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Old Town Liquor

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Old Town LiquorOld Town Liquor
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

17 Ratings
Ratings: 17
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: n/a
[ Store ]

28780 Old Town Front St
Temecula, California, 92590-2847
United States
phone: (951) 676-6909

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Reviews by travolta:
Photo of travolta
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%

Old Town Liquor is a wolf in a sheep ranch. Nothing in Temecula comes close to the selection of beer this store supplies. I never thought I would find a beer store capable of understanding what I am looking for. If you live in or around Temecula, this is the place to buy your beer, unless you enjoy driving 30 miles to imbibe. The service is decent, the selection is good and the location is great. You wont find a better beer store in this area. prices are high, but I do not blame them. they have us cornered. The markup I pay for some beers there I make up for by saving that much (at least) on gas driving to bev-mo.
I've become a regular, and you should as well. They deserve our patronage.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Catracho5
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

This is a nice little bottle shop at the end of Old Town Temecula. Rick the owner is really knowledgeable about beers. He carries most of your average craft and imports, occasionally there is a nice selection of some decently hard to find stuff. The stock is usually fresh, everything is refrigerated, kegs are available, and Rick is always willing to work with his customers who are seeking a particular beer. The prices are fair and the store is clean. I visit the store about once a month.

Photo of hnandez
4/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3

This use to be my go to liquor store in Temecula before I found greener pastures. The owner told me that he stopped ordering Russian River because they never told him how much/when he was gonna get it...well my favorite beer is Pliny and if I don't even have a chance of getting any I'll probably just go to where they will have it.

It is a good place though. I'll still stop in if I'm in that part of town and want something common.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.3/5  rDev -22.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

I stopped in here recently driving between breweries in the Temecula area. It's a fairly standard no frills liquor store that has a small section for craft beer. To be honest there wasn't that much available with more space devoted to macro stuff. There was nothing out of the ordinary and it looks like a lot of the stock is old, especially cases of Unibroue 750s that were marked at $6 or so. Some of the stuff was in coolers, and others were on the shelf warm. I see the last review for this place was back in 2011 and it seems like this place has gone downhill based on the descriptions from before versus what I saw. I wouldn't stop back in here most likely.

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Thanks for the recommendations from fellow BAs. Was very happy I made the choice to stop in there today.

Was in Temecula for my wife's bday. My in-laws live there, so this might be a recurring stop when in town.

Not the biggest selection I've ever seen but what they have is fantastic. I was looking to pick up a few bottles of stuff from the San Diego region that you can't really find in the Valley. Although I didn't find anything I was actually looking for like Alpine stuff, I picked up a few other bottles I had been highly interested in. After having Lukcy Basardt when first released, and absolutely Loving it, I was worried I'd never get another chance to have it. But Old Town had about 6 left of their last case (they told me). Picked up a few other bottles from Kern River I had been looking for and got a Stone RIS and Deschuttes: Hop in the Dark.

They have a very good quality selection overall and the prices are either right on, or maybe 50 cents to a dollar more than you could maybe find them.

Photo of scbrew
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

My favorite beer store in Temecula. Small liquor store with an awesome beer selection. A little divey with bars on the windows, but never judge a book by its cover. They always get the latest Southern California specialty releases fast. They have a great selection of Belgians and American Micro brews. They get sours on occasion, when they are available. The owner Rick is very cool and is always looking for new stuff to carry. If he doesn't have it and you want it, he will do his best to get it.

Photo of FosterJM
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Stopped in after the Younger event @ Barley and Hops

Atm- Very basic liquor store feel. Lots of coolers and aisles of some food and such.

Quality- Lots of Belgians and CA regional items. Was able to score some Sea Monster. I was VERY happy.

Service- The owner was very helpful and a great guy to talk to.

Selection- Didn't have a ton of bottles in the cooler but what they did have was worth it.

Food- N/A

Value- Well worth the visit if you are in the area. Wasn't overly expensive and got some great bottles at a great price.

Photo of jtk
4.86/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I've been living in Hemet for some 8 years now and I used to go to this place a fair amount when I first moved out there. Back then they had a good selection but I don't remember it being as good as it is today. Over the past year I have been going there every couple weeks or so on the way home from work in S.D. Not only is it more convenient then going across town (once finally home) in Hemet to Mega Liquor (which has a HUGE selection), but the staff (all two of 'em) at Old Town is extremely friendly, knowledgable, and enthusiastic about thier beer and beer in general.

Always fresh beer. Decent price, especially for a smaller store and in a well-off community such as Temecula.

Very good selection for the space they are allowed. They have many of the top (in my book) west coast microbrews and a nice selection of Belgian ales. Good IPA's. (They usually seem to have at least one decent tequila on sale there when I'm in the hunt for a good bottle.)

