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El Cerrito Liquor & Market

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world-class

63 Ratings
Ratings: 63
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.88
pDev: 4.3%
[ Store ]

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

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(Place added by: Beerbeer101 on 02-03-2010)
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Reviews by vince4953529:
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4.45/5  rDev -8.8%

Who would thought this dingy gritty liquor store off the beaten path of Ontario Ave. in Corona would carry so much quality craft beers.

This is second time I've been here. Stopped here at almost 10 pm and all sorts of oddball characters came and exited. And guess what, you can still find Stone Vertical 08, Stone 12th and 13th Anniversary, and Ballast Point Imperial Stout here, while they are all long gone in other stores. Also found RR Blind Pig and PtE here, which is rare considered most stores are sold out. Granted the Blind Pig I bought was bottled in 3/1/10, but it still tastes great and fresh. Other notables are Kern River Outstanding IPA, Mikkeller, Port, some random Belgians I don't see elsewhere... all the big So Cal regulars.

Just for entertainment they also has those Cold Spring beers in those huge-ass cans, all kinds of malt liquors, PBR in 32 oz bottles.

Service is impeccable as the cashier took extra time to search beers in the back cooler which is not on shelves. Very friendly and although the fellow is clearly not a beer geek but extremely amiable.

Overall a great experience, and I recommend you to shop here late at night to avoid the chaotic traffics and Inland Empire's scorching heat in the morning.

vince4953529, May 23, 2010
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4.54/5  rDev -7%

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 I didn't see any out of date beers and they even offer some proper glassware for some of their beers.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.

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4.93/5  rDev +1%

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.

Rckmo10, Dec 29, 2013
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Orthodoxkardia, Dec 11, 2013
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4.97/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

BubalooBrewMaster, Dec 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -7.8%

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5/5  rDev +2.5%

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Photo of MoorBeerPlz
4.71/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

MoorBeerPlz, Oct 20, 2013
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4.84/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

BingCrosby7, Jun 17, 2013
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4.88/5  rDev 0%

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.

schoellnasty, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of DrewShalvoy
5/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

DrewShalvoy, May 19, 2013
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El Cerrito Liquor & Market in Corona, CA
100 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.