Lone Hill Liquors

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Lone Hill LiquorsLone Hill Liquors
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87 Ratings
Ratings: 87
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 4.63
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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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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.35/5  rDev -6%

**open to a chorus of angels** Finally, a liquor store that sells a wide range of quality craft beers that's only about five minutes from my house!! Amen, brother beer-lovers!
I checked this particular store out about 18 months ago and it didn't meet the criteria for submission in BeerFly. Oh, how times (and the addition of a good manager) have changed. Lone Hill Liquors is a bit of a hole-in-the-wall store located next to the Stater Bros supermarket on the corner of Rte 66 and Lone Hill Ave. Once inside, bear to the left past the champagne and sparkling wines and you'll see a long row of coolers housing a wide array of local, regional, domestic, and foreign brews. What drew me to the store was a call I made and talk I had with the manager. He told me he and the owner had decided to upgrade the quality of the beers they carried and it had really taken off in the past 2-3 months. As of right now, they are one of a couple LA area stores carrying Three Floyds beers, Dreadnaught, Robert The Bruce, Gumballhead, and Alpha King specifically. They also got in Bell's Two-Hearted Ale and Founders Red Rye. Granted, the prices are pretty steep (I paid $15.99 for a 22oz Dread and $13.99 for a six'er of AK, prices were similar for the others), but the fact that they landed here in SoCal in my backyard made it worth it.
The local/regional brews aren't slighted at all with Stone, Alesmith, Ballast Point, Green Flash, North Coast, Marin, Moylan's, Great Divide (Hercules DIPA and Titan IPA) and a few others well covered. Domestics other than the 3F included DFH 60 and 90 Minute IPA's, Shipyard, Victory's Storm King, Prima Pils, Golden Monkey and HopDevil. There's a solid selection of foreign craft beers available with St Bernardus Abt 12, prior 8 and Tripel, Rochefort 10 and 8, Fantome saison, AdR Grand Cru, Aventinus and Aventinus eisbock, the Weihenstephaner line-up, Paulaner, Hacker-Pschorr, Celebrator, and a bunch of English beers on hand. Simply put, the selection and quality are the best in the area. Prices for the local stuff is more reasonable.
The guy behind the register wasn't all that much help other than ringing up my purchases. The manager (Stan) was quite helpful on the phone, giving me the run-down on the upgrades to the store and the current selections.
Overall, I couldn't be happier. What a great New Beer(Store) Sunday I had. I've now got a 'go-to' store in my backyard. I encourage all local BA's to check out Lone Hill Liquors. You won't regret it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of rustypickle
2.58/5  rDev -44.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2.25 | service: 1.25 | selection: 4

Wow went in today.George was working.I asked for his seasonal beers and he said I got Budweiser 12 packs with snowmen on em....yikes..He than sneezed and said look pal come back on Monday nite my beer guy will be here,..I found a good choice of beer but that George was no help.I asked again if there was any beer that he could recommend...He said he had to urinate n would be right back....Qhen he returned he looked confused when I asked for a menu of beers.He said no...qho qould want one...may go back on Monday and try and talk to hos beer guy....the store did have some fine beer at high prices...I bought a nice selection of rare tasty beer.Will go back qhen the nitwits beer guy working.cheers to lonehill liqour jeers to George.

Photo of mrcraft
4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

I was always meaning to visit Lone Hill Liquors as I heard good things. This is solid bottle shop.

The location is in a strip mall at Lone Hill Avenue and Route 66. Once you go in, you'll find the wine in the middle of the store and craft beers in coolers to your right. I found the usual suspects you would find at better bottle shops and the prices I found to be on par to tad higher than my regular shops.

For me, the drive is a bit much to shop here on a regular basis, but if you're in the neighborhood, it's a good bottle shop to pick up quality craft beer. I didn't see any rarities, but I also didn't ask if there was anything held in the back.

