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Walnut Liquorette

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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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Photo of t0rin0
4.65/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

t0rin0, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of joecast
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

joecast, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of OlieIPA
4.8/5  rDev +5%

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!

OlieIPA, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of sweetbrew82
4.8/5  rDev +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.

West Coast!!!

sweetbrew82, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of epic1856
4.85/5  rDev +6.1%

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

epic1856, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of vince4953529
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Located in a bizarre neighborhood, could have been straight out of a James Ellroy's novel. On the way there I've witnessed California's sad suburbia at its most decadent and perverse. Anyhow I digressed.
Great selections, some highlights that I do not usually see around so cal: Rogue Imperial lineups (the Old Crusty, Imperial Stout, Imperial Red, IIPA), the Allagash Hugh Malone, FFF Behemoth Blonde, great selection of lambics, Mikkeller Draft Bear, Fish Tales Baleywine and RIS, Two Brothers Cane and Ebel... etc. Awesome selections but nobody is perfect, a little lacking on the Full Sail and Detschutes specialties. But you could hardly complain at all.
A little pricey with the big beers, that's why I bail out on lots of them. But it's understandable.

Service: kind old woman at the register.

Great store in the middle of nowhere, and prepare to shell out some respectable amount of cash shopping here.

vince4953529, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
4.4/5  rDev -3.7%

Getting to Lone Hill Liquor was a victory in itself, so I was really excited to stop in at Walnut Liquorette, which is like a Lone Hill clone. On second thought, it really is! I talked to Joe, the guy who runs the beer here, and found out this is a sister establishment to Lone Hiil. Good for me, because I can cut out 6-8 minutes of extra driving from my home.

Tons of beer to be found here; they had AleSmith Decendance, the full line of Moylan's and Marin, single bottles of seven or eight Victory products, gift sets, and too many more beers to name off. The fudge and whipped cream topping to this selection is the availability of several unavailbale brews in SoCal, which are Founders, some Dogfish Head, Great Lakes, Three Floyd's, Southern Tier, and I think a couple others. When I came to the cash register to pay for my beer, Joe threw in a bottle of Great Lakes Commodore Perry for free, which was the last bottle available in stock. I gave the Selection a 5.0 for one reason: the scale doesn't go any higher.

I've had a couple bottles that were outdated still being sold, so be careful what you pick out. Other than that mild criticism, you're going to love this place.

DoubleJ, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of charlzm
4.85/5  rDev +6.1%

First visited on 02/10/08. Ambiance: it's a liquor store and convenience market, an old school version of 7-11 without the steam tables, soda fountains or hot dog rollers. Service: Joe is da man. He spotted my Stone T-shirt before I was even fifteen feet inside and was very helpful and talkative. I could tell this is a guy I would love to share a few beers and afternoon with at a backyard BBQ. Selection: awesome. Worth the 25 mile drive from where I live. Lots of Dogfish Head, Great Divide and some Three Floyds were the hard-to-find-in-California highlights. Also fully stocked on Stone, Alesmith, Sierra Nevada, etc... Everything is refrigerated. Neck and neck with Lone Hill Liquor as best beer retail in the greater L.A. area.

charlzm, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of PhiloPsych
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.

PhiloPsych, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of Floydster
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%

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

Floydster, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
4.45/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

Halcyondays, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of chelovek
4.65/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

chelovek, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of SwillinBrew
4.15/5  rDev -9.2%

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!!!

SwillinBrew, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of naven
4.15/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

naven, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of BrewMaster
4.65/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

BrewMaster, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of koolchas
4.65/5  rDev +1.8%

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!

koolchas, Mar 26, 2007
Walnut Liquorette in Walnut, CA
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