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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 Curb71
2.72/5  rDev -41.5%

The Worst liquor store customer service ever! I stopped here on my way to The Bruery after finding it listed here as a good bottle shop. I walked in and they did have a large selection. I was really only looking for sours and found nothing I wanted and the few bottles I checked out were over priced. It seemed like everything here was a couple bucks more than most places. I asked the guy if they had anything from Russian River (since most places like to hide it in the back) and he kinda rolled his eyes and said "I can get you a Pliny". I told him I'm actually looking for anything else besides Pliny. He said they didn't have anything else from RR. He went to go grab it from the back and my girlfriend asked if she could have one and he said no, just one. I asked if we each could have one and again he said no and that I am lucky he is being nice enough to give me one! I was surprised he was being such a dick and told him he's not allowed to NOT sell it to people. He's also not supposed to hide it in the back either. He said if I do that then everyone will tell their friends and they will come in here and all buy one. I said, so what? Do you not want to sell them? Do you want them to get old? Are you keeping them for yourself? Since he didn't give a shit what I said I went up to buy my 1 Pliny and he rang it up, $11!!! I assumed he changed his mind and was going to give us each one but he said no, just 1. It's $9.99 plus tax. I told him I pay less than half of that at whole foods and most places charge around $6. He said good for them. You should buy it from them then. I told him forget it and walked out. Could believe the customer service there. Just cause he has an account with Russian River he thinks he's a big shot or something. We'll see how long he has an account with them when they find out he's hiding, hoarding, and over charging for it.

Photo of tjensen3618
3.85/5  rDev -17.2%

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 orangesol
3.9/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Second stop of the LA area day, right after stopping at Hollingshead's so it had some big shoes to live up to. Upon entering I was left wondering if I was in the right spot. All of the beer is located in the cold fridges on the right side of the store. Spirits are mostly behind the counter and wine is in the middle, they outnumber beer approximately 3:1. Atmosphere was decent. I could feel the guy behind the counters eyes follow me around the store which was a little off putting. Service was much the same, he never once asked if I needed help and my only interaction with him was brief and to the point. Quality was pretty solid. I didn't notice anything our of date so no problems there. Selection was good but nothing amazing. Plenty of national and international brands mixed with the normal regional ones, nothing overly rare or anything like that. Prices were typical for the area. Overall a decent bottle shop but I wouldn't go out of my way to visit it again.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.96/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Another place in a strip mall, convenience store looking on the outside. Tons of beer inside, some all time classics like speedway stout, some different stuff you don't normally see from dogfish head. Some Alpine. Good stuff. Organization a little weird, but its always fun to look and look when you're a kid in a candy (beer) shop.

Didn't get the special invite to the special beer. Can't say the service was helpful as a result.

A little pricey like everything in the area, but definitely a place worth hitting up if you are anywhere near this place.

Photo of ubiq3000
4/5  rDev -14%

Photo of greenspointexas
4/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev -14%

Photo of naven
4/5  rDev -14%

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 Retsinis
4.08/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Ah Lone Hill, where I got my first victory at Sea in 2009, two bottles of 2008 Bourbon county stout in 2010, and a bottle of Robert the Bruce (no idea how they got that one, but it was on a bottom shelf in the corner)

While not in my backyard by any stretch, it is about a 45 minute drive, and worth a stop on treks to and from Northridge, to the Bruery in Placentia for me.

The look, feel, and overall function is that of a liquor/convience store in a strip mall. But the 8 or so coolers filled with craft beer make it stand out. While they do carry many brands (that sell well) that other chain warehouse stores sell, they also get great seasonal, once a year, limited, rare beers as well. Good stuff from San Diego lands here, Alpine, Ballast Point, Green Flash, etc. They also seem to get some bi-annual shipments of Uptopias as well.

Have not yet had them bring up beer 'from the back', though I've heard this to be ture at Lone Hill, so I do know they do have some reserve stuff. Since I'm not local, not sure if I'll ever know what is truly back there, but from what I've seen on the shelf, I'm still a happy camper regardless.

Certainly worth a visit if your in the area, and should be a must repeat stop for any local BA, imho.

Photo of GrumpyJunglist
4.14/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Decided to make the drive to check out this place. It is located within a mini mall right in the middle of the strip. I would say the place is dominated by a lot of average beers. But for every 5 average beers you come across a diamond in the rough. The selection sort of mirrors that of Walnut Liquorette, along with their prices. Some good deals and a few that are marked up a little high due to its vintages. If you live close to the this place, by all means its a great store. But if Walnut Liquorette is closer, this may be a wiser choice. Unless you have some time and gas to kill, then go for it. If I come across more time sometime soon, I'd definitely make the drive back.

