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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: 4.65
pDev: 8.39%
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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 toothharp
5/5  rDev +7.5%

I LOVE THIS PLACE!! This is my first Beer Advocate review and I just had to make it for Lone Hill. I have been going here for a long time and spoke with Stan last night who told me they were rated rather high here, and check it out!!! Anyway, like everyone's already said, the selection is amazing. I've never seen more IPAs in one place! Their American microbrew selection is nonstop as well as the import selection. I used to frequent Bevmo but definitely not in some time. Now it's Lonehill or nothing. It would take me many years to try every beer that I haven't had before that they have on the shelves. Stan and George are the mans. Cheers!

Photo of koolchas
4.65/5  rDev 0%

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!

Photo of TrickKnee
4.35/5  rDev -6.5%

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..

Photo of Zorro
4.8/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.8/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

Photo of Rumrunner
4.8/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

Photo of dblinkhorn
5/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

Photo of BlindPig
4.45/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

Photo of sloejams
4.8/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

Photo of SacoDeToro
5/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

Photo of sirhc
5/5  rDev +7.5%

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!

Photo of deuschbag
5/5  rDev +7.5%

this place has a selection sent from the gods. but they kinda stike back at some of the prices. but anyway, upon walking in this store i thought it was a pretty big place..then i saw the great divide and dogfishead selection. i almost froze seeing the drednaught ipa, and other top offerings from three floyds and great divide. everything from st. bernardus, rochefort, westemale, founders's, anderson valley, victory, alesmith, rogue, russian river, moyan, marlin, samuel smith, stone, uniborue, ect...
about half of the "best of ba" is at this place alone. too many names to mention. stan the clerk is a really kind and cool person and also know's his beers. we got into talking about westvleteran and how he had a buddy that bought a case of it and sold for $20 a pop. he also mentioned some festival to us this upcomining weekend and gave us a flyer for it. that was cool of him. my only complain about this place is the insane price for some itmes. it's excusable for the rare and hard beers to find but overall it's a bit pricey. mainly the three floyds and bell's. the oaked aged yeti was one of the first things to catch my eye, but once i saw that it was around the $13 mark for the 22. oz i decided to pass. 6 packs of alpha king and bell's expidition stout were in the high mark as well(expidition was $21.99 for a sixer). in the end, this place is fantastic. one of the best liquor stores out there. thank you, lonehill

Photo of instrumentality
4.6/5  rDev -1.1%

I happened to be driving in the general direction of Glendora anyway and, based on a recommendation from SwillinBrew, made a point of stopping here.

Upon entering, I took a quick look at the beer selection and immediately went to the guy behind the counter (George) and asked if they had any baskets. He said no and asked me why, and I replied, "Because I'm going to be stocking up." He immediately cleared some counter space for me to lay bottles down and said I could use some boxes as well if need be.

I don't know if my eagerness tipped them off or if they're just generally nice guys, but the manager (Stan) actually walked up and shook my hand. I mentioned I had heard about the place, he asked how I had heard, I mentioned BeerAdvocate, and his eyes lit up. He said if he could be of any service, I should let him know. I didn't need any help, but I appreciated the offer.

The atmosphere wasn't anything too exciting - just a standard liquor store with standard swill on display in the front...it's not until you move towards the refrigerators that you really begin to get a clue as to how amazing this place is selection-wise.

The selection was incredible: Three Floyds galore, some Belgian goodies, and several other "Best of BA" selections. In addition to the variety of beer choices, the packaging options really caught my eye: Gulden Draak and Piraat (as well as a couple of others, I think) in what I believe were 1.5L bottles, and 4-packs of St. Bernardus Abt. 12.

Ten or fifteen minutes later, I had a substantial stash of beers waiting to be rung up at the counter. The staff continued to be helpful throughout the purchase process and then helped me carry one of my boxes out the door. This ended up being the most dough I've spent on a single beer run to date that didn't involve shipping & handling, and I could easily have spent 2 or 3 times as much if I was slightly more insane.

I rarely make it to the Inland Empire, but I imagine that from now on, any time I'm headed that way, I'm making a special pit stop in Glendora.

Update: I've been back since, and the service was equally good, if not better. I had a lengthy conversation with Stan about BeerAdvocate and beer in general, and he made several recommendations on beers I had never tried (and in some cases, never heard of). Turns out that he's partial to IPA's and Belgians, so we were pretty much on the same wavelength. I ended up going out on a limb and mostly buying beers he recommended, along with a sixer of Wittekerke witbier, which I ended up donating to a friend without getting to see what it was all about for myself. Looks like I'll just have to go back again!

Photo of chelovek
4.8/5  rDev +3.2%

Well the previous two reviews some up the joint pretty well. I saw a post that said this place had Deadnaught IPA so I scooted my butt down there in a hurry. Manager is a cool fellow, he said that the place just started carrying higher quality craft beers and that it was paying off. The place is only 10 minutes from my house I couldn't be more pleased about it. A fine collection of beers ranging from the Three Floyds beers I spoke of to some Belgian offerings. A bit pricy but where else are you going to find Gumballhead and Dreadnaught IPA in Southern California? A fine joint that will feel my presence often. Thanks to the previous posters for the tip on this place.

I must add an addition to my previous visit review. I have returned many, many times only to find more good stuff in stock that makes my mouth water. Owner and manager are really doing a great job to bring outstanding beers under one roof. Hats off to this joint...again.

Photo of SwillinBrew
4.3/5  rDev -7.5%

I decided to head up here so i could get some 3Floyds for Memmorial Day. I'm fricken glad i did.

There was about 5 coolers, to the right after you enter, that had micro/craft brews... (more coolers if you count the macros.) Most all the local west coast breweries were represented as well as a good selection of the english, belgian and german brews, oh and cant forget canada with their unibroue. You will find something you like, trust me! The first cooler was the most interesting. In it were 6ers, 4packs and bombers from 3-Floyds, Great Divide, Bells and Founders. This was the reason I came, to buy what cannot be bought. I picked up many including dogfishhead 60 and 90 minute IPA and dreadnaught. This is simpley a ballsy store and i take my fez off to them. To order several pallets of brew and have it delivered to your store, because it's not distributed out here, so others can drink them is Fu$#ing amazing and just ballsy. I doubt after the shipping and handling is paid, not much profit is gained so i interpret that as an act of a true beer advocate! Sure the price is higher, but cost have to be covered - try doing a trade with equal cost beer then add the S&H, you'll find it's cheaper to get it here.

The proprietor, Stan, wasnt in but I did talk to Carrie and she was really nice and helpful. She went in the back to look for more 90 min IPA for me and we chatted about BA... nice gal. (Stan isnt in until after 1pm)

Good job Lone Hill !!! I will be back sooner than later!

EDIT: Selection to 5 from 4.5. They just keep getting more and more that is nowhere to be found in CA.

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.35/5  rDev -6.5%

**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.

Lone Hill Liquors in Glendora, CA
100 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.