Beverages & more!
Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 8
4.18/5 rDev +8.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The BevMo! on Beach is peerless in Huntington Beach. I lived in HB for almost four years before escaping SoCal and have to say the store served me very well.
It was the only BevMo! I ever visited, so I am unsure how it compares to the chain's other stores. The beer section is located in the very back, past the massive wine area. (It is, after all, California.) There were two whole aisles dedicated to brew, one for domestic and west coast craft beers and the other divided into imports from different countries; there was also another half aisle (the back side of one shelf) across from the beer coolers in the very back with British, Irish, Asian, and Oceania beers. On the south wall were stacked cases of macro lagers and a few offerings of non-alcoholic beer. Along the north wall was a decent selection of pint and other specialty beer glasses, though there were mostly wine glasses there.
The German section was well stocked, especially with half liter bottles of wheat and lager varieties. I can't really vouch for the Belgian section because I did not buy much Belgian beer during my time in HB, but I have no doubt it was the best in town. There was also a good variety of Canadian and Mexican beer, as well as beer from the Czech Republic, Poland, and the rest of Europe. The crown jewel of the beer section, though, was the domestic/west coast/Cali micro brew aisle. It was a huge and diverse selection.
Though I was often peeved by the fact the BevMo! website listed a lot of beers that were unavailable at the HB location, special ordering those beers was no problem. It was the only place in Orange County I could find that sold PBR bottles (in packs of 18). They stopped after a time, but I was always able to secure a case when I pre-ordered.
The staff was always friendly. I came in regularly on Fridays and they recognized me. There was the guy with the green and white belt, the thin blonde woman, and the witch lady.
Always annoying, especially when there were a lot of people in line, was the situation with the registers. They were located right behind a cluttered and packed area where peanuts, chocolate, and party favors were sold so everyone stood in one line down the main aisle and waited to be called to the registers. It was really annoying, especially when people "cut" by walking through the cluttered area and stood next-in-line at one of the registers while 10 people were backed up and waiting.
Along with that, the other customers were probably the most annoying thing about the BevMo! on Beach. The beer nuts were cool, but most of the customers were Orange County fat cats and those trying to be fat cats. In their corporate wear, they loaded carts full of wine bottles and stood around completely oblivious to the fact other people were there. Some bourgeois idiot always seemed to be blocking the main aisle.
Other than that it was a great store. It served me well.
01-27-2011 00:48:56 | More by TheQuietMan22
3.7/5 rDev -3.9%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Another standard Bevmo, what can you say that differentiates it from the others? The selection and pricing looks the same as others in the LA area. Although no employees were in the beer area I did see some evidence of a beer lover working here: They still stocked FW13 and Abyss, both of which are mostly used up everywhere else in town. I'm guessing that maybe some guy has been stocking the shelves slowly, stopping a complete sell-out? Not sure but I was glad to get 2 bottles of FW13. The check-out lady looked very shocked that 2 beers came to >$45 with tax, I seem to get that a lot at Bevmos.
01-23-2010 19:04:30 | More by TurdFurgison
3.25/5 rDev -15.6%
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I don't have to get into a lot of detail about what to expect at a BevMo. The stores themselves are basically the same, but what makes each different is thei staff and the attention that they pay to stocking limited beers and just having beer knowledge in general. Unfortunately, HB ranks lower than most as far as having a knowledgeable beer staff.
One time one of the beer guys really started to become argumentative when he was insisting that Moylan's White Christmas was the same as their Hopsicle, only with a different label. The reason that it mattered was that they had a sign for the Hopsicle for $2.99, but had the White Christmas on the display, with no actual Hopsicle in the store.
This isn't the only disapointment that I have had with this location, but that story tends to give you an idea of what to expect at this location.
One of the best things that can be said about this location is in regards to the surrounding stores in the strip mall. On one side you have DVD Planet, which is a movie freak's wet dream. On the other side they recently oppened a Fresh & Easy. Then further down you have a 99 cent store, which is the best place to fill up three bags of groceries for $18. Where else can you find Honduran nilla wafers with Clamato energy drink?
08-21-2008 08:41:42 | More by opwog
3.85/5 rDev 0%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Typical West Coast BevMo, decent beers, nothing too extreme or hard to find. The best I saw were Speedway Stout, Ballast Point Dorado, and Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner.
Service was not so great, most employees don't know much about beer and it seems like everything in the store has a fucked up SKU number, so they have to check with the manager to see how much it cost.
Selection was pretty good. Like I said, good but not great
Value is pretty standard. Perhaps a bit lower than some specialty bottle shops like Hi-Time or Lone Hill, but nothing to write home about
10-20-2007 04:16:58 | More by bradford
3.7/5 rDev -3.9%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Decent prices on a pretty wide selection of very good beer. I really need to print out a list of stuff I want one of these times, as in these big stores I tend to forget everything I was looking for, especially beers from out of my area. But I digress.
There was little service to be found, and what help I got was from a guy who wasn't interested in talking beer. Too bad. Oh, and the girl at the register was pretty clueless.
Picked up a case of Stone VE 07.07.07 here, as well as other Stone products and all the other usual CA breweries. Even browsed over the Belgian selection though it wasn't that impressive. Better English and German selections than expected. Good store, and definitely a stop whenever I vacation in HB, which is as often as possible.
