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Beverage Warehouse

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4935 McConnell Ave
Ste 21
Los Angeles, California, 90066-6756
United States
phone: (310) 306-2822

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Photo of GRG1313
4.24/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This place is a real sleeper. Extensive mailings with adds for wine, champagne, and the like but never beer! Huge spirit and wine selections, as well a a large soft drink and water section.

However, the beer selection is also one of the best in the city, as long as you don't expect too much help or too much in the way of service. Huge selection-Belgians, Germans, English and, of course, domestic craft. Good prices with a constant change in stock.

I recommend a periodic visit to this place. I've met some real beer aficionados, home brewers and just some very interesting people roaming the beer aisles. Worth a visit!

Photo of skillerified
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%

Stopped by yesterday while on a short visit to LA.

The best part about the place is the selection. I found it to be quite extensive, but this is also the only place that I've ever shopped for beer in CA before at the time of this writing. Still, in comparison to what I can find back home in Texas, the selection was certainly well above average. It looks like they may have expanded the beer selection a little since some of the previous reviews as it now covers basically an aisle and a half at the back corner of the store. Lots of brews I hadn't seen before. Managed to score a couple bottles of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout of which it looked like they only had one case. Picked up a few Russian Rivers as well.

The quality is maybe a bit of a problem. I don't know how warm it can get here in CA and I've been actually a little surprise at how cool it's been since I got here, but if it ever did manage to get much over 85 or 90 degrees outside I would be concerned about the storage of the brews here. Everything is wide open. I'm not sure if the place was air conditioned or not, but my experience of working in warehouses (and this is literally a warehouse) is that they are not. Still, I've already tried some of what picked up and haven't had any problems. I guess I'd just always prefer to see everything in a cooler, you know?

Customer service was non-existent, but I wasn't really looking for any help anyway. I couldn't tell the difference between the people who were just passionate customers and the actual employees for the most part.

I think the value was high. I didn't spend too much money and got some pretty good stuff. It's comparable to anywhere else I've been in the country anyway.

All in all, a pretty solid beer destination. Definitely worth a stop if you're in the area.

Photo of brewseum
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

Being from MN,I needed to find some bombers to bring back with me,and Beverage Warehouse is a great stop to get you "beer on"

One of the guys hooked me up with wine shippers which allow you to pack 3 bombers in a styro shell,which was GOLDEN for checked baggage on a plane.

I met Dan Ackroyd coming out of the men's room,he was there to sign some of his signature wine.

Picked up Pliny the Elder,Ten Fidy,Russian River,Old Viscosity,Dogfish Head and Hair of the Dog,to name a few notables.Like a previous reviewer said,its good to utilize a GPS to find this place.Its well worth the trip though...

Photo of kdmorse
4.2/5  rDev 0%

Once I found the place (based upon recommendations on BA), I go back regularly. Overall a great liquor store. Buy all my liquor here, unless CVS/RiteAid have a save. On to beer...

The selection is good. Doesn't change a lot, so you can count on certain beers being there. They always have seasonal selections at good prices. I would love more choices, but don't complain about what they have. Some beers are available as singles, which is nice for a try.

I've never needed or asked for help with the beer itself. The staff is friendly and helpful at the checkout.

Definitely my default store for a real beer run.

Photo of MacDomer
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

Found this place thanks to Beerfuly and stopped by during a weekend in LA. It's in a somewhat odd location. Thank goodness for GPS! It's indeed a warehouse - very unassuming. Not a lot of parking spots, but then again, there were only two other customers there and this was a Saturday afternoon.

The selection was really good. I checked the website before going, but it's not kept current. Call them and ask if you're interested in something specific.

They had lots of west coast stuff I can't get back at home (Chicago). Prices were pretty reasonable, and they let me break a few six packs so I could get what I wanted. Here's a sample of what I was able to get: Adam, Doggie Claws, Ruth; PtE up the wazoo, Blind Pig; Le Freak, GF DIPA, GF west coast IPA; Samichlaus; a few from Black Butte; Stone IPA; Alesmith IPA; and some Oscar Blues.

