International Food & Market
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Ratings: 2 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
3.65/5 rDev -2.7%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
As the other reviewer has mentioned, a great selection of Stone brews, but I would contend it doesn't end there, as he seems to imply.
In addition to the Stone brews, they have Old Rasputin 4-packs for eight bucks, a very solid selection of Sierra Nevada, and some other interesting domestic brews, including Nectar red and IPA, a couple good Rogue brews, and lots of interesting bombers.
Not much to speak of here with regard to imports, but that's what Keg N Bottle is for down the street. Overall, nicer staff, fresher stock, and better domestics than its more-often-mentioned KNB cousin. Glad I live next door.
03-08-2009 00:15:26 | More by photomike
3.85/5 rDev +2.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
International is a pretty big staple of collegiate macro brew procurement in Isla Vista, so it's a bit surprising that they are also one of the biggest buyers of Stone's stock in Santa Barbara County. Along with the relatively new Keg N' Bottle (formerly 'Mac's Market'), just down the street, Isla Vista gets more of Stone's releases than anywhere else I can think of in the area.
That being said, I prefer International to Keg N' Bottle. Keg N' Bottle, at least in this location (apparently they are a chain in SD), has a great selection of Belgians and Craft, but 7/10 times I buy something there the beer is spoiled/skunked. I haven't had this problem at International.
International doesn't have a whole lot more to speak of other than Stone beer. As of writing, they have the 10th Anniversary IPA, 06.06.06 Vertical Epic, 2006 Old Guardian, and the Imperial Russian Stout for semi-rare Stone releases, all in 22 oz. form. For not-so-rare, they have 22 oz bottles of IPA and Pale Ale, along with six-packs of IPA, Pale Ale, and Levitation Ale. Ruination IPA makes an appearance here and there. They do have some Chimay sitting unrefrigerated on a shelf, as well as Hoegaarden, large bottles of Anchor Steam and Porter, and some stuff from Island Brewing in Carpinteria. That's about it, though. The rest is your garden-variety selection of Sam Adams releases, some Widmer Brothers, a few Sierra Nevada offerings, and macro brews or Mexican lagers.
The staff is pretty decent folk. College students and a Vietnamese couple who own the place. They almost certainly will check your ID, as Isla Vista is under the watchful eye of Alcohol Licensing Boards and such for selling to minors in the past. They are not, however, beer knowledgable.
Update 2/12/07: International still has a great Stone selection. Last I checked, Old Guardian 2006 and 7, Double Bastard, Vertical Epic 06.06.06, Ruination, IPA, Pale Ale, etc. They also have added some Rogue brews, including Hazelnut Brown and Shakespeare Stout. Anyway, worth a visit still. Great prices, also. I paid 4 bucks for a 22 oz bomber of Stone IPA the other night.
Update 11/29/07: I know I plug this place a lot, but seriously, folks, it's a diamond in the ruff for Stone Brewing-lovers. I will say, however, that due to unknown and unfortunate circumstances, it appears that only Keg N' Bottle got bottles of Stone 11th Anniversary Ale. However, I suspect that International has a case or so in the back of their refrigerator, because recently they just pushed up at least 10-12 previously hidden 10th Anniversary IPA bombers (probably trying to sell these before they put out the 11th Anniversary). That's right, this place still has at least 10-12 bombers of 10th Anniversary IPA left. Hard to find, to say the least. They also still have some bottles of 2006 Old Guardian and 2006 Imperial Stout, the latter of which I tried a few months ago and was delicious. Anyway, what I counted there a few weeks ago:
Oaked Arrogant Bastard 6-packs
Pale Ale 6-packs
07.07.07 Vertical Epic Bombers
2007 and (some) 2006 Imperial Stout Bombers
2007 and (some) 2006 Old Guardian Bombers
10th Anniversary IPA Bombers
2007 Double Bastard Bombers
IPA, Pale Ale, and Ruination Bombers
09-03-2006 00:43:14 | More by RidiculedDisplay
International Food & Market in Isla Vista, CA
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