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El Cerrito Liquor & Market

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

54 Ratings
Ratings: 54
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.87
pDev: 4.31%
$$ - reasonable


[ Store ]

19480 E Ontario Ave
Corona, California, 92881-4298
United States
phone: (951) 272-1646

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @elcerritoliquor

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(Place added by: Beerbeer101 on 02-03-2010)
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.54/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$

Stopped in here on the way into town, I had heard amazing things so I was really looking forward to checking it out. Not the most beautiful looking place from the outside but really nice once you get inside. Tons of wine and liquor in the first few isles, beer in the last one. Atmosphere was laid back with lots of people coming and going. Service was solid all around. I was asked if I needed any help and he was nice enough to point out a few things I may have overlooked. Quality and selection were both quite high. I didn't see any out of date beers and they even offer some proper glassware for some of their beers. Selection was really solid. They had everything from the everyday beers of the west coast to some really rare beers I have never seen on a shelf anywhere else but here. Prices were a touch high on the rarer bottles but all of the others were reasonable so I can't knock it too much. Overall probably the best bottle shop I have come across on this trip. I just wish it was a little closer to where we are staying, I would love to go back.

02-09-2014 16:17:40 | More by orangesol
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Rckmo10

California

4.93/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$

Best bottle shop in the Inland Empire and possibly Southern California (I haven't found a better one). Great selection, fairly priced, and Jazz is very knowledgeable and always helpful. Posts new beers on Instagram and FB to notify customers. All IPAs are refrigerated and cellar-able beer is on the shelves. They also have a great selection of bourbon and other spirits.

12-29-2013 22:45:07 | More by Rckmo10
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BubalooBrewMaster

Nevada

4.97/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

A hidden gem for sure.If I didn't do some research before visiting the area I probably would of never stopped by.At first you get the impression it's just an old liquor store where you can grab a bag of chips and your run of the mill brew.Once you go in deeper you start to see the goodies on the last isle.From 'evil twin' to 'the bruery' to 'lost abbey' etc etc etc....If you stop by you deffinetly want to speak with Jazz.He will take care of you and your needs.

12-10-2013 10:14:45 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
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MoorBeerPlz

California

4.71/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$

I've known about and driven past El Cerrito Liquors for years, not stopping in nor giving it a second thought. Given what I know now, I can't imagine all the good beers I've missed out on not stopping in and having a look around.

For a small shop, they have a good selection of just about anything and any type you can think of. Their cold box is full of goodies that need to be cold and the shelves across from that are full of what can wait for a fridge until it gets home. The aisles are a little narrow and when there's a shipment in, it can get a little crowded, but overall you won't be sorry you stopped in. Best of all, their prices are reasonable and competitive with even the biggest liquor vendors (TW & BevMo, etc.).

Got a question while you're there? Ask the staff, especially Jazz, who is their beer guru. They can set you straight and put you on something to satisfy your cravings. All their staff are helpful and friendly.

The only downside I can see about this place is that too many people know about it (LOL). There are times that they get some real desirable beers in and it's the quick and the hungry if you want a piece of that.

In any event, don't be worried about the area, just go in and check it out. Your beer cellar will love you, your wallet will not.

10-20-2013 17:15:23 | More by MoorBeerPlz
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BingCrosby7

California

4.84/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

I've lived near El Cerrito Liquor for as long as it has been open, but I've never checked out their beer section. Yesterday I finally checked it out upon the suggestion of a friend. I wish I had come here sooner! Their selection is wonderful, everything is reasonably priced, and their stemware selection is pretty fantastic as well. I picked up a couple of Lost Abbey tulips, a Great Divide and some other fine brews. This place is a godsend. The only downside is that I was in there for only ten minutes or so, but there were a handful of corona bros and bums who wandered in to pick up cheap fifths of tequila and bud lite lol. Atmosphere isn't too important, but there are limits. At the end of the day, though, I've found my new beer shop.

