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Ratings: 5 | Reviews: 5
3.84/5 rDev +18.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $
I came out with a case of big bottles of domestic craft beers I'd never encountered. More exotic 22 oz selection than in sixes, but plenty of those too. What surprised me were the dozens and dozens of Belgians, plus French and Dutch beers I have never even heard of. More of the wacky Norwegians and New Zealanders than you could possibly want.
Beer piled up everywhere. Vast stacked display of every current Stone beer, for instance. I didn't think prices were high, in fact I noticed Allagash Curieux was a couple dollars cheaper than I've seen elsewhere. And it still has the most Unibroue beers ever seen in one place.
Seems an unlikely place for such a world-class beer selection (with apologies to people who live in the area.) I particularly like the "No bums" signs. "Help us keep the bums out -- don't give them money." At the tasting room: "No bums or anyone who dresses like a bum." If only Best Damn in San Diego would do this-- but they'd lose 3/4 of their customers.
02-19-2012 20:53:50 | More by mactrail
3.44/5 rDev +6.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$$
(Went back and re-reviewed this on Jan. 31, 2011, due to recent price increses there)
The following paragraph was added Jan. 31, 2011:
Yeah there selection is second to none and for the most part the beers were always within date there, but the their prices have got to go. I know beer prices are rising a little, but I'm also very up on all the beer prices elsewhere in SoCal stores. Considering that their selection is SO BIG, I'm guessing they get some pretty sweet deals from their distributors just from the sheer volume that they ordered. Even ignoring that aspect, their prices are getting ridiculous. Of the ten beers or so that I price-checked there, they averaged at least a 20% mark-up from current prices at other stores.
TO TOP IT ALL OFF, they had some Pliny the Elder on the shelf bottled in AUGUST OF LAST YEAR. This place is really beginning to disappoint me on a few levels. Their prices are almost insulting anymore.
(previous, original post):
As stated already, this is quite literally one of the few places in Riverside county (that I know of, and it's a big county) where you can get a very large selection of microbrews and foreign beers. The 50 foot wall is no joke and the 10 to 15 (?) coolers, maybe more, isn't either. There are a lot of beers here.
As for freshness, I can think of very few times I had a bad/skunky beer from here, and I can't even begin to count the $ I have spent here. The only time I wasn't impressed was when I spent over $20 on a sour/aged ale. I thought it was bad until I tried another from another store. Sour just ain't my thing.
Service. Nothing special, but there are a few around there with some beer knowledge if you ask.
Price. I can only compare it to some of the prices at two stores in nearby Temecula that I also frequent, and Mega liquor is close to the same until you start to look for some of the more obscure names (and they have many). Some of the more obscure beers are a bit pricey, but I will take it over nothing at all.
Overall it is great to have this store right in Hemet, or for that matter even within a 50 mile radius from my house.
10-27-2010 18:36:04 | More by jtk
1/5 rDev -69.1%
quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | $$$$
Terrible place to spend your money. The owner is just a flat out bad businessman. Spent $35 on a beer that was bad and was refused a replacement. Wouldn't even call the brewery to see if they would make right. All this after I spent $500 in his store in the past month. Is that the kind of jerk you want to do business with? Not me. Worst service I've received in Southern California and I've been to the top beer shops. Very overpriced charging 4-7$ more per 22oz beer than the competition. Many ales and IPA's are outdated, some by almost a year. Would you like a Ruination that is 7 months pat the "best by" date? If so this is your place. Still lacking in some of the better brews other stores make a point to carry.
05-15-2010 20:28:27 | More by natelocc787
4/5 rDev +23.5%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This store is probably one of the bigger overall liquor stores in Riverside County, including a fairly impressive beer assortment.
Once you walk in, you turn tight...right into a 50ft long wall of beer. Again, for the area, great selection. Full lines of Unibroue, Anderson Valley, Ayinger, Lost Coast, and several more. They also have a great cold box selection to choose from as well. They usually have seasonal brews, and if asked, could probably get close to anything that's available in CA. They have been remodeling the store as of late, so I'm sure the shelves will be that much more stocked, not that it's really a problem now, but I'm sure more brands will pop up in the near future...Good Drinking
01-21-2007 06:59:36 | More by Greenfloyd
3.9/5 rDev +20.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
If you ever find yourself, for whatever Godforsaken reason, stuck in the Hemet area, this is the only place to get good beer. This is a huge store, for local liquor store standards, and features a massive beer section. Last time I was there they had dozens of American micros that I've only seen a few times, and almost the full-line of your typical West Coast breweries (Stone, Lagunitas, Sierra Nevada, etc.). They also had a large selection of German and Canadian imports (most Unibroue's I've seen in one place outside of BevMo). The only disappointment in their selection for me was their lack of Belgians. Don't go there expecting to find anything beyond Stella, Duvel, Hoegaarden, or Chimay.
Their service is very average. I've never had any good nor any particularly bad experiences with them, it just seemed a little impersonal. There is a relatively large staff, since I've never seen the same person there more than two times, and they don't seem to cater as much towards the beer crowd.
Overall, if you're in or going through Hemet, it's worth a visit, but it's nothing worth going out of your way for.
05-30-2006 01:33:36 | More by Phocion
Mega Liquor in Hemet, CA
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.