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California Heights Market

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

33 Ratings
Ratings: 33
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.68%
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3766 Orange Ave
Long Beach, California, 90807-4229
United States
phone: (562) 427-6862

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(Place added by: raza on 07-27-2009)
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3.5/5  rDev -21.2%

MonkeyKnfeFight, Oct 10, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev -0.9%

wethorseblanket, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of Jchaps
4.8/5  rDev +8.1%

Great place. I was down there a few weeks ago for work and Raj was very accommodating. We talked for nearly an hour and he took excellent care of me. They have a great selection and I didn't see any limits. Solid selection of difficult to find beers as well

Jchaps, Oct 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Justinsosmart, Aug 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.9%

EJosesA, Jul 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.9%

katonk, Jun 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Bwagner1122, May 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

SoCalBeerIdiot, May 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

antonyliu, Mar 30, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

dwagner003, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of USMCretired
4.83/5  rDev +8.8%

This place has really picked its game up in the last 2 years. Beer selection has more than tripled. Lots of bombers, belgians and some rare stuff.

Wish there were a few more 6 packs and a mix a 6 option but oh well. Raj keeps prices very competitive and cheaper than Stearns. Abut half of his selection is refridgerated. Occasional discounts so its best to come often and ask if there is anything in the back. Not much parking but its ok for a liquor store.

USMCretired, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of RockMayock
4.81/5  rDev +8.3%

California Heights Market easily has the best selection of beer and wine in the Bixby Knolls/California Heights area. Granted the prices are slightly more than you would pay at BevMo! or Total Wine, why not pay $1-$2 more per bottle to support a small independent local business.

The building is old but it has its charm.

Both Caesar and Raj are very knowledgeable about their brews and will make excellent recommendations if asked. Also, it pays to make nice with them because they keep the good stuff in the back for their regulars.

RockMayock, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of Diesel76
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%

Came across CA Heights Market on recommendation of a co-worker. I love this place! I stop in about once a week to browse and look for some new tasty brews. I would stop in more often if it was closer to my house... or work, it is closer to work than home, but I do make that effort to stop in... it's worth it!

They have the best selection, by far, of craft and import beers I have seen in one place. I can not stress enough to go in and talk to the cashier, which is usually the Owner... and he knows his beers. And he is proud of what he carries. I told him about some brews I enjoy and he gave out some excellent recommendations.

Diesel76, May 25, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.08/5  rDev -8.1%

My last stop of my day in Long Beach brought me to this small liquor store/market surprisingly near my in-laws. The outside looks a bit dumpy but inside there are neat rows of liquor, wine, and beer. Most of the beer is out on the shelf but there are a good number of coolers stocked full of great beer as well. This place has a really good selection of beers from around the world including some beers I have never seen anywhere else before. They also have a section of the store with singles so you can build your own 6 pack if that's your think. Service was good with the cashier coming over to talk to me for a few minutes. Prices were a bit higher than other places but I gladly paid them for some beers I found that I had been looking for forever. I recommend this place if you are in the area and are on the hunt for harder to find beers.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of Cowcakes
4.64/5  rDev +4.5%

This is one of my first stops when i visit my sister in long beach. He gets a lot of the beers I can't get up in Sacramento, and always has something new for me. Lots of great divide, hair of the dog, alpine, kern, etc. I've been there twice and have spent over $150 each time I go. First time I stopped there I thought I had the wrong place. Its a small little corner liqour store, but lucky for beer geeks about half of the store is dedicated to the good stuff. Both times i've been in there I get great service. He's always more than happy to show me whats new or what he has in the back. With some of the highly allocated stuff he does have a limit of 1 per person, but thats just so people can't go in there and wipe out his entire shelf of alpine for trades. Its a small place, but he packs a lot of variety on those shelves. I almost always make a stop here when i'm in the area.

Cowcakes, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of raclbc555
4.88/5  rDev +9.9%

Although this place is a bit pricey, the owners are very cool and customer focused.

