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Ratings: 9 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
3.85/5 rDev +0.8%
I have been going here for over two years since I moved back out to CA for law school. This is my "last resort" store (no offense) seeing as Wade's Wines is so close by, and I normally go to Green Jug also before.
The quality of this store is pretty good as is most BevMo's. I will say though, the selection is nothing like the Canoga Park BevMo, but they do make up for it in service.
They have the basics, but honestly, nothing special. They did randomly get some Mirror Mirror in over summer, well after a year of it being out (a few cases). However, now that we have recently learned about the possible infection with the 09 Mirror Mirror, I am a bit weary of the room temperature one's I purchased there well after the release.
All in all, I will stop here occasionally, but it is not my "go to" beer store when Wade's Wines is so close by, and Green Jug just another 15 minutes further away.
02-10-2011 03:21:13 | More by SpdKilz
4.3/5 rDev +12.6%
I've found myself frequenting this bevmo for the better part of about 2 years, due to the proximity to my employment in the Westlake Village-Thousand Oaks area. I know this bevmo quite well, so I may be a bit biased.
But given that I have frequented other Bevmos in the area almost as much, I feel I do have a good frame of reference. The stock is very good, of both domestics and imports. Although their domestic selection isn't quite as big as some of the other stores in the area, due no doubt to the smaller size of the actual building.
The thing that sets this bevmo apart from the others is the service. The folks who work in this particular store are knowledgeable and very friendly. If you ask for Matt, Mike or Lindsay, you can't go wrong. The people working in this store know their stuff, and they aren't afraid to be honest about what's available and give recommendations on new styles to try.
01-17-2011 21:16:07 | More by great7dividers
3.55/5 rDev -7.1%
A somehwat standard Bevmo, maybe even a little less than standard in terms of selection. Still, a lot of beers to choose from but I've seen better Bevmo selections elsewhere. No worries if you're in the Thousand Oaks area, though, as Wade's Wines is only ~2 miles from this store.
Wade's is much smaller but has almost the same number of beers, and the average quality of the beer is higher. Prices are about the same.
If Bevmo is your thing (like due to a frequent shopper's card or something), you'll definitely find something decent here. A wall of German beers and Belgian beers, and an equal wall of American craft beers.
01-23-2010 18:58:26 | More by TurdFurgison
4/5 rDev +4.7%
Stopped in here on the way back from LA. It was not that busy but busy enough to keep a line. Inside a plaza next door to Starbucks. Quality was good overall. Service was ok. There was an older lady checking me out and she was pretty funny but rude to if that makes sense. Selection was good in the fact that they had a lot of Alesmith, Port, Lost Abbey, Bruery stuff that I can not get my hands on where I live. I picked up a good bit of stuff and headed home. While other BEVMOs have more beer in general thel selection here is good.
08-09-2009 02:27:27 | More by barleywinefiend
3.55/5 rDev -7.1%
My first time in a Bev-Mo, so was eager to see what it's all about.
As mentioned, this is basically the Wal Mart of booze. Warehouse style setup, no beer coolers that I saw, only open air shelves.
Quality was about what I expected. There were a few nice imports and domestics which I was a little surprised to see, but overall the large selection was good but not outstanding.
Service was as to be expected from a store like this, almost nonexistent. Nobody was rude or anything, however nobody made any attempt at asking if I needed help either.
Pricing was actually pretty fair, and on a few items quite cheap. For instance I picked up a bottle of the latest Firestone Reserve for $4.99, which I'd seen everywhere else for $9.99.
They had a decent selection of beer related glassware located in the front of the store along with a few more in the back where the beer was. I grabbed a nice Firestone glass for $2.99.
Normally I much prefer shopping at smaller stores where the folks are knowledgeable about beer and eager to talk about it. This place has a large selection, however some of the smaller liquor stores have an overall better quality of beers. Still, next time I'm in this area I'll probably drop by just to see if there's a deal or two to be found.
02-14-2009 15:35:59 | More by JBogan
3.55/5 rDev -7.1%
BevMo what more is to be said except it is the Sam's Club of booze and snacks?
It resembles a Sam's club too; simply stuffed full of miscellaneous forms of booze.
All the beer is in the back on the right side. Except for what is in the coolers in the back to the left.
Approximately 600-700 different beers in there and you could go broke trying them all. Storage leaves something to be desired as it is all on warehouse type shelves. That is offset somewhat by the fact that they sell lots of beer so it doesn't stay on the shelf very long.
Service is basically nonexistent; this is a big box store so it is the norm.
One BIG problem here is that there is SO MUCH stuffed inside that it is very hard to navigate the aisles!
There are really only two reasons for going to BevMo #1 the amount of stuff and #2 Price!
This is a big box so the average prices are as good as anywhere but there are fewer sales.
I almost dinged this store for selection for being out of Hennepin, but it redeemed itself by having Éphémère Cassis! A beer I have been looking for longer than a year.
