Hi-Time Wine Cellars
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Reviews by mzwolinski:
5/5 rDev +9.9%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
This place is simply amazing. This was my first visit, but from what my fellow beer-lovers say, it is even more amazing now than it used to be in the past. The walk-in beer refrigerator is now expanded and much more spacious, allowing for easier browsing and a wider selection.
Outside the walk-in are display cases featuring six-packs of various, mostly west-coast domestic beers. This is a pretty decent selection in and of itself, and you can, of course, break up the six-packs any way you like, purchasing a single here, a single there...
But inside the fridge is where the real action is. Beers along the wall are organized by country of origin. I spent some time browsing through Germany, than England, then various Eastern European countries (I've learned to be rather wary of these but my friend EyeChartBrew has some sort of sick fascination with them). Then Belgium. Glorious Belgium. Cantillon is, of course, well-represented, as well as the Trappists, and just tons and tons of exciting stuff I'd never seen anywhere else. Really a treat. Finally, in the center of the fridge are more US six-packs and bombers. A very good selection here, though mostly West-Coast stuff. It's the imports where this place really excels.
Reasonably priced. I didn't talk to any of the staff, but I hear there's always somebody around who knows his shit.
Anyway, this is all very abstract, so here's what I came away with from my latest trip. Total bill was $78:
JW Lee's Harvest Ale 1997
JW Lee's Harvest Ale 1998
JW Lee's Harvest Ale 2000
Dulle Teve Mad Bitch
Harvey's Elizabethan 1998
Harvey's Christmas Ale
Hanssen's Oude Gueze
Cantillon Lou Pepe
Unita Anniversary Barleywine
...and I was *restraining* myself. :-)
09-19-2004 20:30:16 | More by mzwolinski
More User Reviews:
4.36/5 rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This spot is perfect to grab some good brew or some quality food/liquor or even cigars. Their beer selection is high quality and they have an entire walking in chilled room with a great selection of beer. All the times that I've been in the employees are extremely helpful, and one employee really helped me out with my home kegerator issues and answered all my dumb questions with eagerness and genuine concern for me getting the keg flowing correctly.
Definitely recommend if you are in the newport area/costa mesa area and need a quality spot to stock up on beer.
07-31-2014 10:22:22 | More by aoampm
4.82/5 rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Great place that I would highly recommend to anyone in the surrounding area - very accessible from the 55 fwy.
Service was good, but not overly pushy/hovering. They have a great selection of glassware.
Most importantly, the beer! Big wall of coolers and a crazily-stocked walk-in that is loaded with domestic and imports. Also, being able to break into 4s or 6ers to purchase a single is a fun twist and lets you try new stuff that would only be offered in 6 packs elsewhere.
Great store...I'll be back!
07-17-2014 17:39:21 | More by TrojanHopHead
Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA
100 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.