Walnut Liquorette

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56 Ratings
Ratings: 56
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.56
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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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Photo of psiweaver
4.15/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

went to this place when I lived in Southern California. They had a bunch of hard to find stuff like the Jolly Pumpkin/Stone/ Nogne O collaboration beer from Stone that was released a few years earlier. They also had 750ml's of Temptation when everyone else was completely sold out. There were lots of great interesting beers that were tasty. You can find out of date beers here though, so much sure you double check the dates. I really like it for finding older bottles. Service is very good and friendly. Kind of a run down looking place from the outside.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.76/5  rDev -17.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Looks like a regular convenience mart from the outside. Tons of trash in the adjacent empty lot next to it.

Lots of coolers worth of beer, if I recall correctly, all, or a substantial majority of the beer is in the coolers. No help from employees. No offerings of the 'secret' beers.

Selection was decent, saw GI BCS and Mikkeller Brunch Weasel out here, easily the furthest west I've seen that stuff go. Way overpriced though at the same time.

Alpine Nelson I found there was horribly out of date. I find this place to be decent, but overrated on BA.

Photo of nightwing002
4.8/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

hidden away in the city of walnut is a store that will have most of the craft beers that you are looking for. once you go through the doors just b line to the back towards the coolers and you will be rewarded with a vast selection of craft beer heaven. it will range from deschutes to bruery to russian river to stone to lost abbey to goose island to belgium imports and much more. they will even have older year bottles that they sometimes bring out just to surprise customers. this is a place that you definitely need to check out to quench your craft beer thirst.

Photo of Myyyyyke
4.8/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I have lived in Walnut my whole life and have passed by this place so many times without stopping inside. I recently had to write a paper about a brewery in fullerton called bootleggers. So I went on thier website to find the closest place that carried this particular beer, and it said that walnut liquorette carried it. i found this odd because it looked like any other liquor store in the area, so why would they have a microbrew? I am so glad I had to go there because you walk in and are instatly overtaken by the huge wall of almost any beer you can imagine. this is definetly a place I would return to for any beer I am looking for. This place blows bev mo right out of the water. Joe really knows his stuff when it comes to beer and does not mind when you ask a ton of questions. He was even able to hook me up with a bottle of limited edition dog fishhead. thanks for everything Joe

Photo of FosterJM
4.85/5  rDev +6.4%

I was doing some research on BA a while back and being a recent craft beer head, I heard a lot of noise about PTE. I called everywhere in So. Cal and found out that Walnut had it. Took a drive over and sure enough he wasn't lying. Picked up 2 bottles and have been going back for hard to find things all the time. The other day went back for PTE, Damnation, West. Vitus and a Sculpin all in the cold case. Has a vast selection of single bottles and 6 packs. I had my 4 y/o with me so couldn't spend all the time in the world but I saw some wonderful things. It can be a bit pricy as some have noted but its only because he carries some great beer. I found the 3rd bottle of SN 30th Barleywine for 15.99 here, called around and found it for 9.99. So it's worth it on some items and not for others. Just be selective. Still a GREAT beer store. Joe is really the man when it comes to customer service as well.

Photo of Gobzilla
5/5  rDev +9.6%

This is beer heaven nestled in walnut that has the best selection of beer in san gabriel valley rivaling their sister company lone hill. You can get every domestic beer imaginable with great beer from san diego, west coast and imports from germany and belguim. They also carry midwest craft beer occasionally and will recieve great service if my boy joe is working. He's a beer lover himself and will be more than happy to assist you in your selections if your a rookie. On the other hand if you know about great beer he has some goodies in the back that you might be able to get ahold if you know wassup. I practively live there and will always be my home away from home. Gotta make a stop here if your in the 626-909 area.

