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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 DoubleJ
4.65/5  rDev 0%

Update: The days of seeing undistributed Midwest/East Coast beer seem no more, which was part of Lone Hill's claim to fame. Nonetheless, still a very enjoyable store to buy beer, and Stan continues to excel in the service department.

I've been keeping my eye on this place for months now, notably because the sold a handful of beers which aren't distributed in Southern California. Even with my high expectations, I was impressed. In front of the store are parking stalls for 10 minute parking, which I found to be funny because you'll need more than that.

Some stores will only sells several kinds of a brewey's beer, but this place seemed to have the full line from each brewery they sold. Rogue Hefeweizen?! Cool! But unwrap the foil and you will find some tasty chocolate, represented by Three Floyd's Saison and Barleywine, Great Lakes, Founders Red Rye, and Southern Tier Java Stout.

Then I ran across Stan, the guy who runs the beer at Lone Hill. He was willing to help me find beer or answer any questions I had. I asked if he any more Dogfish Head beers, and he did. He retreived me a bottle of Burton Baton, which wasn't on the sales floor. For nine beers, I spent almost $70, but when you can get beer here where you can't find elsewhere, don't sweat it. Take a short-term hit and let the beer pay you back later.

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 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 greenspointexas
4/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Floydster
4.85/5  rDev +4.3%

Stopped here last night on my back to the Inland Empire from Los Angeles, right next to a Stater Bros. in a big shopping center, walked in and was greeted my a guy named Stan who knew a good amount about beer, told me he has been managing the store for well over two years now, talked to him for close to thirty minutes, he ended going into the back and selling me his last bottle of Ommegeddon after telling him how I wanted to try it, that was the only thing I bought at $12.99, he threw in a free Firestone Union Jack which was cool because I have not been able to try that one yet, beware of the one dollar credit card fee per transaction, not a big deal but people should know if that kind of thing upsets them, big selection with several east coast goodies, some of the brews I remember seeing were Mikkeller Big Worse, Pannepot Old Fisherman's Ale for $6.99, Dogfish Head 60 and 90 Minute IPA, Midas Touch for $6.99, and Golden Era, Three Floyds Alpha King, Behemoth for $23.99, Pride & Joy, and Robert the Bruce, tons of Rogue, Marins, Moylans, Ballast Point, Alesmith, Green Flash, Beer Valley, and Stone, also Great Lakes, Goose Island, Lost Abbey, Founders, and Allagash, prices were a little steep but the fact that those beers are available on the west coast is worth every penny, would not be able to taste have of them otherwise, 3 liter bottle of 10th Anniversary Stone Double IPA was one hundred dollars and the Double Bastard was sixty bucks, selection was very close to Walnut Liquorette, maybe slightly bigger but almost identical products, service could not have been any better, will probably grab some vintages of Bigfoot that he had in the back next time I stop in, will definitely go here again soon, high quality brews that cannot be found at many other places in Southern California, very glad I stopped by, only about forty-five minutes from my apartment

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 womencantsail
4.85/5  rDev +4.3%

My friend's mom actually told me about this place as she knows that I'm a huge beer nerd.

My first trip here was about a month ago, but I've already made several return trips. Great selection, especially some things that are almost impossible to find here in So Cal (some Russian River, Founders, Southern Tier, and DFH brews to name a few). Also, many Belgians and Trappist beers. A great selection of Lost Abbeys.

The prices are not too bad, considering some of the beers available.

Stan is a very friendly guy, good to talk to and quite helpful.

I'll continue to come here for beer.

Photo of t0rin0
4.85/5  rDev +4.3%

This place is tucked away in shopping center right next to a grocery store. The place is small but the most of the right side of the store is dedicated to beer. Now, there isn't quite as much to chose from as say Bevmo but the beers are fresher, and the beers that they do have are harder to find. There are beers from the east coast as well as a number of beers from California. I stop by every few weeks and pick up some more beers to try. By the way, if anyone is looking for some year old Bigfoot or Celebration ale, they've got some cases in the 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 Stevedore
4/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Gobzilla
4.7/5  rDev +1.1%

One of my favorite spots in southern california to get the good stuff that I can't get anywhere else excpect maybe their sister company walnut liqourettte that rivals thier selection. Very friendly service when my boy stan is there with a great selection of american crafts brews and imports as well. He'll also once in awhile will get beers like FFF, founders, great lakes and other midwest beers that don't ship out here on the shelf. Cool place to go if your near route 66 by san dimas and glendora. prices are decent but cannot complain due to their selection of quality brews.

Photo of charlzm
4.65/5  rDev 0%

Visited twice in the last few months. Spent over $150.00 the first time and $200.00 the second time on rarities (hard to find and vintage brews). I drove 35 miles one way to get there, so I guess that's a good indication of how highly I hold this place in regard. Makes BevMo and the like look very sad in comparison. Minimart ambiance complete with lotto players and macro drinkers. Service really depends on who's there. Selection is outstanding. No food to speak of, unless you want a candy bar. Overall, there isn't much better to be found in southern California.

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 david131
4.85/5  rDev +4.3%

I stopped by here the way out of Los Angeles in a last ditch effort to get some Pliney the Elder before I left California. After looking around for a minute or two, Stan approached us and was very helpful and made numerous recommendations. He even hooked us up with some ice for our trip home. We had stocked up previously, so we only got a dozen or so bottles apiece here. They had stuff from Russian River, Deshcutes, Karl Struass, Alesmith, Port Brewing Co, etc. It seemed well stocked and taken care of. Everything was in coolers. I would definitely go back to pay Stan a visit if in the area.

Photo of 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 FosterJM
4.7/5  rDev +1.1%

I had heard good things about Lone Hill and wanted to give it a shot. I was driving home from a family party and called ahead and asked what time the were open till. 11 PM. Really? On a saturday? I wish more people in CA would get the hint and not close early. I walked in to find 28 coolers of beer. I was in beer heaven similar to Walnut liquorette. They had exactly what I was looking for. The Just Outstanding from Kern River. I saw some great things in the cooler. I will go back and spend more time browsing and then will have to ask what I didn't see in the cases. Trust me, there was a lot to see in those cases. Prices were very fair compared to what other places charge. Worth the drive out to Glendora from any place in So. Cal if you are looking for great beer.

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 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 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 ubiq3000
4/5  rDev -14%

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 MiScusi
4.8/5  rDev +3.2%

Entire wall full of fridges with great craft beer (10+ fridges total). First fridge contains the FFF's, DFH, Goose Island, Great Lakes etc. The next over contain all the Stone's, Moylans etc. This place has an abundance of things you cannot find hardly anywhere else right now like Double Bastard, 10th anniversardy, and some of the Russian Rivers. Further to the left you will find a nice European section with many Belgain's. Keep going over and you get into the 6-packs of different brews that are mostly available at other good beer stores too. Stan is the man and prices of all the local stuff is very reasonable. You can buy all the hard-to-find midwest/east coast brews as singles, and most are about $2.99 a 12oz bottle, very reasonable considering the cost/effort it takes to get them there.

Watch out for some of these 12oz rare bottles though. Some of them are well past their prime. I bought a DFH 60 minute that I didn't notice was bottled last October until I got home. Consuming it 9 months from bottling proved costly, as it had lost all resemblance of any sort of IPA. Another couple I had bought were barely passing their best-by date, but no problems there, especially with the awesome Alpha King I was able to consume.

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 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.

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