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Plaza Market

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Plaza MarketPlaza Market
BA SCORE
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world-class

49 Reviews
Reviews: 49
Visits: 76
rAvg: 4.72
pDev: n/a
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2400 Peck Rd
El Monte, California, 91733-2812
United States
phone: (626) 444-4454

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @craftbeerkings

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Reviews: 49 | Visits: 76
Reviews by brewpaab:
Photo of brewpaab
4.84/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Followed these guys on instagram and realized they were local and decided to check them out.

The small parking lot and small town market look shouldn't deter you from venturing inside. Once you get past the chips and convenience store items, the back isle is really stunning. Looks like they went out and purchased some beautiful new refridgerated doors coolers to house their ever expanding selection of incredible craft beers. I was really amazed at the selection, and selection they had from many breweries. And the guys working, Moe and I can't remember the other cat's name, were ready to talk beer as long as I wanted to.

Glad to have found this place...and as much as I want to get the word out, I also want it to stay small enough to be my personal stash place. But really...I hope they are around for a while.

Cheers Brothers!

Paul
brewpaab (854 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of trigoblue
5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is the place to go for beers from A-Z! Small family owned establishment with a passion for all things craft ale. Plaza market is an absolute gem of a craft beer store in the city of El Monte. Worth giving this place a shot if you're in the area. (250 characters)

Photo of Kyasumura
5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Forget BevMo or Total Wine and More! Plaza Market of El Monte is the real deal. There are literally TONS of choices for beer, with a specialization in craft beer. Plaza Market offers a wide selection of beer both in-store and online via their craftbeerkings website. The beer is fairly priced and the service of all of their knowledgeable staff is amazing. Make sure to talk to Mike, Moe, or Feras who will definitely hook you up with the latest and greatest (or anything in between) in beer. (492 characters)

Photo of domdomdomdom
3.39/5  rDev -28.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Photo of Mattygross44
5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

What can i say this is my go to place for all the rare hard to find stuff.. These guys have welcomed me with open arms since day one and always are pulling rare and amazing beers out of the back for customers to try. There selection is ridiculous. All types of beers ice cold in there fridges.. Mike is the man and all the other guys are always willing to help you out with what ever style of beers you like. Great glassware section also. I don't mind driving 40 mins each way to come to this place. Go check them out if your in southern California you wont be disappointed. (574 characters)

Photo of Vylo
5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Ordered online. Gigantic selection, helped me out with a large order, good guys. The only drawback I could find to this place is the price . If you live across the country its fine to pay for things you can't find around, but I'm not sure I would be visiting this place if I lived locally. (290 characters)

Photo of Hoptimist
5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I really like this place because it carries all of my favorite craft beer brands but also carries regular beer(sometimes you gotta drink a 40). The workers there are always very nice, and the one guy with the long red beard is very knowledgable. He turned me on to some local brews from Hangar 24 and they are now my favorite brewery! I highly recommend this place and I tell all my friends about it, a gem in the middle of El Monte! (433 characters)

Photo of Sixdollarhaircut
5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

It's awesome to see a family place with brothers working together, you don't see a lot of that lately. Beer selection was great, lots of rare and hard to find beers as well as the local classics. I've been shopping there for over tow years now, they've yet to let me down. (272 characters)

Photo of LethalChickens
5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I have been dealing with these guys for a few years now. They have always been a pleasure to deal with and have a great selection of beers. I tend sometimes to have to curb my beer spending cause they always have stuff I want. They are one of my preferred spots to buy from. Knowledgable and friendly with an awesome selection. (331 characters)

Photo of DucksFan16
3.93/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Rollzroyce21
2.79/5  rDev -40.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.75 | service: 2 | selection: 4

They had a pretty nice selection, but the place was way too disorganized and cramped. Pretty sure they were violating a bunch of codes, but not uncommon in the L.A. area.
I just walked in, looked around, then walked out. Didn't get greeted entire time I was in there. (267 characters)

Photo of DiscoDodo
4.71/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

A friend turned me on to this place when the new owner took over a few years back. This places selection is hands down better than anything else in the area with awesome prices. Along to go with that is a awesome, friendy and helpful staff. A must go to if your in the area. (274 characters)

