dodgy Boyle Heights neighborhood. Ambiance was typical liquor store, with displays of impossibly hot chicks enticing one to buy this or that liquor. Pretty good selection of craft beers, though nothing like the rare (to the west coast) beers found at Walnut Liquorette or Lone Hill Liquor.
One staff member was enthusiastically discussing Stone Beers (I think) with a customer in Spanish. They also have Stone T shirts for sale for $15.00 each. I couldn't find one I liked in a size I could wear, though. Oh, well...
I picked up a couple of bottles: one I had never seen before and one I hadn't seen in at least a year.
Overall, probably not worth the trip unless you're within a few blocks of the place. I'd rather drive 30+ miles to Walnut or Glendora than 8 miles here. Still, you can do a LOT worse on almost any corner in the greater LA area.
03-10-2008 22:40:56 | More by charlzm
4/5 rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Whoa. I mean, whoa.
From the outside, Ramirez Liquor looks like the kind of place where you'd just find caguamas of Sol, cans of Steel Reserve, and five-year old beef jerky sticks.
When you get inside, however, it's an entirely different world. To your left a towering wall, twenty feet by thirty feet, every inch filled with Tequila. Bottles from 15 dollars to 300, if you can name it, they'll have it. Worth a visit just to see some of the absolutely gorgeous hand-painted bottles.
You're here for the beer, though.
On the right hand side, wrapping around the joint, is case after case of excellent beer, specializing in Belgian and German producers. Every thing is kept cold, and the beers I've bought so far have been in tip-top condition.
More importantly, I've been drinking craft beer for the better part of 9 years, and I hadn't even heard of half of what I found in here. A treasure trove. The great part is how casually fantastic bottles are thrown in there -- a Pliny the Elder over here, a Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast over there. My only complaint is that the bottles aren't organized very well, so you'll have to do some hunting. Still, you'll want to take your time in here -- think of it like a fantastic old vinyl store.
Prices are a bit high (and bottle prices are not marked), which is a pain. Compounding the problem, service is fairly disinterested, so it takes a while to get things sorted out.
Even so, this is certainly worth a trip. You may think you've drank them all but you haven't been here yet. As a bonus, Carnitas Michoacan #3, across the street, has some of the best asada in the city. Get the quesadilla.
Let me put it to you this way. This store introduced me to the best beer I've drank all year ( http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/23495/36378/?ba=ithacabaron ), one that changed how I think about the style.
A run-down deli, in Boyle Heights, providing revelations about Berliner Weiss?
I love LA.
06-06-2011 07:23:28 | More by ithacabaron
4.44/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | $$
I wouldn't have visited this place had it not been for BA reviews. Like what others have said, from the outside, it looks like any other ordinary liquor store. However, once you enter, you'll see the tremendous selection of tequila they carry behind the counter on the wall. That's the first eye catcher.
Then, when you proceed towards the back of the store you'll see 19 coolers full of BMC, craft, and imports. However, the hidden gems are generally found sitting on metal shelves in front of the coolers. Although they are not refrigerated, they are stored away from sunlight. I've gotten my share of Founders, Duck-Rabbit, Central Waters, and Bell's brews from the shelves. In California, you know they are not easy to find anymore, even at those so-called specialty shops. Since they are out-of-market beers, they will be marked up. However, I welcome the choice to try these beers, even at a premium. If I'm only interested in one bottle to try out, it's much more convenient to buy at Ramirez than to trade for it. If I like it, then I'll definitely trade to acquire more.
The other day, I was perusing the metal shelves when Alex came by and introduced himself. We chatted for awhile, and I continued my search. Few minutes later, he came out with some stuff from Bell's and asked if any of them interested me. One of the bottle was Two Hearted Ale which I haven't had yet, so I grabbed that one with a smile, and thanked him.
I've been to local Total Wine, Walnut Liquorette, etc., but I seem to find the really good stuff (by California standards) here. Last time, I bought a bottle of Founders Breakfast Stout which was really tasty.
I try to visit Ramirez Liquor once or twice a month, and it's always a treat because you never know if they're going to have something special that day.
They will be opening another store in Pico Rivera soon. Alex told me they will have more beer and a better selection there since they will have more interior space. Can't wait to visit the new store.
01-14-2013 05:44:56 | More by mrcraft
3.39/5 rDev -18.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$$
Been here 3 or 4 times. Little convenience store that has good liqour and craft beer. The beers here are a good selection, many German and Belgian imports that I cant find elsewhere in LA. I question how long some of their beers have been sitting in their coolers, though. Some of their beer is pricier than elsewhere in the city, sometime 2-3$ more expensive, but at least they get some of the rarer stuff that you cant find anyplace. I found Pliny the Elder here first before they had it anyplace else. My complaints are that the beer there could have been in the cooler for years for all I know and also they have some security guards there that are kinds shady and its also in a somewhat shady neighborhood, so be weary.
04-10-2011 04:13:15 | More by keithmurray
Ramirez Liquor & Kegs Delivery in Los Angeles, CA
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