Lone Hill Liquors

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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 4.62
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1828 E Route 66
Glendora, California, 91740-3815
United States
phone: (626) 963-0611

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Photo of johndoe8
5/5  rDev +8.2%

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 +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.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.7/5  rDev +1.7%

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 +0.6%

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 -16.7%

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 +8.2%

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.

Photo of mightyj
5/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

Photo of UncleRev
4.85/5  rDev +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.

Photo of Gorefiendus
5/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

Photo of JTahoe
4.65/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

Photo of Mauerhan
4.3/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

Photo of NRa4ever
5/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

Photo of AHebel
4.65/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

Photo of womencantsail
4.85/5  rDev +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.

Photo of Dogbrick
4.3/5  rDev -6.9%

Visited on 3/16/09 on a trip from Lynwood to Apple Valley. Had to call the store and got directions from Stan as I got turned around somehow. The store is off the 210 on Alosta/66. Parking is plentiful in the strip mall.

Inside there is a great beer selection. Many regional brewers are represented such as Lost Abbey, Marin, Stone, Drake's etc. There were also some beers from the my home midwestern region that I have not seen out west too often like Bell's and Three Floyds. There is also a pretty good selection of imports from the UK, Belgium, Germany etc.

As for the service, again the owner was kind enough to guide me to the store, and while we was not there the clerk put me on the phone with him *again* to make some recommendations on what to take back with me. Definitely the personal touch while not being there in person.

Overall this store is a not so hidden gem that is worth a stop.

Photo of callmescraps
4.8/5  rDev +3.9%

Wow. I was looking for a place to go as a treat to myself. After about ten seconds of research I knew this was the place for me. It didn't disappoint in the least.

Quality - This is the only slight off point. There are some bottles with a little bit of age on them, but it's not like it's a secret or anything. I mean, if you can find a Hopslam at this time of year it's not going to be the freshest. So I won't take points off for that one. But there were some other Port and Alesmith offerings that had been around awhile, but once again, if you're buying a 2nd Anniversary a week after the 3d Anniversary comes out, you can't be surprised if it's not the freshest. Frankly, I'd rather have the option of picking them up or not than not being able to get them at all.

Service - Perfect. Find Stan. He'll probably find you. He was incredibly friendly, chatted about all things beer, and then went and got me some special items. He patiently ran down what he had in back, and did so with a smile on his face. Very nice guy, and he has awesome beer. I only wish I knew what else he had back there that I didn't find out about. I won't be going back without first making sure he'll be in.

Selection - Deceptive. Well, only sort of. The selection is incredible right off the bat. FFF on the shelves. Basically anything you could want from Port, LA, Alesmith, Marin, Moylan's, Ballast Point. Some excellent Belgians. Oh, and of course the secret stash. I have no idea what it consists of, all I know is that I got some amazing stuff. Do yourself a favor and ask. I was looking for some Fantome, and while he had the Noel, Hiver, and Printemps on the shelves, it turned out he had the original in back. So the stuff back there isn't necessarily all impossible to get things. He just only has so much space.

It IS a bit pricey. I mean, I have no problem with what he charges for the FFF or some other specialty stuff. But even things that are pretty common, like PtE, Hop Stoopid, etc. are a little bit more than I'm used to seeing. Not a major ripoff, but it may make sense to stock up on those elsewhere, and hit Lone Hill for more rare, unique items. Still, I had a great time, obliterated my budget, got items I was sure I'd never get without having to trade, and really enjoyed talking to Stan. I'll be back once my wallet recovers.

Photo of crazeguy
4.8/5  rDev +3.9%

I visited this store after a beerspy report of HopSlam on their shelves. It was about a half hour drive away but well worth the trip.

The service was exceptional. I was greeted as I walked in and treated as a friend. The manager of the beer selection (please forgive me, I can't remember his name off hand, hell I could barely remember my own after trying to decide on a purchase) was extremely helpful and nice, shook my hand and offered all his expertise in my search. They could have had nothing but BMC and the service alone would draw me back.

