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Lone Hill Liquors

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Lone Hill LiquorsLone Hill Liquors
BA SCORE
100
world-class

86 Ratings
Ratings: 86
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 8.15%
[ 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 koolchas
4.65/5  rDev -0.2%

basically to be short, ditto what everyone else said here.

if you love import and craft beer you'll be like a kid in a candy store. i think i spent half an hour just looking at the cooler doors with stan describing what is what. even after i made my purchase, i had to look at the cooler doors again. this place is just amazing. they have all my belgians (and some i've never heard of) and this is the perfect place to expand on different styles of beer for me. belgians are prime for me but, after being on b.a. it's time for me to experiance other brews and this is the place to begin doing that.

this place is hands down the best. stan and george are great folks and stan knows his stuff. it's worth a visit for any beer lover in so-cal. i am lucky that it's only a 15 min drive for me!

cheers!

koolchas, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of TrickKnee
4.35/5  rDev -6.7%

Well i am definetly glad i went here. Picked up some three floyds to take home back to the east coast, was a little pricey however. Bombers of dreadnaught were around 16 bucks each and gumballhead was around 11 each. however considering how hard this stuff is to come by it was definetly worth it. it was pretty quite considering it was a wednesday morning so no one was in the store but me. Picked up some great pizza port as well. For these hard to find beers i would definetly say go. However if you just need some regular stuff i would say go to bevmo, much cheaper..

TrickKnee, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of Zorro
4.8/5  rDev +3%

I made a 200 mile road trip here just to see if this place was really true... it is.

Google maps gets confused about where to exit the I-210, Take the North exit and turn right.

First thing I noticed is that the owner looks like the Italian guys in Philadelphia Mafia.

This store is in the medium sized mini Mall right next to the Stater Brothers Grocery Store.

All the East Coast and Beer Advocate beer is in the cooler on the right. Pretty much every DFH beer is there. Plus Goose Island Bourbon Barrel Stout; but I bought them all. Wow this place is right up there with Boston for beers available. Yet they have every bottled Pizza Port Beer.

I have heard a lot of bitching about the prices here and this is bullshit. $15 for FFF Dreadnaught is about what it cost to buy and pack and ship via UPS from the maker.

The owner who I did not catch the name was quite knowledgeable. I spent $60 on beer here and they threw in a free Stone Arrogant Bastard Pint Glass.

DAMN, this is the place to get any DFH Beer West of Ohio.

Zorro, Jan 08, 2007
Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.8/5  rDev +3%

Having done my research, I realized that, since I was heading down south for the Thanksgiving holiday, I was also in a prime opportunity to get beer that I can't find up here on the Central Coast. My first stop? Lone Hill Liquor, where I knew I would find the most elusive of my potential purchases.

I decided to make the trip south the night before the holiday, but I had the unfortunate dilemma of having left Santa Barbara at 8 pm. I called Lone Hill, and one of the owners informed me that I had until 10 pm. Ack! Fortunately, leaving so late also provided a "straight shot" to my destination. Boy did it seem like it took forever to get to Glendora (I mean, who actually purposefully makes a trip to Glendora?) Having finally gotten on the 210 freeway, I glanced at the clock and realized it had just turned 9:30. I panicked, realizing that I didn't even know which exit to get off of, and called again. The directions I was givenwere very timely and personable, but I was again reminded that I only had until 10. Ack!

Finally, I arrived at 9:50 pm, so with ten minutes to spare. For all of my work to get there in time, the outside of the store was humorously anticlimactic. Very typical liquor-store-in-grocery-store-dominated-strip-mall appearance. Upon entering, I was pleasantly surprised to find a clean establishment with what looked to be a good amount of wine to my immediate right. A gentleman with a little grey and a Jersey-like tan came out, asked immediately if I was who had called, and shook my hand to introduce himself. I told him I had heard of his store on BA, and he nodded in familiarity. He then left me to puruse the goods.

Honestly, there was so little time for me to look over the selection, I only caught a glimpse of what I wasn't looking for prior to going to the store (that being Three Floyd's and Dogfish Head). So I can tell you that they did, indeed, have Three Floyd's beer. I counted four-packs of Alpha King Pale Ale at $13.99, bombers of Gumballhead, a scant few bombers of Dreadnaught IPA, 4-packs of 90-minute IPA, 4-packs of 60-minute IPA, bottles of 120-minute IPA, and, uh, yeah, that's all I can tell you. Heh. I can say that they had Yule Smith Christmas, La Chouffe Houblon, and Stone 10th Anniversary. Sorry, again, I was in a hurry to get out before closing.

