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Ojai Beverage Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

20 Ratings
Ratings: 20
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.72
pDev: 6.57%
Taps: 20
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]

655 E Ojai Ave
Ojai, California, 93023-2876
United States
phone: (805) 646-1700

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @ojaibeverage

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(Place added by: VCBEERSOCIETY on 06-29-2008)
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Photo of AleHunter805
4.25/5  rDev -10%

AleHunter805, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of Blackcove
4.8/5  rDev +1.7%

Excellent bottle selection, staff was more than helpful, the owner George was very nice and well educated in all realms of beer. I would highly recommend this place to anyone who is up in Ojai for the weekend or day to stop in check what they have in their bottle selection and/or what they have on tap, both were great!

Blackcove, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of DavidHume
5/5  rDev +5.9%

DavidHume, May 18, 2014
Photo of badb_rad
4.86/5  rDev +3%

Incredible bottle selection here to say the least and 20 taps. Had lunch as well, pretty good. Service was fast and efficient. Neat place, I'd love to have a bunch of cash to spend here. Also quite a bit of wine & spirits too. A must if you come to Ojai.

badb_rad, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of mrkdwrds
4.7/5  rDev -0.4%

This is one of the better bottle shop/bar combos I've been to anywhere in the country, including NYC, LA, etc. The selection of bottles is pretty good and prices are fair. The taplist is great; last time I was in they had (among other) FW XVII, Sucaba, Velvet Merkin, Bruery Oude Tart, etc. It's a fantastic spot to come browse bottles, grab a beer on tap, and hang out. The food is pretty good too; I particularly like the fries.

On top of that, the service at OBC is fantastic. Jorge knows his stuff when it comes to beer and really takes care of his customers. A few months ago I was in, and I bought a couple bottles of Enjoy By along with some other stuff. He asked if I wanted to try something and handed me a bottle of Founder's Harvest Ale and wouldn't let me pay for it. They really go above and beyond here. OBC is definitely worth a stop if you're in the area.

mrkdwrds, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of scranton21
5/5  rDev +5.9%

scranton21, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of Jenlo_21
4.94/5  rDev +4.7%

Love OBC! They always have a great craft beer selection and the atmosphere is fantastic. They have excellent beer on draft at the bar, located towards the back of the store and the selection changes all the time (you wont ever see budlight on draft here!) They also have an out door patio on the side with plenty of comfortable seating. They serve great food and the store owner is very involved in the local craft beer/home brewing community, so he really knows his beer. The establishment has always been clean, well organized, and welcoming every time I visit. I highly recommend this spot if you want to buy some bombers or if you just want some good grub with a great beer!

Jenlo_21, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of GeorgeH
4.26/5  rDev -9.7%

A- Good atmosphere. A little dark in the back patio area. Could have been opened up a little more to let more light in. For Ventura/Santa Barbara County, it could have been more open and out in the daylight.

Q- Quality was great. Can't complain about anything

S- Service was good. The kitchen was extremely slow, especially considering how crowded it was (not very). We ordered at 3:50 on a Sunday afternoon, and the food showed up at 4:40. Seems a little long to me. Happy Hour starts at 4, and you think since we ordered at 3:50, that would have been brought to our attention, but it wasn't. We had to ask about it.

Selection- The selection of beverages here is off the charts. I've never seen anything like it. Prices are slightly high, but not too bad, and the selection is well worth it. And they sell a ton of stuff, so everything is pretty much fresh. I drove almost an hour to get to this place, and I would do it again.

F- Food was good, not great. Prices are typical for the area. I wasn't disappointed, but I also wasn't blown away.

V- Not bad. For the area, they could charge more and pull it off. I was happy with the entire scene, and so was everyone I was with. I will be going back.

GeorgeH, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.87/5  rDev -18%

This place was decent under the old ownership. New ownership (the past few years) has simply done some amazing things.

Beer selection is great. There are several taps of decent brews and a small bar in the back of the store to enjoy them. Very cool set up for what looks like a retail shop.

Beer selection in coolers is wonderful and unexpected. There are several choices that don't make it down to Los Angeles or up to the bay area. This is an interesting and well stocked oasis in this small community.

A must hit if you're in Ojai or, for that matter, even in Santa Barbara area - worth the drive.

Note: Better than the beer selection is the wine and spirits selection. Perhaps one of the best spirits store I've seen, especially for rare and hard to get bottles.

GRG1313, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of Luvzsurfrz
4.86/5  rDev +3%

Visited OBC with friends on 5/7/11.

Located in the heart of downtown Ojai, amidst several fine eating establishments, and many a trinket store.

I only WISH our town had a nice little local beer drinking place with the selection that this place has.

When you walk in all of the beer coolers are along your left wall, while wine/liquor are spread through the rest of the store to your right. Of course, my primary focus was on the beer selection.

And there is a HUGE selection at that. Not to mention the 20 beers on tap!

