Vendome Wine & Spirits
Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 24 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by sweetbrew82:
3.7/5 rDev -4.9%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Visited on 11-12-08:
From the outside, Vendome doesn't look like a place where some of the finest craft beers are sold. But, once you venture past the impressive selection of liquor on the left hand side, you'll notice that their refrigerators are packed with tons of offerings from good micro-breweries. Including: Anchor, Allagash, Ballast Point, Firestone, Drake's, tons of Rogue, Bear Republic, Stone, Paulaner, and much, much more. As stated before, they don't have any of the really hard-to-find brews in CA, but they do have an impressive selection for what it's worth. No Deschutes, or Full Sail Reserve series, but their Belgian and German selection is impressive. I did, however, had to deduct points from their service because of the lack of knowledge and help from the staff who knew nothing about the products in the beer fridge(Beer guy, apparently, wasn't there at the time). The atmosphere of this place could use some sprucing up as well, as the store is musky, damply-lit, and carpeted through-out with old, brownish-red wool carpeting that isn't the most inviting I've ever seen. Also, the prices are a bit high, considering the local competition.
But, if you live close-by, and need some good beer, then this should be your first destination for sure. I do plan to attend one of their beer tastings on Tuesday nights, and will post my review of this event accordingly. West Coast!!!
11-20-2008 09:25:52 | More by sweetbrew82
More User Reviews:
4.5/5 rDev +15.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I love Vendome! If I lived closer I'd spend a lot more time here. But I still make it up there at least once a month. I always find stuff I want to try that Whole Foods/TotalWine/BevMo don't have. They consistently have a great selection of new beers, too. If the big chain stores get you down, definitely check out Vendome!
05-07-2013 23:41:21 | More by cxr1037
3.74/5 rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Not your typical liquor store. A full selection of craft brew available, with some stuff labeled as new, in case you visit often.
Many beer choices, and some difficult to find items, including PtE, and some BA versions I haven't seen before. They have a tasting section, humidor, tons of wine and spirits.
Pricing seems a little high on some things, while the Belgians are a little lower in price than others I have seen.
I can't say much about service, as it's pretty much a find what you need and checkout kind of place. Perhaps during other times they have someone there to talk beer, maybe during tastings?
Though this is one of the first places I came when I turned 21, it seems like the selection is a tad smaller than it was, but it's been 10 years since I visited.
Overall, a place worth driving to, especially since I live 10-15 minutes away. Probably not if you are farther.
01-19-2012 20:48:45 | More by Drinkerofales
4/5 rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
BEER TASTINGS ARE BACK!!
EVERY TWO WEEKS!!
I recently attended their Pliny Challenge, and it was an amazing experience.
It was a blind IPA & DIPA tasting, featuring Pliny the Elder at an undisclosed time, for the devoted to try and find. Personally, I am not a fan of Pliny, but there were others there who swore by it, and could not find it. Out of 35 people, 2 found it, and one of those was a brewer for Taps. They also included a score sheet so we could pretend to be a judge for a day, and once all the scores were tallied up, Pliny scored 6th out of 7 beers.
The beers they had were:
Hop Stoopid by Lagunitas
Pliny the Elder by Russian River
Hop Juice by Left Coast
Ranger IPA by New Belgium
Hop Wallop by Victory
Hercules DIPA by Great Divide
Ruination IPA by Stone
Stone and Great Divide were the over all favorite.
Aside form the beer tasting, they keep getting new craft breweries in, like Eel River and BrewDog. They keep a solid amount of beers to please anyone that comes in, and also have an ass load of wines and spirits.
My one stop shop!
05-02-2011 01:01:47 | More by webreedgreatness
3.65/5 rDev -6.2%
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Good place for wine and some select craft beer. Lots of wine on the right when you first walk in and all the way on the right you'll come across the beer fridges that have all the beer. They carry mostly all domestics and craft brewa like dogfish head, hitachino, lost abbey, stone etc.. The do also have some warm brews on the shelf if you wanna pick them up that way. Good service with a decent little selection that can be a stop on the way to an angel game of a duck game. I believe they also carry some special releases when they get the chance.
05-12-2010 03:51:54 | More by Gobzilla
4.2/5 rDev +8%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This is a specialty store that offers a wide variety of alcohol and alcohol gifts. It's a bit dirty, but I've been in grimier places.
The workers there say hi when you walk in, but are unhelpful for anything else. I called and asked for a specific beer and the woman who answered had to transfer me to someone who knew their stock. I was informed they did have Pliny the Elder, but there was a limit of two per person. When I went in I looked through the cases and I didn't find my pliny and after 10 mins or so I decided to ask, who I assume is the manager, where the pliny was. He informed me that they keep it hidden since it was in such high demand. and I told him I would like two for myself and two for my girlfriend who was with me. He came back with 6! He thanked me for waiting and said I could have an additional two for being patient!
As for the selection, they did have some rarer beers, such as pliny, and had much of what we're all used to, such as stone. Definitely a reliable place to find something you will enjoy.
The price for the pliny was the same as where I've seen it at other places, if not a little cheaper.
I'll definitely go back, but if you need help you'll have to ask.
01-29-2010 00:18:59 | More by pnkRed
2.75/5 rDev -29.3%
quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | $$
I've been here before, and I must say, it is headed nowhere fast.
I walked in to see two employees in the store standing at the registers talking to one another. They did not acknowledge me or say anything the entire time I was in the store.
The beer is to the right hand side of the store, and I walked over there to see what they had. There was a box of what appeared to be damaged bottles (labels falling off/torn) that were on sale. Nothing really interesting though.
There are also some beers sitting out on the shelves, just sort of a mix of Belgian imports and domestic Belgian style beers. Chimay, Lost Abbey, Bruery, etc.
The selection of craft beer in the coolers has shrunk as well. There are about 3 or 4 doors of craft beer, and most of it is the usual Stone and Lagunitas offerings, some German imports as well. The best thing they had was probably some Abyss, but since I already have plenty, I didn't see a need to get any more.
Overall, a really disappointing experience. I hope these guys turn it around, but I'm not holding my breath.
12-27-2009 22:33:28 | More by womencantsail
Vendome Wine & Spirits in Fullerton, CA
88 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.