So I picked up a 4-pack of 90-minute IPA, a bomber of Dreadnaught, and a bomber of Yule Smith Winter/Christmas. The damage? 40 dollars. Expensive? Very. But honestly, where else are you going to find Dogfish Head, or, especially, *Three Floyd's* in California? Right, nowhere. At the counter, he mentioned that the Yule Smith from summer was also very good, and I mentioned that I would like to have tried it but missed my chance. His response? He went into the back and pulled out his last bottle of Yule Smith Summer. Can't say they don't appreciate the business/treat their customers well. : )

Anyway, I will be back for more Three Floyd's, likely, but probably in smaller quantities so my wallet doesn't take such a one time punch. Definitely worth West Coasters' time if you're tired of hearing of the greatness of select midwestern/eastern breweries and not tasting the spoils.

RidiculedDisplay, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of Rumrunner
4.8/5  rDev +3%

For California craft beer lovers this is a liquor store with a bonus.

A large space which is very clean and properly attended to. It has all of the items one should expect from a quality liquor store. A healthy selection of fine wines and spirits. A certain amount of food, a variety of glasses and necessary drinking accessories. A great selection of beer. They have plenty of west coast craft beer and a very nice selection of imports from Belgium, England, Germany, Canada and a few others.

What gives Lone Hill a bonus is that they go out of their way to get American craft beer from the mid west and the east coast. They get beers from Great Divide, Three Floyd's, Victory, Great Lakes, Bell's, and Dogfish Head . Maybe even a few other breweries. A variety from each as well. In fact if Lone Hill did not have these beers I don't think they would warrant a five rating. If you do not live in the area, then there would not be any special reason to go here. If you do live in the area. Lucky bugger.

I am sure the shipping for these beers comes at a hefty cost and this cost is then given to the consumer. These beers are priced very high and if you are not willing to loosen up your wallet the trip will not be worth it if you are travelling a long distance. Many consumers of these beers will not mind the expense, but if you are on a tight budget you might want to stay clear, lest you lose your mind and drop the credit card. I give the establishment an 'a bit pricey,' because the beers from the west coast and the imports seem priced in the proper range and not over priced.

I have to commend the service. After my purchase I was given a free bottle of Unibroue. The man and the woman who helped me during my visit were very friendly and if you live in the area this is a quality establishment to visit whether or not they can offer beers from parts of the country most other liquor stores do not.

Rumrunner, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of dblinkhorn
5/5  rDev +7.3%

I heard about this place on the BA forums. I actually just took a day-trip (454 miles to be exact) down there to pick up some beers that I have never been able to find anywhere else in california. They have a great selection of Belgians, including St. Bernardus, Trappistes Rochefort, Westmalle, and Chimay. Plenty of california local beers, inlcuding North Coast, Alesmith, Anderson Valley, Port, Sierra Nevada, Stone, etc.

The main reason I made the trip was because they have a good selection of Great Divide, Dogfish Head, Bell's, Three Floyd's, and Victory.

Overall, many seasonal and specialty ales are represented, along with a good selection of German hefeweizens. Quite a lot of beers from the BA top 100 were here, if you're interested in trying them.

When I was there Stan was working, who I'm told is the manager. He is very friendly and helpful, and actually threw in a few free beers and glasses because I made a very large purchase of different beers.

As far as pricing goes, the rarer stuff I mentioned above (Great Divide, Dogfish Head, Bell's, Three Floyd's,Victory, etc.) was quite expensive (about $10-$15 for a bomber, and anywhere from $12-$20 for a six pack). He told me that they went through a lot to get those beers and that it cost more than usual to obtain them, and that's why they are high-priced. I tend to believe that since I haven't seen them anywhere else. Everything else was very reasonable to inexpensive. I bought some Weihenstephaner stuff for about $2.50 for a larger bottle. Alesmith bombers were about $3.50 for a bottle.

I highly recommend the place, nothing but good things to say about it.

dblinkhorn, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of BlindPig
4.45/5  rDev -4.5%

This place is good because you can get Great Divide, Three Floyds, Great Lakes, and Bells. This is their strong point. I think they are lacking in the regular Cali beer however. They had what I would expect to find anywhere else. I was kind of disapointed when I went here from suck the high reviews. It is a great place though I was just expecting something more like a Holdiay Wine Cellar with all the companies above. It's like a 7-11 mixed with a liquor store. It is good just lacking in some places. The guy behind the counter (probably Stan) is very nice and helpful. I had a talk with him for awhile. I did find Rabbid Rabbit here witch I was very happy about. Like others have said though it is a bit on the pricey side but I do understand why. The locals seemed more expensive than the other places I went to on my trip (Holiday Wine Cellar and Beverages and more). Good place and I would stop by again if I was looking for something not usually distributed here. I would not stop by, however, if I was looking for some Cali brews.

