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Best Damn Beer Shop (Krisp Beverages + Natural Foods)

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Best Damn Beer Shop (Krisp Beverages + Natural Foods)Best Damn Beer Shop (Krisp Beverages + Natural Foods)

64 Reviews
Reviews: 64
Visits: 105
Avg: 4.38
pDev: n/a
[ Store ]

1036 7th Ave
San Diego, California, 92101-5302
United States
phone: (619) 232-6367

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @krispbevfoods

Place added by: SidVicious619 on 07-27-2009

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Reviews: 64 | Visits: 105
Photo of ocmpoma
5/5  rDev +14.2%

visited on 30 Mar 2010

An aptly named establishment. I recently moved into San Diego proper from Carlsbad, and was lamenting the loss of Pizza Port's Bottle Shop, which was only a half-mile from my old apartment. The nearest decent beer store to me now is the Servall, which is not bad, but no Bottle Shop.

So, after perusing BeerFly (how I love BeerFly!), I decided to head downtown. Not a bad walk, although if I'm a planning a large haul I'll have to drive or wait until I get a bike.

I was not let down. My wife and I found the market, and wandered back to check out the beer. I was extremely impressed. Other reviewers have noted that small size; and the 'shop' is really one aisle of the market and some coolers in the back. We ignored the coolers, as they were all mainstream stuff. So, no, this isn't BevMo with its many shelves of sixers and cases. But not one inch of shelf space in this place is wasted. Belgian, German, UK, US Craft, it's there. Lots of stuff I haven't heard of or have dreamt of buying. Tons of bombers and 750s. And all of it top-notch.

Sid was there, and spent plenty of time talking to us about the beers he had, what we liked and what would be good to try. It was difficult to walk out with only the four bottles we snagged. We signed up for the mailing list, too, and unless I'm very short on time, I fully intend to bypass anything closer to me and head straight to Sid's. It actually is the best damn beer shop I've yet seen.

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Photo of pwoods
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%

Sid is running a top notch beer store here. It's tucked away in a Super J Market with a few bums running around outside, but the beer is the focus here. Everything you could possibly want from SD with everything from RR that is available to the city. Plenty of the better brews available from around the country. The space is a bit limited but the quality of what's on the shelves and the coolers holding the IPAs and more is top notch. I spent so much that Sid tossed in a nice t-shirt. Prices were just fine.

Keep up the great work, bro!

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Photo of mactrail
2.96/5  rDev -32.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

This place is rightfully esteemed as a place with a remarkable selection of California and Belgian beers. There is a fair amount from other microbreweries around the country though they tend to be the widely distributed ones like Allagash. But short on common ones like Dogfish Head. They do specialize in the strongest, rarest, and most expensive, so if you are swinging for the fences this is the place.

On the other hand, this is definitely not my favorite place due to the ever-present bums. You have filthy guys wandering the aisles, odiferous punks ahead of you in line buying wine or half pints, schizo maniacs glaring at you over their shopping carts at the door, and festive winos hanging on the sidewalk with bags and bottles.

Did I mention the dogs?

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Photo of Johnny4ipa
5/5  rDev +14.2%

As noted by others the place is a bit disguised as a little inner city market. I dropped .25 in the meter and headed into the shop for my 15 minutes of beer hauling. I walked in, grabbed a basket, & found my way to the back right corner of the store. There you will find craft beer heaven. A very nice guy was assisting a few guys as they loaded up with their baskets. He asked if I needed help and my stubbornness denied as I was reading and searching my way around their selection. After the two other customers left the friendly owner asked if I needed any help again and he noticed a blind pig in my basket. He then asked me if I had any interest in Pliny the Elder. He introduced himself as Sid and wow was he a nice guy. The tidal wave of local brews from the shelves and rare brews from the back room ( not on shelves ) started pouring into my cart with his knowledgeable assistance. I left with a free shirt & bottle of "to the 9's" thanks to Sid. What a great experience and highly recommended for anyone in the SD area!

The only buzz kill was coming back to the car to find a $ 30 parking ticket. 15 minutes is not enough time in this store.