Photo of mightyj
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Just stopped by today after wanting to go for quite a while. They have a great selection. You walk in and the wall right in front of you is full of beeer. I ended up buying maybe a half dozen different bottles. No baskets or carts but the lady there gave me a box to put my bottles in while i pick n chose. Overall a great selection and great prices. I also went to lone hill today and noticed that the prices here were slightly lower. will definitely go back here in the future to find the stuff i can't find in the OC.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
5/5  rDev +9.6%

It was my first time to Walnut Liquorette yesterday and from now on there will be many more trips. This place has all of it's ducks in a row. All beers are in coolers keeping them in the condition they arrived in. Everything is neat and organized and it was super clean. When you walk in and from the outside you will look in disbelief that there is awesome beer within these walls. But walk closer to the coolers and you will notice rare Lost Abbey, Russian River, Alesmith, Jolly Pumpkin (not easy to find in so cal), the Bruery and many other breweries. Along with a bunch of other regulars and Belgians and european beers. I was very impressed with this store and I hope to be giving them much more of my business from now on. Although they are not super close.

Edit: I did not give this a good enough review before believe it or not. I just went there for my second time yesterday and they exceded my expectations. Not only did they have several of the rare beers that I can never seem to find other places, they have amazing customer service. The beer buyer was there working today and once he saw the beers I was buying he immediately recognized that I was a beer lover and even introduced himself making it more personal. He then took some beers out of the back for methat they keep for their peeps in the know. Tonight I come back and find a BM from the staff saying they appreciate my business and to give him a call to see if they have any of those rare beers in stock so he can save some aside so I don't have to drive so far and their out. WhAt a great experience. Any time I can I will give them my money from now on. I am pretty sure this is the best experience I have ever gotten from any business. Thanks Walnut. Man... Re reading my review it seems over the top, but I stand by my review.

Photo of scott929
4.65/5  rDev +2%

A flashback to the 80's when you walk up to the doors. What an amazing collection of our heavenly liquid. All the usual suspects. Too many to list. You will find whatever your heart desires at this establishment. Huge inventory all properly refrigerated. Joe was really helpful and offered many hidden gems he had available in the secret vault. Few rows of wines, just glanced at them. Typical old school liquor store with quality beer selection. I will definetly be visiting again when my wallet allows it. One stop place to get your fix!

Photo of snpub540
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%

Wow. Had I known this place was only 15 minutes from my house, I would have been a fan alot earlier. Looks just like your average liquor store until you walk straight into about 7 coolers with top notch brews.

I saw a whole lineup of The Bruery including some of their seasonals and Papier. There was aslo Port, a whole bunch of Alpine, Ballast Point, Lagunitas, Alesmith. I picked up a Pliny the Elder for $4.99.

Also a nice selection of Belgians including St. Bernardus. Many more to list but I got sidetracked by finding Pliny.

I will definately be here more and more. Next time with my credit card.

Photo of JBogan
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%

Stopped by this place for the first time yesterday. It's somewhat off the beaten path, not a place anyone would be passing by unless you lived here or made a special trip just for the beer. Which is exactly why I was here.

From the outside it's just your average neighborhood liquor store. Step inside and head towards the back wall and part of the wall to your right, and you realize it's not. The beer selection takes up a good dozen or more cooler doors, and it's dedicated almost entirely to the good stuff.

I won't go into detail of all the various beers they carry, mainly because my memory isn't that good. Let's just say they had an extremely nice selection of both domestic and import craft beers. Prices were reasonable.

If you're anywhere in the area you certainly should stop by here. It's only about 10 minutes south of Lone Hill Liquors and the selection easily rivals if not surpasses that store's. Highly recommended.

Photo of GRG1313
4.8/5  rDev +5.3%

This is a place of selections that rivals Lone Hill. This may even have a larger selection, having visited both in one day.

Many coolers all jammed with beers from all over the world. Rare and hard to get Belgians, Germans, French and American. Craft beer that is usually only found out of state.

Yes, talk to Joe. He's got the personality of a talk show host although he looks like a football player turned gangster. The guy knows and loves beer and could not be nicer.

This is a place worth a trip; worth a long drive. You'll find things here that you won't find at most places. (I bought a 2007 Stone Russian Imperial Stout, along with 2006 and 2007 Arrogant Bastards. He has a number of dated beers that are that old and sitting in the coolers at regular prices.)

