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Bottle Barn

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66 Ratings
Ratings: 66
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: n/a
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3331 Industrial Dr
Santa Rosa, California, 95403-2062
United States
phone: (707) 528-1161

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Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 53
Reviews by SpdKilz:
Photo of SpdKilz
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%

Walked in here trying to find Sanctification but they had not gotten their allotment yet - no worries, I was able to browse their other stuff.

A very nice and clean store with more than just beer. They have singles available which is great, and had some nice selection of beers (tons of Abyss, Mirror Mirror, Jubel, RR, etc.). While there was nothing insanely rare, the prices here were just fantastic. For the new North Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels) were $19.99, while The Abyss was $10.50. Freaking insane. They also had some nice cheap glassware, and I got two Delirium Tremens glasses with the pink elephans on them for $2.99 each.

Overall, I would go back here if I was in Santa Rosa. Nice store.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Plasmafunk
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

As some reviewers have noted there are some great beers at this place but also gaping holes in their selection (I found more Victory and Abita than RR, lol). Fairly large, warehouse like environment.

Photo of dbannister
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Not sure how to judge the "vibe" of this place, but the most important thing is that it has great beer and a helpful staff. Its pretty close to Russian River and they usually have Pliny bottles and a boat load of other great beers.

I'd definitely recommend checking this place out if you are in Santa Rosa (or near it).

Photo of DPETRIILO79
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Beer selection was decent. Was hoping for more local stuff and oddball beers. Still good selection overall.

Photo of GJ40
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I stopped in while visiting Russian River. It's a large place with much more wine than anything else. The beer section isn't all that well defined so I found myself wandering to make sure I saw everything. The selection seems more by chance than plan. They have some great things but also seem to be incomplete in areas. I picked up an Almanac Strawberry sour. It's worth a visit but not all that exceptional.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25

Supposed to be the best shop in Santa Rosa? I feel bad for the area, because if that’s the case then they have the worst selection in Cali despite RR down the road. Mostly wine here and I did find some nice Crooked Stave regulars and the latest Almanac sours. BA Old Raspy and Old Stock Cellar Reserve was there and reasonably priced, and snagged a Four Roses Eclipse. Prices were pretty decent though with Eclipse at $26, when I usually see them at $32. No RR in stock, kind of sad. Glad I was able to find some things worth seeking out, but nowhere close to what I had expected. Only OK.

Photo of sholland119
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

A very solid place in the Santa Rosa area. Wonderfully located about a mile form our hotel north of town. Easy to find, clean, nicely laid out.

Selection was good but not mind blowing. We had hit the Whole Foods Coddingtown Mall the day prior and picked up all we needed. We did get a couple of bottles for the room.

This is a great spot to pick up an inexpensive styrofoam shipper. Extensive selection and good amount of inventory.

Worthy but not essential.

HV

Photo of Fatehunter
3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

A fine enough bottle shop. They had small Belgian, UK and German sections. There were more Cali and some other west coast beers. I didn't see any singles besides the 22 oz and foreign beers. The value is excellent though. It's better than the grocery stores and worth a stop if you're driving through the area.

Photo of drunkheathen
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

I've made a couple of trips to Bottle Barn picking up some beer (what else?) and every trip has been a success. I sometimes feel overwhelmed and finding myself not knowing what to spend my limited budget on. Not that it's super pricey or anything. They have a very large selection of beers, ranging from cheap to very high dollar, and everything in between. Every style I have ever heard of I have found here. The service doesn't seem too keen on helping customers unless asked, but I somewhat enjoy getting kind of lost in a sea of beer. I am also a whiskey fan and they have a pretty good selection of that from what I saw as well. If you keep your eye on it, you will leave with a nice tow of bottles for a decent price. Next time I'm up in that area I will be making another visit for sure.

Photo of BuckTuckian
4.24/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I stopped here on a day trip to visit an old friend and collect a 12 bottle shipper full of goodies that are unavailable to me in my part of the country.
Luckily they had a few bottles of Pliny and Blind Pig for $3.99 sold!
I also grabbed several FW Parabola, Double Jack, Anniversary 16
There was more selection than I had time and space for. I would recommend stopping here. Thumbs up!

Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

A lot of choice, though to what is hot and fresh it is losing ground to Bierkraft and to Whole Foods(polling among bars done by NYSam).
Fair organization of bottles - on the floor, crowded near the bathroom and stockroom compared to the many wine racks. Old hoppy ales (ie. Lost Continent) among lesser known breweries. Only a small proportion of beers in the narrow cooler.
No single bottles. I asked an owner and he brings me to the Belgiums and bomber selection. Both owners are noteably unfirendly and unsmiling as they go about their business of making money.

Photo of JosephThompson
3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Stopped by during a trip to Russian River. As written, it's in an industrial park so straight warehouse for atmosphere. The beer area is a little thrown together so it may take a moment or so to grab your bearings and look for everything they have.