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Photo of bargerking
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%

This is in Super J's Market on 7th street on the left of a one way street. Metered parking so bring you quaters.

This was a great find but its kind of on the shady part of town. A lot of rough/homeless looking people roaming the streets. Many of them entering the store. Not a big deal for me as I was by myself but I could see where some people could get uncomfortable. Especially if you have $100+ of beer chillin in the trunk. The store itself is a little bit old but well kept. As you walk in you have a wall full of liquor on your right and just a few steps ahead is the stash. Huuuuge selection! Lost Abbey, Port, Mikkeller, RR, Alpine (was out of Pure Hopiness though), Nogne, Old Dubh, Alesmith, La Roja, DFH (WWS, Chicory Stout, and the usuals), Victory, and a good selection of Belgians and Sours. There was only one girl in the store working the register so I can't really chime in on service. Pricing was on par and not bad at all. Overall, not the best part of town but selection overules any negetives. A great find and well worth the visit.

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Photo of JeremyinUtah
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%


My buddy and I went in and were immediately helped by one of the two brothers who run the beer dept. Prices here are great, and selection is fantastic. Plenty of microbrews, including a good selection of Belgians, west coast brews, and other specialty items not found at the larger chain stores. You would never know this place is a beer store, as the outside looks like an inner city grocery store, but the selection is impressive. Prices are better here than at Bev4less in Santee. We did a multi-hour comparison between BDBS and Bev4less, and this place was cheaper by about $1 to $4 per bottle.
We got lots of great advice, lots of great beer and lots of great deals!
We left with a good vibe from the place, had a great chat with both brothers, and got a free sour brew, in addition to the great other brews we got. Note- the sour brew was one of the worst sours we had ever had, can't remember the name (EDIT: Girarden Black 1882 gueuze..thanks Sid.)

Overall, a great place to check out if you are in the San Diego area. We will be back and load up big time and drive back to Utah!

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Photo of Zerkseez
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%

I've been to sd many times and have usually settled for a vendor that will have your expected labels, Russian river, green flash, lost abbey/port, etc (I.e. Bevmo , local liquor stores) . I after asking around I was turned onto BDBS and called on my way out west to check if they had any Pliny and was greeted by the infamous Sid. Although they were out of the elder he informed me that he would put together a grab bag of rare reserves that might be of interest me. Upon entering the store I observed the attention to detail and focus of the craft beer selection. Once I found Sid he guided me to the side and revealed a box of his greatest hits. Aside from a few he put together a bad ass selection which grew three fold when I inquired for some limited bottles. All in all great service, proud knowledgable staff, well thought out beer selection and a true sense of respect for th product! Prices are what can be expected from my picks but if your going for sessions, they offer a great brands from lawn mower beer to wild ales! In short if you're looking for a solid spot to snag your Belgian and west coast favorites make the drive down town and hit up BDBS!

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Photo of radshoesbro
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%

i seem to always find some sort of gem when i hit up super junior's! being the only good beer shop in downtown san diego they completely deserve their moniker of "best damn beer shop!" sid is a great guy that is knowledgable about his product, and seems to be getting a lot of the harder to find beers quicker than some of the other places around town. they've got a good selection of locals and belgians with many of the beers refrigerated.

if you're around downtown san diego, this is your place! it comes highly recommended!

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Photo of gabeerfan
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%

We sort of stumbled onto this place based on a couple of BeerFly reviews on our visit to S.D.
It can be a little confusing to find this place, it's not so much a beer store as an aisle in a little grocery store on 7th and Broadway. There seemed to be plenty of street parking in front of the store. It is not the best area of downtown, but I didn't feel unsafe going to this store.
The selection was quite good. Most of the usual suspects along with Coronado, The Bruery, Lost Abbey, etc. Prices seemed pretty reasonable based on some other places we visited. Service seemed pretty good. There were two guys buying a couple of cases of macros and seemed to get good attention from the staff. The only assistance we needed was to get a price on The Bruery's new fall beer. It had been put on the shelves that day and the price tags hadn't been put on yet. The price was found quickly and politely. Overall, I liked this place and will visit again when we go back to S.D.
Definitely worth a stop.