Great selection too

I read a few reviews that say these guys have strict limits. They do and for good reason.

To ward away these "people" who buy up all the good beer, not to consume but to try and resell!!!!

These people make me sick!!!

Go away beer poachers ...go away!!!

500 characters? C' mon man! Can we reduce that too 300? 400?

Because now I'm just trying to take up space, thank you for listening ;-)

raclbc555, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of MichaelGV
4.88/5  rDev +9.9%

I was meeting friends for lunch today in the California Heights section of Long Beach and decided to swing by this place. From the outside, it looks like a small neighborhood market, catering to the surrounding residenial area. So what I found inside was quite a surprise-- a large selection of well-chosen craft and imported bottles, including beers from Hair of the Dog, Alpine, Russian River and various Belgium breweries. Prices were competitive and Raj, the man at the register, was more than helpful. Be sure and ask him what he has in the back. Whenever I'm in Long Beach again, I will be stopping here.

MichaelGV, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of MarkVegas
3.6/5  rDev -18.9%

BA helped me find this place a couple months ago and I had to stop by again last week.

First time I went I was able to secure beers that weren't that easy to find, (most of which aren't available where I live) some Lost Abbey/Port offerings that I'd been dying to try. I was even able to score a Pliny which was pretty cool.

Second time around I ended only getting a few brews two of which were Pliny and Blind Pig (sadly the Blind Pig was 2+ months old).

Overall, not a bad place to go if you are ever in the area. Please do keep in mind this place is tucked into a corner in a mostly residential area, don't blink or you'll miss it. A bit pricey, as some of their stuff is marked up a bit, but, not a bad little place with the most unexpected beer selection.

MarkVegas, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of bierkoning
3.35/5  rDev -24.5%

I drove by this place probably 50 times after starting a new job near by and it's on my to and from home. I never noticed it as it appears to be just a ghetto, smelly, ugly, dirty liquor store. Then one day I was stopped at the traffic-signal outside of the store and noticed a small sign with a pink elephant on it! Needless to say I pulled out my smart phone and looked up the store on BA at once. All of the stellar reviews helped me to decided to stop by the next day on my way home from work. And what did I find when I walked in? A ghetto, smelly, ugly, dirty liquor store...with a decent selection of craft and exotic beer. No one said hi to me, the place smells like the stuffy incense burning typical liquor store, and they had Delirium right next to the Steele Reserve. They had a lot to choose from, some hard to find stuff, but it was pricey. Lots of stuff I can find at my local Bev-mo for 20% cheaper. One of the beers I bought (a single 12oz bottle for 9.99) was rotten when I opened it up at home, caked up, chunky sediment floating around, no carbonation to speak of, etc.

An okay place that I still will stop at, but only because it's so convenient. Otherwise I'd just as soon hit up Wine Country or my local Bev-Mo.

Don't avoid, but don't go out of your way.

bierkoning, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of McFinnegan
4.71/5  rDev +6.1%

I read about this place on BA and Yelp, and the overwhelming positive reviews made me take a quick drive down there after work. As soon as I walked in the store the owner said hello, remarked how he hasn't seen me in there before and introduced himself, asked me my name, and shook my hand. This is not something I expect from liquor stores. I can tell that he tries to connect with his customers and that service is a top priority, I really appreciate this as I've found it in so few places (and not just liquor stores).

The selection at California Heights is superb, all the big names in CA and West Coast Breweries; Russian River, Stone, Bruery, Firestone Walker, Lost Abbey/Port, etc. He also had beers from smaller breweries (some I'm not familiar with) and plenty from out of state (Shipyard, Avery, Flying Dog) and country (Brew Dog).

From Russian River he had Pliny (I may have grabbed the last one), Blind Pig, Supplication, Damnation, Temptation and Beatification (all in the cooler). From Stone he had all the regular releases, a ton of IRS and Belgo Anise IRS, 10-10-10 Vertical Epic, still a few Old Guardian and OG Belgo. That's just to give you an idea.