08-07-2005 22:00:37 | More by Zorro
3.85/5 rDev +0.8%
Mostly a wine and liquor store, but an area was dedicated to the liquid gold I call beer. Greatest selection I have found at a beer store so far, and I live in Santa Barbara. Extensive selection of California and some Colorado brews. I was like a kid in the candy store and purchased $100+ of liquid pleasures. They had Drake's, AleSmith, Avery Brewing, Stone Brewery, Rogue Brewery, Full Sail, Anderson Valley, Paulaner, Bear Republic, Lagunitas, Sierra Nevada, Anchor Brewing & a whole isle of foreign beer from: Belgium, England, and Germany, etc.. They also have over a dozen different beer glasses for purchase. Would be worth driving 55 minutes (one-way) a couple times a year. Service was OK. For the beer selection, the beer guy is not very knowledgable on beer, they should be 'Beer Advocates', or even have read the website for homework. He only likes Ambers and Lagers, and didn't like the "strong & dark" stuff. In my opinion, if you are going to run the beer department, know beer! I would sample every different bottle in the store. But, it is a corporate store, so I wasn't too surprised. He said they might be starting beer tastings soon. Conclusion: Great selection, good prices, and no/average employee beer knowledge.
02-15-2005 19:04:57 | More by SBPCGuru
3.4/5 rDev -11%
Careful, tehre's a small amount of a rant in this review. Cover the ears and eyes of the small children in the area.
This is the first BevMo in the northern LA reaches. It's actually just over the border in Ventura County. (I'm guessing BevMo doesn't want to face the wrath fo the LA County Commission)
Big clean, impersonal store. You could sweep the shelfs of beer and spirits and put cleaning supplies in here and nothing would seem amiss. Fairly large selection of beers including things not distributed in LA County. (Bridgeport and Deschutes in particular)
Very large and reasonable prices on the spirits selections as well. Wine does leave a little to be desired and there are far better places to go to pick up your vino.
Now here's the problem. I now understand that BevMo's corporate policy allows for no splitting of six packs, but was unaware of it when I was at the store. Instead of getting a polite explanation about store policy, I got singled out by a manager as an example of what the clerks had to watch out for, since I was doing something against the rules. (Never mind that all the bottles of beer were the same exact price) Being treated by a manger as if one was strange for wanting to mix a sixer and then presumed to be doing something knowledgably against corporate rules and trying to cheat the company's system earns a big black mark in terms of service.
12-15-2003 22:47:23 | More by drewbage
4.3/5 rDev +12.6%
They have beer and gum right? Watch your Simpson's.
This place has a ton of almost everything. Let's start with liquor related items. Wine, spirit, cognac, apertif, martini, and pint glasses. Plain and with logos. Not too many Belgian glasses though. Cozys, gift wraps, cheese, chocolates, cork screws, cigars, decanters and almost everything in between. They even have Homer Simpson and Betty Boop talking bottle openers. A must have.
A very large space. Walls are painted white and they reflect the light in a bothersome fashion. There is wine tasting in the back at certain times of the day.The shelves are very close together which make for more variety of items but hard to negotiate the shopping cart. Especially once it is filled to capacity and beyond. This place sells a wide variety of wine and spirits. They have a large selection of sodas and other types of beverages.
BEER! This place has a ton. The selection is not better than Hi Times(HT still might best them in quantity.) or The Beverage Warehouse, it is just different. They get many beers the others in the Los Angeles area do not. Let's start with Deschutes(Porter, Stout, IPA, Pale). They also have Drake's, Allagash, Midnight Sun, E.J. Phair, and Bridgeport. Here is the list of some of the other craft beers they do have. Alesmith, Ommegang(one style), Avery, Sierra Nevada(They have the Wheat), Anderson Valley, Stone, Marin, Moylan's, Speakeasy, Dogfish Head, Humbolt, Bayhawk, North Coast, Mad River, Alaska, Ballast Point, Bear Republic, Anchor Steam(Small Beer), Lagunitas, Firestone, Fullsail, Rogue, Samuel Adams, Redhook and plenty of others.
On to imports. A very good selection as well. Young's, Samuel Smith's(Big bottles of the Imperial Stout.), Moorhouse(Black Cat Ale.), Hobgoblin, Orkney (The Red MacGregor), Black Sheep and others. They also had a decent selection of Scottish Ales. Plenty of German beers, along with beers from Mexico (Bohemia, Casta Millenium), Singapore, India, Czech, Canada and a few other countries. The Belgium selection is not as wide spread as some of the other larger liquor stores. It has got the usual suspects.
It is nearing the end of the holidays as I write this review. Seasonals abound here. Deschutes Jubal, Winterhook, Winter Solstice, Bayhawk, Sierra Nevada Celebration, Yulesmith, Pyramid Snowcap, North Coast Winter Time, Young's Winter Warmer, Lagunitas Brown Shugga, Samiclaus, Double Bastard, Samuel Smith's, Bridgeport Ebenezer, MacTarnahan's and maybe even a few more.
Quite a list. This store is in a shopping mall and therefore has decent parking. The store may be out of the way for those of us living closer to Los Angeles but they do get many beers both craft and import that are not at Hi Times, The Beverage Warehouse or The Wine House.
12-14-2003 00:46:26 | More by Rumrunner
Beverages & more! in Thousand Oaks, CA
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