Nice guys; good beer selection; ok prices. Worth the trip.

Photo of AHebel
4.85/5  rDev +6.4%

Just drove here from Los Angeles and DEFINITELY thought it was worth the trek. This is the only other place I know in the "LA area" that rivals/surpasses Lone Hill Liquors. Joe, the main guy that works there is great, hooking me up with some options from the back. Three beers I've already got my hands on, but was happy to hear him say he had were: Life and Limb, The Abyss, and Firestone 13. He just sold his last 120 Minute just before I got there. Without a doubt, I will be going back to this place! GREAT selection!

Photo of Jerometry
5/5  rDev +9.6%

This place somewhat saddens me...mainly because I doubt I will ever find a more perfect store! Walnut Liquorette is quite possibly the apotheosis exemplar of all beer places. The place itself is rather clandestine from the outside. One would never know that behind the double glass doors exists column upon column of cold, select brews asking you to take them home. Great selection, great people, and charming surprises up the owners sleeve (or stashed in the back)! Joe if you're reading this, thanks for the White Knuckle! As long as I live in the area, you will always have my business.

Photo of davidsk
4.85/5  rDev +6.4%

One of only two beer stores (the other being Lone Hill) that really blew me away. The selection readily visible in the coolers is excellent as it is; they have something close to the full lineup of many of California's best microbreweries. One of the more interesting things about their selection is that they have quite a few vintage ales you don't see everyday (07 Vintage Gulden Draak, 08 Double Bastard, 08 Autumn Maple, 06 Celebration, 07 Decadence, etc.). Aside from Californian beers, the place also has a great selection of Belgian ales (picked up a bottle of 1882 Girardin Black Label), though I didn't see too many specialty East Coast/Midwest offerings (I did get a bottle of FFF Alpha King).

That brings me to the man who runs the store, Joe. Very helpful, enthusiastic, and has plenty of surprises available if you ask for them. Hooked me up with a couple of treats, though you'll have to find out what they are for yourself. They're worth it, though.

Prices are reasonable; it's not Total Wine, but they've got plenty of beer that you'll be hard pressed to find anywhere else, and the service alone makes up for the price differential. Definitely worth the trip.

Photo of BenWang
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Good place to buy your beer. Price is a little more expensive, but Joe is very friendly and knowledgeable. He knows a lot of beer and he loves beer, too. The selection is good. You can read previous previews for the stock. Last time, I bought my friend a three philosophers and he immediately fell in love with craft beer. True, this is a good place to introduce your none BA friend into craft beer. All the beer is in good shape and stored in refrigerator. If you can not find particular beer, just ask. They rotate the beer selection in front a lot.

Photo of DLXSF86
5/5  rDev +9.6%

First impression of the store was this guy knows what he's doing here, and after talking to him (Joe) for a little he definitely knows what he's doing. Joe was very humble and friendly. Respects beer and willing to help out with any questions. Knowledgeable on the beer which is a plus compared to a lot of places that carry quality beer. My first time visiting the store I felt like a kid in a candy store. Just an awesome selection. If you a beer geek at any level I recommend visiting this store.

Photo of womencantsail
4.85/5  rDev +6.4%

I have been to Lone Hill Liquor and was looking for a store of equal quality that's a little bit closer (I go to school at Cal Poly Pomona). I found this place after a search on here and figured I'd give it a shot; I was not disappointed.

Joe was very friendly and helpful, and we had a good chat.

The selection was great, and this is my main concern. The prices were very reasonable (from what I could tell), especially when you consider some of the beers that are being offered.

I'll be making frequent trips here as I live only a few miles away.

Photo of alight
4.8/5  rDev +5.3%

An absolute gem. It's great to find a nice hole-in-the-wall place (that's near a Chick-Fil-A... bonus!) on the way to LA from Vegas.

I finally met Joe the other day and I've gotta say he really knows his stuff. The selection that they have at the store is amazing for what, on the outside, looks like a convenience store. He had some special stuff hidden in the back that he was able to share with me and made some great recommendations of things that I'm not able to get here in Vegas. I wish I had more time (and cash) to hang out in the store and really shop for a while.

