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Clem's Bottle House & Deli

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Clem's Bottle House & DeliClem's Bottle House & Deli

18 Ratings
Ratings: 18
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.75%
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4100 Adams Avenue
San Diego, California, 92116
United States
phone: (619) 284-2485

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

greenspointexas, Apr 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Rollzroyce21, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of FosterJM
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

FosterJM, Jun 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

bennetj17, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of d0ggnate
4/5  rDev -6.5%

I've driven by and seen Clem's many times. I don't know how or why I haven't stopped by before today. I knew they had beer, and good beer at that, but expected only to find a small section in the back with a few decent offerings from local breweries. Once parked and inside I quickly found out that my preconceived notion of their stock was wrong.

My eyes instantly fixed toward the back wall were there 4-5 cooler dedicated to craft beers. There was an above average selection of 6 packs, but I usually skip that section and head straight for the bombers/750's. Tons of local stuff filled up a few doors. It was nice to see there was still some quality local stuff available, and not just the everyday beers. Some local breweries of which Clem's offered were:

Mission, Ballast Point, Lost Abbey, Port, Stone and Lightning

Beyond the coolers, there was a small section with more beer, particularly what seemed to be featured beers. A few special releases, a few Belgians. Overall, some pretty good stuff to be found. I think I just added another detour on my way home. A stop for great beer is always worth it.

d0ggnate, Jan 17, 2010
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

ThePaleRider, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of pmarlowe
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%

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).

The website lists inventory and gets updated often:

Pro tip: Join the mailing list to get special offers and information on new inventory.

pmarlowe, Feb 27, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

robear, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of vince4953529
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

vince4953529, Mar 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

jedschlueter, Feb 26, 2014
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Clem's Bottle House & Deli in San Diego, CA
94 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.