Service was decent, but not great. Hell, I knew what I wanted walking in the door, though.

Next time I'm in LA, I'm going back - recommended.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.2/5  rDev 0%

Big place tucked in a somewhat odd warehouse/shopping center thing. Real easy to get to from the 405.

Walk in a the place is full of beverages in a warehouse so the name is appropriate. Beers are back and to the right. Wall full of sixers, bombers, 750's and singles. Probably 30' long and 4 or 5 shelves high. Big long rack in the floor as well along with a few other random stacks. Strong representation of CA breweries including Stone, Green Flash, Russian River, The Brury, AleSmith, etc. A little thin on the imports but still a decent selection. Prices all seemed very reasonable and the help was friendly, but not particularly helpful. Definitely worth the stop if you ever find yourself in the area.

Photo of callmescraps
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Finally trekked over to the Beverage Warehouse. I've been looking for a go-to beer place since moving to Los Angeles. I must say, I miss my beloved Downtown Wine and Spirits in Somerville, MA. (To be fair, I also used to work there, but it really does have an awesome selection.)

Anyways, the warehouse certainly lives up to its' name looks wise. That being said, everything is pretty spread out. They don't really cram a whole lot of stuff in all that space.

Quality - The stuff they had seemed to be in pretty decent shape, and finding things was a breeze.

Service - The guys working there seemed a little rude, and didn't seem to care much about the product. That being said, it's pretty much par for the course.

Selection - Sort of a tease. It really is a pretty good selection, but it could have been so much more. There is plenty of space there, and I would have loved some more options. They have a couple of real treats, but I got pretty much everything I really wanted with one quick stop. They seem to have maybe one or two beers per brewery, which is fine if that's what you're looking for, but kind of a bummer if you already like a brewery and are excited to find a new offering from them.

The prices are totally reasonable, but nothing special.

Overall, this is a decent place, and somewhere to keep in mind. However, it's not exactly a home run. With so much potential I was expecting a bit more. I guess I'm still looking out this way just the right spot.

Photo of DaveDLD
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

unfortunately since i'm moving back to st. louis from LA i won't be able to visit beverage warehouse anymore. over time this became my go-to spot for buying beer. i do enjoy bevmo and wine expo (which is right down the st from me) but for some reason i always managed to find something special at beverage warehouse. my best finds generally were allagash, dogfish head, and port brewing/lost abbey. this is the only store i ever found dogfish head. also i got lost abbey carnavale which is quite good too. i got port hop 15 and allagash vicoria and allagash black. good solid selection and a nice rotating/seasonal selection. i strongly suggest trying

Photo of bennorthenor
5/5  rDev +19%

I hate to say good things about this place, because it's MY little secret shop. I have found on of my favorite beers there and they always have it. It has gotten a very high rating on this website, but I don't want to say what it is... I don't want it to start disappearing before I get there. Hehehe.... I can't say enough GREAT stuff about this place. I was just there yesterday and it really is Disney Land for Adults... You should really stop by, but stay away from MY beer... For the price, I find it a GREAT deal. You will not be disappointed.

Photo of charlzm
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%

This is in fact a warehouse as far as decor goes. There are industrial shelving units with lots of spirits, beer, soda and wine.

Macros are well represented with pallets of them lined up on the floor.

While there are plenty of craft beers, there are few I haven't seen anywhere else. For instance, I was excited to see some Sprecher limited edition beers and bought them. Soon, I saw the same beers in at least two other good beer stores.

If you live on the west side of LA, I can see this being your #1 or #2 bottled beer go-to (although I prefer the Winehouse, personally). But I wasn't as thrilled with the selection as I thought I would be when I finally made the special trip there.

Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

Got a chance to check out this place on the way back to Long Beach from my girlfriend's family's house near Tarzana.