BlindPig, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of sloejams
4.8/5  rDev +3%

Driving east on the 210 on the last leg of my 3200 mile journey, I see a sign for the Lone Hill exit in Glendora. Shit, Lone Hill Liquors must be near. I'm never ever in Glendora, why not take this rare opportunity to stop in to this heralded shop? I quickly call information and turns out I'm half of a mile away. Perfect.

Throughout my cross country (and parts of Canada) travels, I accumulated beers from all over the place that I could not get in LA. Some of these - Bells, Dogfish Head, Founders, Great Divide - Lone Hill had them! One of the owners told me that they have been making national trades to bring in stuff not distributed out here. Great. The bottles were priced at a premium - but this was to be expected at the laborious method used to procure them.

On top of that they had as good a selection as any I've crossed in Southern California. And all refridgerated. It was clear that these were beer lovers. I was very impressed. As I mentioned, Glendora is not terribly near me. It is worth the drive and I plan to go out and stock up some day soon.

I highly recommend this place.

sloejams, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of SacoDeToro
5/5  rDev +7.3%

This place is dope! Flat out.

George (owner) and Stan (right hand man) of Lone Hill Liquors have done beer lovers and outstanding service by getting rare domestic microbrews on their shelves. There selection of beers such as Three Floys, Great Divide, Dogfish Head, and Great Lakes is unparallelled in this area. They've gone to great lengths (and costs) to get these beers here and alas, much of that cost must be passed on to the customer. But true beerheads are more than happy to pay and George and Stan appreciate good beer and the enthusiasm their efforts have been met with.

Last time I was there I felt like a kid in a candy store. Rather than pick and choose, I recklessly stuffed my cart with everything I could. As I was leaving, George handed me a bottle of Stone 10th Anniversary Ale on the house, which was a very generous gesture.

Cheers to Lone Hill.

SacoDeToro, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of sirhc
5/5  rDev +7.3%

Ok, so I have been on BA for quite some time now and I haven’t reviewed a damn thing. Well that’s going to change and this is officially my first review. Why did I pick my first review to be a liquor store? Because this place is filled with top notch beers. Many of the beers here can easily be found throughout So. Cal but that’s not what makes this place so extraordinarily unique. . . .

First off I dare you to find another beer store around these parts of the woods where you will find products from Three Floyds, Bells, Great Lakes, Founders and that’s just to name a few. Yes they even carry the infamous FFF Dreadnaught that everyone is raving about (including myself). Now before anyone starts complaining about the $$$, please take heed as to what Stan (the store manager) does to bring these fine brews here to So. Cal. He goes above and beyond to cater these brews to the So. Cal BA community. I admit, at first I thought that the prices for these rare brews were a little steep but after partaking in my first cross-country beer trade I find these prices are well above appropriate.

Now here we go. Lone Hill Liquor is on the corner of Route 66 and Lone Hill Blvd, located to the right of Stater Brothers. From the outside it looks like your normal everyday liquor store and had I not known better that’s exactly what I would have taken it for. As we all know, looks can be deceiving. The inner beauty is what this store is all about and I am not talking about the writing on the walls. Inside to the right you’ll find 10 or so refrigerated sections with a plethora of assorted brews. Lets start with the West Coast beers. Some of my favorites include, Moylan’s Hopsickle, Pizza Port’s Sharkbite Red, Stone, Ale Smith, Marin, Bear Republic, Russian River, you name it, they probably have it and if they don’t just ask Stan. He will do everything in his power to get it for you. Trust me when I say this man goes above and beyond to cater. Some of the finer Belgian beers include, Triple Karmelite, La Chouffe/Houblon, St. Bernardus ABT 8/12/Triple, Rochefort 8/10 and again many, many more. As for some of those rare brews, I mentioned a few companies above so stop in as see for your self. You won’t be disappointed.

If you are in the area or even if you are not this is definitely a place worth checking out. Make sure to ask for Stan when you do. Most likely he’ll be the one greeting you anyways. This is one stand up guy and this is also why I gave this store a 5 across the board. The selection can’t be beat, the prices are just right, you know the beer is well kept and the customer service is the best. Even when Stan is not there George is a cool guy too and will do his best to help you. I am glad I live right around the corner from this place. Thanks Stan, keep up the good work!

sirhc, Aug 23, 2006
Lone Hill Liquors in Glendora, CA
100 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.