Olive Avenue Market
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Ratings: 6 | Reviews: 6
4.06/5 rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
A quick drive from downtown, Olive Avenue Market possesses the feel of a small town cafe. While some foodstuffs are served and prepared here, it's worth noting that you cannot drink alcohol on its premises. No worries...
After walking past a few coolers of soft drinks, your eyes widen as you look at the beer inventory, which takes up three doors of space. While it is not as big as Gerrard's, the brands are more "specialized". You're going to see a large number of expensive brands being carried, consisting of Iron Fist, Telegraph, Mikkeller, Nogne O, The Bruery, and Baird's.
At checkout, the cashier sounded extremely enthusiastic and knowlegable about craft beer. When I brought up Nogne O DunkleWit, she immediately asked me if I liked malty beers. Shortly after I responded with a yes, she asked if I knew about LA Beer Week and which bars I hung out at in Orange County.
For an intimate experience in Redlands, Olive Avenue Market is the place to go to.
10-24-2011 03:51:57 | More by DoubleJ
3.93/5 rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped by here with family today. Have been to this location before years ago, when it was an ordinary liqour store. Boy, has this place changed. First off, this is not your normal bottle shop. It is more of a bakery/cafe that happens to sell craft beer, and wine. There are numerous tables with people drinking coffee, and eating various bakery items. Pretty cool vibe.
They have three coolers dedicated to craft. Selection was not the best, but they did have some solid offerings. Some of things I saw included; Bruery, Hangar, RR, Mikkeller, Port/Lost Abbey, Inland Empire, Sierra Nevada, and a few others...
Prices seemed reasonable. Didn't ask any questions as it was fairly busy, so i'm not sure how knowledgeable the staff was, but everybody was nice. All in all, a pretty cool place. Can see myself stopping by if i'm in the area...
10-08-2011 22:35:50 | More by comfortablynumb1
4.9/5 rDev +16.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Beside pretty good coffee , gourmet soda pop, sandwiches,and goodies,this is the place in Redlands to get a good bottle of beer.Lots of variety, stouts,porters,IPA'S, barley wines, sours,wheats etc. They carry all the beer that cant be found generally locally. All the Stone collabs,Bruery beers, Sculpin,Pliney, Blind Pig, Lost Abbey,Port Brewing, Hangar 24 of course and once in a while a rare offering.
The service and prices are fine but if you want to talk beer, you need to ask for Mo. She's there right now.
07-28-2011 22:09:48 | More by Socalbeerlover
4.28/5 rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
This is a small family owned store. It was never meant to be a liqour store so it give the beers and wine a different focus. It try to go with the small boutique view on its selection which results in them carrying a good selection of some harder to find brews.
The beers they carry go from local brewery Hangar 24(if you sell beer in Redlands and don't carry them its almost blasphemy) to Bruery, Aver, Russian River, and imports such as Mikkeler, and Baird Brewery. While majority of the staff is pretty clueless the morning manager Maureen is a craft beer aficionado and will talk and rave about beers if you get to talk to her. Unfortunately she works mornings so good luck at night.
They have sandwiches and pastries for sale. The sandwiches are tasty. The coffee is mediocre(want good coffee in Redlands go downtown and hit up Augie's). They also have many small soda and root beer producers and carry the few sodas made by breweries such as Abita Rootbeer. The wine is generally small wineries so don't expect to pay less then $10.
The prices are decent. They don't mark things up but don't expect Total Wine.
07-01-2011 22:20:10 | More by Hershdawg
3.79/5 rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I stopped by this place while on business in the Redlands area. The store is literally in the middle of the neighborhood in the downtown Redlands area. It is a very cool store, not a beer store but I great place to come and hang out. I stopped in because I had seen that they got distribution from most of the California beers I was looking for. They have a few refrigerator cases full of beer, mostly high end stuff, Bruery, Lost Abbey, Russian River and the prices I would call reasonable. The staff isn't really there for the beer selection but are nice and willing to help. If I was a local this place would be a go to store to check out the beer selection and sit down and enjoy a coffee. Overall a nice store with an OK selection and nice people and comfortable surroundings.
05-14-2011 15:48:47 | More by mizzouguy
4.25/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
Located near downtown Redlands, in a beautiful neighborhood of old houses, this place is also an old house that was converted into a coffee shop/market. It is a great place to hang out and drink a cup of coffee(the quality of which is mediocre, so if you want an awesome cup of coffee, go to Augie's, down the street) and get good beer. The selection they carry is small, so I don't think it warrants more than a half hour drive, but it is well chosen. It is a little expensive, but I think if you go check it out you will feel your money is being well spent helping to support a small local store that makes you feel like you are in a time before supermarkets were the norm.
The staff there are very nice, and are always quick to suggest their favorites.
They usually carry beers from The Bruery, Mad River, Nogne O, Hangar 24, Lost Abbey, Mikkeller, and Russian River, but the selection changes pretty frequently. They also have a lot of different kinds of soda pop.
So go check it out!
05-07-2011 05:30:17 | More by tombcrypt
Olive Avenue Market in Redlands, CA
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