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Beverage Warehouse

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Beverage WarehouseBeverage Warehouse
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

48 Ratings
Ratings: 48
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.37%
[ Store ]

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

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Photo of Halcyondays
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

Halcyondays, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of Floydster
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%

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

Floydster, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of illidurit
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

illidurit, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of SwillinBrew
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

SwillinBrew, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of sloejams
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

sloejams, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of BlindPig
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

BlindPig, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

Westsidethreat, May 21, 2006
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

TurdFurgison, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of Zorro
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%

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!

Zorro, Nov 11, 2005
Photo of PuckLSHS
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%

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.

PuckLSHS, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
4.6/5  rDev +10%

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.

DogFood11, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of shalowlou
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

shalowlou, Mar 31, 2005
Photo of lou91
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

lou91, Jul 12, 2004
Photo of Rumrunner
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%

A large un-decorated space that sells all kinds of liquor. A great selection of spirits and wines. It has a humidor and they sell all types of glasses. They have large grocery style shopping carts so be careful. A person could spend quite a few dollars here with a cart that large.

The beer selection is very nice. A large selection of California beers and some offerings from a few other states. Oregon, Alaska, Colorado, Pennsylvania and others. The import selection is well stocked. Australia is included, Canada is well represented and a nice supply of English and German beers. They also have plenty of Belgians and beers from many other countries.

The service is okay. Nobody really offers any help. If you ask they will try their best. The prices are better than many other places that sell the beers we are all looking for and this place probably has the best selection on the west side of Los Angeles. The Wine House comes close but they are unpredictable lately. Their selection seems to be dwindling.

BW is tucked away in a mini mall whrere no one would think a mini mall would exist. Be sure to check the maps on how to get there.

Rumrunner, Sep 22, 2003
Photo of Mustard
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%

The Beverage Warehouse, henceforth BW, probably boasts the largest beer selection of any liquor store on the Westside. That said, said variety is not actually that great -- I would estimate it at a 150 or so (a solid portion of it typical macro stuff) -- nor that unique. Most offerings are easily found at nearby venues (e.g. the Wine House, Whole Foods or Bristol Farms) and at fairly comparable rates (but note below). The usual California brews/breweries (Stone, AleSmith, SN, Anchor, Moylan's, Bear Republic, etc.) are well attested and reasonably priced -- and there is an ok to decent smattering of German fare (Ayinger, Paulaner, Allgäuer) -- but "extra-Californian" domestics are few and far between (a few Rogues, some Victory, DFH and Ommegang) and the Belgian selection is a whit inferior to that found in, say, the Wine House or even the more recently constructed Whole Foods stores. (Great draw of Unibroue products, though). Where BW does make a niche for itself is probably with its Baltic porters (only Saku and Okocim), a style not othwerise found on the Westside, as far as I've been able to make out. Pricing, on the whole, is fair, with a good number of bombers coming in anywhere from $.20 to $.30 cheaper than elsewhere, six packs $.50 to $1.00.

Mustard, Aug 13, 2003
Photo of mickeymac
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Wow! I used to live about one mile from this place and didn't know it existed. It's almost worth moving back. In a somewhat run-down commercial park, it doesn't look like much from the outside. What's inside more than makes up for the exterior. This place has everything: wine, cigars, distilled spirits, oh and beer, beer, beer. In addition to the stuff that's pretty easy to find in these parts (e.g., Stone and Alesmith), BW has a good selection of beers I've seen nowhere else in southern California. I finally tracked down Victory Old Horizontal at BW. The prices are good and the service is friendly. Thanks to BA lupulin for pointing me in the right direction.

mickeymac, May 14, 2003
Photo of Myk
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%

good selection, ranging from swill to great. my local store with good selections of imports and micros. the beer buyer, rick deyo was super helpful and very interested in what i thought of certain beers. he was definately looking to see what he didn't have that he thought would sell in the area. i asked how stone and alesmith was doing, he said very good, i suggested a few and he said he would do his best to get them in. so it is good now, but i can't wait to see what it's going to have in the coming future.

Myk, Jan 17, 2003
Photo of insomnboy
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%

A veritable "kid in a candy store" kind of place for beer lovers.
They have everything and at very reasonable prices. Beers I read about here on BeerAdvocate that I wanted to try I found at Beverage Warehouse (Arrogant Bastard and Hop Rod bombers fer instance). If you live in West Los Angeles and want to find the best selection of beers, you cannot go wrong at Beverage Warehouse. My only gripe? Most of the beer is room temp. so you have to wait while your tasty purchases chill in the fridge. Unless you're getting a keg, those are always nicely chilled. Probably the best keg prices around the area, got a half barrel of Anchor Steam for $125 there last year.

insomnboy, Aug 30, 2002
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Beverage Warehouse in Los Angeles, CA
93 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.