The selection was more than extensive, I walked out with Pilney the Elder, Vertical Epic Ale 08, Double Dead Guy Ale, Founders KBS, HopSlam, Supremely Self-Rightous Ale, and a 6 pack of '07 Bigfoot. There was so much more I wish I could have bought, FFF's stuff, Great Divide, you basically name it they had it (from a reasonable perspective).

The only reason I scored a 4.5 on quality is the batch of HopSlam is a little bit older than I would have liked. I can't really blame them for that, I'm grateful they had it in the first place.

All in all I can not wait to head back over there with my Tax Refund.

Photo of raoulduke37
4.8/5  rDev +3.9%

Yet another good idea: let's drive from Long Beach to Glendora at 3 p.m. on a Friday. I was kicking my own ass the whole way for my great timing. After all the traffic (and some wrong turns), I finally chanced onto this little jewel of a store, and could not believe my eyes. I felt like a Norse hero entering Valhalla. It's a small place, but there are plenty of hidden jewels here: DFH, Southern Tier, Bell's - no I'm not in Philly, I'm in CA. I couldn't believe it. Also found some Alpha King, lots of Belgians, huge selection of: Port Brewing, Allagash, Bear Republic, AleSmith, Stone, Drake's, Moylan's, etc. This place was awesome, and even though I didn't meet Stan, George was extremely helpful and friendly. I will be coming back here anytime I get the uncontrollable urge for a Bell's HopSlam, or when I need to put together an unforgettable shipment for trade.

Photo of JBogan
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Dropped by this little gem of a store yesterday on my way from Vegas to LA. It was everything I'd hoped it would be.

It's a slightly smallish store, but they sure make good use of their space. The beer coolers are on the right, about a dozen of them. Starting from the back, the first two coolers are macros, and then the fun begins.

The final 10 coolers are filled with micros from just about every worthwhile domestic brewer. The list of names would be too long to repeat here, but let's just say I found tons of goodies which I'd only heard about here on BA, but had never seen in person because they just don't carry them in Vegas where I live. Virtually every domestic beer represented on BA's "Best Of" list were here. Needless to say, my wallet was a lot thinner when I walked out of there.

Service was excellent. Stan wasn't there, but a friendly and helpful gentleman named George was. He was more than happy to talk beer, and go in the back to bring out some goodies that weren't on the shelves.

Selection again was excellent, although it did lean towards the domestic side. However I did find a half dozen or so import beers which are not available where I live, so was very happy for that. I also picked up a St Bernardus chalice to go with my beer stash.

Pricing was slightly on the high side, but not overly so. Most beers were priced reasonably, only the harder to find (out west anyways) beers were a little above average. But to be able to have a selection like this to choose from, it's worth it.

If you're anywhere in the area this is a must stop. Easily accessible from the 210 freeway, just off the Lone Hill exit.

Photo of naven
4/5  rDev -13.4%

Maybe I am missing something here, but I didn't find this place that impressive. Sure, there is lots of beer here, and perhaps i'm a little spoiled, but there was nothing here that I haven't seen at many of the better stores throughout Southern California. I saw none of the East Coast beers others have eluded to, save a couple of Southern Tier beers. Maybe I went on a bad day? At any rate, decent store. The guy behind the counter was very friendly and helpful. Prices seemed reasonable, if not a little high. I bought one Bomber. If you're in the area, it would definitely be worth it to make a stop, but I wouldn't go out of my way. Just my two cents.

Photo of davexisxrabid
4.3/5  rDev -6.9%

I've been hearing a lot about this place right here on beeradvocate.com and from a couple of e-mails my fellow BA's have sent me in regards to finding some brew.

This place is pretty close to my girlfriend's mom's house, so it looks like I'll have a pretty good excuse to go visit mom more often!

There was a butt-load of beers, the guys were really knowledgeable, and when I told them that I had heard of them on a website, they replied, "Beeradvocate.com?" I picked up a Stone Guardian '07, Vertical Epic (which I tried and was absolutely fabulous), some stuff from Marin Brewing Co., etc.