Definitely worth checking out. It is my new go-to store when I'm headed to LA.

Photo of PatronWizard
5/5  rDev +9.6%

OlieIPA found this place on Beer Advocate so we made the 10 minute journey from school (Cal Poly Pomona). Man did it turn out to be a wise decision.

We were both already big fans of Lone Hill Liquor and it turns out these two owners are old buddies. The stores are very similar. Lone Hill may have a slight edge on pure "rarity" beers that you have to specifically ask for, but other than that, Walnut Liquourette is friggin awesome and has become a frequently hit store.

All the awesome beers aside, what makes this place kick ass is my man Joe. I would call ahead and make sure he's there before going. He knows his brews, has no trouble discussing brews with you, is super cool friendly, and will help you get some crazy shit. I won't mention specific beers: that's your job to ask.

I'll be making stops here and at Lone Hill for the remainder of my college time and beyond.

Overall: awesome

Photo of t0rin0
4.65/5  rDev +2%

Finally got off my lazy ass and made the 4 mile trek to Walnut.

Its a very unassuming little place in the middle of no where. Not on a major road and hidden in a little shopping center. Once inside though, its a different story. Lots and lots of fridges full of good stuff. Basically all the same stuff that Stan has over at Lonehill Liquor but a couple less. The cool part is that they have a lot less traffic through there and so you talk to Joe and get some good info about the beer.

Good prices on all the local CA stuff and they have plenty of hard to find stuff. When I was there I saw Founders, FFF, HOTD, Jolly Pumpkin, and even a little Southern Tier. If you get lucky you can find older versions of some Stone seasonals and maybe even some older Alesmith Decadence. Theres something there for everyone. Plus cheap beer, some wine, plenty of higher end liquor, and some tobacco products.

Photo of joecast
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

really nice lay out and organisation to this place. the good stuff sits straight through the door and past the counter. first couple of fridge doors are US craft beer (which occupied all my attention), then the imported stuff.

quite a few things i had not seem before. southern tier and dogfish head, along with some russian river, moylans, marins and all the local/regional stuff you expect. cant remember seeing any green flash now that i think about it. but honestly the selection of other hard to find stuff is fantastic.

as you would expect the price for some of these beers isnt cheap, but i wouldnt say its unreasonable. wish i could get here more often, but then my bank account is glad i cant.

Photo of OlieIPA
4.8/5  rDev +5.3%

Visited this place with PatronWizard while serving a 3-hour break from school....and what a break it turned out to be.

Q: When I walked in...all I could say to myself is, "This is almost like Lone Hill!" After talking to the owner, Joe, I came to find out that he was good buddies with Stan over at Lone Hill. Pretty cool! Anyways, awesome store with quality products.

S: Joe was extremely friendly and talked about beer for a few minutes. Overall, nice guy and more importantly...a man who loves beer!

S: I personally picked up a Fred from the Wood from Hair of Dog (which is delicious by the way) and was tempted to pick up several other things. Too bad I'm a poor college student...:(. This store had about 16 coolers full of beer, all but 2 or 3 were comprised of craft beers. Some of the breweries featured were: Alesmith, Goose Island, Rogue, Stone, Ballast Point, and so on. Simply...awesome!

Overall: One of the better beer stores around So. California. A must visit. Cheers!

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.8/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

West Coast!!!

Photo of epic1856
4.85/5  rDev +6.4%

Finally found a store that is relatively close to my pad (La Peunte). Great selection of beer. I was meaning to try the Bruery Saison and they had it along with both of their orchid beers. The gentleman working the counter was very friendly and his eyes gleamed when I told him I found the store from Beeradvocate.com. He appreciated it so much that he gave me a free Founder Red Rye Ale as a new customer.

As stated before in other post it is a bit pricey, but the selection was good and the service was great. Will be back soon.

Also picked up the following to give you an idea of the selection (i was craving some hops =) ):

Dogfish Head 60 Min IPA
Ballast Point Big Eye IPA
Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye
Moyland's IPA
Sam Adams Longshot 4 pack

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