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Walnut Liquorette

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Walnut LiquoretteWalnut Liquorette
BA SCORE
100
world-class

48 Reviews
Reviews: 48
Visits: 63
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: n/a
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154 Pierre Rd
Walnut, California, 91789-2531
United States
phone: (909) 595-5412

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Photo of PhiloPsych
4.7/5  rDev +1.7%

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. (1,290 characters)

Photo of Floydster
4.6/5  rDev -0.4%

Stopped here on the way back out to the Inland Empire last night and this place was amazing

The owner was super cool and even picked a beer out of his own private stash for me and I was stoked to grab a bottle of Russian River Temptation

The place has twelve fridges of microbrews and imports=craziness

The first fridge is filled with 6 different Ommegangs, 7 Three Floyds, some Founders, 3 Great Lakes, 5 Victory, some Great Divide, Goose Island, and a few Russian Rivers

Next to this was most Stone brews from the past year as well as 8 different Rogues and a ton of Belgians

I got some Hop Wallop and a Gumballhead bomber to go along with my RR for about 25 bucks total

The owner gave me a free lager from Great Lakes Brewing because it was my first time there

Not the nicest area at night, but totally worth a stop

Most 3 Floyds are 15-25 for a bomber, six packs of Alpha King are 14 dollars

This place is the mecca for hard to find brews from back East

I cannot wait to get back to this place and stock up big time, the only problem is that I can expect to pay 200-300 dollars when I do this

Expensive, but everything else is pretty much perfect, not a nicer guy who is also a beer aficionado, talked to him for over an hour

Go here ASAP (1,255 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.45/5  rDev -3.7%

A little jaunt up the 22/57/60, takes me to Walnut Liquorette. It's a little bit of a drive, but worth it. It is set up in a little unassuming shopping center, but once you walk in through the front door, you see the giant wall of beer and know you have come to the right place. As many have said before, this place has the elusive East coast and Midwest brews - Selections from DFH, FFF, Great Lakes, Great Divide, Founders, and Goose Island are here. In addition, they have a huge selection of U.S. micros and world beers that could rival Hi-Times, even some rarer local stuff, like Yulesmith, Bigfoot, and Celebration in the summer. The rare bombers are very expensive about $12-15, but the smaller singles are more reasonable from $2.99-$4.99. I can get most of my regular beer locally, but this is a great place to try the rare out-of-state beers that you can't get anywhere else. Great selection, this is LoneHill South, and only 25 miles from my house. Oustanding. Plus, the drive up the 57 is fun, you can see Angel Stadium from the freeway, a nice bonus. (1,063 characters)

Photo of chelovek
4.65/5  rDev +0.6%

what an unassuming area for a great beer store. The city of walnut is the last place I would assume would have a decent beer store let alone a gem. A wonderful selection much like the one at Lone Hill in that they carry a wide array of east coast beers that are hard to get if not impossible to find on the west coast. Some of these beers are broken into singles so one can try more assorted beers for less cash. Management is super friendly, he spoke of his desire to start carrying a great selection of kegs in addition to his great bottle selection, I cant wait to see what he gets. (585 characters)

Photo of SwillinBrew
4.15/5  rDev -10.2%

I finally got to stop by here. This place is in an unassuming strip mall at the end and a little of the main street, behind corner of Pierre and Valley. Make sure you don't go to the liquor store next to the Chevron station. Go behind the Chevron about 40 yards and it's on the right side.

As you walk in, keep walking in a straight line, to the back and you'll be greeted by about 5 or 6 coolers of goodness. The very first cooler has all the great East Coast stuff. I'll list some examples.

*DFH---
60 min IPA
90 min IPA
Raison D'extra (note, not D'etre)
*Founders---
Red Rye
*Three Floyds---
Rabbid Rabbit
Gumballhead
Dreadnaught
Alpha King
Pride and Joy
*Great Lakes Brewing---
Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
*Goose Island---
Imperial Brown Goose
XXX Imperial IPA
*Great Divide---
Hecules DIPA
Yeti Oak Aged Imperial Stout

There's more but i'm getting old and just can't remember.