Service is non-existent but not in a bad way. They just never approach you but when asked they are helpful. I didn't pick up anything magical. Pretty standard stuff actually. Perhaps I missed the area with the good finds or overlooked them.

One thing you do notice is the ridiculous cheap Russian River on offer. If you're making the pilgramage to the drinking hole in downtown Santa Rosa it may be worth the 10 minute drive out to Bottle Barn first to see what they have and purchase there.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.24/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Roll into an industrial area. I don't really know what you do with atmosphere. On one hand, its just an industrial warehouse type of area, not exactly sexy. . . but do you need that when buying bottles? Plus, the amazingly cheap prices here are in some way connected to the fact that they aren't paying rent at a high end downtown loft in the epicenter of the chic cool chachi tony ravioli puffed shirt fancy hair crowd. So, while the atmosphere isn't much, the amount and price of beer are going to lead to an above average score based on what really matters to me.

Quality, well, they have tons of Russian River. And lots of other good selections. Beyond beer, the hard liquor and wine selection is fantastic, picked up some of the 8 barrel Buffalo Trace Experimental stuff from 1991 & 1993 while I was there, koufax21 said that $50 for them was a steal.

Service wise, everyone pretty much leaves you alone, when I asked for the chicken wire cage to be opened, they were quick to help out. Another bonus, there's some decent looking ladies at the register, big props to the fine looking native girl I'm guessing. Cute, smiley, just what you should be when a dude rolls through spending three digits.

Pretty much a must visit when I'm in the area from now on, thanks Kristalynn for the heads up on this place.

Photo of Rinkor16
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Love this place! It's less than a mile from my house... And oh man am I spoiled!

They stock a lot of beers from Moylan's, Lagunitas, Bear Republic, Russian River, Alaskan Brewery, Alesmiths and a few others. Everytime I've been here the staff are friendly. They're always willing to help you find something, incase you feel a little lost. They have an excellent selection of wine if you're into that (not me). They also have a pretty good selection of local brews. They even sell Russian River brews for less than the actual brewery does.

Photo of regsucks
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Very good Beer/Wine/Liquor Store in Santa Rosa.

Layout is similar to most large stores of the like. Nothing particularly memorable.

Very good selection of beers, including a bunch in the coolers. Added bonus of carrying shipping/packaging material and glassware.

Prices are outstanding. This applies to the regular, everyday offerings, as well as the special releases. FW 15 for $17.99, yeah I'll take that.

The beer guys that I've talked to there have always been very helpful and responsive to questions about particular special releases that might be coming in.

Photo of tjensen3618
3.9/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by on my way down the coast. I'm not familiar with the area and had a bit of trouble finding the place, it was in a industrial type area.

This place has a lot of beer, a good amount of it is coolers, cases are kind of haphazardly located around the beer area. I didn't notice a great amount of organization in the place, but somehow it worked.

They had a bunch of limited and barrel aged bottles that are long gone in Southern California. I could have gone wild in this place but had to pace myself in order to have some cash left for the last leg of my trip.

I'm glad I poked my head in this place, got some great bottles, and will be back if I ever get the opportunity to be back up in this wonderful part of CA.

Photo of John_M
3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Located just a half mile from my hotel, hard to beat that for convenience. However, I'm not sure I'd want to go too far out of my way to come here, as the beer selection here is pretty comparable to your standard BevMo.

From the outside BB doesn't look like much, but once you walk in, you encounter a sizeable, warehouse like store, primarily focused on wine and liqour. However, straight back to your right upon entering is a decent size beer selection, with 7 or 8 cold boxes holding beer and wine. There are also several display areas of craft beer and imports, but as others have noted, this isn't really the place to come to find any hard to find, obscure items. They did have bottles of elder in the cold box when I stopped by, though it's my understanding that this is not all that typical, as apparently they run out pretty quickly whenever they get it in stock. Otherwise, they had a nice selection of beers from Alesmith, ballast point, RR, speakeasy, Big Sky, etc.

As for service, I'm not really sure how to gauge it. Not that I really needed any help, but no one came by to see if I needed any either. Prices, on the other hand, were quite good. Bottles of pliny were $3.99 and my bomber of Black Xantus was $11.99.

Despite how it might sound, I liked this store and would come again if I happened to be in the area. However, this isn't the sort of place that I'd drive to if I happened to live in Healdsburg or Rohnert Park. The local total wine and/or bevmo has every bit as good a selection, and so I'd go there if they were closer.

Photo of floraday
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Bottle Barn is my favorite spot for beer and wine in northern California. The beer buyer, Zack, is fantastic. He is always helpful and greets you with a smile. If there is a special beer you are looking for he will do his best to have it available on your next visit.

Most new releases can be found here, atleast what can be pried away from San Francisco. Prices can not be beat. Awesome service. A must stop of you're in the area!

Also, phone calls are encouraged. So if you are looking for something specific or new you can call and they will happy hold the brew for you.

