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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%
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1828 E Route 66
Glendora, California, 91740-3815
United States
phone: (626) 963-0611

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

Smileytime, Jul 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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!

mortonious, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of Gregfalone
5/5  rDev +7.3%

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

Gregfalone, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of ficklenicholas
5/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

ficklenicholas, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of sessycuban
5/5  rDev +7.3%

Read the reviews below. They are dead on the mark. You will find a large array of hard to find Midwest and East Coast brews like FFF, Founders, etc. They also have a wonderful collection of Trappist beers, omitting only the Westys. They had a lot of hard to find Stone and AleSmith brews as well.

Above all else, George is an awesome guy. I had the pleasure of meeting him and he was very courteous to me. He introduced himself and threw in a free bottle of Alpha King.

I recommend everyone to not make their beer purchasing decisions solely on price. That's not to say to that you should pay twice the price for a beer at a local liquor store instead of finding the identical brew at your local BevMo. Instead, patronize them for the items that are hard to find and chat with the owners. A place like Lone Hill is more than just a hard to find West Coast depot of FFF.

sessycuban, Jul 14, 2007
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
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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!

toothharp, Feb 15, 2007
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

pudson23, Mar 22, 2010
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

My review is over the phone.

I have a friend from work who was nice enough to read off everything they had for me while he was out in that area on business through several phone calls from the store.

It sounded like as others mention there was selection from all over the country. In Ohio I can get FFF, Bells, Founders, etc. and some beers from the west coast, but it sounds like this place has it all! Even some west coast rarities that I am very happy to have now :)

They were willing to put some stuff aside and try to locate other items that were on my "wish list" that I never thought I would be able to get without a hefty trade.

Id like to thank the person there that was so helpful, but I am not sure who it was since I was only on the phone. If I find out I will edit.

Thanks guys!!

Photekut, Jan 31, 2008
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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

deuschbag, Jul 29, 2006
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

DearthVader, Feb 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

Just got home from a visit at Lone Hill. They HAD a few bottles of Stone 10th Anni IPA (since I took the last 3 bottles). They just received Stone's Russian Imperial Stout but are going fast. I also picked up some Dogfish 90min and 60min IPA and Raison D'extra. Nicest selection of beer of any store I've been to. If you are a beer lover and live 40, 50, or even 60 miles away, you need to take a drive and see for yourself. With 14 frigs filled with beer you're bound to find two or three beers you been looking for.

Salut

dalion037, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of kyleec
5/5  rDev +7.3%

This is the best little hole in the wall liquor store in Southern California. I was amazed at the selection compared to any other beer retailer I've visited. They have more of the west coast brews than anywhere else for VERY reasonable prices, as well as a great selection of Belgians and craft brews from other parts of the country. I saw a lot of bottles I'd never seen in person.

The prices on the hard-to-find stuff are--understandably--a bit high, but where else are you going to find it? I didn't mind paying to pick up a few things I'd been craving for a while. Like I said, the local stuff is really fairly priced.

Some breweries included: Great Lakes, Southern Tier, Dogfish Head, Cantillon, Fantome, Port, Lost Abbey, Russian River, Three Floyds, Founder's, etc.

As for the service, Stan was extremely helpful. He really hooked us up. He'd tried everything and could give a lot of good recommendations. He even had a few really nice bottles in the back out of sight of the random buyers that he brought out when I asked about them.

All in all, I spent over $90 for 11 bottles, but that included some 750s and some rare stuff like Southern Tier stouts and Russian River Temptation.

If you are ever within driving distance of Glendora, this place is a must.

kyleec, Jul 29, 2008
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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
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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!

PatronWizard, Nov 14, 2008
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

Stores like these are my favorite - they look like regular corner liquor stores from the outside (and inside, frankly), but then you look in the fridges. Beer heaven. Lone hill not only has the best collection of Rogue I've seen in southern California, but they have at least half a dozen out of state brands that are unavailable almost anywhere within 200 miles. Great Divide (I snagged the last Oak Aged Yeti), founders, three floyds, southern tier, harder to find dogfish head (120 minute, raison d' extra), and more. They also had a very nice Belgian and German selection.

The service was exellent. I asked about Russian River sours, and the clerk pulled a Temptation and Supplication out of the back for me. Very nice people.

The only disadvantage of the place is the premium you have to pay for the out of state stuff. Three Floyds Behemoth was priced at $23.99. Ouch. The more local stuff was very reasonable, however (The RR sours were $10.99 - I've seen them go for $15)

Overall, I'm really glad this place is so far from me. Otherwise, my bank account would be ruined.

0110x011, Jun 25, 2008
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

Had to make the 24 mile drive out to Lone Hill to experience what everyone else has been saying about it. What an experience it was! I had pretty high expectations based on other reviews and I was still blown away by the sheer selection of amazing breweries and brews. Stan provided awesome service, even though there was a rush of customers after I arrived. He helped me find exactly what I wanted, even stuff from the back that wasn't on display and apologized for the wait. But at a place like this, you don't care about waiting. Spent about $80 on an amazing array of beers. Some Russian River, Dogfish Head 90, St. Bernardus Abt 12, and Anderson Valley to name a few. Will definitely be returning here to restock at some point soon. Highly worth the drive from wherever you are in the Los Angeles area, hell even the greater Southern California area. Check it!

fahne23, Aug 24, 2008
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

OlieIPA, Sep 06, 2008
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

Gorefiendus, Dec 14, 2009
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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
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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 :)

johndoe8, Sep 04, 2010
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

mightyj, Mar 02, 2010
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

CEDAMA, Jan 07, 2014
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

Who says you can't get good beer in LA? I guess this is not technically LA, but since I'm not a local, it is today. WE reached this place by driving past the gravel pit, dam, and stock car track. It's a bit out there and the strip mall that it rests in make the experience even better.

I live on the east coast and am from the midwest, and to see the bangin selection of beers from both of these locals was great, but something I was not really interested in (All the same, the Founder's and FFF selections were damn good. Not to mention the single bottle of Czar Brew).

But the West Coast selection is where it's at. First thing: thank you for the Alesmith. Dead at Dawn was the first beer in my basket, followed by some of the others. The Moylan selection was impressive . The Port and Lost Abbey were impressive. The 3 different bottles of jolly pumpkin were astounding (Couldn't grab any of those in Wisconsin).

The only negative experience associated with this place that I have is the broken bottle of Yulesmith summer that was in my bag when I landed. A damn shame and my own fault. What a waste. Stan has really got his shit together, and I will be sending him a care package directly. Thanks for the experience.

barrelman, Jan 04, 2008
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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

NRa4ever, Nov 07, 2009
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Lone Hill Liquors in Glendora, CA
100 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.