Lone Hill Liquors

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Lone Hill LiquorsLone Hill Liquors
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79 Reviews
Reviews: 79
Visits: 90
rAvg: 4.64
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1828 E Route 66
Glendora, California, 91740-3815
United States
phone: (626) 963-0611

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Photo of GrumpyJunglist
4.14/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (681 characters)

Photo of Retsinis
4.08/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (1,242 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.96/5  rDev -14.7%
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. (555 characters)

Photo of NoSignsOfPain
4.88/5  rDev +5.2%
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! (1,338 characters)

Photo of mortonious
5/5  rDev +7.8%

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! (756 characters)

Photo of DearthVader
5/5  rDev +7.8%

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. (1,645 characters)

Photo of MisterClean
4.85/5  rDev +4.5%

Saw some good reviews from yelp and Beeradvocate on this place, so I decided to swing by. I was mostly looking for Speedway Stouts and Alpine. I found what I was looking for. I was also surprised to see that they landed bitches brew from DFH there too!

The price is about 10% higher than Bevmo and Total Wine, but you can't beat the selection and if the owner is there he may offer you some additional bottles at more competitive prices.

They also had about ten or so Mikellers and some Baladin and some cuvee de tomee. Not the easiest stuff to find.

Next time I roll through Glendora, will definitely pop in to spend some cash. (631 characters)

Photo of pword9d8
4.85/5  rDev +4.5%

Stan the Man! This is truly the beer mecca for all you aficionados. Every time I make a trek in the vicinity of Glendora, I must stop by here. 99% of the time Stan will have the beer I am looking for. If beer isn't your thing, he has all the standard spirits and a small selection of wine as well.

I love how all the beer is cooled and ready to be consumed. I know some people do not agree with this but it's a preference that I like about the establishment.

I do not mind driving all the way from Los Angeles just to purchase beer here. My only quirk is that it is not closer to me. (587 characters)

Photo of bmwehrly
4.8/5  rDev +3.4%

First I'll start off by saying congratulations to George and Stan for having 70 reviews on BA and still maintaining an "A+" rating. Good job, guys.

I had been shopping around at other local liquor stores when I first started getting into the craft beer scene about 4 years ago. I'd find the typical Stone, Firestone, Nectar Ales, etc. But once my friend's dad turned me on to Lone Hill, it was all over. An amazing selection, and outstanding service. What's in the cooler doors will usually satisfy just about anyone, but if not, Stan usually has his stash in the back or is more than happy to order something for you. Stan is a stand up guy.

George, the owner, has just purchased another store on Fairplex just behind the drag racing strip in Pomona. Stan has told me that they'll stock it up with most of the same beers as Lone Hill, but maybe not quite as much...I haven't been yet, but being that this one is within walking distance, hopefully will be the first to review! (978 characters)

Photo of CarbonIS
4.65/5  rDev +0.2%

On my last day in LA I decided to take a ride to Lone Hill Liquors after reading the reviews on BA. When I first walked in I was greeted by a plethora of wine and hookahs. Not a bad greeting, but I was more interested in the beer!

Moving past the wine, one comes to the beer selection, which is extensive, all clearly displayed in a line of coolers on the wall. A wide selection of Port Brewing, Alesmith and Allagash as well as others makes for a nice range of tastes. I, however, was interested in what might NOT be on the shelves. I arrived 15 minutes before Stan the beer manager arrived. I was treated exceptionally well by the cashier behind the counter, who actually called Stan to let him know that I was from Pennsylvania and I was waiting haha.

When Stan got there we got to talking about what I was looking for and he took a quick trip to the back and came out with exactly what I was looking for. Just a great place with great service and a great selection! (972 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.7/5  rDev +1.3%

I had heard good things about Lone Hill and wanted to give it a shot. I was driving home from a family party and called ahead and asked what time the were open till. 11 PM. Really? On a saturday? I wish more people in CA would get the hint and not close early. I walked in to find 28 coolers of beer. I was in beer heaven similar to Walnut liquorette. They had exactly what I was looking for. The Just Outstanding from Kern River. I saw some great things in the cooler. I will go back and spend more time browsing and then will have to ask what I didn't see in the cases. Trust me, there was a lot to see in those cases. Prices were very fair compared to what other places charge. Worth the drive out to Glendora from any place in So. Cal if you are looking for great beer. (773 characters)

Photo of johndoe8
5/5  rDev +7.8%

I just happened to be in the area, so I decided to stop by, and I was about to feel a bit underwhelmed at such a talked about beer store.

I was browsing through the coolers, and there were some good beers there, but definitely not a best-in-california type selection.

That's when I talked to the cashier guy, who turned out to be the owner, who turned out to be the guy, Stan, that everyone has been talking about in these reviews.

