Best Damn Beer Shop (Krisp Beverages + Natural Foods)
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Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 57 | Display Reviews Only:
4.44/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A: Its a small store in downtown San Diego. Given the area, its pretty good. I don't love coming here at night but I'm not too nervous either. The actual beer area is well organized
Q: Lots of beer in the fridge. I believe they are expanding their fridge section soon too. The hoppy beers are in the cooler like they should be.
S: I almost always have good conversations with Sid if he's there. He directs me to take a look at some of his newer stuff but never pressures, just gives you the info you need.
S: This is the big winner for me. Larger selection than some of my favorite places which makes it very attractive especially when I know I'm a little late on the game of getting the new release or seasonal.
V: Prices are pretty good. Maybe .50-$1.50 more than bevmo but I'll pay that to have fresher stuff.
05-09-2011 00:09:41 | More by gregshead
4.18/5 rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
As recommended by some ba's in a thread that I made about san diego, I visited this place to grab some west coast stuff that I'm unable to get in chicago. Easy to find, great selection and friendly staff... Only downfall was the constant influx of undesirables who kept pushing past me to grab tall boys of natty light out of the cooler.. Some have mentioned that the market isn't in a great neighborhood; I wouldn't say it's the best, but I definitely never felt uncomfortable.
Great little shop though. Wish I had had more time to poke around, and more room to get stuff home.
03-29-2011 03:27:34 | More by lloyd83
4.18/5 rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
+My buddy and I were really looking forward to checking this place out, as it was highly recommened. Low and behold, we had a job to do a few blocks away, so we decided to check it out. Here is my experience...
First of all, the parking for the place is horrendous. We drove around looking for a spot, and ended up paying 6 dollars to park at a parking structure...
The store itself looks like a run down grocery store. Not the nicest looking place. I enter the store and head straight for the craft section. I was hoping to score on a couple of the harder find RR brews, everything they had was pretty standered. Looked around for a while, and noticed they had a pretty decent selection. Good selection of Lost Abbey, Alesmith, Ballast Point, and other local SD brews. Solid selection, but nothing too impressive. After looking around for a while, I notice that they have a very extensive selection from around the world. Lots of brews I have never heard of before. This is where this place shines...
I end up buying a few things, including an Italian IRS that I have never heard of. When I get to register I ask the guy at the cash register about Santification. Was hoping I would get lucky, and he would have some in the back. The guy at the checkstand just chuckles. Not sure if he was laughing because it was such an absurd request, or because he didn't understand what I was talking about. Either way, I consider my inquiry a loss, and proceed to ask him about the IRS I was buying. I ask him if he had ever had it before. The guy then picks up the bottle and starts spinning the bottle around in his hands reading the print. "I think it's a stout", he says, even though it says IMPERIAL RUSSIAN STOUT in bold letters on the front of the bottle. Wow, what a revelation. Thanks again for the advise, man. It was actually kind of funny. My buddy and I got a good laugh about this afterword...
All in all, a decent shop for craft, but I don't understand the high praises. I can think of three or four places off the top of my head, in SoCal, that are hands down better than this place. Cool place... but not worth the effort in my opinion...
03-21-2011 05:43:03 | More by comfortablynumb1
4.5/5 rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Went here on my two day trip to SD from LA. The beer guy was extremely nice and knowledgeable. The atmosphere was of a Mom and Pops store, but with a great beer selection. The quality of the store was average and the service was great however. The beer guy stood there and let me ask him questions about what beers he might have over LA. Found a couple beers I don't have access to in LA, but overall the vast majority I could get back home. The selection was pretty damn good (comparing to my great beer stores in LA) and the value was a bit expensive but was expecting seeing as it was located in downtown SD. If I was ever back in SD or lived there, I'd for sure go here.
03-19-2011 03:43:34 | More by SpdKilz
4.88/5 rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Corner grocery store meets upscale beer and wine shop. Don't be fooled by the run-o-the-mill urban grocery store when you first walk in. Head to the back.
If you can look past the ho-hum exterior and urban supermarket feel when you walk in, head to the back right and you have one of the best beer shops in the US. First, the quality is top notch. While the selection wasn't colossal, everything they had was exceptional. I appreciated the outstanding collection of SD County beer, particularly the stuff I couldn't get because of the Draconian TABC laws (Alesmith, Russian River, Ballast Point, Alpine, etc.). No shelf filler here. Service was exceptional as well. Sid did an excellent job helping pick things that would challenge my palate. Wound up taking home four bottles (3 Alesmith, 1 Lost Abbey). Prices were reasonable. Definitely worth a return visit. Leave space in your suitcase.