I'm not sure how long this place has been here, but I hope they stay for many years to come. Check it out if you travel the I-15 through Temecula or if you live near there. Great place!

Photo of Sideswipe
5/5  rDev +17.6%

This place rocks! Owner Rick is more than helpful. He always has a great selection of craft brews, as well as Belgians. I can consistently find brews from RR, Stone, Alesmith, Lagunitas, Bear Republic, firestone, and many others. I recently scored a bottle of Utopias here on my way home from work! If Rick doesn't have what you are looking for, he will go out of his way to find it for you. And his prices are always better than the local BevMo. If you love great beer, and are in the Temecula area, his store is a must visit! Highly reccommended!

Photo of allaboutthehops
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%

The selection and value at Old Town is outstanding. His prices on kegs and craft brews are always lower than BevMo. His selection is great and is usually able to get some hard to find brews (especially in Temecula). Rick, the owner, is very friendly and knows his beers. He loves Belgians, which is evident by his impressive selection from Delirium to Golden Draak. Last time I was in the store (today) he had Mirror Mirror, Port's 3rd, a great selection from Stone (BTW he keeps cases and selectively releases them in the fridge ie 06 Double Bastard), Lost Abbey, Coronado, Ballast Point, Dogfish, Avery, Alesmith, Fullsail, Russian River, etc. If he doesn't have what you want, he can usually get it. If you are in the Temecula area, definitely stop by and check it out. If you live in the Temecula are and shop at BevMo, check his selection and prices out...you won't be disappointed.

Photo of macktbone
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

Old Town Liqour is a must stop if you are into the craft brew scene. My folks live in the area and I stop in a buy at least one bottle every time I am down from the Sacramento area.

Last time I bought some Stone Epic, time before Firestone Walker XII. This time I was suprised to see Consecration from RR for less than at the Brewery.

Management is really cool. Always willing to sit a chat for a while. Tell him you saw it on B.A.

I'm sure the selection of "other" stuff is good too, I just never make it past the coolers on the left of the store. I mean come on, Lost Abbey, Stone, Port Brewing, Russian River, North Coast....Etc. Why go anywhere else. What a great place to stop a grab a bottle for dinner or friends.

Photo of RodBurg
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Living in Corona and working at Camp Pendleton I drive right by this place almost every day and I didn't even know it existed until about a week ago. Located on the south end of Temecula's Old Town the outside looks like your average liquor store. The inside is pretty cramped but you're greeted by reefers full of great craft brew choices. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw Blind Pig and Pliny sitting in one. The beer selection is focused on craft brew. While not being huge it holds its own. I was finding stuff here that isn't available at BevMo or other liquor stores. Some notables were Russian River, Pizza Port, Avery, Dogfish, and Lost Abbey. The manager is a super nice guy and pretty knowledgeable. Prices here are competitive as well. I guarantee I'll be stopping here two or three times a week on my way home from work.

Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev -5.9%

I was hoping to spend my winnings from Pechanga Resort and Casino to buy beer here, but instead I came here to use my own work money to drown my sorrows in this place. It worked! I came in and forgot about my casino losses; a good beer selection and low prices can do that.

The store is small and crampt, but there is a good array of imports and good California craft beer. I spied with my little eyes some Blind Pig, Affligem Noël, Kwak, Erdinger, Rodenbach, Old Peculiar, and a number of other brews. Shelf talkers from R---B--- help the customer who's on a quest for the best beer. Kegs are available upon request. Prices are very comeptitive, especially in six-packs. I mean, where can I find Double Barrel Ale and Longboard Lager for $5.99 a sixer? I'll take it!

Photo of Floydster
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%

Stopped here this afternoon on my way back to the girlfriend's house from San Diego

Located in a strip mall right outside of the main drag in Old Town Temecula, take thr 79 south exit to get there

Pleasantly surprised with their selection, I bought a 2006 Vertical Epic for only five dollars, still charging the same price for this as the 2007, what a steal, the guy working even said he had lots of 2005 a couple weeks back and was selling it for eight dollars a bottle, but recently sold out

Highlights of the beer consisted of Anheuser-Busch's Brewmaster Reserve, two different growlers from Rogue, Rogue Festive Ale, Damnation, Tomme Arthur Port and De Proef Signature Ale, tons of Stone, 3 different Lost Abbeys, seven Lagunitas six packs, a couple New Belgiums, lots of different German beer, and

The guy working the register was cool, he was kicking back smoking a Cuban cigar, and seemed to know what he was talking about

I regret not buying more 06 VE after a left, but I will definitely find my way back to this place in the near future to grab more as I am driving this way quite a bit

