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Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
4.41/5 rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
As other's have stated, it looks like a run of the mill liquor store that would probably carry nothing but domestic piss and machine made cigarettes, but as soon as you take a look at their bottle grave you know you're stepping into a legitimate bottle shop.
Frank is good about splitting up fast selling shipments into two time slots. I think he released BCBS in the morning and after 5PM for those who can't get in due to work, school, etc. He also get's in some beer's that I haven't really seen at other bottle shops in the area.
He's a cool guy and remembers what you're looking for and helps people out to the best of his ability without gouging prices and screwing other people over.
All-in-all, if you're in North OC, (Brea/Fullerton/Anaheim) they're worth checking out. They're located in the same mall as the Guitar Center, across the street from a used car dealership and Pepe's and south of Downtown Brea.
02-04-2014 22:01:42 | More by 9uns
4.24/5 rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Looks like a convenience store on the outside (and inside from that matter) because it half is.
Beer is lined on the back couple shelves, packed in as much as possible, overflowing on the ground and everywhere they can stick it. Plenty of rarer selections that are sold out faster at other locations, probably because it's located in a less beer dense area.
Service was an old woman at the counter, so neither pro or con, she was friendly enough.
Prices seemed in line with everything else I saw that week in CA so if you strike out in San Diego for a limited release, maybe venture here if you make a trip to Anaheim for The Bruery.
06-18-2013 21:50:44 | More by claspada
4.79/5 rDev +3.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Hacienda Beverage blends into the little strip mall they call home very well... a little too well. For years I had no idea they sold craft beer. That all changed when a sales rep told me to check them out. I work right around the corner, so it's convenient for me.
The place is a little small, but the beer aisles are packed with good stuff. They usually get stuff as soon as the "big box" stores in the neighborhood, and even if it's a little later, I don't mind. The service at Hacienda is top notch. Frank remembers, and takes care of, repeat customers. He is very knowledgeable and always willing to discuss any of the beers they carry, or beer in general.
Sometimes their prices are a dollar higher than the aforementioned "big box" stores, but I don't mind spring this small, family-run business with a little extra to cover their higher costs. (I'm sure they don't buy in as much volume as the big guys.)
My only complaint is something that's out of their control. Russian River doesn't send them any sours or IPAs. I don't know why; they would sell like hot cakes there.
Hacienda has earned my business and my loyalty.
05-29-2013 17:09:47 | More by SimpsonsFan714
4.88/5 rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
From the outside, it appears you're about to step into a hole in the wall liquor store that only carries smokes and macros, till you get to the little plastic display set into the stucco filled with empty craft beers.
Walking inside you enter nirvana, albeit a slightly brown and cluttered nirvana. This is the only place where I took off points.
Craft is located against the coolers. 3 coolers filled with pales and ipas. 2 aisles straight to floor with craft from all over. If it's distributed in SoCal, Frank gets it. Occasionally older vintages appear from the back, from times when shelf space needed to be freed up temporarily. Prices are MSRP, and the selection is outstanding. Have a question and an answer is always ready.
The store also keeps a good stock of wine and unique spirits as well, making it easy to never have to go to BevMo or TotalWine
Facebook updates keep you informed what has come in new from a shipment and what Frank is restocking, with the occasional notification on unique spirits and wines.
05-09-2013 05:51:49 | More by sirtomtom
4.4/5 rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Hacienda Beverage is a nice bottle shop in a strip mall off of Brea Boulevard. From the outside, it looks like your typical liquor store. However, once you enter, they have lots of craft beers in both coolers and out on shelves. I really like Frank. He's always trying to better his selection, and he's a nice, easy to talk to guy.
If you're in the Brea area and are looking for some interesting beers, I'd stop by here before BevMo or Total Wine.
As for the selection, it's pretty solid. They get most of the West Coast limited releases, but when they do come in, they sell out fast. They maintain a Facebook page, so they are always providing current information, especially with their limited releases. I think because they are newer in the craft scene than other established high-end bottle shops, they don't get the same allocation that others do. For example, they get Damnation but not Pliny, though they're working on it.
As a testament to how Frank deals with his customers in the most fairest way, with the recent Parabola release, they received 2 cases. First case was released in the morning, the second case was released at 5 p.m., so people that couldn't get off work or go to college would have a fair shot at buying the limited release.
This is a solid bottle shop I highly recommend. It is always getting better too. If I lived closer to Hacienda Beverage, I'd be here much more often. Well done, Frank.
05-07-2013 18:31:59 | More by mrcraft
4.78/5 rDev +3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
The BEER SELECTION (examples of some breweries in selection):
Hair of the Dog
+ All local breweries that are generally available all throughout SoCal.
You'll be able to find more rarer beers here than the bigger places i.e. Total Wine and BevMo. Just know that once a worthy brew comes in (and they do come in occasionally), it sells out quick.
Frank knows what he's doing. He post pics and updates on the FB page, which is what any great craft beer store should be doing. He'll occasionally put out older vintages of popular brews (not IPA's of course). Hacienda's a great place to beer hunt.
01-30-2013 14:57:06 | More by Rollzroyce21
Hacienda Beverage in Brea, CA
98 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.