The price was a bit on the high side, but I guess when you stock this much quality stuff, you hafta shell out some coin. They didn't have everything I wanted, but close enough. Maybe next time I stop by I can fill in the gaps of my beer list!

Photo of jodan
4.8/5  rDev +3.9%

I cant say anything about this place that hasn't been said already. A whole wall of coolers with all the west coast stuff you'd want, plus many that aren't anywhere else locally.
I was on a barleywine kick when I visited, picked up a few including an '07 Old Guardian and a sixer of Old Foghorn for $9.99, which the aforementioned Stan recommended.
The hard to find stuff (FFF, Great Divide, etc.) was a bit spendy, but that is understandable. The local stuff is all quite reasonable.
A definite must go to place.

Photo of PatronWizard
5/5  rDev +8.2%

Don't want to give away the secrets of this place, so I'll keep it simple. There is way more here than meets the eye. Absolutely awesome store. And Stan is the m.f.ing man! Really knows his beer and if you're cool, he may bust out something you don't see on the shelves.

I only come about once a month or less because it's pretty far and everytime I get here, I end up dropping at least a c-note. Great stuff from years gone by as well.

This is the only place I've seen where you may, on occasion, find Three Floyds, Founders, and crazy Belgian stuff. Full line of Alesmith and Lost Abbey. '07 Decadence right on the shelf. Well, until I got there.

Can't beat the service. I've learned to call ahead and make sure Stan will be there. Not that the other staff aren't friendly, but no one else knows the brew like Stan. And no one else will "check in the back" for special requests that have a decent chance of being fulfilled.

If you're within 20 miles, DO NOT pass up this treasure chest.

Overall: best place for 100 MILES!

Photo of goodspeed94
4.8/5  rDev +3.9%

Stopped in after a trip to the Stuffed Sandwich. Read a lot about the range of his selection, and also that he manages to get beers like 3 Floyd's out to CA. The place is fairly well hidden, next to a Stater Brothers and kind of behind a tree. Luckily I had read here or I might not have found it. Upon walking in, nothing looks different than any other liquor store, until you see about 12 coolers all filled with quality craft beer. Three Floyds, Southern Tier, Dogfish, Great Divide, Founder's, all the California beers, decent selection of imports, a great overall selection. I met Stan during my checkout process and he was a great guy. He even went out back to pull out a Dreadnaught. Absolutely nothing to complain about. This was well worth the drive up from San Diego, and I think (?) I am thankful that I don't live closer or I may be broker than GM. Definitely put this on your map if you live anywhere near it.

Photo of OlieIPA
5/5  rDev +8.2%

I've heard good things about this place from my friend Tyler awhile back and completely forgot about it until the other day when my buddy wanted me to take him there. When I first walked in, I thought this was going to be the typical Liquor store...but as I explored more I noticed that this place was a freaking gold mine. He had beers like Dreadnaught, Double Bastard (2006), Decadence, Pliny the Elder, Blind Pig, Southern Tier's brews, and much more (serious, I only scratched the surface here--those where actually some of the purchases--lol). THis place probably had about 30 to 40% of BA's best beers ....simply awesome. Stan...I believe thats his name....was also extremely cool. He actually came up to us and talked about beer and brought out some beers from the back that were pretty rare. I almost don't want to mention this, but I purchased a beer there that is very, very, very highly recommended and is no longer brewed. I won't tell you what it is because I don't want the owner to get bombarded by phone calls...but lets just say they made about 900 or less cases of it. The only knock on this place is probably the prices, but they weren't anything crazy...about a buck more then other places. I simply love this place. And if he wanted to...he could probably sell those beers at twice the amount he's offering now and still have about the same amount of sells...but Stan wouldn't do that. You know how they used to call Stan Musial "Stan the Man"....well thats the owner's nickname now.

Lone Hill Liquors in Glendora, CA
100 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.