Photo of ubiq3000
4/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Curb71
2.72/5  rDev -41.3%

The Worst liquor store customer service ever! I stopped here on my way to The Bruery after finding it listed here as a good bottle shop. I walked in and they did have a large selection. I was really only looking for sours and found nothing I wanted and the few bottles I checked out were over priced. It seemed like everything here was a couple bucks more than most places. I asked the guy if they had anything from Russian River (since most places like to hide it in the back) and he kinda rolled his eyes and said "I can get you a Pliny". I told him I'm actually looking for anything else besides Pliny. He said they didn't have anything else from RR. He went to go grab it from the back and my girlfriend asked if she could have one and he said no, just one. I asked if we each could have one and again he said no and that I am lucky he is being nice enough to give me one! I was surprised he was being such a dick and told him he's not allowed to NOT sell it to people. He's also not supposed to hide it in the back either. He said if I do that then everyone will tell their friends and they will come in here and all buy one. I said, so what? Do you not want to sell them? Do you want them to get old? Are you keeping them for yourself? Since he didn't give a shit what I said I went up to buy my 1 Pliny and he rang it up, $11!!! I assumed he changed his mind and was going to give us each one but he said no, just 1. It's $9.99 plus tax. I told him I pay less than half of that at whole foods and most places charge around $6. He said good for them. You should buy it from them then. I told him forget it and walked out. Could believe the customer service there. Just cause he has an account with Russian River he thinks he's a big shot or something. We'll see how long he has an account with them when they find out he's hiding, hoarding, and over charging for it.

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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

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5/5  rDev +8%

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Photo of orangesol
3.9/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.3/5  rDev -7.1%
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!

Photo of Gregfalone
5/5  rDev +8%
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

Photo of ficklenicholas
5/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of blincoln
4.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of track84isthebest
4.81/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of GrumpyJunglist
4.14/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of Retsinis
4.08/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.96/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of NoSignsOfPain
4.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

Photo of mortonious
5/5  rDev +8%

My buddy tipped me off about this place and drove me out to check it out on a Wednesday afternoon.

Took a look in the fridge closest to the entrance and immediately knew this place was legit! It was refreshing to see that the good stuff was easy to locate and the "other" stuff was further back in the store.

Lot's of great breweries represented - Bruery, Lost Abbey, Dogfish, Russian River, Firestone, etc... You might have to dig around a bit and find 'em, but the goodies are in those refrigerators!

Stan was very helpful and knowledgable about his inventory. We had a great discussion about favorite brews and left with some quality products at a reasonable price. Lone Hill is a great spot that should not be passed up by any serious beer drinker!

Photo of DearthVader
5/5  rDev +8%

This is my first review on BA, but Lone Hill is definitely worthy of a good one.

I just got back from an expensive, but extremely satisfying trip to Lone Hill Liquors (2/4/11). I live in Temple City so its only about a 20 minutes drive for me. I had read reviews on here about the store before so I had a good idea of what to do once I walked in. I went straight to case 27 and discovered some hidden treasures. I showed up before Stan was coming in, but George was in and he was rather helpful. He admitted to not knowing near as much as Stan, but he assured me he was going to wow me. I came to the register with 1 Pliny Elder, 1 Rochefort 10, 1 Sculpin, 2008 Angel's Share (which I really had to hunt for in door 27), and a Bitches Brew (again, which i had to hunt down). He noticed my variety and I told him I'm really trying to develop my palate, so he asked me to give him a moment. He walked to the back and came back with a bottle of Abyss, 3 French Hens, and Victory at Sea. All rarities and all brews I have been dying to try. He told me to try and come in when Stan is in and he'll really "wow" me with what he has in the back. I'm satisfied either way.

It was a pricey trip. For everything I bought it was $130, but its worth it. I'd much rather go to a small place like this and throw money their way rather than shovel more money into BevMo's lap.

I will definitely be one of their frequents. No one can beat their selection and I like the fact that they kind of play games with you and just hide bottles behind other bottles in the fridge. It really makes you feel like you found treasure once you find what you're looking for.

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Lone Hill Liquors in Glendora, CA
100 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.