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Keg 'N Bottle

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

11 Ratings
Ratings: 11
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.75%
$$$ - a bit pricey
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6060 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, California, 92115-3813
United States
phone: (619) 265-0482

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kflorence

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$

Went to this place a few times when I lived near SDSU. Overall their selection was fairly good, but most of it comprised of liquor and not beer. Their beer selection was only okay, mostly common beers, stuff you could find at a grocery store. They did have a few nice imports, but they were a bit on the expensive side.

I would say buy elsewhere, if you can. I've heard they are good for cheap keggers of Keystone, but if you're looking for something decent there are plenty of better places to go.

04-04-2010 01:36:01 | More by kflorence
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Sixofsigmas

California

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$$

To be honest this used to be my hot spot for getting craft beer, but after experiencing other store(s) I have to say I'm no longer all that impressed with keg 'n bottle.

Their stock is vast, but most of it is common beer that you can find at any place(See BevMo) that stocks beyond the standard milieu you'd find at a grocery store. One of the main issues that I have is that all of their beer with the exception of maybe a stack of something new is already refrigerated.

The customer service leaves something to be desired. They know the names of the beer and usually where they are, but beyond that they aren't much help. Granted this is a college area store, and it is usually packed. I have been there when it wasn't, and the service didn't improve.

Overall this is a good store, and I don't want to suggest you not spend your money here. I've spent quite a bit of my own there and will continue to use them when I know they have what I need.

12-22-2009 01:07:35 | More by Sixofsigmas
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djaeon

California

4.4/5  rDev +10%
quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$$

I had never been to the Keg 'N Bottle. I've heard it was good, but since I had never been there, I didn't know what I was missing. Well, a couple weeks ago, we were driving by and my wife mentioned it. We decided to stop, and I have to say, I felt like Charlie walking into Willy Wonka's chocolate factory! This is the best liquor store I've been to in San Diego! It was extremely hard, but we limited ourselves to just four bottles. One of which was The Abyss. I didn't think I'd ever get a chance to try that one, but thanks to Keg 'n Bottle, I now know what everyone raves about. Their prices were a little high, but I really can't complain about that when their selection is so great.

03-12-2009 01:17:27 | More by djaeon
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Psilo707

California

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$

Keg N Bottle is simply the best liquor store that can be found anywhere on El Cajon Blvd. and the SDSU/College area. The selection is absolutely incredible, with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of alcohol running up and down the walls, and an individual 'beer cave' that has a wide selection.

The service is good, although sometimes there are a lot of drunk people/college students in there trying to get kegs filled, but it's usually never a big deal. The location is prime - right on the corner next to Little Caesars and Blockbuster.

Almost all of the awesome beer I pick up to review on this site comes from Keg N Bottle and I will be sad when I have to move away from it. A-rated place!

01-23-2009 04:25:03 | More by Psilo707
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magictrokini

California

3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$

True name is Keg and Bottle #2, as there actually is a #1 somewhere in Kearny Mesa. Odd liquor store, bad location near SDSU, and one of the smallest and worst parking lots, ever. There are some solid finds here. A good selection, with a lot of rarer beers. I found a 2003 MacTarnahan's Bourbon Cask Cream Porter last time I was there. Yes, it was 5 years old, but in the cooler. Obviously, this means some stuff is really old, so beware. Good selection of Rogue, Moylans, AleSmith products and Belgians. The prices are reedonkulous. That MacTarnahans 12 oz ran me near $10. I stopped going here once I found Beverages 4 Less.

12-17-2008 17:03:45 | More by magictrokini
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cjgator3

Florida

4/5  rDev 0%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

As noted in other reviews, this is a liquor store located near SDSU. However, Keg 'N Bottle really does have a nice selection of craft beers. Most of the beers (if not all of them) that I noticed were stocked in the coolers, which helps keeps the beers fresher. There are a lot of the macro items (not surprising considering it's location), but there really is a nice selection of micros particularly the locals. Overall, Keg 'N Bottle is a pretty good beer store that is worth a trip. Definitely Recommended.

08-31-2008 22:10:55 | More by cjgator3
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Westsidethreat

California

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$$

Such a college liquor store....good stuff.

