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5/5 rDev +14.7%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This gem of a shop has become my go to LA beer stop.
They really do encompass all the traits that I search out when beer hunting:
The selection of beers is remarkable, spanning the entire globe. I am always sure to find at least one or two beers totally off my radar when I drop in for my bimonthly visits.
What really sets their beer department aside is the staff. Graham's emails are a dream come true for the beer drinker in search of the next great drink. If you are in LA, love beer, but are not on this list you are missing out!
I have never had anything less than extraordinary service each visit. Kathrine & Graham are always willing to drop whatever they are doing to help point out the latest and greatest bottles & cans. These kids are super sharp and kind. Unlike some other great beer spots I never become concerned that I have just found myself in an endless conversation desperately trying to find a way out! Their knowledge and enthusiasm is tremendous.
Bonuses like friendly pricing, rare beer tasting opportunities, cheese samples, ample parking and an immaculately kept shop keep me coming back with a smile.
Things just keep getting better as I am hearing they are now expanding their beer selection even further! I am going to need another fridge soon!
04-09-2010 00:56:36 | More by Foppie
4.85/5 rDev +11.2%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is the place where I buy my good beer.
The beer is located in the fridges in the back, and in the time that I've been shopping there they have expanded the amount of room dedicated to beer. Hopefully the take over will continue...
Very well selected, well organized, and with a sign reading something along the lines of 'if you don't see something, ask, we might have it in the back' you get the feeling that someone really knows their stuff. And those someones are Kathryn and Graham. Both really know their beer, and very willing to rummage around in the chilled back room to look for a request.
Simply put, this place has beers I cannot easily or readily acquire elsewhere. All the bottled Alpine IPAs, the most regular supply of uber fresh Pliny, a wide selection of Dieu du Ciel brews, FiftyFifty Eclipse bottles made an appearance, part of the small amount of Bourbon County Stout that makes it out West, well stocked seasonals from the Bruery, a nice group of new Euro brews- BrewDog, Nogne O, and Mikkeller, well picked classic English, Belgian, and German brews and a fridge door packed with more sour/ wild ales than I knew existed. The quality of their beer is a step above the rest. But it is not as massive of a selection as others, but if you demand your bottle shop have every adjunct lager from every Asia and Latin America country available in a easy to carry 6 pack holder, you might want to look else where.
And yes, I do feel the prices are reasonable, for the outstanding quality and service, a dollar-ish mark up is, in my mind, completely justified. Prices are more competitive with bombers and limited beers than your everyday six pack beer. For example, FW 14 was being sold for the same price here as at BevMo, and SN 30th Anniversary Grand Cru costs a mere 75 cents more at Wally's. Don't think that extra 75 cents is worth it? Sign up for the beer e-mail list. Trust me you'll want to.
Oh, and did I mention I live just a few blocks away on the same street? So, yea, I really like this place.
12-27-2010 09:33:51 | More by DoesntMatter46
4.7/5 rDev +7.8%
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
I have been to Wally's a few times now. Funny, I never knew about it when I went to school at UCLA, but it's somewhat close to the campus.
Wally's is a pretty upscale place that carries wine, liquor, beer, and even has a cheese shop. ALL of their beer is refrigerated in the back and there are about 8 cooler doors. All beer is organized very well by country or brewery.
They have a large selection of US craft beer that CA gets (Alpine, Ommegang, Avery, Lagunitas) and beers from Europe and Japan. I have found beers here I can't find anywhere else (Drie Fonteinen, De Dolle, Beer Here, Haand, Achel, Hanssens). Prices can be somewhat steep, but it's expected for the high quality beer they stock.
Staff has always been very helpful and polite every time I have gone.
I would highly recommend this place if you are anywhere in the LA area.
02-12-2011 23:26:43 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.65/5 rDev +6.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I noticed that Wally's hadn't been reviewed for a few years, so I want to bring it's rating up to date. Wally's has become one of my go to stores as a beer geek in LA. Carl, the current Beer buyer has put together a nicely appointed beer section of American Craft Beer as well as Belgian and German brews.
The beer selection is improving every week... you can always find fresh DFH, Deschutes, Stone, Green Flash, Coronado, Rogue, etc... beers fresh and available by the bottle or 4/6 packs. Also, a few limited releases have made there way to Wally's recently with more to come. Deschutes Mirror Mirror, North Coast Rasputin XII, Carnegie Porter 2004, and Nora Ale are some of the highlights that have been brought just in the past few months.
