Best Damn Beer Shop (Krisp Beverages + Natural Foods)
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Ratings: 78 | Reviews: 57 | Display Reviews Only:
2.96/5 rDev -33.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
This place is rightfully esteemed as a place with a remarkable selection of California and Belgian beers. There is a fair amount from other microbreweries around the country though they tend to be the widely distributed ones like Allagash. But short on common ones like Dogfish Head. They do specialize in the strongest, rarest, and most expensive, so if you are swinging for the fences this is the place.
On the other hand, this is definitely not my favorite place due to the ever-present bums. You have filthy guys wandering the aisles, odiferous punks ahead of you in line buying wine or half pints, schizo maniacs glaring at you over their shopping carts at the door, and festive winos hanging on the sidewalk with bags and bottles.
Did I mention the dogs?
03-16-2010 06:10:01 | More by mactrail
3.15/5 rDev -28.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
I don't like to give beer places bad reviews, but I have a responsibility to fellow BAs who might inconvenience themselves, as you guys always do it for me. Went here when I stayed in the neighborhood recently during a Giants-Padres series. Looking for an Alpine IPA or maybe another great local product I can't find in the Bay Area. Damn, actually, none. Settled for a Pliny from back home and an Avery Maharaja from Boulder. Yes the one in Colorado. Gave the Pliny to my brother-in-law to take back to NC. The Belgian section looked better stocked. But still, San Diego, this is Not Really the Best Damn Beer Shop, simply average in the context of a great American beer town.
07-31-2011 20:38:51 | More by easong
3.49/5 rDev -21.2%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | $$
AMAZING selection of WORLDWIDE beers.
Stuff I have NOT seen elsewhere for sale.
Not that great of a Southern California selection but pretty good.
Prices were a few cents more or a few cents less than BevMo.
TOTALLY "gangsta" area of town though (at least after dark)...
The beer area takes up about HALF of the supposed "grocery" store.
Staff was fairly knowledgeable about the beers they had and even ones they did not (Heretic).
Worth a trip (in the daytime) if you are in the area.
02-27-2012 21:11:40 | More by Driver8rws
3.76/5 rDev -15.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
This was the first shop that I visiting on while on vacation last week. For reference I was there early in the morning on a weekday. As others have stated the area did have a large number of homeless people and while unsightly I did not feel like I was in harms way at any point. Onto the beer... Their selection was solid with a good amount of Russian River and Lost Abbey. I must say that I was not blown away by the overall selection and after having gone to 4 bottle shops in total I would rate this in the bottom half of the regional shops. While still having a solid selection I was able to find many more 'harder to find' beers at other shops. Perhaps I came at an odd time but honestly I would not go out of my way to re-visit this shop in the future.
07-23-2012 21:53:35 | More by Bobbo330
3.83/5 rDev -13.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
I'm glad I stopped in during my most recent visit to San Diego. As others have mentioned, the beer is tucked away in a grocery store - kind of cool to find such an awesome selection in such a place. Much of the beer is kept in coolers, particularly anything that requires drinking fresh. Plenty of bottles suitablr for aging, big beers and Belgians primarily, were stored at room temp. Lots of singles, including some limited releases, as well as a decent six pack selection. It's not the largest selection that I've seen, but just about everything on the shelf was something worth drinking. I didn't experience the same service others have apparently had, but had no issues either - about what I expected for a grocery turned beer store. Definitely stop by if you're in the area.
08-22-2011 20:30:31 | More by DrJay
3.88/5 rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Medium sized food market in the downtown area with a large beer selection that takes up almost a third of the store. They have a nice selection of local and other domestic craft as well as a large selection of imports and glassware.
The vibe of the place is odd with a mix of beer geeks, city workers and homeless people walking around. While I was in line waiting to pay a homeless man who was clearly mentally ill was screaming and threatening to fight everyone. Nobody said anything to him and he finally walked out. I'm used to living in the city so this wasn't a problem for me but I can see how this could be a turn off or really bizarre for others.
Although this place doesn't have the nicest atmosphere, they have a good selection at reasonable prices. Tons of imports including Mikkeller, Drie Fonteinen, rarer Fantome, etc. along with a lot of quality locals and a few east coast offerings. Normally I would give the selection a four but the ridiculously large selection of glassware bumped it up for me. All kind of cool glasses including Russian River ation glass, collectors edition Duvel tulips, Lost Abbey tulips and many others. Really nice!
Not the nicest place but perfect for stocking up on good bottles and cool glassware. Check it out if you are in the area.
01-19-2012 00:57:24 | More by corby112
3.96/5 rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
An interesting combination of bottle shop / homebrew shop / bodega / homeless shelter. We visited on a Sunday morning while strolling the Gas Lamp area after our arrival in town.
There is a very extensive selection of bottles on the right hand side of the store, with a heavy emphasis on locals and big ticket Europeans like Mikkeller. The homebrew section at the front of the store was cool as well, with a good selection of base and specialty malts, yeast and basic supplies.
The neighborhood, and the area right around the front door, were rather more heavily populated with homeless folks than average for San Diego. I have never really had a difficult encounter with homeless anywhere but it is a bit more off putting for me in a strange town.
We were planning to return with our rental car to make some purchases but then we hit KnB and blew our budget. Worth a stop for sure.
02-29-2012 19:10:01 | More by sholland119
Best Damn Beer Shop (Krisp Beverages + Natural Foods) in San Diego, CA
97 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.