County Cork Wine & Spirit

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County Cork Wine & SpiritCounty Cork Wine & Spirit

Type: Store

1198 Calimesa Blvd
Calimesa, California, 92320
United States

(909) 795-3032 | map

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Added by Dukeofearl on 07-12-2005

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Reviews by Floydster:
Photo of Floydster
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Took a trip down to Calimesa today on my day off to check out the two places listed on the Beerfly Directory in this city, this was first stop

From the outisde, it looks like an old run down liquor store that would only carry Budweiser or Coors, but the first three fridges when you walk in are filled with imports and micro brews

These are some of the oddball things they had:
2007 Stone Russian Imperial Stout=$4.99
Delirium Noel=$9.99
Deschutes Cinder Cone=$8.99/six pack
Alesmith Horny Devil=$8.99

The guy working was not very helpful and knew nothing about beer unfortunately, did not even know Vertical Epic line from Stone was even though they were actually carrying the 2007 bottles still

I was the only person in this place and something about it felt dirty, probably would not go back here because it cannot rival with the Beverages and More right down the street from me

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Photo of Brolo75
4.04/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Nice little liquor store in the middle of nowhere. I really like their cigar selection as the store does a pretty good job of maintaining quality on their cigars. They have a decent beer selection and it's really surprising considering they are not in a major city. The store is small but it's pretty good. Worth a visit.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%

Here's a nifty little liquor store with a small cabinent of cigars and a solid refrigerated section of artisan beers. Came here after gambling at Morongo. I was looking for a store which may have had some Hangar 24 in stock (according to the brewery's website, they sold their beer at this store). I found the craft beer section, all refrigerated, located beers like Tetley's, Victory, Lindemans, Unibroue 4-packs, Paulaner, Samuel Smith's 4-packs, Belhaven, Stone (inculding special releases), many others I don't remember....nothing out of season really....but where's the Hangar 24 stuff? "Oh, it's over there", replied the guy at the counter. There it is! I guess my eyes aren't familair with the packaging. Picked up a six-pack of the orange wheat, came out to $9.99. Some beers will cost you a little more here than at other spots (Arrogant Bastard: $4.99, for example). In a pinch, it will do.

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Photo of Greenfloyd
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%

Not a bad little beer stop, if you need a quick craft fix...

The guys behind the counter don't know to much about beer, but make up for it with general friendliness. As you walk in, there is roughly 6 or 7 cooler doors for beer, but only about 3 dedicated to harder to find craft brews. Not a bad overall selection, if you want a specific style you'll probably find it, or something close. Several Stone offerings (including the Oaked Arrogant Bastard when in season), 7 or so different Belgians, a lot of good sixer offerings, etc. Really not so bad, and compared to other liquor stores in the immediate area....pretty darn good. Some prices can be a little on the high side, but then again, if you need a triple NOW, you'll pay gladly...

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%

Updated Review (1/14/06):
Most of my original review holds, but ownership has changed hands and they have reorganized the store somewhat. The help is still pretty good, but not as memorable as before. The big difference is that the size of the good beer selection has been reduced somewhat (75% of what it used to be?). It's still a decent moderate-sized selection with good beer from the major beer sources, but I fear that it may fade away if it doesn't command sufficient sales. My biggest surprise find there last time I visited was Victory's Prima Pils. I hadn't seen that beer anywhere else in SoCal when Victory beers flooded the area last fall.

Original Review (7/12/05):

From the outside, this place looks like one of thousands of little mom and pop liquor stores that dot the landscape of this great land. And inside, at first blush, that feeling follows through. You've seen this place before, a stand-alone building probably 50 years old sandwiched between a much newer AM/PM gas station and an even newer Del Taco (or is it Taco Bell, I can never tell the difference), old glass storefront covered with banners for Budweiser this and Miller Light that, and all the other mega liquors. But wait, look a little closer. There are also signs for "Stone in Kegs" and other better brews.

So I've been to this place a few times, and have never been disappointed. Their selection is only moderate, but a few each of California craft brews (most of the Stone line, most of the Alesmith line, several from northern California), and a nice selection of English mainstream imports (Fullers, Sam'l Smith, etc.), decent but not rare Belgians (Bornem, Piraat, Corsendonk), and fine Germans. Not a wide selection by any comparison to some fabulous spots in the more populous parts of southern California, but for the Banning/ Beaumont/ Calimesa/ Yucaipa section of the I-10 freeway (between San Bernardino and Palm Springs), it's as good as it gets. Plus, they still have some 3 L Oaked AB/Double AB bottles (they claim to have sold a bunch of them already, so they had a big stock- not sure how much of that I believe) at very reasonable prices.

But the best part is the attitude. I have talked with several workers, and they are always willing to help you out, talk to you, and if you ask for something, they will try to get it, and stock it for regulars. I have friends living in Calimesa that love high end vodka, and this place happily keeps it available for them. As a side note, look at all the shelves for liquor- they all have fishing line barriers to keep the bottles on the shelves in case of earthquake on the nearby San Andreas fault. I didn't notice it, but I also am told that they have one of the better cigar selections in the area.

And the prices are decent (at least for beer- I didn't check other prices).

Is this a place to go out of your way for? No, not at all. But if you are in the area, this is a place to pick up some better beer. One concern I have is that I don't know how good their turnover of stock is, so you might want to watch best-by dates. But at least all the beer is in coolers- that should help.

As a non-beer bonus, if you are traveling through, the same freeway exit hosts one of the few Bob's Big Boy Restaurants still around (a happy reminder of my childhood, at least!).

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County Cork Wine & Spirit in Calimesa, CA
3.54 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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