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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.22
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14901 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, California, 91403-3456
United States
phone: (818) 981-1566

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Reviews by mickeymac:
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3.85/5  rDev -8.8%

This is a corner liquor store in walking distance to my house. Although it specializes primarily in wine, Valley Beverage has a good but not great selection of beer. It always has a good selection of bombers from Stone and Alesmith, as well as occasional surprises from the likes of Avery. Every now and then they get in a batch of some exotic Belgians to liven things up a bit. Every now and then, the shop get an employee who expresses the intention to turn it into a "full-on" beer shop with beer events, including tastings. However, nobody has been able to get it together yet. The staff is friendly but beer knowledge is hit and miss. A few are real afficianados; others seem a bit clueless. It's not worth a long trip but it's a nice place to have in the neighborhood.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of ipa2014
4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Came here for 12 days of Christmas to pick up cantillon and found lots of other Belgians I've been looking for. Hands down best selection I've ever seen in LA and their employees know their stuff. Peter was a really big help"I can't believe the even have Israelian Beer

Photo of JerseyHopHead
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

I've been in search of a good bottle shop in the LA area for quite some time and the search has finally ended. For starters, Valley Beverage has one of the biggest selections in the area. While still heavier on the California selection (for obvious reasons), they still boast one of the more regionally diverse selections. They also really just carry the best beers from the many breweries they have in stock. I walked in today and they had Simtra and Pliny in stock along with a great selection from Boulevard Brewing. The staff are also very helpful and really know their beer. They haven't given me a bad recommendation yet and they have even steered me away from more expensive beers. As far as prices, this place is pretty typical. It's not overpriced but the hard to get stuff is going to run you as much as you'd expect. Anyway, definitely worth checking out if you're in the area, especially if you're trying to track down some hard to find brews.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of teraflx
5/5  rDev +18.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place is the best in town! Huge selection, great prices and lots of harder to find beers. They are located right of the 405 and the 101 so it is a nice convenient location as well. Peter the owner is as nice as they come. I highly recommend getting your craft beer fix from Valley Beverage.

Photo of ficklenicholas
4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

On Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks.

They are constantly doing improvements so things can be a little disorganized at times. Which doesn't really bother me because i enjoy taking my time and checking the shelves out, plus I have found some gems on the shelves.

Recently added a new double sided cooler multi-deck that really expanded whats kept cold.

Peter and Grant know their stuff and are very helpful. They know their stock and are both beer geeks not to mention very nice.

Pricing is consistent with most other places in the Valley.

Great for Wine and Booze as well.

Highly recommended. I have gotten some great bottles here when my timing is right(i.e. Fou Foune, Parabola, Peche Mortel, Pliny, Russian River, Bruery Beers)

Photo of mrbubbler
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

I have visited this store a half dozen times. From the looks of this place you would never know they had craft beer. They are usually $1-2 more expensive then totalwine/greenjug. I would say their pricing is on par with wades wines. Usually they will still have bottles of limited release stuff due to this. They also have some random older bottles placed around the store that have a substantial mark up. The selection is quite vast though so if your looking for a one stop shop and don't mind paying a couple more dollars... This is your place.

The beer buyer seems very knowledgeable about craft beer and is willing to help you make your selection.

All in all this is decent stop for craft beer if you are in the area.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

I visited Valley Beverage Co. today. Housed in a very dingy, nondescript place on Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks. I had to watch the address numbers to find the right place.

Walked in and it feels like an average liquor store (a bit shady, a bit dingy). Wine, liquor, sodas/snacks, and of course the beer. There are about 8 cooler doors full of beer with a section of shelving dedicated to more bottles. There was a single cashier behind the register who greeted me when I came in.

The beers consist of the usual BMC brands, US craft beer, and international beers. They have a lot of older, vintage beers (Stone 12th Anniversary) with some hard to find rarities for the LA area (Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, Cantillon Classic Gueuze). Lots of good European brews too.

Overall, the prices were a bit much for certain beers but decent for others (with the majority of beers being a little more expensive compared to other places).

I would recommend a stop in if you're in the area, just for the fun of finding some vintage/hard to find beers.

Oh, and they had a Westy 12 for the low price of only $64.99. I was shocked.

Photo of BucBasil
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

As many have said before this is an interesting place to say the least. An unassuming dingy building on Ventura with a burnt out sign, it's easy to pass, multiple times. Once inside, you might think you're in some crappy convenience store... until you get to the beer section.

Unorganized and dusty, the beer selection is nevertheless incredible. There were a ton of rare beers here that I had never seen before in any other store - and all right across from an aisle of doritos and gatorade. Some highlights were most of the beers from the Stone (Incl. vertical Epic) and Alesmith lineups, a lot of Russian River bottles, a big chunk of Mikkeller beers, and a hodgepodge of Belgians from all over.

As I checked out I discussed the merits of Mikkeller and Russian River with the clerk while a douchebag behind me impatiently waited to check out his Sparxx or 4Loko or whatever.

I left the store with a Beer Geek Breakfast, Blind Pig IPA, Sanctification, and a Stone collab Scottish Ale. 3 of those 4 (all except the blind pig) I had not seen in any other local beer store. And most of the selection was like this also.

If you're looking for something rare or unique this is the place to go. I'll be heading back here again soon.

Photo of TheJollyHop
3.45/5  rDev -18.2%

Valley BEVERAGE Co. is an interesting establishment to say the least.

Some of their spirits are very reasonable but their beers are above average when it comes to price. They have a fairly large stockpile of vintage Stone beers as well.

It seems their beer purchases were aimed at the beer connoisseurs (geeks) yet most geeks don't frequent this establishment. A lot of their beers have been stored above cellar temp and judging by the sheer volume of older beers they obviously don't move their inventory that well.

All in all this place has some interesting finds, but it isn't worthy of being a regular stop for craft beer enthusiasts.

Photo of rxdrewthejew
3/5  rDev -28.9%

Stopped by here Saturday night to see what they had to offer. I've lived in Sherman Oaks for almost two years and never bothered to stop here because it looks so ratty from the outside. Looks pretty ratty on the inside too, to be perfectly honest. Seems like mostly booze here, as well as a little wine. Beer selection is about 3 rows in the coolers and maybe two shelves. Not particularly well organized.
Selection is small and really I would only come here to get the few items they carry that I can't find anywhere else. They have some DFH brews, which makes them unique for these parts, and I picked up a Rodenbach as well. Aside from the DFH I wasn't really blown away. They had Chimay, I remember seeing some Lost Abbey stuff as well. The selection seemed pretty random.
Not sure what to say about prices...it was 5 bucks for each bottle of DFH stuff, which isn't great for 12 ounces. But again, that's tough to find around here. The Rodenbach was like 8 or 9 which is pretty similar to what you'd pay at say BevMo for an import bomber. Seems like they were basically the going rate.
Service was eh. The guy behind the counter was friendly but didn't offer help either. The other guy working spent the whole time I was there on his cell phone ranting about anti-smoking laws or something. It was amusing I guess, but that's about it.
Bottom line-I would stop here to get the DFH but if it weren't like 5 minutes from my house, I doubt I would ever go.

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