And some hard to get local favorites
*Port Brewing/Lost Abbey---
Santa's Little Helper
Judgement Day
*Marins/Moylans---
Hopsickle
*Avery---
Maharaja
*Rogue---
Monks Madness
Dry Hopped St Regus Red
*Stone---
10th Anniversary
*Ballast Point---
Dorado DIPA
*Russian River---
Supplication

I talked beer with the kind lady behind the counter. She got me a box and then out of my way :)
Besides the above, you'll basically find what you need. All the usual suspects are present in addition to their seasonals ie deschutes, alesmith, green flash, fantome, cantillon, rogue, stone, port brewing/lost abbey, russian river, flying dog, unibroue, north coast, lost coast, coronado brewing, duchesse, and many more german, english, belgian, czech and other quality brews. Do yourself a favor and stop here!!! (1,726 characters)

Photo of naven
4.15/5  rDev -10.2%

Was in town for a wedding recently, and stopped by here based on some recommendations I got on this site. The store is your standard Liquor store, but they do have a tremendous amount of beer. Good beers too. What caught me by surprise was the fact that one whole fridge was dedicated to beers that are either hard or downright impossible to get in California. Not really sure how they pull this off - but all I can think of is that they have some kind of inside trading business going on. Knowing the little that I do about distribution, im pretty sure that they shouldnt be carrying DFH, 3 Floyds, Goose Island, Great Lakes and a few others. Beware though, you will pay handsomely for these beers. I bought a six pack of Alpha King for $14. Yikes!

Nick was very friendly and seemed somewhat knowledgeable about the beers he sells. He told me he was trying to try everything he sells. Good luck to him on that one. (918 characters)

Photo of BrewMaster
4.65/5  rDev +0.6%

This place has fast become my favorite beer store in my area. Joe is extremely friendly and welcoming. Last week I mentioned to Joe a beer I was looking for, and this week it shows up on the shelf. Great service, great selection of hard to find Belgians, RR, Founders, DFH, Germans (Uerige, Schlenkerla), and excellent local beer selection like Port Brewing and Lagunitas.

They have 12 refrigerator cases for beer, 1 of which has mostly macros. Still, 11 cases of craft beer is exceptional. All of the beer is kept in refrigerated cases and stored properly.

Service is great, quality is great, selection is great, and for many of us, the location is great. I expect to spend a lot of my beer money at Walnut Liquorette in the future. The expanded beer selection is a great addition to the IE/SGV. (804 characters)

Photo of koolchas
4.65/5  rDev +0.6%

first ... a big thanks for adding walnut liquorette to the beer fly so fast!

very similiar to lone hill in glendora, i am glad to be tipped off by this placed by some fellow ba's! the owner/manager of the establishment is joe and with the help of stan of lone hill, walnut liquorette is fastly putting it's mark as the place to find good brew.

this is the second location in so-cal near me where i've been able to find dogfish head, fff, and great lakes. an excellent selection of victory products with a little twist - joe sells them as individual bottles. so, you are free to grab a variety of bottles such as hop wallop, hop devil, and prima pils. the per bottle price is on par with an average 6pk price of other locations who carry victory.

other goodies include, russian river, lost abbey/pizza port, moylan's, and avery. all bombers. with the current release of avery maharaja, walnut liquorette has been the cheapest i've seen. in addition, there are a few doors stocked with belgians and other imports. this place just has a grand selection that will make any beer advocate's mouth water.

the location of walnut liquorette is not too far away from the 60/57 interchange which it makes it pretty close from the southern inland empire and northern orange county. a pure gem if your are located in the san gabriel valley and/or southeastern la county.

basically, for those who love lone hill, you'll love walnut liquorette just as much. it can come down to just which location is closer to you. but, i will say, this success of location will be due to people like us. the store is located in a bedroom community with not much traffic, meaning, no shopping center or large grocery store that will provide residual traffic. joe, being a fan of good brew, has expanded his selection quite slowly. but, the average person who lives near his place has no clue what all these goodies on the shelves are. so, if this place is near you are just happen to be in this area, stop in and grab a few bottles and even strike up a great beer conversation with joe. you'll be glad you did!

cheers! (2,105 characters)

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Walnut Liquorette in Walnut, CA
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