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Beverage Warehouse

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Beverage WarehouseBeverage Warehouse
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

39 Reviews
Reviews: 39
Visits: 53
Avg: 4.14
pDev: n/a
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4935 McConnell Ave
Ste 21
Los Angeles, California, 90066-6756
United States
phone: (310) 306-2822 | map
www.beveragewarehouse.com

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Photo of keithmurray
3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

Visited this place on many occasions, figured I owed 'em a review.

Pretty decent selection of craft/import beers, the usual Samuel Smith/Samuel Adams/Lagunitas/Stone offerings that you can find in most places. The place looks like a large industrial warehouse, but everything is well organized. Prices are fair, on par with a lot of other stores in LA that sell craft beer. Only thing is they only carry stuff that you can find anywhere else, if you are looking for rare, one off beers, this isn't the place for you. You better know what you are looking for though, i'v been to this place maybe a dozen times and not once has anyone ever asked me if I needed help, which was all well and good, since I usually have an idea of what I need before I go there. Overall, decent place to get your craft beer fix.

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Photo of callmescraps
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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.

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Photo of psiweaver
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%

This used to be my go to beer store. I find that it is very hit and miss, some weeks I go in and they have a ton of items that I want, other weeks I got in and they seem to have nothing of interest. They do have a large selection. The staff are generally helpful. They don't tend to get many rare items, and not a lot of the Lost Abbey items. Overall very reliable and with a pretty good selection just nothing that will blow you away or get you all giddy.

They do have a great alcohol selection though so there is definitely some other interesting things that can be found/had while you are there.

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Photo of Mustard
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

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Photo of GJ40
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%

Big place with lots of beer that's nicely displayed. But keeping all of it out in the warm CA air seems a recipe for bad beer; especially given the weather they had the week I was there. I did pick up a few IPAs in the past that seemed faded due to those conditions. But I still stop by when I fly in and out of LAX.

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Photo of mactrail
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

The place is clean, spacious, and the stock is displayed like someone actually cared. All the shelves are out in the open, but "warm" is not exactly the right word. Though there is no refrigeration, it felt like typical wear-your-hoodie southern California coastal temperature.

I think it's a pretty amazingly broad spectrum of beers. Not only that, prices were less than average. For instance, they had all of the Goose Island "girls" but for several dollars less than I've seen elsewhere. I wouldn't say there were any rarities, but they had beers I've never seen from several SoCal breweries. I can't begin to list the huge variety of breweries represented. Also dozens of Belgians and Germans.

If you want six-packs, they have vastly more of those than the boutique beer shops. Plus, where can you get Rainier Ale these days, and for six bucks for six 16 oz cans?

This would be the place for someone flying in to LAX and renting a car. You could harvest a vast array of California brews and fill up your trunk for a two week trip with one stop.

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Photo of skillerified
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

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Photo of charlzm
3.85/5  rDev -7%

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.

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Photo of Rumrunner
3.85/5  rDev -7%

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.

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Photo of beer2day
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Located at the back of a industrial strip shopping center. Not sure what I was getting into, but glad I found it and glad I stopped in.

Cold beer is limited to one small cooler opposite the registers in the front. Warm beer area is large and all the way in the back and quite extensive. I was able to find plenty that I was looking for to fill my checked bags for the trip back east. Lots of Alaskan, AleSmith, Stone (plenty of 15th), and Drake's to make me happy.

Service, though a bit standoffish at first, was actually very pleasant when I checked out.

Hard to find, not easy to get to, but worth a stop.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

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Photo of rxdrewthejew
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

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Photo of tjensen3618
4/5  rDev -3.4%

It's just as the name implies, it's a warehouse with a lot of beverages. The wall of beer has the lineups from most companies you'd think to see in So. Cal. Rogue, Lagunitas, Stone, etc. A great selection of Belgian, English and German beers.

The row of boxes opposite the beer wall has some finds if you dig through them, I spotted several beers that i had never seen anywhere else. I also found myself a St. Bernardus gift pack that was really nice.

The staff was just there to check people out, I didn't get the impression that they were there to answer many questions. However, I don't mind that as i usually don't find the need to ask clerks questions about beer.

A definite stop in the unfortunate event that I find myself on the 405 in that area again.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

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Photo of lou91
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

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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Photo of nightwing002
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

i've been going to this place for awhile now since it is just 5 mins away from my parents house. hidden away from the main street next to a residential area.

they have a wide selection of beer, wine, and alcohol. they carry stuff that you wouldn't find at regular liquor or grocery stores. all of their products are organized and displayed in an easy to find order.

the beer section is extensive. they carry the usual popular market beers, but also carry craft brews and have a large european selection. i usually get my alesmith, russian river, rogue, rochefort, or great divide beers here. the only downer to this place is that they usually don't get the hard to find craft brews. i also love getting my beer glasses here. you can get steins, duvel tulips, yards, and pilsners.

the staff is knowledgeable. but don't except them to go up to you. you have to hunt them down for help. but once you get them they are helpful.

overall, this is a place where you can fulfill most of your craft beer needs.

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Photo of Myk
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

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Photo of Zorro
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

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!

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Photo of brewseum
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

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...

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Photo of MacDomer
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

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Photo of kdmorse
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

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Photo of SwillinBrew
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

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Beverage Warehouse in Los Angeles, CA
92 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.