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Walnut Liquorette

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Walnut LiquoretteWalnut Liquorette

48 Reviews
Reviews: 48
Visits: 63
Avg: 4.57
pDev: n/a
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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 DLXSF86
5/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
5/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

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Photo of Jerometry
5/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
5/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

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Photo of mightyj
5/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

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Photo of PatronWizard
5/5  rDev +9.4%

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

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Photo of BenWang
5/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

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Photo of shahn
4.87/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Traveling from the East Coast - was impressed with the variety of craft beer. Your usual Green Flash, Sone & Lagunitas plus the complete line of Dogfish Head. Also about 5-6 of the West coast breweries I've never seen. You will find something here. Tony was sympathetic to our plight for Pliney and pulled some strings so I could try! Over and above!

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Photo of ac419
4.86/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

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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

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Photo of womencantsail
4.85/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.85/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

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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.

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Photo of davidsk
4.85/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

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Photo of AHebel
4.85/5  rDev +6.1%

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!

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Photo of GRG1313
4.8/5  rDev +5%

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.

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Photo of alight
4.8/5  rDev +5%

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.

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Photo of Myyyyyke
4.8/5  rDev +5%
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

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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!!!

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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!

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Photo of nightwing002
4.8/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of Consuela
4.79/5  rDev +4.8%
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.
Ten Fidy!
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.

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Photo of Kranin
4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
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!!!

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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.

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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!


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