Walnut Liquorette

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60 Ratings
Ratings: 60
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.59
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154 Pierre Rd
Walnut, California, 91789-2531
United States
phone: (909) 595-5412

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.4/5  rDev -4.1%

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I've had a couple bottles that were outdated still being sold, so be careful what you pick out.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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.45/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Finally I made it to Walnut Liquorette, after 5 years of intentions. Most often I don't drive this direction when in LA, luckily I had business in Pasadena this time.

First off, Joe is awesome. Very friendly and helpful in every way. I told him I was from OH and he made a point of asking what breweries I couldn't get back home. Reason being he has some good stuff in back that he has no problem offering to a beer geek.

All the beers are in coolers, separated by brewery. After stopping at a number of other places I was really happy to see several selections from Russian River. Prices were average on some beers and maybe a little high on others, nothing crazy though.

Next time I'm in the area I'll be sure to stop here again (although it might be another 5 yrs).

Photo of GRG1313
4.8/5  rDev +4.6%

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 Floydster
4.6/5  rDev +0.2%

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

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.76/5  rDev -18.1%
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 womencantsail
4.85/5  rDev +5.7%

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 Gobzilla
5/5  rDev +8.9%

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 t0rin0
4.65/5  rDev +1.3%

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 mrcraft
4.05/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

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.

Photo of charlzm
4.85/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

Photo of Retsinis
4.44/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Yet another nice bottle shop tucked away in Southern California. This is one of about 3 bottle shops I make a point to check out on my treks between the Bruery in Placentia, and my lair in Northridge, since their along the route and not out of the way, but also carry great stock.

Nearly all of my experiences there have been on a sunny Saturday afternoon, so the place always seemed clean and well lit, and not busy. I'd say about 90% of the beer is kept inside of coolers, which sprawl along the back wall, and there are about 10 or more cooler doors filled with craft beer.

While some of their prices may seem a bit high, I’m typically not going there for stuff I can get for cheaper, before a coupon at Total wine, but more for some of the great gems I’ve picked up here, since they get in some great stuff, and often sell only a few at a time, with a one bottle limit. This includes seasonals, once a year releases, and some newer once only releases. They do keep some of this stuff in the back from my experience, but you have to ask what it is your looking for in that case, and they will let you know if they have it, and the price.

I appreciate this policy here more that at some shops. At some other shops, it seems like it's about knowing the owners, and dropping lots of cash there to get access to a "cellar reserve" or something. I can understand such polices for the shops it works for, it's their shop, but it makes it hard if your not local and don't know, but still want to find great beer to drink that is hard to come by due to both batch size, and small distribution area.

In Walnut Liquorette's case, their method does not seem to be in any effort to hoard or hide stock, but rather prevent just one person from clearing out very rare limited releases, but also from those that don't really want beer to drink, but to re-sell it. Anyhow, in short, clean shop, great stock of craft beer, kept cold, and they limit purchases on the rarer stuff, so that the love is spread.

Photo of FosterJM
4.85/5  rDev +5.7%

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 Halcyondays
4.45/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

Photo of SwillinBrew
4.15/5  rDev -9.6%

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!!!

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
5/5  rDev +8.9%

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 joecast
4.5/5  rDev -2%

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 koolchas
4.65/5  rDev +1.3%

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!

Photo of BrewMaster
4.65/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

Photo of snpub540
4.3/5  rDev -6.3%

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 chelovek
4.65/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

Photo of OlieIPA
4.8/5  rDev +4.6%

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 JBogan
4.35/5  rDev -5.2%

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 vince4953529
4.5/5  rDev -2%

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.

Photo of CEDAMA
4.61/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5

man where and how can i start. first thing is walnut liquorette is a world class store and the selection is outrageous, but prices are to high i saw parabola for $26.99 when regular price is $15. second joe knows his beer he has all kinds of surprises in the back if he knows you are willing to spend money joe could hook you up. make sure joe is there cause the other staff dont know that much about craft beer. they have hard to get beer here and alot to choose from. good service if joe is there and clean store.

Photo of GrumpyJunglist
3.94/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

I like coming in here, they usually have beers that would take me a few stops to find. The only problem is they are usually a few dollars more. That is totally fine sometimes when other stores are sold out and they still have them. Got to make a profit when you can. They have an insane amount of fridge doors dedicated to their beers.
I came in once and wanted to get something on a more fancy scale and i had a friend who came in and picked up a kind of rare bottle of beer. I wanted to get that same sort of treatment but no luck. I have been there 4 times and each time the person working there was clueless. The last time I visited the guy was actually rude. I had asked him if they had any goodies for sale in the back and he just said "no, i just work here dont ask me." Told me to call before i come if i wanted to know what they had in the back if the right people where there. Kinda crappy since i drove 20 minutes one way to get some beer from them.

***Just a warning they charge a $1 to use your debit card, and need to have a minimum $15 to use credit.***

EDIT: I have since been able to meet Joe. and this guy is awesome! He knows his beers, and is willing to help you out so long as you arent a vulture who is looking to buy only to resell beers. I have since adjusted my rating upon his willingness to hook me up when I come in.

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Walnut Liquorette in Walnut, CA
100 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.