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Photo of skrosch
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Super Jr./The Best Damn Beer Shop is quite the find in San Diego. It's on 7th ave just North of Broadway, between Broadway and C. Sid really knows his beers and has the place stocked with a great selection. Lots of hard to find beers, Belgian, San Diego, Local California and other great micros: Ale Smith, Russian River, Ballast Point, Stone, Avery, Port Brewing, Dogfishhead, Lagunitas, etc., etc.

I've scored quite a few beers here that I have been looking for... Definitely worth a trip if you are in downtown San Diego.

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Photo of suzyqueue
5/5  rDev +14.2%

As has been mentioned, the store is hidden in this small, unassuming grocery store (Super Junior Market), which I had been going to for a few years to pick up beer and snacks for our office parties. However, I noticed a few months ago that their selection of local craft beers and hard to find imports had expanded significantly and they had quite an impressive selection. Then, in April, I went in and was able to find a 4-pack of Dogfish Head's ApriHop, which had been sold out in other stores in the area already.

Well, a week ago I went in needing a six pack for a party that I was going to. I met Sid and he was extremely knowledgeable and recommended the Pizza Port 3rd Anniversary (Double IPA) Ale as well as a Lambic that I hadn't tried yet. I also purchased a bottle of Older Viscosity for a good price. I believe this store has the best selection of beers in downtown and probably one of the most impressive in the San Diego area. Sid was a very good guy and really knows and loves his beers. He also mentioned that if I was looking for a specific beer, he should be able to get it in. I would recommend everyone in SD stop by the Best Damn Beer Shop!

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Photo of ScottCoffee
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%

I just got chance to stop by the Best Damn Beer Shop on 7th in downtown San Diego. I have to say I'm mightily impressed.

The place only started stocking a large selection of beer about three months ago, so if you'd stopped before be sure to go back. It's inside a small market, but they've removed an aisle of sheleves to add a long beer cooler. A growing selection of about 350 beers is on the self. This is by far the largest I've found downtown and on par with the big boys like Bevmo.

The real reason I love this place however are guys in charge---two brothers with an obvious passion for beer. I met one of the two while he was stocking the shelves...I was looking for a bottle of Pliny the elder or Bling Pig from russian river. There was none on the shelf, but when I asked if thaey carried it a smile came across he face of a fellow beer nut. "I don't have it on the shlef for sale, but I've got a few bottles in tha back"---a private supply he was willing to share.

We talked beer for about a half hour and it was clear this fellow was dedicated to getting a quality stock on the shelf...and he was willing to help a fellow beer seeker with both sage advice and a few bottles from his personal stash.

In retrospect this is easily my favorite beer store in San Diego...the selection is good, but the service make this a place I will make a regular stop on my never ending search for beer.

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Photo of snosage22
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%

The best damn beer shop is a bit hard to find as it is in the super Jr market, however it was worth the search. The best damn beer shop had all of the local craft brewers, such as Russian river, ballast point, alesmith, lost abbey, and many more, as well as having a good selection of everything else. I must say a thank you to BA SidVicious619 who works there and was more than helpful recommending good beers, calling other stores when I couldn't find Pliney the Elder, and even hooked me up with a beer. This was definitely one of the better beer stores I went to while in San Diego.

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Photo of PLsnatch
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%

I live in the OB area of San Diego and was looking for a new place to find real beer. Glad I found BDBS. Best selection of quality beers I have found in the downtown and beach area, although I have not checked out everywhere. From foreign to local and everywhere in between they have a good sampling of most major styles and reasonable prices. For example, their bottles of Ballast Point brews run about $1 cheaper than elsewhere. As I was talking to Sid (owners son responsible for their greatness) a distributor cruised in and I got the first bottle of Russian River Temptation! Thanks Sid!

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Best Damn Beer Shop (Krisp Beverages + Natural Foods) in San Diego, CA
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