06-17-2013 21:34:50 | More by BingCrosby7
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schoellnasty

Florida

4.88/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

Stopped in here during a recent trip to SoCal and was not disappointed. It's tough to add anything that everyone else hasn't already said. The place doesn't look like anything special from the outside, but the selection is tremendous and prices are great. Jazz was great to talk to and even hooked me up with some Parabola from the back. I would be happy if there were a bottle shop even half as good as this near me.

06-12-2013 13:51:37 | More by schoellnasty
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DrewShalvoy

California

5/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

Have to agree with most other reviews in that this is the most unassuming place you would ever hope to visit. I lived in Corona for a year before I actually stopped there. The beer selection is great , but the reason I keep going back there is Jazz. The other staff there is friendly, but not nearly as versed as Jazz. I'm lucky to live so close to such a gem.

05-19-2013 19:13:49 | More by DrewShalvoy
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Thirsty_Rob

California

5/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

The first time going to this shop you may start thinking, "Where am I going?", or saying aloud as you stand outside that this place couldn't possible have the greatest beer selection around. Well, you'll be wrong.

El Cerrito Liquor has a wide variety of craft beer and spirits. I can classify the prices as both reasonable and often times lower than the competition. On top of that, the owner, Jazz knows way more about craft beer and spirits than you and will continue to make your jaw hit the floor when he brings up the last beer he has had or the last trade he made or when talking about what beers are in his cellar. The man is a true legend in the craft beer community, and rightfully so. He's humble, willing and able to answer any questions you may have, when many other shop owners are either only humble or unable to answer questions.

On a personal level, he has helped me grow as a craft beer drinker and pushed me to expand my palate. He continues to be on the cutting edge of craft by bringing new beers from small breweries as well as rare beers from established breweries.

Whether you are from the area or not, I definitely recommend stopping by the shop to meet Jazz, having a chat with him and buying some awesome beers. You won't be disappointed!

05-07-2013 23:50:35 | More by Thirsty_Rob
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Falcon91Wolvrn03

California

5/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

I was recently in Los Angeles and decided to visit the top rated liquor stores there to see if I could find anything I couldn't get in Northern California. El Cerrito Liquor & Market didn't disappoint.

What made this place stand out for me was the number of top rated beers they had available for sale. I hit the jackpot here. I picked up:

The Bruery White Chocolate & Malange No 3
Mikkeller Nelson Sauvin Brut
Logsdon Peche 'n Brett
Evil Twin Aun Mas A Jesus (my new all time favorite stout)

When the owner realized I was really into craft beer, he showed me the collection he kept behind the counter. While this was his "personal" collection that "wasn't for sale", it was one of the most amazing selections of great beer in one place that I've ever seen. He even was kind enough to sell me a "Mother of all Storms" berleywine! How can I rate this place anything less than 5?

I highly recommended this store as the best place to buy beer in the Los Angeles area.

03-02-2013 18:44:47 | More by Falcon91Wolvrn03
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4kbrianb

California

5/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

I pass by the exit for El Cerrito literally every day during the week. I typically buy bottles in Riverside by my work, but on a whim I stopped by based on what everyone has said on here.

No I know why everyone always says such good things about the place. Jazz was the man, and cruised over and gave me hints and tips and his opinion on close to 20 difference beers while I checked out the selection for 30 minutes. I picked a good time, because they were getting a nice sized shipment of many different options (hint hint: Elder if you want it). I walked away with 3 bottles, but only because I had to limit myself. I could've walked away with 2 dozen if I had enough cash on me.... I am partially glad I didn't!

The selection was awesome, the pricing was fair, and the assistance was just about second to none! I loved the good selection of Fantome and Cantillon! which is close to unheard of in Southern California. He stocks lots of nice mid west, and east coast beers. I could have stayed and kicked it for an hour or more just talking about what he is getting in soon, or what he prefers to drink.

I am a sour/saison/wild ale guy myself, and there is a great selection there which I love. I also like that the entire beer selection is as far from the front door as possible, no light and no temperature fluctuations. needless to say I think this might just be my go to spot from now on. I can't believe it took me this damn long to check them out! it makes the commute home from work a lot easier!

02-21-2013 21:43:12 | More by 4kbrianb
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El Cerrito Liquor & Market in Corona, CA
100 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.