Clem's Bottle House & Deli
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Reviews by pmarlowe:
District of Columbia
3.78/5 rDev -13.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Much better selection than you would guess looking at the building from the outside. Very solid selection of craft beer and wine, including some hard-to-get brands like Alpine and Russian River. Probably half of the floor and refrigerator space is dedicated to craft beers, which is considerable but not expansive. If your usual bottle shop is sold out of something, this place is enough of a gem that you can probably find it here.
This feature may also the store's Achilles heel. It's somewhat questionable how much turnover they have, leaving you wonder how fresh the IPAs you are getting. When I last visited, they had RR Blind Pig that was two months old in their refrigerator. Makes you wonder how fresh the bottles are which aren't dated. This criticism obviously isn't as important for brews which don't need to be consumed fresh.
Prices seem slightly higher than other SD bottle shops (maybe 10%), based on some casual comparisons.
They have a small deli, but I didn't get a chance to eat there. Gotta love the proximity to Burger Lounge (next door).
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02-27-2011 18:35:22 | More by pmarlowe
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4.36/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Had a workshop on Tuesday and I asked my boy BdubleEdubleRun where to go. Hooked it up.
Smaller store in a quiet neighborhood in Old San Diego. Small parking lot which at night or during peak hours would be a bitch to park.
Atm- Lots of charm in here. Lots of coolers, lots of wood. Nice mom & pop feel. Deli on the left beer in the center and left with wines on the right.
Quality- A lot of great beer here along with other glasses I have never seen before. Lots of imports that I havent seen with US beers and lots of CA and SD locals.
Service- Didnt catch the guys name, but took about 10 minutes of me walking around before he offered a hey can I help you. Nice guy though.
Selection- Eclipse, Mikkeller, Fantome, Tilquin, Dupont, Bruery. You name it, they pretty much have it (didnt see Alpine though)
Value- Was a pretty good deal all the way around. If I hadnt just spent a ton in Vegas, I wouldve picked up a corked Foret. Eclipse variants for $35. Not the best, not the worst. Ill come back for sure.
06-06-2012 21:30:24 | More by FosterJM
4.38/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
Lots of customers here on a Saturday night. Great selections of brews, tons of stuff not available in Orange County. Some Canadian stuff that I have never seen before. Lots of beers no longer available elsewhere were still on sale here, eg. the 50/50 Eclipse variants, various seasonals... etc. Visit their website for the detailed bottle list.
Price is a bit steep, especially for the Scandinavian imports. The price actually prevented me from buying some of the selections. But the selection is pretty amazing, one of the best in SD county.
03-04-2012 22:06:27 | More by vince4953529
4.71/5 rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I recently stopped by here on trip through San Diego. This was the last place I stopped after 3 other bottle shops, and I must say, I could've stopped here only and saved myself the day. This place's selection was unbelievable. He had everything I was looking for and then some. He had Eclipse variations, Bruery whales, and various other beers. They also carry a ton of rare one-off beers you won't find anywhere else. And the guy there, Paul really knew his stuff. I will definitely be stopping here every time I go to SD. Thanks Paul, you guys really know how to run a beer establishment.
02-12-2012 10:37:54 | More by Catchy_Name
4.86/5 rDev +11.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I like that Clem's carries such a varied and high-end selection of beer rather than solely San Diego brews. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and always willing to talk beer. As I said, great selection and they will do their best to track down a specific bottle if you they don't already have it. They also have an email list you can join to get updates about new arrivals and discounts. My only complaint (and it's a minor one), is that I found their german beer selection a bit scarce. To be fair, I am usually in the mood for belgian or american beers, but every once in awhile I want a nice kolsch or helles. Like I said, minor complaint, especially when those german beers are commonly available elsewhere.
10-20-2011 15:21:30 | More by yayarea
4.64/5 rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Just got back from Clem's. When you walk in, immidiatly you know this is a beer place and they make it very obvious that is their main focus. There are a ton of good beers that aren't common in other shops. Paul was extremely helpful, I called last week about Citra and he put my name down on his list to make sure I got a bottle, and I did. They have a very good glassware selection, Beer Advocate magazines and BA tags on just about every beer in the store. I will defenitly be doing some more shopping here.
08-25-2011 22:55:20 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
Clem's Bottle House & Deli in San Diego, CA
94 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.