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K'nB Wine Cellars

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

36 Ratings
Ratings: 36
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 8.91%
Taps: 25
Bottles: 344
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @knbwinecellars

Notes:
Formerly Del Cerro Liquor

(Place added by: torchednoodle on 11-25-2008)
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

DaveL619, Aug 11, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

jedschlueter, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of Armand
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Very impressed with this place. It took me a while to venture out to check this place out and glad I did. Brought home a nice bottle to cellar and found some nice gems while I was there. They have a long shelf stacked with a wide selection of good craft brews. Cooler is stocked with some rare bottles that you just don't see in some other stores. Check this place out-you will be happy. The girl behind the counter was very nice and helpful. Mentioned their Wednesday happy hour on beers. Will be sure to go back.

Armand, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of ZX6Chris
5/5  rDev +11.4%

This is one of my favorites in San Diego. They have a great bottle selection including rare and vintage brews. Their tap list is pretty impressive and they have special nights for different breweries. Their restaurant food is amazing! It's just like Stone's just ALOT cheaper.

The owners and employees have different specialties, some are wine experts, scotch experts and of course some are beer experts. So if you have a beer question just call ahead so you can talk to the right person

Like pastradul said it pays to be a regular here.

ZX6Chris, Aug 15, 2010
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

imyourhero21, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of pastradul
4.95/5  rDev +10.2%

This was my favorite hidden gem in San Diego. Not only do you have one of the best beer stores but you also have a fantastic eatery and drinkery!

The draft line in about 15 long ( with news that it is going to double soon!)

There is a small cappage fee if you want to pull something out of the coolers and drink it there. The people are great, good service, they know their beer pretty dang well. Adam is the head beer guy there and he is always bringing in new rare brews for the draft and in the coolers!

It is also a great place to be a regular, they will treat you well no matter what. But if they like you you totally get hooked up!

pastradul, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of dimce
4.94/5  rDev +10%

So just got back from this place today as it seems to be the best rated area near me. And yes...they do have a large beer selection, most that I've come across thus far. Overwhelming, but in a good way. Nice dark place well kept temperature. Aisles and shelving are not too enclosed together where you feel like if you pick up one bottle you might knock everything over.

EDIT - there was a little water puddle in the back that I stepped into, luckily I was not holding any bottles, may have been from someone starring at the Miller High Life 24 packs too long?

They do carry many beers including locals like Alesmith, Ironfist, a mix of Russian River, Port, some Lost Abbey. No Alpine or Ballast point that I saw, however they carried their hard liquors. A LOT of imported beers as well including some Japanese ones.

As for price, they same to be not marked up a dollar or two more like some other places I've been too. The service was great, workers there are not hassling you and are not like "what do you like, you try this? it's on sale, but 3" (most of you would know who and where I'm referring to)

Didn't get to try the food yet, but will as I saw they had many beers on tap I'd would have liked to have.

Overall I'd say I like this store this best, second Palm Spring Liquor, and third the Bottle Shop on Fletcher (keep in mind this is for me who lives in Santee) Would I come back? Definitely.

dimce, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of AdamBear
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%

We stopped here only because we were in the area...but boy am i glad we did so!

Atmosphere: basically its a high end wine/liquor/craft beer store with a small bar and outside patio. it is very upscale looking.

Quality/Selection: might have been the best beer store I have ever been to. I groaned a lot as i viewed so many beautiful beers that my wallet could not afford. the tap list was quite impressive. there were a lot of offerings from Firestone, Lost Abbey, Bruery, etc....i was very impressed.

Service: extremely helpful and enthusiastic.

All in all, i just loved this place. if i had the money, this would be my hang out spot. don't get me wrong...the place itself doesn't mark up the beers, but rather they just sell some extremely rare and sought after beers...Fantome...3F....etc..