03-05-2011 03:24:08 | More by LittleDon
4.4/5 rDev -0.7%
quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
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
The crazy thing about BDBS is that's located in the city with a bit of riff raff hanging around outside and people mostly buying cheap "ice" beers.
I was blown away when they had all the brews I was looking for and Alpine Nelson. This would be the stop to make if you were in town for a conference and didn't have a way to make it to surrounding bottle shops. They had everything and more that the other bottle shops had.
10-16-2010 22:47:46 | More by Yetiman420
4.85/5 rDev +9.5%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Visited this place while I was in SD for the day, and was pleasantly surprised at what an exceptional selection they had. Its actually located in a place called Super Jr. Market in downtown San Diego.
The selection included a vast array of west coast beers, especially complete was their selection of local to SD brews too. Also, they carried a great selection of Belgians and some hard-to-finds.
Service was great too, I met Sid, who was re-stocking at the time and he suggested some IPA's he thought I'd be interested in, as well as showing me their very complete selection of Lost Abbey, which I pilfered. Sid was great. I'm still a newbie in my career, so his sage advice was a huge help. Prices were very reasonable, too! I'd say if you're in the area, stopping by would be a must! You won't be sorry.
10-10-2010 18:39:13 | More by aBeerSupreme
4.45/5 rDev +0.5%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Very nice beer selection in this market in downtown SD. I knew there were good American beers somewhere, I just didn't know where to look for them - until now. No offense but in the US what you usually find on tap and in regular stores is almost without exception pure crap. At the Best Damn Beer Shop though you can fill your fridge with quality beer so that you never again have to settle on a dreadful Coors Light - at least at your home.
I know nothing about the American market but they have a pretty wide selection of local beers from the SD area here as well as some from the rest of the US. There's also an interesting selection of beers from the Old Continent that I reckon must be really hard to get down here but, being European myself, I wasn't really interested in that.
A guy from the shop helped me with my shopping and gave me advices on what to buy among the local beers. I've tasted some of what I bought and he obviously knew what he was talking about, very good stuff. He was also kind enough to cut 50% off the price of the "best damn beer shop" t-shirt he saw me buying at the counter.
Honestly, if you live in the SD area there is no reason why you shouldn't do all your beer shopping here. Actually, there's plenty of reasons why you should. Beer shops in the US are quite different from what I am used to but this one is definitely fine. And you can sense the love that is being put in it, which is a big plus.
Also, prices are very, VERY reasonable but I am European and I am used to be ripped off. Anyway there's some very good quality here and well worth the money.
08-31-2010 00:27:13 | More by hawkmoon666
4.2/5 rDev -5.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
This is a little market with a deli and a killer beer selection. It's actually called the "Super Junior Mart" and it's just north of Broadway on 7th. Don't be confused with the "Super Discount Mart" on the corner. I would recommend going during the day because the area around it can be a little seedy with the winos and panhandlers even in the morning.
The beer is located along the right side of the store towards the back and in a cooler on the back wall. The cooler in the back is all BMC. There's a cooler facing the right side with lots of goodies in bombers, sixers, and 12-packs. There are also beers on shelves across from and beside this cooler.
You will find a great selection of West Coast beers from Alpine, Port Brewing, Lost Abbey, Sculpin, Stone, Karl Strauss, Deschutes, Hair of the Dog, Green Flash, Marin, Alesmith, Kern, Speakeasy, Hair of the Dog, and Russian River (Supplication, Consecration, and Damnation when I was there). There was also a decent selection from Belgium and from the Midwest and Northeast U.S. represented by breweries such as Goose Island, Allagash, and DFH.
I was happy to find some older vintages of Port Older Viscosity as well as Mikkeller Black Hole and almost everything from Lost Abbey and Alesmith. I was a little disappointed that there wasn't any RR Blind Pig and there weren't more seasonal/limited beers from Deschutes or Hair of the Dog. But overall, a nice selection; better than I expected after reading the reviews of this place. A little pricey on some of the beers, but it is downtown San Diego.
No one ever asked if I needed help, but the checker did at least place each bottle I purchased in a separate paper bag.
08-22-2010 04:22:11 | More by theghost3
5/5 rDev +12.9%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I know this store is in a rough spot downtown and I'm not gonna ding them for that.
First time I went there becasue I saw a coupon in the Reader. Each time I went back was because of their amazing beer seleciton. They have very top notch bottles so take alot of money when you go.
They have some very awesome bottles and the guys there are very knowledgeable and friendly.
Every time I go Sid takes as much time as he can talking to me about beer. He obviously knows what he's doing and his inventory proves it.
08-07-2010 21:32:02 | More by ZX6Chris
Best Damn Beer Shop (Krisp Beverages + Natural Foods) in San Diego, CA
97 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.