There is a bar area where you can enjoy yourself with friends, as well as eat. The food menu LOOKED amazing, simple, yet amazing. We had already eaten lunch, so unfortunately the food will be for another trip.

Beers were served in proper glassware, and the staff was incredibly friendly, and knowledgeable. This establishment is a true gem, and was only an hour away from us making for a nice day-trip with friends.

My only minor critique, and perhaps this is because I am a girl, and unfortunately didn't appear to be something that this place could help. The bathroom was a unisex, 1-stall, and was located just over a short wall to the side of the bar area. It's just not something I want visible while I am trying to enjoy food and great beverage. It was at least clean for a male/female restroom.

HIGHLY recommend, however.

Luvzsurfrz, May 10, 2011
Photo of trisweb
5/5  rDev +5.9%

Wow. I grew up in Ojai, and even after I turned 21 Regal's Wine Shop was never anything special. But then I leave for a couple years, and roll back into town and my dad says, "come on, we're goin' to the OBC for beer. Don't ask, just hop in the car" with a big grin on his face. We get there, head into the back to the bar, past the literally dozens of glass-doored fridges housing thousands of beers, and up to the sweet bar in the back, and it's clear: wow, has this place transformed.

This is bar none the best beer store I have ever been in or even "heard tell" of. It is a local legend, and for good reason. 13 taps, changing frequently, with everything from obscure local brews that you can get only in that room (eg: "Pink Moment Pale Ale" - fantastic), to some of the best beers from all the way across the country or across the pond. Every single beer I've tried on tap has been of exceptional quality for its style - they know their beer, and they know how to pick 'em. The bartenders were efficient, extremely knowledgable about everything relating to beer, and downright nice.

In the week I was home visiting family, I probably went 4 different nights, and each night had different beers, different tastings, different bottles--one of the best parts is that you can pick any bottle you want, and they'll add it to your tap along with a buck for glasses, and you can drink it right there. Amazing. The bottled choice is spectacular - like I said, probably over 20 refrigerators, organized by region and style, with every beer imaginable from anyone they can get it from.

On top of that, they have some of the best whiskey, tequila, and vodka selections I've ever seen. Sweet.

To top it off, customer service is top notch. Last time I was there some friends and I were going to open up a Saison that one of them recommended, and it was a good $40 for the bottle (my friend was adamant about it). Opened it up, and the beer was entirely flat and tasted horrible; cork appeared to have lost its seal. We told the waiter and he brought it to the back, tasted it, and came back shaking his head "It's a real shame, we were really excited when you picked it up too. No worries," and he took if off our bill of course.

All in all, it's a beer mecca as far as I'm concerned. My parents are happy, as it gives me one more reason to visit! And visit I will.

trisweb, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of drew2u
4.65/5  rDev -1.5%

I popped into this place while visting family in Ojai. Wow what a pleaseant suprise. We went in for lunch and tried their sampler tasting of 13 different brews. It was fun to get everyone tasting and lunch was very good.
The place has a lot of retail with a wall dedicated to liquor, a good amount of the vino, and wall of several coolers of brew. Good selections, I was like a kid in a candy store. I hit the place up on the way out of town to pickup some nice brews for home. Recommend this place to anyone, and the employees/owner were very helpful and honestly seemed glad to have you in their establishment.

drew2u, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of tjensen3618
4.86/5  rDev +3%

This place is easily my favorite beer store.

Lets start with the bar area. Its a decent sized bar located in the back of the store which seats about a dozen people at the bar itself and another dozen at tables, then there's the outdoor patio which looks to seat >50 people. It is a very classy and well furnished bar with 12 taps, I tried the Mission Shipwreck DIPA, and the SN Fritz and Kens. You can go pick out a bottle from the 20 or so cooler doors and enjoy it right there at the bar. Both times i have been it has been almost all people drinking beer instead of wine which i find funny considering the vast selection of great wines in the store as well as the area in which the store is located.

The beer selection is very good. They have all the craft brands that you would expect to find in CA and then some. They stock up on exclusive releases when they can, for instance i found Stone 12th anni. which was released almost 2 yrs. ago, Mirror Mirror which is over 1 year old and sold out at most places within a month of its release. They also had some regional and local beers that you just don't see at other places like Buckbean, Telegraph, and Island.

The staff is friendly and willing to help when needed. The prices are in line most of the time, sometime a bit pricey and sometime a bit less than you would expect.

I really like coming here, this store is reason enough for me to continue planning day trips to Ojai.

tjensen3618, May 25, 2010
Photo of 805drinker
4.95/5  rDev +4.9%

I've been meaning to leave a review for awhile now, better late than never! I've been frequenting The O.B.C. since they opened up shop, and let me tell you that I have never been disapointed with the selection (coolers or taps) or the attentivness of the owners and staff. The store is truely unique in it's concept and I know the guys are always planning what new beers and wine to stock or put on tap.

