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Lone Hill Liquors

Lone Hill LiquorsLone Hill Liquors
BA SCORE
100
world-class

79 Ratings
Ratings: 79
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.7
pDev: 6.6%
$$$ - a bit pricey


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1828 E Route 66
Glendora, California, 91740-3815
United States
phone: (626) 963-0611

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(Place added by: Boilermaker88 on 05-08-2006)
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -17%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | $$

Second stop of the LA area day, right after stopping at Hollingshead's so it had some big shoes to live up to. Upon entering I was left wondering if I was in the right spot. All of the beer is located in the cold fridges on the right side of the store. Spirits are mostly behind the counter and wine is in the middle, they outnumber beer approximately 3:1. Atmosphere was decent. I could feel the guy behind the counters eyes follow me around the store which was a little off putting. Service was much the same, he never once asked if I needed help and my only interaction with him was brief and to the point. Quality was pretty solid. I didn't notice anything our of date so no problems there. Selection was good but nothing amazing. Plenty of national and international brands mixed with the normal regional ones, nothing overly rare or anything like that. Prices were typical for the area. Overall a decent bottle shop but I wouldn't go out of my way to visit it again.

02-12-2014 05:52:37 | More by orangesol
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Easy to find, packed with a dozen or so shops in a strip mall. Sort of small, with wine taking up the majority of the shelf space. The beers were all in coolers (well done!). I saw most things which were available at Whole Foods or Bevmo, plus a little alpha. Settled on some Still Nacht as I just haven't seen it anywhere else in so long. Prices weren't as high as I expected from previous reviews, actually they were pretty standard for the LA area.

If you're in Glendora then you definitely should stop here and also at the sister establishment (Walnut Liquorette). But if you're in LA proper you might not be well served by the drive, as 99% of what I saw was available elsewhere. Still recommended as a very good beer store though!

05-12-2013 02:47:38 | More by TurdFurgison
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Gregfalone

California

5/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

This is the best liquor store if found to date. The selection is astounding and Stan is the most helpful liquor store guy I've met. They have more beer coolers than most stores have coolers period. I spent a good twenty minutes just looking at the different beers. I ended up buying my wife's favorite, bootlegger rustic rye, and a bottle of Alaskan smoked porter for myself. When I got to the counter Stan asked if I found what I was looking for. I said yes, I was mainly looking for my wife's beer, and a porter I haven't tried. I also mentioned that I have been looking for Pliny the elder, as I have yet to try it.

To my surprise he said he could help me out with a bottle, and went into the back room. Came back with a bottle and I was on my way. They have an excellent selection of beer, a fair selection of wine and spirits, and a helpful knowledgable beer man.

I would recommend this store to anyone looking for hard to find beers.

They also have a good selection of glassware, and general liquor store snacks and things of that sort

09-18-2012 06:09:23 | More by Gregfalone
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ficklenicholas

California

5/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

Wow...

I hit a bunch of bottle shops this weekend (all based on BA recommendations) and this one, the last of my stops (today) blew me away.

First off, Stan. My first time visiting and he treated me like a regular. After allowing me to take in the inventory for a bit, he came around the counter and asked if I was looking for anything in particular. Told him i was always looking for Dogfish head brews. He went to the back and got me a Bitches' Brew (made my month) and a Red & White. He saw that i was picking up a Kern River Just Outstanding IPA and again went to the back and pulled a Kern River 5th anniversary Double IPA for me. I got a couple Drake's Hopocalypse and he let me know that he just got fresh Pliny in. I just got some over the weekend so i said to save them for somebody else. He asked me where i was from (Toluca Lake) and he recommended a few beer bars he likes in the LA area. I let him know how grateful I was and that i would definitely be back.

I didn't check out the wine or booze at all. But looked like a pretty solid selection. I drove 30 or so miles and it was well worth it. I can't say enough good things about Stan. if you're looking for something, ask him. I got the impression that if you ask for it, and he has it, you will get it.

03-12-2012 21:14:33 | More by ficklenicholas
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blincoln

California

4.68/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$

This was the last place on my beer rounds this past weekend. I'd heard so many good reviews that I couldn't help driving out to Glendora from Glendale to check them out.

From the outside, Lone Hill looks like your average liquor store, with a hookah section on the right and coolers lining the wall. While their selection isn't huge (8 or so coolers) its got some beers I haven't been able to find anywhere else. I picked up a Temptation and Supplication as well as a couple bottles of Allagash Confluence.

