Best Damn Beer Shop (Krisp Beverages + Natural Foods)
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Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 57 | Display Reviews Only:
4.19/5 rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Best way to describe this place is a NY bodega on steroids. Typical small grocery in the front and along the left wall and then tons of liquor, wine and beer in the middle and right side. Atmosphere was laid back and easy going. Service was nowhere to be found initially but once they cleared the small line I was asked if I needed help but I was good by then. Quality was solid all around. I only saw a few bottles I would say are past their prime and they had some really cool glasses, including one of the specialty Duvel’s which I hadn’t seen yet. Selection was top notch. They have a TON of beer in that place including some pretty limited bottles from overseas to go along with the above average local selection. Prices were a touch high on the rarer stuff but the rest was on par with all of the other shops I have visited in the area. Overall a really nice bottle shop in the city limits, if I lived in the area I would definitely return often.
02-19-2014 02:06:51 | More by orangesol
4.49/5 rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Been to this store a few times with a friend of mine. I generally go to the Navy Exchange for beer, but this place is my go-to when I want to delve deeper into beer.
Atmosphere: It looks and feels like a local natural foods store; essentially a local non-chain Whole Foods. The beer is on the right and towards the back adjacent to the wine and booze. It's right in the Gaslamp quarter so there are plenty of places nearby to eat. The atmosphere of the store is very Brooklyn-equsque; something I've missed a bit since leaving NYC. The one complaint is the homeless people nearby who can be somewhat annoying, but, hey, not as a bad as most places in New York.
Quality: I have not gotten a bad beer from this place yet, but there are lots of dusty bottles which leads me to believe they've been sitting on the shelves for a while. Thankfully, most of the dusty beers seem to be age-able so I doubt anybody would come across any real issues with freshness.
Service: I rarely need help when beer shopping; I either know what I want or I browse the shelves before making my decision. Thus, I haven't really had the staff help me out. Still, they all seem to be very friendly and will ask if you need help. When I was at Krisp last night, there was a guy there who I overheard helping out customers who was extremely knowledgeable and was giving very good advice to people from everything I overheard.
Selection: Krisp has a large open cooler of beers, along with about three uncooled shelves and a beer cooler in the back. The cooler contains some of the macros (if you really want that) as well as bottles of craft. The shelves consist mostly of imports and foreign-styled beers while the open cooler has pretty much everything minus macrobrews. I haven't been able to get lost perusing beer shelves for an extended period of time since I lived in NYC, and I have definitely found that feeling again walking through Krisp. Last night I picked up a sixer of Raging Bitch, AleSmith Speedway Stout, Avery Maharaja, and Dogfish Head My Antonia. There was so much more I could have gotten, but I restrained myself. They also carry a solid selection of glassware at very reasonable prices.
Food: I have not bought food here (yet) so I cannot comment.
Overall, I'd recommend this place to any San Diego beer shopper who is close enough to it. My one complaint is that many of the beers seem priced higher than they are elsewhere.
If you find yourself in downtown San Diego for whatever reason and want to pick up some brews, seek this place out.
02-15-2014 22:05:59 | More by Mosstrooper
4.09/5 rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | $$$
Was down in the Gaslamp district of San Diego, saw this store was close and figured I should stop by based on reviews. Walked in to a very nice, clean store. Lots of interesting organic and natural foods in about half of the store. The other half is devoted to wine and beer, with the majority of that half being devoted to beer.
It has been a while since I have been truly "wowed" when walking into a beer store. But I must say that after a few minutes of perusing, this store gave me that reaction. As far a quality goes, the styles are grouped together, and probably 3/4 of the inventory is refrigerated, which is great. Those styles that are not refrigerated are the appropriate styles to not refrigerate. Selection wise, the usual great Cali IPA selection, with some real eye openers in other styles, such as some Cascade sours, multiple Eclipse 50/50 varieties, several Bruery semi-rarities such as White Chocolate, and an excellent selection of Belgian sours. I ended up snagging a couple Avery Rumpkins (stoked to find this), a couple Anchorage Bitter Monks (have not seen this at all in the LA area), and a couple Prairie Artisan Okies. Price is what deterred me from snagging some of the slightly "rarer" brews, though. They were most definitely not priced to sell. The more common beers were probably about on par with what I have seen elsewhere, but when I see single beers marked $35-45/bottle, I call that overpriced. Overall, an excellent store that hope to get down to at some point again. Very nice selection.
10-19-2013 03:36:36 | More by zhanson88
Best Damn Beer Shop (Krisp Beverages + Natural Foods) in San Diego, CA
97 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.