Photo of avaldivia
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Bottle Barn is the least expensive bottle shop I have ever been to. They constantly have Russian River options on the shelves as well as a very good selection of other local and imports. The prices here are awesome! They have PTE and other RR beers for less than you would pay at the brewery. The only downfall to this place and that is that they do not allow you to break up 6 packs and the beer guy is usually busy, if he is even on the floor. Aside from that however, this place is a must visit for anyone in the North Bay.

Photo of BigB415
4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Always a nice selection at Bottle Barn. A little off the beaten path in my opinion but once you find it it's worth to cruise around for pretty much any kind of alcohol. I always go for the beer of course and they always have something I haven't tried and even seen before because I now recognize all the beer in the shops I frequent. I am happy to find that they are now allowing you break apart select 6 packs or 4 packs so I was able to get a single of Ten-Fidy, Adam and Ruth from Hair of the Dog for 2 to 5 bucks. Being that I have never had any HOTD I was pretty excited. They have a nice selection that I always go back to cruise and they have a nice glassware section and if you're interested in the wine check it out since that is about 75% of the store and I'm guessing sales too.

Photo of Seanibus
3.35/5  rDev -21%

Disappointing given the high reviews. This place is large, but the beer selection is just a small part of the overall stock, and the selection is far from spectacular. Apart from a few cool finds - like Deschutes Jubel and Abyss - the selection is just about what you'd expect from a well-stocked West Coast bottle shop, including Moylans, Alaska, Alesmith and a few others. Hardly a trace of the East Coast can be found, however, and the imports are limited. The wine selection looks pretty good, though the liquor selection is not overwhelming. This doesn't seem to be worth a trip out of the way. Prices, however, seemed quite reasonable.

Photo of NWer
5/5  rDev +17.9%

What an amazing find!
Damnation for 3.99 when it's typically 5.99 in Seattle?
Insane!
That's just one example. Great finds. Stacks of Abyss, 30th Anniversary SN long gone from NW shelves.
And the prices much less than what I usually find at home.
Forget the bottle deposit. No problem.
Seek out Zack. Very conversant and very helpful.
I had a great time at the Bottle Barn when not at RRBC drinking PtY.
This is a warehouse type setting that is easy to miss so look for the sign on the front and East side corner.
Row upon row of beers and if you're into wine? Definitely give them a look. Their prices on the fruit of the vine are exemplary also.

Photo of kbeals
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%

A huge warehouse essentially with stacks upon stacks of beer, liquor and wine. While I didn't really explore anything else besides the beer selection, whet they had was phenomenal. A fantastic selection of local California brews along with a good selection from the Pacific NW. In fact, I found pretty much everything I needed from the area in this one store, so I didn't have to travel around to any others. Service was pretty good, I didn't have anyone ask me if I needed anything, but it was a rather large store and I saw other customers being helped out nicely. If I'm ever in the area again this will definitely be on my go to list. Another nice thing is that they are located somewhat out of the way so you don't have to fight any traffic once you are there.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%

Bottle Barn is Mecca for beer lovers in the North Bay Area. This place regularly carries around 200 different beers, of which half are non-domestic. The staff are super cool, mostly young folks, and some are quite knowledgeable. They take suggestions seriously, and will do their best to remember who you are if you shop there regularly. For example, I suggested that they get the Haandbrygeriet Dark Force, and a couple months later they saw me and said "hey, didn't you ask about that Dark Force beer, we got it in for you, but we only got two cases so we haven't shelved it yet." They also are loaded with wine (probably 40 or so racks devoted to it - at least 1/2 the store) and carry a huge selection of whiskies, vodkas, gins, etc. Only place to go if you are trying to find new and eclectic stuff.

Photo of scottfrie
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

I've been to Bottle Barn twice now in the past month as I've driven through Santa Rosa, and both times I've walked out with boxes of beer and a lighter wallet.

Their huge store is made up primarily of wine and hard liquor, but they have a fairly decent craft and import beer section. Compared to other shops such as, say, Bevmo or Total Wine, Bottle Barn has a competitive selection with a handful of beers I have not seen anywhere else. The staff is exceptionally helpful and more than willing to pull stuff out of their "back room" if you ask for it. They still had Parabola weeks after the release, had a handful of caged and corked Russian Rivers bottles, and had all of the latest current Deschutes specialty brews (although they are now out of Black Butte XXI).

They have a very large number of Belgium, trappist etc. beers along one aisle, a fair amount of 6 packs, 4 packs and singles of craft and import lying around, and 3 or 4 refrigerators full of more cold craft singles. They also carry a few glasses and a good selection of ciders.

The thing I like most about Bottle Barn is that they are very reasonably priced. They are like $4 cheaper than my local Co-op (which has a great beer selection), about $2 cheaper than Bevmo, and around a buck cheaper than Total Wine in Roseville. Gas will even out the prices if you make a specific trip to the store, but if you're passing through HWY 101, or going to Santa Rosa for Russian River, definitely stop by this place a check it out. Even the most experienced beer drinker will find something he or she has to buy!

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Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA
94 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.