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Reviews by sweetbrew82:
4.8/5 rDev +4.8%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This little unassuming liquor store is tucked away in what seemed like the industrial district of Walnut (across from Sysco Foodservice, where I used to work). You would never guess that this place is stocked with such a fantastic selection of craft beers, just f*ckin' awesome. This is the only place I shop now, no need to go elsewhere. They got AleSmith, Lost Abbey, Nogne O, Mikkeller, Alpine, Bruery, Victory, Russian River, Avery's, Ommegang, Dogfish, Goose Island, Anchor, a ton of Rogue, Lost Coast, North Coast, Sam Smith's, Moylan's, Paulaner, Port, and Ballast Point just to name a few. My man Joe also has some offerings that I have never seen at any other store in California! That includes 3 Floyd's, Southern Tier, Great Lakes, Bell's, and Founders. Plus, the customer service Joe provides is nothing short of absolutely fantastic! This guy knows his beer and prides himself, and his store, on it. One of the coolest cats you will ever come across! I made visiting this store a weekly tradition to support one of the good guys who's doing it right; making a living selling great beer at a fair price to people like me who enjoy them. Joe is a perfect example of why craft beer has taken off like it has in LA/OC. Visiting this place is such a great personable experience, compared to BevMo where it's nothing but a bunch of 20-year-olds who mostly haven't a damn clue about good beer. Highly, and I mean HIGHLY recommended for any beer lover in the SoCal area! Ask for Joe.
11-14-2008 06:12:19 | More by sweetbrew82
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4.79/5 rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
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.
Vast selection of Stone - including some vintage bottles like a 2011 RIS that I've been eyeballing!
Alesmith Old Numbskull & other good stuff!
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.
03-14-2014 03:40:43 | More by Consuela
Walnut Liquorette in Walnut, CA
100 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.