This is located off the 90 Freeway (take it to the end via the Westbound), and then off a small side street. It's in a fairly industrial area. The "warehouse" itself is located at the back of a series of garage-like similar warehouses, but has a clear sign over the top, and quite a bit of people were there (I went on Christmas Eve).

Somewhat warehouse-y, I guess (appropriately) ambiance. One big open space with a huge variety of wines on the left side stretching to the back, and the beer, spirits, and specialty sodas off to the right. Beer was on the back right hand wall, spread over a very long shelving. There were also boxes of beer stock on the ground, open for purchase, and some surrounding or adjacent to the shelving. Six packs were on one shelf, and bombers generally on the other, with craft and imports mixed in together, for the most part.

Selection was good. It wasn't anything that would blow you away, that being said, but it had a lot of nice offerings. In terms of stuff I had never seen before, I came away with a Uerige Doppelsticke, and they also had some Thomas Hardy's Ale, which I had maybe seen once before in my lifetime. They had bottles of Decadence by AleSmith, also, but I had seen that at The Wine Country in Long Beach, too. They had a great variety of Belgians, with pretty much everything under the sun. Wish I had seen some Pannepot, though. I was happy, however, to find a lot 12 oz (11.5?) bottles of Belgian favorites, such as Bernardus Abt 12 and Brasserie des Rocs Grand Cru. I often don't feel like a whole 750ml, and it seems like it's hard to find the smaller bottles.

The big draw with this place, in my opinion, is the prices. As others have mentioned, they have some really cheap bombers scattered here and there, but in general it had prices, on average, $1.50-$2.00 cheaper per item than where I had seen the same item elsewhere. Some examples: Brasseries des Rocs Triple Imperiale 750ml for $8.50, Prima Pils 6-pack for $8.00, Hop Wallop six-pack for $9.99. Great prices, I think.

Service was very helpful - staff members were ready and willing to help customers, and were doing so for more than a few other people shopping.

Anyway, worth the trip, I think, for the prices if nothing else, and the consistently good stock doesn't hurt either.

Photo of rxdrewthejew
4/5  rDev -4.8%

I probably woulda never found this place if not for my GPS, but if you live the West LA area it's fairly accesible. Totally a warehouse, mostly wine/booze, but a pretty sizable beer corner, at least competes with your average BevMo for size.
Huge selection of Belgian, British and German beers. Lots of loose 12 oz/330 ml bottles which are cheap and you don't have to buy 6 at a time. Craft selection is ok. Most of the normal stuff, seems like they have more from Port and Lagunitas than other places. Also some east coast brews like Victory and Allagash. Can't say I was blown away though.
Price depends on what you're getting. I dropped 25 bucks on three bombers which seems a bit steep. A lot of the stuff was well priced though.
Staff was friendly and helpful. Overall worth the trip, but I wouldn't drive across town to go there, either.

Photo of Halcyondays
4/5  rDev -4.8%

The Beverage Warehouse is located just off the 405/90 (Marina del Rey Freeway), in West L.A. The place is located in an industrial park type area, just off Culver Blvd. Inside there is a wide selection of beer, wine, spirits. Inside to the right, you find the beer, a large selection of American crafts, Belgians, and European imports. They have a lot that I don't even see at Hi-Times, such as selections from the Penn Brewery. Prices are very good here, bombers are a good $.50 to $1 under what you find at other reatilers and 750s are often more than $2 off. This is a warehouse, so none of the beer is refrigerated, but the great selection more than makes up for it. Found a large selection of Belgians of 330 mL size that I haven't seen elsewhere. A great place to buy beer if you're in the West L.A. area.