These boys know how to have fun too! The atmoshere is generally upbeat, and staff is very friendly. With the addition of the outdoor patio, and newly re-opened kitchen, it's hard to justify stoping for a pint anywhere else. Don't like the selection on tap? No problem! Just go grab a beer from the cooler and they're more than happy to pop it open for you at no additional cost! What other place is going to that for you?!

If your more into wine than beer, look no further! Their wine selection rivals their beer selection. Great wines from all over the world. They also have (for the last 2 months) $1 tastings on Thursday, for those of us on a budget (but they are not budget wines). I can't say enough good things about this place, my wife and I go in on average about twice a week, and always have a good time there. I can honestly say that my appreciation of beer and wine has grown by leaps and bounds because of the O.B.C. and the staff. Thanks Joby and Jorge for bringing The Ojai Beverage Co. to life!
CHEERS!!

805drinker, May 05, 2010
Photo of JBogan
4.86/5  rDev +3%

Located on a two lane highway that passes through the beautiful little town of Ojai. The outside of the store doesn't give away the treasures inside.

Walk in and the beer coolers are to your left. Lots of them in fact. A good twenty or so taking up nearly the entire left wall. You soon realize that 99% of the beer stock is refrigerated, which is a nice touch. Plenty of import and domestic craft beers including a few I hadn't seen at any other southern California beer stores.

There is a small bar in the rear of the store with 6 or 8 nicely padded stools, along with another half dozen small tables adjacent to that. When I wandered back towards that area I was immediately asked if I needed help with anything. They had 12 beers on tap, all good quality craft brews and I ordered a Klokke Roeland which I'd never seen available anywhere before, much less on tap. It was served in it's proper branded logo glass along with a small bowl of complimentary pretzels. The two gentlemen running the store and the local gentleman sitting a few chairs away at the bar were all very friendly, and their kindness along with the excellent beer made for a very enjoyable and relaxing experience.

After finishing my beer at the bar I picked out a half dozen or so brews from the cooler and checked out. The beers were all reasonably priced. There is a small but nicely chosen glassware selection below the front counter.

Overall this was perhaps the most enjoyable beer shopping experience I've ever had. One of southern California's best beer selections and at fair prices, excellent and friendly service, a quiet and relaxing atmosphere along with a little bar in the back stocked with a dozen excellent brews on tap. What more could you ask for? Highly recommended.

JBogan, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of GJ40
4.36/5  rDev -7.6%

I stopped in while visiting southern California on vacation.

OBC has more wine by volume but they do a great job with beer as well. They have a great selection and nearly all of it is refrigerated. The stock includes many from the west coast, many from the rest of the country and lots from Europe; especially Belgium. They had a few from Russian River including Consecration and Blind Pig. Overall, they have more bottles (22oz & 750ml) than sixes.

They also have a tasting room in the back with ten or so on tap. I didn't try any but it seemed to have a nice atmosphere.

OBC is an outstanding shop and well worth a visit.

GJ40, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of raoulduke37
4.95/5  rDev +4.9%

Simply put: This place rules. I was blown away by the selection and quality of the brews. Very well organized in what looked to be over a dozen coolers. Found great Belgians, everything from Stone, lots of AleSmith, some Bear Republic, and plenty plenty more.

The service was exceptional as well, with Jobe providing my brother and I with great advice, some great tastings, and lots of buzz on what was coming up, and what to look out for. This is definitely an e mail list I want to be on!

Well worth the drive from within a 200 mile radius - great service, great beer, great store. I will be returning often. Also, bring the lady if she's all into fancy wines and foods, like mine is.

raoulduke37, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of BrittReed
5/5  rDev +5.9%

Awesome! I saw it on BA as a great place to go for good selection, and I was not disappointed! I live almost an hour away, and it's got the best selection I've found yet. One wall liquor, a lot of wine down the center, and coolers running the length of the store full of great brew! Found Stone's VE 07/07/07 and last year's 11th ann., along with some great Belgians. Organized well geographically, so it's fairly easy to find/browse. And the guys were very helpful; they know their stuff! Tasting room/bar area in back with tables and stools in adition to the bar. I'm excited about the tastings they do approx. monthly! Very clean and organized; think I finally found my "go to" place! Great job, guys!

BrittReed, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of gabeerfanswife
4.65/5  rDev -1.5%

This is a great liquor store in Ojai with an outstanding beer selection. Plus they have a tasting bar in the back with several taps of interesting brews. Like so many small markets in resort destinations they had a pretty good selection of picnic food too.

I was in town visiting my family and popped in here for a beer tasting with my mother. Jobe looked like he was truly enjoying himself sharing beer with folks. We had a great time and I was able to taste some beers I cannot get on the east coast.

I am happy to see this listing on beer advocate finally! Thanks Todd for catching up on the beerfly additions.

If you live in the Ojai/Casitas area or are visiting and want good quality craft beer this is the place to go.

gabeerfanswife, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of indianabeerman
4.5/5  rDev -4.7%

great place with an excellent selection of taps and bottles

indianabeerman, Sep 23, 2014
Ojai Beverage Company in Ojai, CA
100 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.