07-31-2007 00:42:39 | More by udubdawg
3.45/5 rDev -10.4%
quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
My local BevMo, just 3 miles or so down Heil Ave. gets me here. A good selection, they have the usual California suspects: Stone, Ballast Point, Bear Republic, Anchor, Alesmith (Including Speedway), Marin, Moylan's, Lagunitas and the like. Sam Adams is well represented as well as the Alaskan Brewery. Have a good selection of Belgians, Trappists represented here are Orval, Rochefort, Westmalle, and Chimay. They also have a lot of German and English beer as well, and also some beers from Eastern Europe. Most of the beer is at room temperature, about 80%, and the rest is in a cooler at the back of the store. I have gotten an occasional spoiled beer at this place, and some of the beers are past their prime (Check those Victory dates), but by far the majority are in good condition. This BevMo is not going to blow your mind, and I think the Cypress location has better selction, but all in all it is a good quality liquor store that is close to home. Prices are definitely reasonable, they are what I'm used to in Huntington. So if you are traveling down Beach Blvd., or the 405 (Just a mile north of here) check it out.
06-27-2007 03:15:49 | More by Halcyondays
4.35/5 rDev +13%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Beverages & More!
Store #: 37
Well bless my little Cotton Socks, 40 months spent in California and believe it or not, I had never *ever* visited a Beverages & More, or BevMo as everyone seems to prefer to call them. So there I was in Huntington Beach, on Beach Boulevard heading north about ½ mile from the 405 Freeway - and I spied one out of the corner of my eye in a large Mall area a well lit Beverages & More! sign. I couldnt just pass by now could I?? So I thought it about time I visited this establishment, break my duck and see what the BevMos are really like.
I have to say that first impressions are that Im impressed. First off, the Huntington Beach location has plenty of Mall parking, and its well presented. Easy access, a sloping entrance allows you to easily trolley your stash back to your car. Automatic sliding doors makes things easy too, once inside its well lit and well laid out. Lots of alcohol laden aisles, with some specials dotted about here and there in cases on the floor near the Checkouts.
The beer is at the back right hand side of the store as you enter. Im not sure if all BevMos are laid out in the same manner, but the one in Huntington Beach has several aisles with some six-packs in coolers set against the back wall. The rest of the beer is on shelves. 6-Packs, Small and Big Cases, 12 ounce, 500ml, 22 ounces, 750mls, they all fill the shelves, but they are laid out in an effective manner and this makes searching easy. Lots of West and East Coast brews, plenty of the Micro and Craft regulars, both domestic and from overseas, far too many to list, check out the Website for the current listings. The range is very good and needless to say it runs well into the several hundreds. Seasonal brews abound, as do special larger than life bottle for the likes Stone Arrogant Bastard and Anchor OSA. Nearby there is a solid selection of all kinds of Bottle Openers and Glasses, from the simple classic designs to the logo bearing offerings.
In addition to the beer, there are huge selections of Wines, Liquors, Whiskys, Bourbons, Vodkas, Rums ..you get the idea, but they also have a large open top cooler in the middle of the Huntington Beach store that contains some Specialty Cold Meats and a great selection of many Artisanale Cheeses too, a neat touch.
I was impressed. No where near as theme like as I had imagined, I simply cannot understand why I had not visited a BevMo before! My only beef was the fact that they only had one Checkout working on a reasonably Saturday afternoon at 5:30pm, but hey, Im English and polite ;^) so I just stood my part in the queue, erm, I mean line. Actually the wait was rather short to be honest so its a minor quibble, and when I was served the woman was extremely helpful, courteous and even apologized for the little wait and only having one Checkout working, again, one of those small things that goes a long way and makes it a pleasure to part with your money, so I'll keep the Service mark at a 4.0.
Not somewhere I would visit every week, maybe more like once a month. But its a bloody great place to stock on your favorite brews in quantity as well as picking up some beery paraphernalia. Great for the odd case or two of those 22oz quaffable West Coast brews from the likes of Stone and Alesmith, both the regular and seasonal offerings. They still had Yulesmith X04 when I was there last night; I grabbed a few of those as well as stocking up on the 2004 Alaskan Smoked Porter. At the same time whilst stocking up, you can always check the shelves for those untried brews or pick up the ones that you never wanted to pay over the odds to try, for the pricing is reasonable and the value excellent.
As Arnie would have said ..Ill be back!
Last Visit: Saturday 15th January, 2005
01-16-2005 20:14:56 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.35/5 rDev +13%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Very nice selection of west coast craft beers. Had most of the rogue selection in bombers, as well as Alesmith, Stone, etc. Beer is shelved near the back of the store. Also had a nice selection of glassware including the Stone line, the OSA pint glasses, and several other interesting offerings. Selection of imports was decent but not as good as the craft selection. Also had a nice cheese cooler near the front of the store - nice to have some snacks to enjoy with the good beer! Prices on both the cheese and the beer seemed very reasonable.
01-10-2005 17:00:29 | More by rowew
Beverages & more! in Huntington Beach, CA
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.