The prices are what they should be, no high mark ups that I could tell.

If you're in the LBC area, or plan to be, stop by this place. It's a great little shop with a very friendly and accommodating owner who knows customer service.

McFinnegan, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of albertq17
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Stopped by to see if they had any Stone IRS. When I walked in I was immediately greeted, and as I was roaming through the well stocked selection of beer, Raza approached me and we talked for a while before I asked him for the Stone IRS. He said he hadn't received the shipment yet but quickly got on the phone with his distributor and told me he would have it in the next day. The following day, as soon as I stepped through door Raza said "Albert they are right over here".

I think the only thing higher than the beer he stocks on Raza's priority list is the service he yields to his customers. He even helped me with my box of beer to my car. A must stop for the craft beer lover.

albertq17, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of KMDouds
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%

I had been told about this local gem for approximately a year prior to doing anything more than a drive by. Finally walked through the doors in February as part of a 'research effort' to stock an offering for a neighborhood beer club- was pleasantly shocked by the range of brews that Raza has assembled.

While I didn't expect a small neighborhood market to compete with either the inventory or prices of say a Bev Mo or Total Wine, this one is plenty competitive. And as some have aptly pointed out, with the price of gas what it is, the distance to either of these larger retailers makes Cal Heights Market an even better deal- at least for a local like myself-besides I'm supporting the immediate local economy!

I'm a bit conflicted about writing anything that would unduly
contribute to a run on this small local market (i.e., it's beer inventory), but mostly want for the success of the place that it might persist... altruism is never totally unselfish. Bravo to Raza Bains- may your enterprise- the California Heights Market thrive!

KMDouds, May 15, 2011
Photo of jmgrub
4.64/5  rDev +4.5%

Hit this spot on my little Long Beach beer-buying excursion today. I hit it up right after Stearns Liquor, so it had some big shoes to fill, but it didn't disappoint. All of the CA regulars were well-represented and there were a few highlights (Marron Acidifie, Uinta Crooked Line Series, Black Betty). More than adequate for a neighborhood liquor store, I would definitely say it was worth the 25 minute drive (which is pretty short by LA standards-thanks Mothers' Day!). While the owner didn't necessarily seem like a BA, he was helpful and asked what I thought of the selection and if there were any good beers I thought he should carry. Short of being a BA themselves, it's hard to ask anything more of a store owner. Pleased that I stopped by and would come by again if in the area.

jmgrub, May 09, 2011
Photo of soze47
4.7/5  rDev +5.9%

I'm really glad I checked out the directory before heading to Long Beach for New Year's weekend. My uncle and I went to this store twice. Once to stock the fridge for the weekend, the other for our Rose Bowl tailgate. I was surprised to find this place was only a few blocks from where I was staying. We were lucky. Prices were fair, selection was overwhelming, and all IPAs and short-shelf life beers held up well. The PtE and Blind Pig I got was less than three weeks old.

Quality: Great, fresh beer. It had more than I could've possibly been able to try on my trip.

Service: Very nice folks who seemed to have a great report with the neighbors and varying customers. They gladly answered questions and helped me navigate the selection.

Selection: Great amount of CA beers that I can't get on the East Coast (Russian River, Drakes, Firestone Walker). They did have very fresh selections of hard to find brews, but you have to ask the employees for certain beers kept in back.

This will be my continued shop of choice when staying in Long Beach in the future. Great, small, local shop with a selection that challenges the big stores like Whole Foods and BevMo.

soze47, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of drewmprs
3.8/5  rDev -14.4%

Stopped by this place without knowing it had a good beer list. Everything is kept refridgerated in the back as well.

Raz is an up and coming beer manager. His selection is small but it is all quality. He is really looking to help out is customers and if there is something you want ask him, and he'll buy a case of it. I asked about some Cantillon and he called up his rep immediately and tried to order some for the next delivery. Strong selection of california beer here as well as belgian beers.

drewmprs, Dec 29, 2010
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California Heights Market in Long Beach, CA
97 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.