Quality: A lot of the beer's fridges were over cranked, sixers had ice all over them. The rest of the beer is stored outside the building in a seperate building of which I can not comment on temperature (its hot as hell down near SDSU). These guys cater to college kids and have kegs, cups and ping pong balls all together for your beer pong needs :)

Service: Yes, these guys are great. They knew everyone that came in and had very thoughtful and personal questions to ask every one of them. They didn't know me so asked me about my car, the beer I was buying, etc.

Selection: Not overly impressive. They did have a 2003 Alesmith Grand Cru and Green Flash 2nd Anniversary (which I've never seen anywhere else) but that was really about it. And they wanted $17 for the 2003 Grand Cru! The rest of it was standard San Diego fare, other West Coast beers, some Belgian and other European, etc. But this isn't the place to get hard to find beers.

Value: Not really a good price. Things were over priced for the most part.

They appear to have a great keg selection and a HUGE wall of liquor. If you didn't see the ladder, you'd assume its just decoration because its like 30-40 feet tall.

06-11-2006 06:54:32 | More by Westsidethreat
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tobyandgina

Nevada

4/5  rDev 0%
quality: 2.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

Man, this place absolutely ROCKS! The service here is impecable. I have been so impressed with the knowledge and customer service that the Keg and Bottle offer. The location is good (for SDSU students). A little seedy part of town - let's just say, I wouldn't walk there at night.

The beer selection is superb! Bottles, cans and a great selection of keg beer. If they don't have the keg you want, they'll get it, has been my experience. The place was recommended to me about a year ago for keg beer, and I have been a customer ever since. They let you walk into the fridge in the back and pick out the keg you want. The service is great. You can tell they love what they do. You should see the wall of liqour in this place! They've got one of those library ladders that slide across the floor. The ceiling must be about 25 feet tall!. I love the selection of bottle beer too. A lot of micros and imports you can't find anywhere else.

Check this place out! You'll drool!

12-06-2005 06:27:06 | More by tobyandgina
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oggg

California

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$

Ok, all the hype about the hard liquor display is true. This place is the uber liquor store. Crappy wine selection, small cigar collection, and lots of other alternative smoke/alcohol products. Like the Sour Apple Vodka spray. Or the vodka martini in a can. Or the various single shot bottles of hard liquor.

Also, everyone coming in really does go straight for PBR or Bud.

Anyways... to the beer. Local beer well represented, including Stone, Ballast Point, Coronado, Repaer, Green Flash. Wide selection including Anchor, Victory, Andersen Valley, Bear Republic, and Rogue. All in refrigerators except for a case of Reaper Sleighor DIPA on sale. The bigger British ales are present but not in their full lineup (Young's, Fullers). They have a pretty good selection of rarer English ales like Bluebird Bitter (4.99 on sale), Old Bombardier, Olde Suffolk, etc. Belgian selection is pretty good, with St. Bernardus, Liefman's, and many more I can't remember. Maybe 4 different Cantillons. Very nice selection overall. It's been a while since I've been tempted by multiple beers in a beer store.

The drawback: WHOA it's expensive! No 6 pack under $7.99. The rare English imports are all like $5-6 each. Fuller's London Pride, usually $10 at BevMo, is $12. They did have Fuller's ESB for like $8 on sale.

And yeah, the tall guy cashier was on the phone alot talking smack. He came over to give me a price on the nifty opaque black, swingtop Rogue IIPA and Old Crustacean, but wasn't friendly at all.

10-14-2005 18:04:14 | More by oggg
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OStrungT

California

4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

This place is quite impressive. Once you walk in, you will see a half circle wall to the right. It is full of liquor. It has a ladder on wheels to get to the top. Kind of like the ladder at bookstores. The coolers with beer were to the left. They had quite a few coolers full of 6 packs, and even more coolers with bombers. They had a couple coolers with Belgiums and German beers also. . They had a good selection of local beers. They even had a few different New Belgium six packs and Fat Tire in bombers. They had some old seasonals from local breweries. They had an extensive Stone selection. The employees were helpfull. I asked if they had a certain beer, and the guy behind the counter thought he had some in the back room. He went and looked for quite a while but didnt find it. He recomended something similar that I ended up buying and enjoyed quite a bit. It is located a little out of the way for me, but I might make my way out when ever I get a chance. They have a few beers that I cant find anywhere else. If you find yourself near this place you should definatley stop in. You will be glad you did.

04-25-2005 00:26:45 | More by OStrungT
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Keg 'N Bottle in San Diego, CA
90 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.