Photo of mrfabio
4.83/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

referred by a good buddy of mine. awesome place and service was above par. walked away with some nice goodies. def would visit again when in town (145 characters)

Photo of Louiegudiel
3.94/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Great spot for craft beer. (26 characters)

Photo of NPO
5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Best online shipping prices in the market place! Best online order processing in the market place! Best online selection in the market place! Best customer experience in the market place! Very knowledgeable and professional staff! Thanks for all the great beers I was able to enjoy myself and share with so many others! Without Craft Beer Kings this would have not been possible!
Cheers! (392 characters)

Photo of diamond_mind
4.81/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

This is a great place. Hard to tell from the outside but amazing. Super selection, always helpful. I love this place and will go back whenever I can. (149 characters)

Photo of SLubeski
4.81/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The only reason its not 5s across the board is because its in a part of town I wouldn't want to be left alone at night in, it has a very Kwik-E-Mart exterior, and the bulletproof glass divider. Selection is top notch, knowledge is even better. The real gems are what they carry behind the divider if you're willing to strike up some conversation. Whales bro. If you're not kicking it with Moe, then you're not really in the game! (433 characters)

Photo of Bradthoc
2.67/5  rDev -43.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.25

Stopped in the weekend of March 6th.
A friend and I were coming into LA for a bottle release and to visit a few breweries for the weekend. We stopped here as it was on the way down and we've both wanted to visit and check out their selection.

Exterior was not what I was expecting. It looked like a mini mart and nothing you'd expect to find a decent selection of craft beer in. There was plenty of empty boxes laying around outside and trash along the entrance.

Interior was crowded, cluttered with mini mart types of items (gum, candy, etc.) and aisles of food. The last two aisles were reserved for glassware, wine, and coolers of beer. Some beers and extra stock were also displayed behind the protective glass check out counter.

Staff was friendly and nice. There were no public restrooms on site but they were understanding in our just arrive after a four drive and kindly let us use the employee restroom behind the counter. Staff was courteous in looking up prices for me on some unmarked bottles I was interested in as well as letting us know if there was any specialty bottles we were looking for available behind the counter.

Selection was not what I had come to expect in my head. With a title of "Craft Beer Kings" on Instagram I was hoping to see floor to ceiling selection and several aisles of beer to keep me busy wondering for hours. Most of the bottles were kept in cold storage. However the selection appeared limited for a California specialty beer store. Prices seemed fair and only a few items I noticed were priced $1-2 higher than other places I'd seen.

Overall, staff was nice. Place was uncomfortable and crowded and selection seemed lacking and misleading from pictures I'd seen. I take time out of my travel to pull off here in the future any time soon, but if you're in the area it may be worth checking out. (1,845 characters)

Photo of kingston213
4.22/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of mrcraft
4.37/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

I visited Plaza Market for the first time today being in the area. Knowing Craft Beer Kings reputation from the forums here, this review is from an in-person visit perspective. From the outside barring signs that say they sell craft beer, you wouldn't think they have a large selection.

A lot of their beers are refrigerated (kudos to them!) in coolers towards the back. I did see some beers on shelves. I thought the selection was very diverse and solid. You have a representative sample of beers from Belgium, Germany, and craft beers being distributed in SoCal. I didn't strike up a conversation with anyone at the store, so who knows if they had any special offerings or rarities in the back or behind the counter.

The cashier area is walled off with a plexiglass partition like you see at a bank which kinda throws off a bad vibe. They did have beers on shelves behind the partition. I did a quick peek but didn't see any rarities.

I thought the pricing was okay, generally market pricing.

If you're in the area, they do have solid selection, and is definitely worth a visit. (1,091 characters)

Photo of carlos89
5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great spot. Walked away with a few gems. one of which was a small cantillon kriek bottle. great selection overall. Most of everything is refrigerated. Staff was friendly. Checkout was quick. Def worth a drive (208 characters)

Photo of Marco_Gtz
3/5  rDev -36.4%

Photo of joeyjoey104
4.75/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of beercoach
5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of LakerLeith
4/5  rDev -15.3%

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Plaza Market in El Monte, CA
100 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.