Photo of Floydster
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%

This place is located at the end of a strip mall in the middle of Marina del Rey off of Culver Boulevard

Have found great beers here from Ballast Point, Lagunitas, Stone, and Rogue XS series

Can find bombers for three bucks which is great, recently bought a Frank Zappa tribute beer called Kill Ugly Radio for that price

Always have specials and the newest products available

They are supposed to get in Stone's 11th Anniversary beer in the next few days

Sales associates know exactly what you are looking for and are always very helpful

If you become a regular here, you will receive amazing benefits, I will leave it at that

Photo of illidurit
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

Luckily I lived in Culver City for a year, otherwise I would have been in trouble locating it. Turning from Culver onto McConnell it'll be near the end of the road, at the end of a driveway on the right.

The next hardest thing to do after finding the place is choosing from the huge selection of high quality stuff. I was happy to finally find some Victory and Avery brews in California but I nearly jumped out of my shoes when I saw a couple YuleSmiths. AleSmith and Stone are very well represented, and the Belgian selection is great. Plenty of trappists and St Bernardus, as well as some rarities like the black label Girardin Gueuze 1882 and a Fantome or two. Saw some neat Port Brewing beers there too.

As the name states, this place is a warehouse, so don't expect the staff to be waiting on you very much. In fact the only people I saw working there were at the cash registers. Not a big problem if you know what you're after.

The prices were the most reasonable I've seen for several beers. The big AleSmith beers are cheaper than at Whole Foods or any San Francisco location I've been to. I found a St. Bernardus Pater 6 that was in a pallet under a shelving unit and the cashier said he couldn't find it in the system so he gave it to me free! He knew his beer too.

Only con here is that the beer is not refrigerated. It sits on shelving units on the back wall to the right of entrance, well out of the way of sunlight. Luckily the warehouse doesn't get warm due to the cold concrete floor.

Great place, I'll can almost guarantee I'll be stopping there whenever I'm in Los Angeles.

Photo of SwillinBrew
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

I almost missed this place. It's way in the back of an industrial stip mall. The front is unassuming with a normal door to the right and a rollup warehouse door to the left. I walked in the warehouse door. Shopping carts to the right with wine straight ahead. Beer is in the far back right side of the warehouse, cornered by the wine, spirits and craft soda. It's rather cool in here, very large, high warehouse ceilings.

The selection is very impressive. Actually only bested by Hi-Times yet still some beer here that's not at Hi-Times. All the west coast micros are here along with a solid selection of germans, english, belgians, scottish, czechs, canadian, and latin brews. Some brews that stood out were Port's High Tide Fresh Hopped IPA, RR's Tempation, Victory's Old Horizontal and others i hadnt seen before. The beers are on shelves and in cases on the floor... look at all the cases because you may find something that's not on the shelf. There's also a decent selection of mead here. The prices here are the best i've seen anywhere!!! Almost all bottles are $1-$2 cheaper here.

As i checked out, the man i took to be the owner commented on my high tide. We started talking about pizza port and stone festivals then the temecula homebrew fest, homebrewing and all things beers. Quite the nice gentleman he was. Reminded of an old salty sailor with tales from the sea. He even game me the latest edition of Beer Advocate (which i read when i got back to my office).

If i lived closer to this place, i would be here weekly.

Photo of sloejams
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Beverage Warehouse is the easily best liquor store in Los Angeles. The only drawbacks from me is that it's not terribly close to where I love / anywhere I often go and there is extremely limited selection of refrigerated beers. These are small complaints though.

Beverage Warehouse is precisely what the name says - a warehouse. It's not very easy to find so be sure to Google Maps the hell out this place before you head out. It's a large warehouse with ample selection of liquor, sodas and why you're here - beer.

Usually when I'm making my way to the Beverage Warehouse, I'm stocking up. That's exactly what I did today. I took an extended lunch break and headed out to load up on some of the new stuff out. To no surprise, they had everything I hoped they would and some other specialities. I loaded up on the Pizza Port / Lost Abbey stuff - which is still not all that easy to find here, especially the Old Viscosity and Wipeout IPA, which I've never seen stocked anywhere until now. They also already had the new SN Celebration 06, even though it's only the end of October. I'm not complaining. The Belgian selection was looking good. There were some tasty German lagers I've not crossed paths with lately. I managed to stay under my planned budget of $100, though it was difficult.