AdamBear, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of d0ggnate
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

d0ggnate, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of rossco28
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

I've known the owner Tony and the manager Adam for a very longtime. I met Tony during my college days at San Diego State and have to say his selection of craft beer at Keg N Bottle is what turned me on to craft beer in the first place.

When TK and Adam first explained the concept of K&B Cellars to me two years ago, I thought it sounded like an awesome concept that would be near impossible to pull off. The idea of having a craft beer, wine, and tapas bar inside of a retail store seemed like a major headache in the making.

Flash forward two years: these guy pulled it off in a major way! They have one of the best bottle selections in San Diego and consistently carry an ever changing selection of regional and hard to find brews on draft.

During San Diego Beer Week these guys stepped it up with events with Stone, AleSmith, Green Flash, Ballast Point, Karl Strauss, Airdale, and Lightning. They've become a haven for the beer aficionado and a comfortable and welcoming hangout for neighbors and students. I commend them on their hard work and respect for beer.

rossco28, Nov 24, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

cletusdog, Yesterday at 07:45 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

nebuchadnezzer, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of Yetiman420
4.66/5  rDev +3.8%

On a Sunday - Monday period in Mid October, I did a tour of San Diego breweries, brewpubs and beer stores. All the bottle shops I visited received A+ ratings with a significant number of reviews. My goal was primarily Russian River brews (Pliny, Blind Pig, Supplication) and then WC IPA's that I can't get in Ohio (Alpine, Kern River).
The places I visited in order of ranking...

1. 3 Way tie - KnB Wine Cellars, Beverages 4 Less, Best Damn Beer Shop
2. Holiday Wine Cellar
3. Olive Tree Marketplace
4. Pizza Port Bottle Shop

KnB would have probably come in at #1 for me if I would have gone later in the day when they were serving beer. I hit it early in the day on Monday as they were opening. Huge, outstanding collection of beers. Had all the beers I was looking for including Kern River (which I didn't see anywhere else) and DFH Bitches Brew.

Yetiman420, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of torchednoodle
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

torchednoodle, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of bbamford
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%

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!

bbamford, Apr 06, 2009
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4.6/5  rDev +2.4%

This place is a must stop if you have access to a car in SD. Located a bit up the highway near San Diego State, we stopped in at the beginning of a road trip day during our vacation.

Nice looking place, well laid out, easy to find your way around. The selection was outstanding. We maxed out our beer buying budget with great craft selections. Highlights were the Upright 7 and a whole slot full of Damnation Batch 23 (we bought 6).

Service was very pleasant. Stone was making a delivery while we were there and some of the case boxes were blocking the shelves we were looking to check out. The guy was very quick to move the boxes so we could see everything (and buy more).

Check it out!

HV

sholland119, Apr 02, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev +0.9%

I'm pretty sure this place used to be a liquor/deli back in the day (when Windmill Farms next door was Stumps). Anyhow, now it is a massive beer/liquor/wine store with a small restaurant & beer bar in it too! Really massive selection; a bit overwhelming! Great quality beer too, and really friendly employees too. It is a bit cramped, though, with boxes in the aisles, and some of the top & bottom shelves don't look like they've been touched in a bit. Maybe I just caught them at a bad time. Prices are good, but on some domestic things they seem a tad pricey. They've got lots of beers from throughout the US and the world. Great Belgian selection, extensive Japanese(!) selection, some Mexican craft beers(?!) etc. I think that the domestic craft selection is a bit better next door (at Windmill Farms), but this is place is quite amazing. Didn't have any food (the girlfriend forgot her ID! *sigh* ;-) ), but the prices and menu looked really good. Will definitely be back!

mithrascruor, Jun 10, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

After a trip in Palm Springs (the liquor store in nearby La Mesa, not the desert city), I thought I had seen it all. Not so. With an never ending itenarary as I crawled closer back to Orange County, the talk of KnB grabbed my interest.

