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El Cerrito Liquor & Market

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52 Reviews
Reviews: 52
Visits: 78
Avg: 4.67
pDev: n/a
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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: 52 | Visits: 78
Reviews by vince4953529:
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4.45/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

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Photo of strsslss
5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Just visited El Cerrito tonight since I am on a business trip to California and looking for some local brews I can't get in my home state of Florida. I was feeling a bit overwhelmed as I browsed their vast selection of beers when the owner, Jazz, asked if I needed any help. I inquired if he had any Russian River offerings since these are basically unicorn beers on the East Coast. He literally went behind the counter and opened a case of Temptation that had just arrived. He also told me that they had recently gotten a shipment of Pliny the Elder but that, as expected, it had flown off the shelves. After talking for a few more minutes, he told me to hang on a second; that he was going to check in the back to see if he had held on to any bottles for himself. Keep in mind I'm not a repeat customer with a long history with this guy. In fact, since I'm here on business, who knows when I'll be back. He came back and gave me a bottle out of his own personal stash!! This type of service is unheard of these days. Jazz, if you read this, thanks again and I'll definitely see you if/when I make it back this way. To the beer aficionados in the Corona area, you are lucky to have a business like El Cerrito so close!!

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Photo of HopsAholic79
5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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4.77/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of warrendietrich2001
3.64/5  rDev -22.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

It's a liquor store first. Beer mecca second. Some great beers but limited to 20 percent of store. Lots of bruery beers. Too busy for staff to help you and no comments from the checker. Good beer but not great vibe.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.46/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Went here on Monday (Jan 19th) because i have wanted to come here for at least 3 years now but never drive that way on the 15. Any way I was very impressed by the selection. Cantillon, Evil Twin, Russian River, and a lot of limited releases. They don't get a lot of the hard to find over seas beers that La Bodega seems to get a hold of but they do have a lot of beers that they don't get.

My gripe with this place was that it was pretty unorganized. Beers were just on the shelf not stacked nice or anything but in with other beers of the same company just thrown on there mixed up. Also they seem to have just gotten a shipment that day and there were boxes everywhere blocking a lot of beers I wanted to look at. Also theirs this section behind the counter in the corner that is just full of crap and boxes and there is cabinets of what seems to be the guys personal collection because I saw a bunch of reserve society beers.

The staff seemed to be your typical non specialty liquor store staff. Didn't talk to any one who really seemed to know or be passionate about beer or even spirits/wine for that matter. This place is great don't get me wrong just not exceptional as a few other places that I have been that really seem to be passionate about their beer/organized.

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Photo of AleHunter805
3.82/5  rDev -18.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

I visited El Cerrito in November 2014 after the Pugachev's Cobra release. I kept hearing great things about it, so I decided to check it out. Frankly, I was a bit disappointed. Now don't get me wrong; they do have a decent craft beer selection, but it's not all that. Their beer selection doesn't even begin to compare with what you'll find at La Bodega, Mr. K's, Hacienda, or Plaza Market. That's what surprises me about their BA Score of: "100 world-class". I can't believe how many "5" ratings they have on here. Really? So there are that many BA's that feel this store is perfect, with absolutely no room to improve? I've got nothing against this establishment, I just can't understand why this place gets so much love.

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Photo of MedicMatt
5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of crayons
5/5  rDev +7.1%

One of the best if not the best shops in the area awesome selection of beer and whiskey you must go.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.25/5  rDev -9%

Been here a few times, not the cleanest place, and I did not get the service I have heard others speak about, but they have a very good selection of beer, liquor, and wine. Often times there are unopened boxes of beer in the beer aisle, bottles are dusty, glassware is dusty. Besides the selection nothing really stands out here, prices are average some of the rarer beers are little higher and most of the beer is refrigerated. It's worth a visit the selection does not disappoint as they have one of the best in the Inland Empire.

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3.75/5  rDev -19.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of VegasHopHead
5/5  rDev +7.1%

This is a place I always stop at on my way down to San Diego. I never miss it. And I always stop on the way back a few days later just to make sure nothing new hit the shelves. Jazz has a good stock of a lot of good stuff. Overall this is just an amazing craft beer store.

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El Cerrito Liquor & Market in Corona, CA
100 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.