He's the man. He hides all his rare stuff in the back, and only puts it out occasionally so they don't get slurped up when he's not there. But when I started going down a list of beers I wanted, he had them all except Abyss! I was shocked... made for a very expensive beer run, but well worth it :) (733 characters)

Photo of david131
4.85/5  rDev +4.5%

I stopped by here the way out of Los Angeles in a last ditch effort to get some Pliney the Elder before I left California. After looking around for a minute or two, Stan approached us and was very helpful and made numerous recommendations. He even hooked us up with some ice for our trip home. We had stocked up previously, so we only got a dozen or so bottles apiece here. They had stuff from Russian River, Deshcutes, Karl Struass, Alesmith, Port Brewing Co, etc. It seemed well stocked and taken care of. Everything was in coolers. I would definitely go back to pay Stan a visit if in the area. (597 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.7/5  rDev +1.3%

One of my favorite spots in southern california to get the good stuff that I can't get anywhere else excpect maybe their sister company walnut liqourettte that rivals thier selection. Very friendly service when my boy stan is there with a great selection of american crafts brews and imports as well. He'll also once in awhile will get beers like FFF, founders, great lakes and other midwest beers that don't ship out here on the shelf. Cool place to go if your near route 66 by san dimas and glendora. prices are decent but cannot complain due to their selection of quality brews. (581 characters)

Photo of billshmeinke
4.65/5  rDev +0.2%

The guy that owns the place name is Stan. He loves beer, and he always has stuff in the back that is not on the shelves. If he notices you are buying a lot of craft beer he will even suggest some stuff he has in the back that is not on the shelves, and he doesn't mind you asking if there is something you are looking for. Also, he plays awesome music. Lots of old R&B and blues. Maybe this is a little weird, but I could imagine him as the main character in a Quentin Tarantino movie (he would have done well as the lead in Death Proof or Pulp Fiction, seriously, he's got the whole slicked back hair look and everything). Stan isn't always there, but call ahead and ask for whatever you are looking for and he will let you know how he can help you. I was looking for Avery's Black Tot awhile ago, and I called him to ask about it. He didn't have it, but he told me about a bar he knew that had it and even had a conversation with me about what he thought about the beer. Anyway, Stan is a true beer advocate, and Lone Hill is the beacon of hope in the inland empire. I go to school in Claremont now and will move back to LA in a few months. I know that I will still make the trek to Lone Hill even when I'm back living in LA to pick up some great beers and to say what's up to Stan.

Long live Stan. Long live Lone Hill. (1,322 characters)

Photo of tjensen3618
3.85/5  rDev -17%

I stopped in here on my way to Vegas a couple weeks back. I circled the parking lot a couple times trying to find the place, their sign was off, and it was night time, but it's right there next to the Stater Bros.

Theres a lot of beer in this place, and its all refrigerated, which is nice. They had a lot of good stuff, most of the beer i had seen in So. Cal before, from reading the previous reviews i was expecting some beers that don't get distribution here. Either they stopped that practice or i'm just blind. Still, they had some beers that i haven't seen anywhere else, the Rogue Malt Liquor, Alpine Willy, and more Lost Abbey beers than i have seen in one place.

The lady at the counter didn't come ask if i need help, which never bothers me, and she was nice upon checkout. I'm assuming i missed the guy responsible for the excellent beer selection at the store, it was late on a Thurs. so i'm not all that surprised.

This place is now a must stop for me on my way to Vegas, or any other time I find myself going down that stretch of the 210. (1,055 characters)

Photo of pudson23
5/5  rDev +7.8%

I happened to be in the Glendora area on a recent business trip. Being from Chicago and having no access to brews from Russian River and Fire Stone Walker, I was on a mission to bring some back with me. I checked the local liquor stores on BeerFly and found good reviews of Lone Hill and the acclaimed "beer man", Stan.

What a great place. I showed up and within minutes Stan came and introduced himself to me and asked if I had any questions. I told him what I was looking for and he hooked me up with RR's Pliny the Elder, Consecration, Blind Pig and FSW's Union Jack IPA. He also brought out some beers from the back for me, including Deschuttes 2009 Abyss and the 2010 Jubel. He had a wide variety on tap, including Goose Island Xmas and BCS, and was hoping to get in some Night Stalker as well. After discussing the growing midwestern beer scene - including the recent opening of the outstanding Revolution Brewing - Dark Lord Day, Founders KBS and a few others, we loaded up my suitcase with high-quality brews and off I went.

Stan was knowledgeable, helpful and very gracious. He made several trips to the back to bring out beers he didn't have room for in the main part of the store and was great to talk with. I highly recommend this place and am envious of all of you who live in SoCal and can frequent this fine establishment more regularly. I look forward to my next trip to SoCal and hoep to bring Stan a few brews he can't get out there. (1,455 characters)

Photo of mightyj
5/5  rDev +7.8%

So finally made the trek out to Glendora to browse the shop. I have been meaning to go, but didn't really have a reason until today. I must say their selection is fantastic. You walk in and all the beer are in the coolers on the right side. Stan (the guy everyone talks about) asked me if I needed help and to feel free to ask if i needed anything. I picked up a few then asked him what he had int he back. I ended up w/ only about 5 or 6 beers but i wasn't looking to spend too much. overall a great time. only thing is that their prices are a little high. but hey i guess you can't get them anywhere else in la so can't complain. (631 characters)

Photo of UncleRev
4.85/5  rDev +4.5%

Easy to locate, in a shopping center, with plenty of parking. The outside looks like every other liquor store in southern California, until you go inside.