On top of all that, Wally's will soon be selling a good deal of beers that are hard to find on the West Coast from: Mikkeller, Nørrebro, Nøgne-Ø, Jolly Pumpkin, and St Somewhere Brewing Company.
For those of you who have dismissed Wally's in the past, it's a brand new day, and for all you West LA beer geeks, check it out, you wont be disappointed.
06-29-2009 18:18:36 | More by ghaverfield
4.64/5 rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Not so much a great beer store as an oasis for drinkers who go for only the highest quality, whether it's beer, spirits, wine...even delectable foods that pair nicely with those adult beverages. And man, does Wally's have an insane wine selection. Their beer selection hardly rivals it in quantity, but the quality factor is seriously high. They throw no bones to the ABCoorsCoronaHeineken crowd -- I hate when otherwise quality stores stock that sort of stuff just to make an extra buck. Wally's don't play dat.
They may lack a number of Belgians I was hoping to see, and they may lack some of the east coast big boys (Southern Tier would fit nicely here), but for an easterner/southerner looking for southern Cali beers not available at home, it's a treat: Bruery (no Black Tuesday), Russian River (Blind Pig IPA, Pliny the Elder), Alesmith (Speedway Stout, Old Numbskull, IPA), Lost Abbey, Port Brewing, Ballast Point...right on. Picked up an Allagash I'd never seen before (Hugh Malone) and was damn pleased to find Portland's finest, Hair Of The Dog (Adam, Fred, Doggie Claws, Blue Dot). And various other offerings from the rest of the country, and the world for that matter.
It's a little cramped, but I was in an aisle that had a couple others perusing the beer and an employee stocking wine shelves behind us, so my cart and my big dumb ass seemed totally in the way of all that. But the service was excellent, and I'll name Graham H. as the guy you should talk to about beer; super-helpful, super-knowledgeable, super-friendly. The guy that rang me up was also cool, pointing out that he really digs the Allagash Hugh Malone.
A must-visit if you're in L.A. and want only quality stuff. Prices are a little high, but hey, consider the turf...
05-05-2010 00:52:08 | More by Metalmonk
4.5/5 rDev +3.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Visited on Monday, Januray 31st about 1:00pm.
I had been looking for Deschutes Abyss 2010 and had been stymied everywhere I tried. Thanks to a helpful tip from the BA forums, I gave Wally's a call.
I have to give them a little ding for their website: beer is there (unlike some beer/wine/liquor stores), but it's a little difficult to navigate. An alphabetical list be brewery would be awesome.
Anyway, they gladly put the beer I wanted on hold. I showed up and picked it up later that day with no issues. Their beer selection is extensive, though not mind-blowing. They go for quality more than quantity and everything is refrigerated. Prices are on the the high end of the acceptable range, but nothing is gouged.
The staff was friendly and efficient.
There's plenty of free parking.
What more can you ask for?
02-01-2011 16:39:43 | More by charlzm
4.5/5 rDev +3.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Wally's is THE place for wine. It caters to the entertainment industry so prices can be high but selection is great. It had a terrible beer selection as of two years ago. I fully respect Steve Wallace ("Wally") for his wine knowledge and the stock but beer was not his forte.
However, with Graham, the current buyer, the selection has become competitive with the better places. And, as of this week, Steve is actually giving Graham almost carte blanche to increase suppliers, selection and lower some prices! He is going to eliminate two more soda doors and fill them with beer. He is out to be one of the best places in Southern California. If he does with beer what he did with wine, this will be one of THE GO TO PLACES. Let's hope he continues with the efforts and follows through.
In any event, still a good place to try. Especially nice selection of small bottles of brews that you usually find only in the larger format. Check it out.
03-19-2010 07:23:45 | More by GRG1313
4.44/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I go to Wally's frequently, once a month or so, its kind of out of the way for me and a pain in traffic. Nice shop with great selections of wine and liquor. Get on their email list as you have a chance to buy over the phone and get down there at your own convenience. I always find a brew to try or something I have been looking for, although they sell out of stuff very fast. Can be a little expensive, but they have semi annual tent sales where all beers are 20% off and they have great deals on wine and booze. The beer buyer, Stephanie, is very nice and always down to talk beer if she has the time.
03-12-2012 22:08:24 | More by ficklenicholas
Wally's in Los Angeles, CA
95 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.