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Clem's Bottle House & Deli

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Clem's Bottle House & DeliClem's Bottle House & Deli
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

16 Ratings
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.17%
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Store ]

4100 Adams Avenue
San Diego, California, 92116
United States
phone: (619) 284-2485

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Alexmatt86

California

5/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

Clem's is a great value. Tons of beer to select from. Paul is the beer guy and he knows all of his product. Keeps it clean and in order unlike some other shops around town. It makes it easy to see all the product and get in and get out. He has sours, stouts, black IPA's, all local craft beer, germans, belgians, new zealand, and so much more! I can always count on Clem's to give me something new. Paul said they have over 1000 labels now. That is insane! And the most important-- fresh Pliny!

The food is also fantastic. Great sandwiches. Hot and made right in front of your face!
They also have a liquor and wine selection that seems to be pretty great.
Check out Clem's! They have hard to find bottles and he keeps his website up to date so you can see the depth of his selection. You won't be disappointed.

Thanks Clem's!

07-22-2011 13:34:23 | More by Alexmatt86
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yayarea

California

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
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bennetj17

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

03-21-2014 06:05:03 | More by bennetj17
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Catchy_Name

California

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
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BdubleEdubleRUN

California

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
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jnezda

Texas

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$

Stopped by this place after dinner to grab a couple beers. Blown away by the selection, guess there is just not much to compare too in Dallas. This place had better selection than I can find anywhere at home sadly. Hundreds and hundreds of labels most of which had the BA rating attached to the shelf. Not everything is cold with limited large format but with that much selection it must be hard to choose what to leave in the cooller. The guy behind the counter was busy so I did not get much help but could not fault him for a busy Friday. Location is good in a cool neighborhood and I look forward to coming back to try a sandwich in the deli.

08-14-2011 14:26:32 | More by jnezda
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greenspointexas

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-30-2014 03:30:31 | More by greenspointexas
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OhSoHoppy

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$

First thought once I walked in was "wow, there are enought beers here for to sample for years..."

Presentation- Every single bottle in this market was placed with label sitting perfectly centered. (Even the potato chips were in Perfect, delicate order) Very clean on the inside and out. No clutter like so many other liquor stores. Great Bar mirrors the lined the tops of all the walls.
All the beers had Review/Ratings labels and general info on the beer.

Selection - By far the best I have ever seen of any market or brewery. they definitely support the local San Diego breweries, as well as all of California.
All the beers they carried didn't go below a B-
Great selection of international beers also. Lots of Belgian, English (Scotland too), and German Beers.
So many beers that are limited release, seasonal, and extremely hard to find beers were in great supply.
Not just beer, Great Wine and Champagne selection as well. Selection of Refrigerated and room temp beers available (so space wasted of duplicates of either)
Also an impressive selection of glassware, Types and brands.

Overall- Awesome Place that I will now recommend to all my craft beer friends. Extreme dedication to the craft beers.
Yes, they did carry your usual suspects of domestic and mass produced beers, but for the most part they were kept separate.
Much if not all of their rating system was based off BA Ratings as well as displaying monthly BA mags(don't think they were for sale though.

07-12-2011 05:15:25 | More by OhSoHoppy
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vince4953529

California

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
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FosterJM

California

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)

Food- N/A

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
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Clem's Bottle House & Deli in San Diego, CA
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