Some of the best prices I have seen in the Inland Empire, highly recommended as far as costs go and they get all of Stone's speical releases and lots of it

If you happen to live near this area or are just passing through, make sure you stop and check it out, walked away with a nice vintage bomber for only five dolllars and was very impressed

Photo of EmilNoldSinclair
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%

Temecula is my hometown so I'm very grateful to have a local liquor store that has a decent selection. I can't say that I expect more from a store in this area considering that most of the demand for craft brew and imports will be localized to the more urban areas. However, I know an outstanding liquor store when I see one (Hi-Time, Charles Street Liquors, etc.) That being said, I'm going to be charitable with my review because I feel a certain loyalty to this place given that it has been around for much longer than the other good places in town for beer (Baron's, BevMo, Trader Joe's, and Cost Plus World Market).
Alright, so on to the review:
All the beer is fresh and generally well-organized (there's a British section, Belgian section, and a rather sizable collection of primarily West Coast American craft brews). This was not always entirely the case: a few months prior there were lots of six-packs haphazardly stacked on top of each other near the entrance. While haphazard stacking hasn't entirely disappeared, some of it has been organized onto shelves. Many kudos! Lastly, there's a small section in the corner of the store with interesting bottles (Val Dieu and a few other things) and a few pint glasses and hefeweizen glasses; however, they sometimes look dusty and old...
The staff are generally knowledgeable and very helpful. Willing to order whatever they don't currently carry and are able to get their hands on.
The selection is very good, especially for the area (though Baron's and BevMo rivals it, but only with respect to selection). They are strongest in their American craft brews (Stone, AleSmith, Russian River, North Coast, Port Brewing/Lost Abbey, Rogue, Victory, Ommegang, Bear Republic, Anchor, Ballast Point, Avery, Anderson Valley, New Belgium, Deschutes, Butte Creek, Flying Dog, Lagunitas, Speakeasy, Hoptown, Firestone, Karl Strauss, Lost Coast, and a few others I can't recall). As for the Brits: they have a good part of the Sam Smith line, as well as some Young's and Greene King/Morland. They may have a little Fuller, though I can't be sure. Belgians: standard Chimay line, Orval, Westmalle Dubbel (they currently have Tripel boxed up and may sell it if you ask them), Abbaye Val Dieu, Unibroue [I know they're Canadian, but they nail the style], Kwak, Achouffe (La Chouffe and Mc Chouffe), Huyghe (the Deleriums), Affligem, Duvel/Maredsous, and Lindemans, as well as a few others I'm missing. I only wish they had other lambics besides lindemans and maybe a few more oddities. They are weakest with the germans (Ayinger/Erdinger, though they do have Celebrator and Samichlaus!)
Also, they carry Czechvar/Budweiser Budvar!
Anyways, this is a good place to stop for beer if you are between Riverside and Escondito. BevMo may have a slightly larger selection and Baron's may have a few other beers this store doesn't carry, but you do get better service here and it is very convenient for people who are just passing through because it is very close to the freeway entrance/exit. Overall, a solid choice.

Photo of Greenfloyd
4/5  rDev -5.9%

One of the few decent places in Temecula (or Riverside County period) to catch some good craft brew.

As you walk in, you right away notice the 9 or 10 cooler shelves along the back wall filled with craft brews. Sure, they have the standard macro & favorite imports, but you can find a lot of decent beers here. Coolers dedicated to 750s & 22s of the Alesmith lines, Rogue, Stone, Bear Republic, Moylan's, Anderson Valley,etc. Very good domestic micro set. Imports aren't bad....some good Belgians, the Unibroue line, etc. Prices seem to be pretty good (though I had a few mismarked beers change price at the counter-hopefully not the standard). The guys behind the counter obviously drink beer and are pretty knowledgeable. You must like beer to pay that much attention to your beer selection. Good stop overall for very good beer.

Photo of Phocion
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%

I first reviewed this place about 6 months ago, but it has since become my regular liquor store. So yes, I am biased, but that's only because of the quality of this store.

Located on Front Street, just south of Old Town itself, this is a little unassuming hole-in-the-wall mom&pop-looking liquor store. But tucked inside one of the corners of the store is probably the best selection of micro and imported brews between Vista and Riverside.

Aside from the typical selection of West-Coast micros they regularly carry a large selection of Belgians as well as almost the entire line from certain Eastern breweries such as Ommegang and Victory. My only complaints are with British and German brews, which aside from Youngs/Sam Smiths and Ayinger/Erdinger, the selection is fairly weak.

The staff (which to my knowledge consists only of two guys) is very helpful and are both definitely beer drinkers. They are usually willing to order anything not currently in the store as well, not to mention they have excellent prices, usually less than even places like BevMo!

Old Town Liquor in Temecula, CA
93 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.