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Lone Hill Liquors

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Lone Hill LiquorsLone Hill Liquors
BA SCORE
100
world-class

87 Ratings
Ratings: 87
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 9.5%
[ Store ]

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 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.

Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +8%

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.

Photo of MisterClean
4.85/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

Photo of pword9d8
4.85/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

Photo of bmwehrly
4.8/5  rDev +3.7%

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!

Photo of CarbonIS
4.65/5  rDev +0.4%

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!

Photo of FosterJM
4.7/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

Photo of johndoe8
5/5  rDev +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 :)

Photo of david131
4.85/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.7/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

Photo of billshmeinke
4.65/5  rDev +0.4%

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.

Photo of tjensen3618
3.85/5  rDev -16.8%

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.

Photo of pudson23
5/5  rDev +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.

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