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Reviews by sweetbrew82:
4.8/5 rDev +3.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This little unassuming liquor store is tucked away in what seemed like the industrial district of Walnut (across from Sysco Foodservice, where I used to work). You would never guess that this place is stocked with such a fantastic selection of craft beers, just f*ckin' awesome. This is the only place I shop now, no need to go elsewhere. They got AleSmith, Lost Abbey, Nogne O, Mikkeller, Alpine, Bruery, Victory, Russian River, Avery's, Ommegang, Dogfish, Goose Island, Anchor, a ton of Rogue, Lost Coast, North Coast, Sam Smith's, Moylan's, Paulaner, Port, and Ballast Point just to name a few. My man Joe also has some offerings that I have never seen at any other store in California! That includes 3 Floyd's, Southern Tier, Great Lakes, Bell's, and Founders. Plus, the customer service Joe provides is nothing short of absolutely fantastic! This guy knows his beer and prides himself, and his store, on it. One of the coolest cats you will ever come across! I made visiting this store a weekly tradition to support one of the good guys who's doing it right; making a living selling great beer at a fair price to people like me who enjoy them. Joe is a perfect example of why craft beer has taken off like it has in LA/OC. Visiting this place is such a great personable experience, compared to BevMo where it's nothing but a bunch of 20-year-olds who mostly haven't a damn clue about good beer. Highly, and I mean HIGHLY recommended for any beer lover in the SoCal area! Ask for Joe.
11-14-2008 06:12:19 | More by sweetbrew82
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4.79/5 rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
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
3.9/5 rDev -15.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | $$$
I visited Walnut Liquorette after reading reviews here and other sites.
I was disappointed with the selection based on reviews I read. If this place wasn't hyped up then it probably would have been a different experience for me. Virtually all, if not all beers were stored in coolers which is a good thing. They had many common craft beers you would expect from the Los Angeles distribution area. What I didn't see were the more difficult to find shelf beers that I routinely find at my other bottle shops.
The prices were a little higher than other places I shop. Since it's not that close to where I live, I have better selection at bottle shops closer to me, and the prices being higher here means I probably won't be returning.
As disappointed as I was, this is a quality liquor store that is heads and shoulders above your typical liquor stores. It just didn't live up to my expectations, again mainly due to reviews I read beforehand. I will add that I sensed something odd was happening around the time I visited the store, so I may need to re-visit the store again to see if what I experienced was just bad timing.
10-15-2013 07:04:58 | More by mrcraft
4.55/5 rDev -1.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
Ive been here a few times and they have great service and a great selection. Joe knows his beer and will help you find what you need. Some of the beer is a bit over priced but yyoi can also find some great deals. If your in the area stop by and check them out
08-10-2013 01:59:32 | More by Javi_bobby
4.78/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
My parents were in SoCal and I did some research here on BA as to where (in the area they were visiting) they could stop and pick up a few things that aren't distributed in my state. They received EXCEPTIONALLY friendly and helpful service from Joe when they stopped at the Walnut Liquorette. Joe assisted them in grabbing me Victory at Sea, Pliny the Elder, Old Numbskull, Sculpin IPA and a few others.
A Dream Come True!!!
03-07-2013 14:09:51 | More by Kranin
4.86/5 rDev +5.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I was recently introduced to Walnut Liquorette. I'm new to the craft beer world and fell in love with super HOPPY beers (IPA). I was referred to Joe, and he's been real helpful on which IPAs to try. Every week, I visit Joe and ask him what new IPAs to try. He'll then recommend me a few to try.
I went from a Stone Ruination lover, to newly discovered, Avery Maharaja, Ale Works Noble Nobility, Ballast Point El Dorado, Ale Smith Yule Smith, Port Brewery Mongo, and lastly Russian River Piney the Elder. Been going there once a week for the past 2 months. I love the selection, service, and everything about Walnut Liquorette. Joe has a customer for life!
10-12-2012 03:31:15 | More by ac419
Walnut Liquorette in Walnut, CA
100 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.