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.2/5  rDev -9.7%

Based on a few recent BA threads that regale the incredible selection of this place (very good beers that just aren't available in California are here- how??), I recently made the 45 mile (1 way) trek on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. And I was not disappointed, except that I left most of that wonderful beer sitting in the coolers where I found it.

From the outside, a typical strip mall liquor store next to a regional grocery store (Stator Brothers) that could be found in a few hundred places in southern California. A feeling of "that's it?" crept over me as I saw it from the parking lot. As I entered though, I saw lots of wine laying on nice racks so the corks stay moist, an incredible Whisky and Whiskey collection behind the register, and lots and lots of beer coolers. Wow.

And the first cooler nearest the door is pot of gold. Dogfish Head in abundance. Hop Wallop, Barrel aged Yeti, Three Floyds- what is this? These beers just aren't found in sunny southern CA. But then I continue. 14 coolers of craft and import beers. That does not count the BMC stuff in the back of the store (4 coolers?). These people are beer lovers. I can't decide!

Then I look at the prices. And all of the sudden a very sad feeling comes over me. $15.99 for a bomber of this, $14.00 for a bomber of that, $15.99 for a four pack of 12 oz bottles of the other, $7.99 for a single 12 oz bottle of 120 Minute IPA. I can't do this. I love beer, I don't mind paying hard earned cash, but I just can't do it.

Sadly, I go home with a few very nice, but generally cheaper choices. This is a great place, but please be warned- if you go (and I do recommend you do go), be prepared to pay or be prepared to leave very sad.

Note- my value rating is based on the hard-to-find stuff. Much of their other beers are very good, but also relatively easy to find at BevMo and other locals at similar or lower prices.

Photo of mikejones
4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of mrcraft
4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

I was always meaning to visit Lone Hill Liquors as I heard good things. This is solid bottle shop.

The location is in a strip mall at Lone Hill Avenue and Route 66. Once you go in, you'll find the wine in the middle of the store and craft beers in coolers to your right. I found the usual suspects you would find at better bottle shops and the prices I found to be on par to tad higher than my regular shops.

For me, the drive is a bit much to shop here on a regular basis, but if you're in the neighborhood, it's a good bottle shop to pick up quality craft beer. I didn't see any rarities, but I also didn't ask if there was anything held in the back.

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 davexisxrabid
4.3/5  rDev -7.5%

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 Dogbrick
4.3/5  rDev -7.5%

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 Mauerhan
4.3/5  rDev -7.5%

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 TurdFurgison
4.3/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Easy to find, packed with a dozen or so shops in a strip mall. Sort of small, with wine taking up the majority of the shelf space. The beers were all in coolers (well done!). I saw most things which were available at Whole Foods or Bevmo, plus a little alpha. Settled on some Still Nacht as I just haven't seen it anywhere else in so long. Prices weren't as high as I expected from previous reviews, actually they were pretty standard for the LA area.

If you're in Glendora then you definitely should stop here and also at the sister establishment (Walnut Liquorette). But if you're in LA proper you might not be well served by the drive, as 99% of what I saw was available elsewhere. Still recommended as a very good beer store though!

Photo of 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 vince4953529
4.35/5  rDev -6.5%

I have never heard of Glendora and the only reason of visiting this town is that Lone Hill is located here. The special thing about this store is its selected selection of midwest/east coast beers (possibly the only store in California who does this). Most of their Belgian and California brews could be found elsewhere at other prestigious stores. I came here solely for the FFF/Great Lakes/DFH/Goose Island/Great Divide stuff. This is a great store for beers aficionados, too bad it's a little far from where I live.

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.

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 Halcyondays
4.45/5  rDev -4.3%

Set in a little unasumming strip mall just off the 57 in Glendora, Lone Hill is the last place you'd look to find one of the best liquor/beer stores in the Southland, but here it is. A bit of a drive, but worth it. As many have said they have the elusive East Coast and Midwest beers that my brother in Chicago can get easily, but I can't. Occasionally, they even have the elusive, hard to find Dogfish Head 120 and Bell's Expedition Stout, but they didn't this time, though they had the elusive Ommegeddon. They even had some of the rare, harder to find Rogue beers that I haven't seen anywhere else. While I was there, I picked up a Great Divide Old Ruffian, the aforementioned Ommegeddon, a Gumballhead, a Founders' Black Rye, and an Alpha King which I already had as I write this report, delicious and tasty. So, if you're getting your kicks on Route 66, and you like beer, stop in, you won't be dissapointed in my opinion, heck, I drive 35 miles to get to this place.

Photo of JBogan
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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 Flip4beers
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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Lone Hill Liquors in Glendora, CA
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