High ceilings and long, tall aisles make you feel small inside this alcohol heaven. It's clean, reasonably lit without burning your eyes, and rustic. There's a bar in one corner of the store with over 20 different beers on-tap, but I wasn't here to drink. I was here to purchase bottles. Roughly half of the beer in bottles are refrigerated, all tagged with pricetags, and neatly displayed. Friendly employees worked the beer as I looked around.

Brands include but not limited to Dogfish Head, Lost Abbey, Ballast Point, Lightning, Theakston, The Bruery, and surprisingly Jester King. There must be at least 500 lables to choose from.

Quiet location, lots of beer to choose from, draft beer available to drink there, and good looking food served. What's not to like?

DoubleJ, Jan 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Stopped by during a recent trip to San Diego. This place has a unique blend of liquor/wine store, bottle shop, artisan eatery and draft beer bar. It's mostly a liquor store that specializes in wine but they have one long aisle dedicated to craft bottles. One side is room temp bottles while the other is lined with coolers.

The bottle selection is pretty good with some selections from Avery, Loverbeer, Hangar 24, Russian River, Fantome, Drie Fonteinen, Deschutes, etc. Some really good choices but what puts their selection a notch higher is the twenty or so beers available on draft. Lots of cool SD locals as well as some other cool CA offerings, some east coast stuff, Belgians, etc. Lots of variety and the board is separated into styles. Pliny, Sculpin, Hangar 24, Lost Abbey, Green Flash, Rodenbach, etc.

You can sit at the counter and enjoy your beer but they also provide a small seating area where you can enjoy a beer with your meal. I didn't eat her but they offer gourmet/artisan sandwiches and other foods. Everything sounded great and looked even better.

Another great characteristic of this place is the service. I was offered help while browsing bottles and the one guys even looked in the back for certain beers that I didn't see on the shelf. The guy who poured my beer at the counter and the guy preparing the food were both friendly and knowledgeable, offering lots if advice when they found out that I was from out of town. we talked about all of the local breweries and they gave me some great recommendations. Also, one of them was a home brewer and very knowledgeable about beer. He and I had a lengthy discussion about all things beer.

Overall, this place was a lot of fun. A great combination if bottle shop, eatery and bar. I would have stayed a lot longer but had people waiting for me and didn't want a DUI. If I was a local I would spend a lot of time here. Highly recommended!

corby112, Jan 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

I visited here recently on a trip to San Diego. It is a great bottle shop with a good wine selection, as well as a bar that serves food. It's a nice place to visit, especially if you have someone with you that prefers wine to beer, you can get both at the bar. We had some great guacamole, a pint and a glass of wine.

The selection wasn't the largest of the bottle shops I visited in San Diego, but they did have three bottles of Supplication which I quickly purchased. Of the four bottle shops in San Diego, I visited, this was the only place that had Supplication. Service was friendly, but not overly so.

JamLand, Jun 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

heffIPAlover, Jan 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

heresy22, Jun 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

aoampm, Jul 27, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev -3.6%

One of my favorite places to stop when visiting. I don't have annoying people coming to me telling me what I should try that's new from CA breweries and instead I get an awesome selection with an always awesome tap list! Food has always been great and I just love the vibe I get when I'm in the store. Would recommend stopping here for lunch and something delicious on tap either before of after you shop for some great bottles.

EyePeeAyBryan, Sep 10, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev -4.7%

This place had a phenomenal selection of alcohols. Great selection of craft/imported and difficult to track down beers (like Pliny, when you can find it...). Service is great. Food is good. They just recently installed rotational taps so they always have something to pour on site.. That's right, you can grab a beer while you shop for beer!

Overall, prices are decent. Windmill farms next door sometimes undercuts them, however, Windmill's collection doesn't hold a candle-stick to K&B's. Highly recommend to those seeking out a cool, affordable store to find great brews.

crvcac, Sep 02, 2010
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K'nB Wine Cellars in San Diego, CA
98 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.