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Walnut Liquorette

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99
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56 Ratings
Ratings: 56
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.1%
[ Store ]

154 Pierre Rd
Walnut, California, 91789-2531
United States
phone: (909) 595-5412

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(Place added by: koolchas on 03-25-2007)
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Reviews by PhiloPsych:
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PhiloPsych

California

4.7/5  rDev +2.8%

From the outside Walnut Liquorette looks like just any old liquor store. But the beer selection is really amazing. They have several different beers from all the good California brewers. Their selection of AleSmith, Stone, Ballast, Green Flash, Port/Lost Abbey, etc. is the best I have seen at any one place. They had the most recent Vertical Epic and Anniversary ales from Stone; while at other places these have been long gone for months. They also had sixpacks of SN Bigfoot Barleywine. I had resigned myself to having missed out on Bigfoot for this year, so I was happy to pick up a sixpack. Overall, they do no have quite as much beer in stock as Hi-Times, and maybe not quite as many imports as Hollingshead, but as others have noted, what really sets Walnut Liquorette apart is that they have beers that you can't usually get on the West Coast--that is what makes this place a destination for So Cal beer connoisseurs. I picked up a few offerings from Dogfish Head (they had at least five different DFH selections). They also had a couple from Three Floyd's (though I didn't get either this time). It is slightly off the beaten path for me and as others have noted, you do have to pay the price for hard-to-acquire brews. But if that's what you're looking for, this is a great place.

01-03-2008 19:35:07 | More by PhiloPsych
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Consuela

California

4.79/5  rDev +4.8%

Keep in mind this is a liquor store; not a volume discounter like Bevmo and Total Wine. Thus, prices will always be marginally higher; but I don't think it's significantly higher to dissuade me from coming here. Usually, we're talking about a buck extra for a sixer. I will also open with a caveat that I went to high school down the street, but I don't really think it affects my judgment since I didn't step in the place until I was 22. I guess you could say it was my introduction to craft beer. When I was 24 I moved up to SF for a few years, learned a bit more about beer, and when I moved back down after school I noticed that a Bevmo had opened up down the street.

I was initially scared for Joe and the liquorette because of the competition, but as my beer knowledge and palette began to grow, I realized that Bevmo's offering were sub-par, particularly when I started to visit the liquorette more frequently since they had a better selection of quality beer. Whenever I walk into Bevmo now (or used to walk into Bevmo), I don't find anything that is particularly astounding like I do when I visit the liquorette. So, I'm not so afraid anymore for this store that's been in my hometown forever; it is hands down better than Bevmo, particularly for the amount of high quality craft beer available:

Bruery? They were one of the first accounts ever, and when I last visited they had at least 10 different bottles. I routinely find gems that I think are underpriced. Joe says it's because he likes to do that for the knowledgeable beer-dude. I half believe him, and the other half believes that it might just be a simple price-marking mistake, but in any case, look hard enough and you will find a steal! In any case, Joe has more of a selection of Bruery beer than Total Wine! Not to mention, you can find some aged bottles too!

Hair of the Dog!
Pliny! If you ask nicely and are a consistent customer known to the Joe.
Lagunitas Sucks! Great selection of Lagunitas beers, including Sucks; currently has about 9 different 6-packs and about 9 different bombers.
Ten Fidy!
Vast selection of Stone - including some vintage bottles like a 2011 RIS that I've been eyeballing!
Alesmith Old Numbskull & other good stuff!
Sculpin!

Only desire: Weihenstephaner! But I don't know the subtleties of that beer's particular distribution so I can't judge.

Come to the liquorette, browse all the cabinets, and you WILL find something awesome; be it fresh, or some gem from a few years ago that no one has bought surprisingly. Found a couple year old Autumn Maple from the Bruery for a ridiculous price! In any case, Joe is one of the friendliest, knowledgeable, and honest guys in the local beer scene. Ask him for a recommendation and BOOM amazing beer.

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California

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California

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Walnut Liquorette in Walnut, CA
99 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.