K'nB Wine Cellars

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

42 Ratings
Ratings: 42
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: n/a
Taps: 25
Bottles: 344
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]

6380 Del Cerro Blvd
San Diego, California, 92120-4703
United States
phone: (619) 286-0321

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Place added by: torchednoodle on 11-25-2008

Formerly Del Cerro Liquor
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Photo of JoeySchlitz
4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

So after many business trips to San Diego I was finally able to check out some of the local establishments and see what this town is made of. One of my stops was K & B Wine Cellars, which is tucked into a strip mall just a few miles off of I-8.

The place is impressive with floor to ceiling wine and beer and a bar off to the right side where they have about 10 taps for either tasting on site or to go (which is awesome and every bottle shop should be required to have). The beer section consists of a row of about 10 coolers and across from that about 30' feet of shelving with much of the same beer but at room temperature.

The selection is pretty diverse with quite a few imports as well as a good supply of local stuff and prices were on par or with other shops. I might have went at an in-between time but I didn't see that many harder to find beers as some mentioned earlier. Pretty much the standard lineups from Alesmith, Ballast Point, Lost Abbey, etc. and a bunch of stuff from the up and coming So-Cal breweries. They had a bunch of Older Viscosity, which normally I would have bought a bunch of, but with the carbonation issues I held off on (and I'm sure that's why there still sitting on shelves).

Overall one of the better places that I have seen in San Diego (still haven't been up the Pizza Port bottle shop) and will definitely stop back by when in town.

Photo of d0ggnate
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I made a stop by K&B today and was pleasantly surprised to find some amazing beers. I had read reviews here, and have been telling myself for a while that I needed to check it out. Today I made the time and I'm glad I did.

You walk in and there is floor to ceiling alcohol. It isn't just eye catching, but it also does something to your expectations of a place. It kind of says, we have so much that we don't know where to put it all. I strolled into the beer section of the store and started perusing the coolers. Passing great beer after great beer, I finally realized that I was going to need a box. It would be hard to stop by this place without picking up a few bottles each trip.

I settled on the following:
The Bruery Papier
Mikkeller It's Alright
Stone/CBC/Brew Dog Juxtaposition
Port/LA Older Viscosity
RR Pliny The Elder
RR Blind Pig

Seeing so many great brews in one place just reaffirmed why I love living in San Diego. We have great beer no matter where you go.

I didn't get a chance to try anything they had on tap, or any food, but will have to make a point to return for both of those things. Today was the first day of many trips to K&B Wine Cellar.

Photo of bbamford
4.65/5  rDev +4%

Stumbled in there today on a trek to fill one or two entries on a 30 bottle list, filled with seasonal IPAs, DIPAs, Stouts, Belgians, etc. Actually planned to go to the supermarket next door looking for Alpine Brewing stuff, but figured I'd try the liquor store first, just to 'see'...

I walked in, saw the beer on the right side, and promptly asked for two empty boxes, as I was 'gonna be there for a while'. Found almost everything I was looking for, including Pliny the Elder, Glind Pig, Hop Henge, Sea Monster Stout, Victory at Sea, La Chouffe Houble (possibly the best beer around), Port collaboration brews, Hopsickle, HopSToopid, Marin IPA, urthel's Hopit, Le Freak, GF Stout, Coronado Red Devil, etc. Some $250 later, I wandered back to the supermarket laughing, and found them missing any of my targets.

Awesome place, will be back when I need a rare/hard to get bottle of beer/port/wine.

Oh, and stop stealing their ATM. It breaks too many bottles being dragged out!

Photo of torchednoodle
4.65/5  rDev +4%

I submitted this place to BA a couple months back, but then promptly forgot to actually review it. Consider this a remedy.

Formerly Del Cerro Liquor, of course, but now under the new management the sights are set very high on competing with other top beverage stores in San Diego, namely Holiday Wine Cellar. So named K&B because the owners also own the Keg and Bottle Shop over near SDSU, this location is their more upscale vision of that college-focused shop, and it's obvious they're sinking a lot of money into upgrading the joint. Adam, the beer & wine guy, took the time when they opened to tell me about their expansion plans. While they seemed a little stratospheric at the time having just recently opened, I was there yesterday and saw for myself that those plans are surely coming into existence, and not that slowly either.

They are just putting the finishing touches on their draft beer lines, and they say they'll be pumping great craft beer through them in no time. It's unclear to me if they'll be pouring pints or tasters, but either way, having a beer or two while you do your shopping simply can't be beat. Plans are in the air for a second story cafe/tasting room addition as well, although I don't know what the timeline is for that.

The selection is very good and getting better every time I visit. There's a moderate focus on European beers, including somewhat rarer Belgians, but I tend to focus on their domestic craft brew section. Great cooler space, although it's a genuine shame that a lot of delicate, domestic hop bombs remain on the wooden shelves while the hardier Belgian and Euro styles sit in the cooler.

Staff is always ever helpful, and if you ask for something they will make every effort to see if they can score it for you. Justin, one of the guys at night, knows plenty about good beer, and though Adam's specialty seems to be in wine, he also knows a fair bit about beer as well. They also have beer tastings in addition to their wine tastings.

Another positive: they're right next to Windmill Farms, which itself has a pretty darn good craft beer selection for a supermarket, including being a rare retail outlet for Alpine beers. The two stores complement each other well.

All in all, this place is already one of the better San Diego beer stores and is only getting better every day. If they end up fleshing out all of the plans they have for this joint, it will easily be the top beer and wine place in the county. Yes, I'm saying it now.

K'nB Wine Cellars in San Diego, CA
97 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.