Walking in, you see a good amount of wine, but no beer in sight. Try checking the coolers, about 12 coolers worth of delicious, quality beer. They have it all, trust me, if you don't see it just ask.

Service was fantastic. You see the name, Stan, mentioned often in Lone Hill reviews, and it's for a reason, this guy IS the guy. He knows his stuff, and is very approachable.

Overall, this place is worth driving to, prepair to spend a good time browsing, and don't forget your Visa, you're going to find some gems. (672 characters)

Photo of Gorefiendus
5/5  rDev +7.8%

Holy Crap! That was my first thought walking into this store. Selection is amazing, everything you want, plus a little more. Plus, everything was in a cooler. Excellent selection of new releases and some old ones. A+ alone on beer selection.

And then there was Stan. Stan is the man. A Beerman. He knew everything and more when it came to what i was asking. He had a story just waiting to be told about this beer or that beer. He even went so far as to recommend a really great beer that i thought was unavailable.

Overall, an amazing place. I drove over an hour and a half (with no traffic) just to get here, and i would gladly do it again. (645 characters)

Photo of JTahoe
4.65/5  rDev +0.2%

This is THE best beer store I have found in the San Gabriel Valley... maybe even the Los Angeles area. 14 cooler doors worth of good to excellent brews from imports to domestic craft beers... I'm not including the many more coolers with your standard macros.

The selection of craft beers is wide and depp. Just a sample of the offerings include Lost Abbey, Russian River, Bear Republic. Stone, Oskar Blues, Drake's, Avery, Alpine, Bell's, Allagash, Three Floyds, Southern Tier, Dogfish Head, Port, Great Divide, Shipyard, Founder's, Rogue, Marin, Moylans, Ballast Point, Alesmith, Green Flash... and so much more including lots of Belgians and a good selection of imports from the UK, Germany etc. I'm like a kid in a candy store here. (736 characters)

Photo of Mauerhan
4.3/5  rDev -7.3%

Stan is awesome. Lone Hill is right off route 66. An pretty damn good selection. Awesome if you are looking for some harder to find beers that are not a normal find in So Cal. Good deal of Dogfish Head, Southern Tier, Three Flyods as well as other local rarities. A good selection of sixers. As well as some aged beauties. I have found 07 old stock as well as some vintage stone, 07 old guardian double bastard ect. Above all Stan is great to talk with about beer. The guy knows his stuff and above all else he is a really good guy. Lone Hill will remain a normal haunt for me if not by monthly. (595 characters)

Photo of NRa4ever
5/5  rDev +7.8%

This place had the best selection ever, and more important the beer manager (Stan) knows a great deal of info about beer. The place carries Pliny the Elder on a regular basis. Also, if you do not see a beer you are looking for then ask since there is a chance that he may have it in the hidden stash in the back. The store has a lot of great tripels. They carry Southern Tier (Creme Brule) , drakes, Lost Abbey, and beers from the bruery. All in all, they have eights fridges dedicated to awesome beer that one cannot find. It has a price, but where else can you find gems like this. (583 characters)

Photo of AHebel
4.65/5  rDev +0.2%

This is the place to buy craft beer if your in the Los Angeles area. It's not in LA. It's about 30 miles away in Glendora, but it's definitely worth the drive if that's where you're coming from.

I live in West Hollywood, and have been trying to find a good liquor store since I moved here about a year ago. The only places I can find, surprisingly, are BevMo (chain) locations, or Whole Foods locations (I find this strange: one of the better places to get beer is from a grocery store...?)... There are no small liquor stores that specialize in craft beer. But, Lone Hill is one of them, and it's definitely worth a trek, if willing.

Stan, the "beer guy," as he put it when I called the store before going for the first time, was an amazing help. He knew who I was when I walked in, just from the phone call, and pointed out some of the highlights he had. I highly recommend going when he's working. He's friendly and happy to engage in some healthy beer talk.

The bottle selection is great (mostly singles). And, many you can't get anywhere else out here. And, to top it off, if you ask about specific beers that you want, that aren't available anywhere else, there's a chance he might have it "in the back." It's worth a shot.

Two things are certain: 1. Stan is the man; and 2. Lone Hill is the best liquor store I've been able to find out here, as other reviews, I'm sure, will tell you. (1,397 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.85/5  rDev +4.5%

My friend's mom actually told me about this place as she knows that I'm a huge beer nerd.

My first trip here was about a month ago, but I've already made several return trips. Great selection, especially some things that are almost impossible to find here in So Cal (some Russian River, Founders, Southern Tier, and DFH brews to name a few). Also, many Belgians and Trappist beers. A great selection of Lost Abbeys.

The prices are not too bad, considering some of the beers available.

Stan is a very friendly guy, good to talk to and quite helpful.

I'll continue to come here for beer. (589 characters)

Lone Hill Liquors in Glendora, CA
100 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.