Photo of BlindPig
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%

I was kind of worried about trying to find this place after reading all the reviews. I really had no trouble at all. Maybe they fixed roads, changed some signs, ect. but it was very easy. It's a big warehouse building and there are no fridges for the beer which I was kind of iffy about saying it was pretty hot in there (haven't tried any of the beers I got so far). They have a pretty nice selection. Even had Hopsickle and Stone 10th anniversary which were basically the only two beers I REALLY wanted to find and I managed to get them both. The 10th came as a big surprise since I heard from somewhere else they weren't getting them in until Monday. They had a good selection of other things. They also sell some 12oz. singles. Wish they had more for singles but still they had them. Good selection of Belgium's also. I would go back here if I was looking for something harder to find. I think it was worth my 3hr out of the way drive since I did find these two beers.

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

Most of the reviewers have nailed the important details of this place but I'll summarize:

- Very difficult to find. Yes you are on the right road but you won't see it from the road. It is in a "warehouse" industrial park so just head all the way down the parking lot, its at the end.

- Rick is very helpful and talkative, but not usually there on the weekend. If Rick isn't there, the service drops off dramatically. Rick is the beer guy so any questions pertaining to incoming beers need to be directed to Rick.

- A consistent selection of west coast brews (meaning that they will never run out of the beers you expect them to have). New beers are usually put to the front of the beer selection so one doesn't need to hunt and peck to find whats new.

- Absolutely great selection of Belgians.

- Ability to break up sixpack and purchase singles.

- Massive amounts of domestics, soda, wine, etc. This is a warehouse, so its built for speed and purchasing in bulk.

- Last but not least...they do not give you itemized receipts. What does that mean? It doesn't show you what items were purchased on the receipt. See, my company does not allow the usage of company money to be spent of booze. But you can purchase food, soda, etc. BW will ALWAYS get our business because of this reason.

This is a solid beer store. I usually visit BW once a week to see whats new.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

Found this on BA, then stopped in during a short business trip. I had a hell of a time finding it, and wasn't sure I'd arrived at the right place once I got to the address. It's in an industrial-looking site, with many other warehouses. And it's the last one in the back. Parking was impossible, there just aren't many spots.

The selection was really good, but to be honest I was hoping for even better selection. I wanted to see more CA beers which I can't find at home. There were 3 from Russian River, 2 of which I bought (Supplication and Temptation). 3 from Bear Republic and a few choice others, but I think they could have stocked more (just my preference).

The Belgian selection was really good, but also pretty over-priced.

I recommend checking the website to see what they're stocking before going here. It's a little pricey and hard to locate.

Photo of Zorro
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

This is another fine beer store that I would NEVER find in a hundred years without the BA Beer fly.

Even knowing about it and having Google Maps directions it is STILL not all that easy to get too. #1 problem is all the roads and ramps off the south bound 405 are all torn up or closed right now. The Culver City off ramp is just barely open and not marked at the moment. #2 problem is that there is apparently no way to get back on the 405 north bound from Culver Blvd. You have to go south to the next exit to go north again.

This place is located in a more or less hidden warehouse area and you wouldn't think any thing is down at the end of McConnell Avenue except a dead end. Then you see some really raw looking warehouse spaces down on your right; the beverage warehouse is all the way down at the end. There isn't a lot of parking down there so you find a space you take it.

There are a few beers in the cooler on your right as you go in behind where the grocery carts are. Most of the beer is along the far wall on the right side and first aisles.

There is a HUGE selection of beer available here including numerous East Coast beers like Victory Storm King Stout. Storage is a little iffy, on the bad side there is no refrigeration here; on the good side it is windowless warehouse space and cold concrete. I checked some of the brewing dates and they were fairly recent, they even have Abita Fleur-de-lis Restoration Ale!

Service is what you would expect from a warehouse store but they DO work hard and fast to get you checked out.

