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4.15/5 rDev +9.5%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited this place on a recent trip to San Diego for a science conference. Was in search of FW14 and some bottle shippers.
Quality here is very good. This just stands out as a slightly more upscale place compared to South Bay and Beverages4Less. Beer is kept up to date and the less ageable stuff is kept in the fridges. I think they might've been doing inventory when I was there though since things were a bit scattered all over the place.
Service is some of the best that I've encountered anywhere. Someone was there to help me as soon as I got there and they were able to get me a bottle of FW14 out of the back. They also helped with my bottle shipping needs and even recommended some other beer stores in the area. All without me asking at all. That's customer service right there.
Selection is decent although not the best that I've seen in SD. Still though, BevMo carries just about everything you could want in the area.
FW14 was... $23. Which is cheaper than I've seen it elsewhere and their Lost Abbey selection was at least $1 cheaper than everywhere else. Great prices.
Definitely worth the visit and I'm glad I did one random night!
11-15-2010 05:02:48 | More by SpeedwayJim
2.99/5 rDev -21.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I frequent this place because it's on the way home from work and overall has a largish selection that usually has something I want/enjoy.
Staff is typically friendly but probably don't know much about beer on average so I don't ask them about beers other than if they have it in stock or not.
Edit on 5/8/11 - I used to think stuff rotated quickly enough for quality to not be an issue. That is before I started obtaining IPA/DIPA that are actually refrigerated the whole time. I can't see myself buying too many IPAs from Bevmos anymore. Other beers, probably.
As others have mentioned, if you are looking for the Russian Rivers, this is not your place. Never seen any of their stuff here. Other seasonal and rare items are hit or miss.
If you want to find the standards from the local breweries (BP Big Eye, Green Flash West Coast IPA, etc) then you will almost always find them in stock. Just look at the freshness date and recognize they are sitting on shelves instead of in a fridge like the should be. Cheers.
09-08-2010 04:50:57 | More by gregshead
3.85/5 rDev +1.6%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I made a quick stop as I was staying close by on a business trip. This Bev Mo is a little smaller than others I've visited. But like the others, it's clean and well organized with a split between refrigerated and unrefrigerated.
They have a solid selection of west coast beers (SN, Ballast Point, Stone, Anchor, Green Flash, etc.) and a pretty good representation from the eastern US and Europe. I was pleased to see Sculpin but didn't find any Russian River or Apline.
This location is a good stop but not a prime target.
08-17-2010 00:44:17 | More by GJ40
4/5 rDev +5.5%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Having frequented this place for several years, I can say that this is probably the busiest BevMo location in San Diego, and also one of the smallest. This place is always packed, but the service still seems quite good and they do their best to help you and get you on your way as fast as possible.
I would say the quality of their products is, on average, pretty good. I only bought a few beers that tasted a bit funky, and overall the store was clean and the beers were fresh.
While the selection is not perfect, they do have a good sampling of nearly every type of beer, and plenty from local breweries here in San Diego. I will say that I could usually find something that I was in the mood for, and that in general there were plenty of new brews to try.
Overall, this is a good place to shop if you're in the area. The prices are very reasonable, especially if you get something on sale. The selection is good and the service is friendly and helpful. Just be prepared for crowds at this location.
04-04-2010 01:41:58 | More by kflorence
4/5 rDev +5.5%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I can't figure out why BevMo seems to not carry so many of the well known San Diego beers. You can get a lot of stuff from Karl Strauss or Mission Brewery, but not from Russian River or Alpine (at least on my visit).
This store is extremely cramped as far as BevMo's go, with isles so narrow you can forget navigating them with a shopping cart. It was also a bit warm in here and regrettably some of my beers had floaties (as I discovered once I returned to AZ).
Location is right off the freeway though tucked into a shopping area that also has a Gordon Biersch. Parking is ample but you may have a short walk.
04-02-2010 03:13:27 | More by yemenmocha
3.85/5 rDev +1.6%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped by here just before heading to the airport on a recent trip to California. I was hoping to score some west coast gems; I had even brought an extra suitcase to bring them home. While the selection here was pretty good, it had no more west coast brews than the well stocked places I have visited in the Midwest.
Craft beers are on the right hand aisles as you enter the store. The around the country and around the world selection is great, and I was able to find some semi-rare beers. There is also a section of beers in the cooler if you are picking something up last minute.
I had no interaction with the staff other than checkout, but they were friendly enough.
Prices seem reasonable, at least for California. Nothing outrageous, but no screaming deals either.
I have heard some of the other BevMo locations have better selection, but if you are in the area, this one seems pretty good itself.
12-05-2008 02:56:57 | More by beveritt
3.7/5 rDev -2.4%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Not really much more to say about BevMo than what has already been said. It is what it is, a large store with a pretty decent selection. You are not really going to find much rare/hard to find gems, but you will find a pretty decent selection at reasonable prices. The San Diego store has a pretty good selection of some of the different local beers such as Anderson Valley, AleSmith, Stone, Coronado, Green Flash etc.
Since I visited this store on vacation from Florida, I was in heaven with a lot of the different great West Coast brews that we can't get here in Florida.
08-14-2008 03:12:37 | More by cjgator3
2.9/5 rDev -23.5%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | $$
Mission Valley BevMo, in the Borders shopping centre.
One of the smaller BevMo selections I've encountered. On par with the Solana Beach location's selection, but (for me) that something of an insult. An decent selection of American craft beers, an okay selection of English beers, and a rather sad selection of German, Belgian, and other beers. I honestly couldn't find anything to get when I was here last!
Friendly enough employees, but didn't get the sense that they knew their beer. No beer glassware available whatsoever. I've previously judged BevMo by the La Mesa, La Jolla, and Carmel Mountain locations (which I think are all great), but this one is really quite pathetic. Go elsewhere!
03-16-2008 03:51:19 | More by mithrascruor
3.5/5 rDev -7.7%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
I have to say that this place does have a relatively good selection of local brews, an OK selection of non-local stuff, and rarely has any hard to find/rare items...unless they are local (BP Robust series, LA Gift of the Magi). I think that I take their offerings for granted, I realize that we have many more options than the majority of locales. With that being said, I hate trying to park here, tt can be a total nightmare. Service is usually in the form of a college kid, so you don't get any real beer knowledge ("dude I totally did a keg stand with this beer" is not the info I am looking for) Anyways...not a bad place to pick up beers, but would much rather go to HWC. What I need to do is make to Southbay Pharmacy.
02-14-2008 21:11:05 | More by m1ked
3/5 rDev -20.8%
quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
This BevMo is located in the Mission Hills Mall a little bit east of the 163. It shared a storefront with a couple other businesses and is in a standard strip mall which seems to be the BevMo location of choice.
This BevMo is extremely small compared to all the other BevMo's that are around. Everything is really cramped and the amount of beers available is quite small compared to other locations. I did see Leute, some different Lambic's, Shipyard, Stone, Rogue, and Reaper Ale.
They were missing a lot of the Northern California brews that I expect to find in the LA area. Their lack of space does not allow for more options.
I wouldn't pick this as a place to go to stock up, but would be great if you were just looking for some good brews for the night.
05-21-2006 23:38:22 | More by PuckLSHS
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