The sales person was really helpful, although he was busy with a number of other customers asking him about Pliny the Elder (he said he has a list of 10 people from that day alone who came looking).

The price was a little higher than I've seen at other similar liquor stores, but for the selection and the rarity of some of the beers, it hardly makes the trip not worth while. The biggest hardship is that so many people know about Lone Hill there's a certain amount of luck in being there at the right time to find what you're looking for.

01-26-2012 17:29:28 | More by blincoln
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track84isthebest

Rhode Island

4.81/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

I stopped by Lone Hill Liquors on a trip to Santa Monica over the weekend. The store was very unassuming. The manager, named Stan (who might have also been the owner) was extremely helpful in locating several gems that I have not seen at any other beer store over the past three years. The service was extremely friendly, but not pushy. Several of the bombers that I purchased were on the "pricey" side, but given their rarity, the cost was reasonable. I will definitely try to stop by this place anytime I go to LA.

01-16-2012 21:10:05 | More by track84isthebest
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GrumpyJunglist

California

4.14/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$

Decided to make the drive to check out this place. It is located within a mini mall right in the middle of the strip. I would say the place is dominated by a lot of average beers. But for every 5 average beers you come across a diamond in the rough. The selection sort of mirrors that of Walnut Liquorette, along with their prices. Some good deals and a few that are marked up a little high due to its vintages. If you live close to the this place, by all means its a great store. But if Walnut Liquorette is closer, this may be a wiser choice. Unless you have some time and gas to kill, then go for it. If I come across more time sometime soon, I'd definitely make the drive back.

08-30-2011 21:08:41 | More by GrumpyJunglist
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Retsinis

California

4.08/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Ah Lone Hill, where I got my first victory at Sea in 2009, two bottles of 2008 Bourbon county stout in 2010, and a bottle of Robert the Bruce (no idea how they got that one, but it was on a bottom shelf in the corner)

While not in my backyard by any stretch, it is about a 45 minute drive, and worth a stop on treks to and from Northridge, to the Bruery in Placentia for me.

The look, feel, and overall function is that of a liquor/convience store in a strip mall. But the 8 or so coolers filled with craft beer make it stand out. While they do carry many brands (that sell well) that other chain warehouse stores sell, they also get great seasonal, once a year, limited, rare beers as well. Good stuff from San Diego lands here, Alpine, Ballast Point, Green Flash, etc. They also seem to get some bi-annual shipments of Uptopias as well.

Have not yet had them bring up beer 'from the back', though I've heard this to be ture at Lone Hill, so I do know they do have some reserve stuff. Since I'm not local, not sure if I'll ever know what is truly back there, but from what I've seen on the shelf, I'm still a happy camper regardless.

Certainly worth a visit if your in the area, and should be a must repeat stop for any local BA, imho.

06-17-2011 17:11:34 | More by Retsinis
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.96/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

Another place in a strip mall, convenience store looking on the outside. Tons of beer inside, some all time classics like speedway stout, some different stuff you don't normally see from dogfish head. Some Alpine. Good stuff. Organization a little weird, but its always fun to look and look when you're a kid in a candy (beer) shop.

Didn't get the special invite to the special beer. Can't say the service was helpful as a result.

A little pricey like everything in the area, but definitely a place worth hitting up if you are anywhere near this place.

04-09-2011 22:23:00 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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NoSignsOfPain

California

4.88/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

I've read many good things on BA and Yelp so I told my boyfriend we should go after his birthday dinner (yesterday).

From the outside, this looks like any old liquor mart. The hookahs in the store front was a little off-putting but it did not deter me!

Their selection is amazing! Many craft brews and imports-- a lot of stuff I didn't see at BevMo! I took my time looking through the glass doors staring in awe and ultimately decided on Weihenstephaner Vitus and a Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier. (I forgot what my boyfriend got)

We went up to the counter, my boyfriend was small chatting with the employee (didn't get his name, unfortunately) talking about our day/his birthday/dinner as I was looking at the neat glassware (Some Stone and Bruery stuff). I said, "we really need some proper glassware, maybe next time." We said our goodbyes to the employee when he called us back. I thought we had forgotten something but instead he hands my boyfriend a a new Pilsner glass (has some German writing on it with a gold lip) and says "Here you go, happy birthday." It was one of the nicest things that anyone's ever really done for us.

This place is a gem! You know that they really care about your beer experience/you when they give you, a stranger, a small gift. The best part is, it's only a couple miles from the boyfriend's place!

03-30-2011 06:37:49 | More by NoSignsOfPain
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Lone Hill Liquors in Glendora, CA
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