Selection can't be beat, more here than everyone except Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa.

You simply can't beat this place for price, best price on Stone beers in the Los Angeles area.

A must visit place and a place I will visit again and again!

Photo of PuckLSHS
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%

Beverage Warehouse is a great place to stock up on some really good beers. The beer guy Rick is a great guy to talk to and will keep you abreast as to what is going on with shipping and what he can get for you. Throw some questions around and you will be sure to get a response from one of the gentlemen who are there.

I have found some pretty great stuff lately. They have the new shipment of Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout, a bunch from Stoudts and Victory Brewing and a load of belgians which I am almost through with trying. They have a generous wall of singles that can be purchased and a large selection of six packs. They have new shipments that come in all the time, so their is a lot of variety in their selection.

This is a great place to stock up. Also, the people make it a place where you want to keep going back to spend your money.

Photo of DogFood11
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%

I have to start with the fact that I've never had a bad beer from this establishment. It is mainly a wine/soda warehouse. On weekends they have samplings of soda in the front of the building, they have some really wild soda's. I sampled a few and some of them stung my palate into remission.

Huge selection of brews. The usual domestic macro's bud, miller, coors, and some imported macro's, corona, pacifico, heinekin, etc.

Some hard to find imports including some beers from tawain, south korea, china. If you look hard enough you will find beers from all over the world. You really do have to look around the entire beer selection as it can stretch into the next aisle when they are fully stocked. The only downside is in the quality department because there are no coolers for the beer and if there is A/C they don't use it too often as its usually on the hot side. With that being said I haven't had a truly bad bottle of beer so in my book it hasn't been an issue.

Full selection of belgium imports consisting of the usuals and some hard to finds. Fullers vintage 2005 was on sale!

Micros from all the locals that distribute. Moylan's, Marin, Stone, Green Flash, Ballast Point, Alesmith, Pizza port etc etc....the list goes on and on and on. Avery, North Coast, Russian River. Don't forget to ask management whats new coming their way. They will give you the rundown and even the day he expects it so you can get it fresh.

Large parking lot is condusive, especially on the weekends. You will not be dissapointed. Even the veteran BA's would enjoy this venture.

Edit: Nov 1 2006. Making friends with the Rick is a good idea. He has ordered many brews that I made him aware of and he's happy to do it.

Photo of shalowlou
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

Oh man, a review already mentioned this, but this place is the proverbial "kid in a candy store". Just go to the website and take a look at the selection. I mean, they have a lot of beers.

It has the usual california fare: Stone, Sierra Nevada, Bear Repub, and some alesmith, plus a few Rogues (Shakespeare Stout) plus beers from around the world including Chiamays, La Fin Du Monde, Duvel, Paulaner, St. Bernardus. As you can see its got some really great stuff.

The thing I don't like is that it's a Warhouse (they weren't kidding) so nothing is refridgerated. So therefore you can't really be sure of any freshness because quite simply, they have so much stuff. So be wary of some of those bottles. But getting past that, it truly is a wonderful place and one of my favorite places to be. If you live anywhere near the area, check this place out.

Photo of lou91
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

Coming from northern california, this is a great beer store tucked away in a warehouse mini-mall. I should say that this is a great liquor store since they seem to stock tons of wine, hard liquor and sodas. On my recent haul I picked up Stone Imperial, the summer Yulesmith, Three Philosophers, Avery: Milk stout, IPA, Belgian white, Petrus aged pale, and Merz Rauchbier. Now I know where the Stone Imperial bottleneck is. They also had the alesmith barley wine and horny devil but no speedway. This is a great store to pick up some rare ales and always find stuff that I can't find even in northern cali. Oh yeah, the prices - excellent. Stone IS was $3.99, yulesmith $4.49, and three philosophers was $6.66. I went to the wine warehouse next and I'm glad I did. Service was average since they left me alone which is what I like.

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Beverage Warehouse in Los Angeles, CA
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