Mammoth Liquor

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3241 Main Street
Mammoth Lakes, California, 93546
United States

(760) 934-6260 | map

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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 08-07-2006

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3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

Located on Main Street, on the left hand side as you drive up to the Lifts, is a small light blue wooden building with a fading white painted frontage twixt a stone side walls. A large Ice Box sits out front and the Coors and Bud Light neon signs don’t seem to offer much to the beer traveler. However a small pastel green wooden board above the door proudly states that “Home of Over 100 Beers” writ large.

Simple liquor store layout, the beer is at the back of the store in a row of coolers which house, 4-packs, 6-packs and small cardboard cases as well as nice range of single bottles ranging in size from 12 ounce, 22 ounce and 750ml. On the floor in front of the Coolers, beer is also on display, more cases and the arrangement of loose bottles lend a beery feel, but I'm not sure I would want to buy any of these warm brews.

I counted just over 100 beers to make sure the claim was right, but it was close, but well over half of them could be deemed as craft. Lots of regular stuff from the big boys, a good range of local craft brews and a healthy selection from Belgium. I didn’t really see anything that I have not seen before, but I picked up a 4-pack of Pranqster and was tempted to take some of the local Mammoth Brewing Company stuff too but I wasn’t really in the mood to lug the beers back to the Lodge that I was staying in.

It is hard to get excited about Liquor stores these days, my own prejudice for looking for new beers to try, and not finding any, can often mask the fact that a store still has a great range of beers. That is basically what happened here. I didn’t buy anything new to try but picked up some previously tried brews. However, when considering the location and the solid range of US craft and Belgian bottles on offer, Mammoth Liquor is most definitely well worth a visit. By far the best selection of bottles on offer in these parts and you should certainly pop in here for a nosey if you get 8000ft up in the Eastern Sierras and are heading into Mammoth.

Last Visit: Saturday 5th August, 2006

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mig100
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of fthegiants
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of baybassboy
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Mammoth Liquor has become a routine stop of mine both on the way out of town to the various fishing locations up and down the 395, and on the way back in after a long day on the streams. On the outside, it looks like any other strip liquor store, but that "Over 100 Beers" sign should catch your attention. The inside is a little cluttered (as others have mentioned), but both on the floor and in the fridge, there is a pretty darn good selection of craft brews.

Not too much digging needed to find what you may want for the day or for the trip and enough of selection to get whatever you may be craving. Spike (owner/operator) is a pretty quiet guy at first; But try and talk him up a bit and let him know how into the craft scene you are, and he is sure to open up. He knows a lot about beer and is happy to share his insight if you approach him the right way.

Value is as reasonable as a liquor store in a world-wide tourist destination can be. In fact, there are many places down south that are quite a bit pricier for a similar selection.

IMO this is the only bottle shop in town worth stopping by. There is a reason I hit it every time I spend a few days up the hill.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

Nice little find on the main drag through town. Didnt look like much from the outside but they did have a sign advertising over 150 beers inside. Not much to look at when you walk in. Beers are in the back and the place seems very cluttered and disorganized. Found a nice selection of the mainstream micros. Rogue bombers, lots of Stone and Sierra Nevada. Guy behind the counter was a dope, but I have come to expect that from alot of the people when I go to Mammoth. Overall, a decent place considering you are 300 miles from anywhere.

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Photo of jmatthew
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

This is a routine stop on our annual trips to Mammoth. First things first, you are in the midst of nothingness, so you take what you can get. That said, the selection is expectedly not earth shattering but quite decent nonetheless. Some Deschutes, North Coast, a little bit of New Belgium, and Rogue bombers round out a decent selection of American micros, which is the stronger point of the beer cooler. Imports are sporadic with the intention of covering as much ground as possible. Your basic widely available German hefeweizens can be found as well as some UK offerings and some random Belgians that are good by the fireside late at night, like Belzebuth. The presence of Alaskan Smoked Porter certain years is a highlight and by default commands a certain amount of respect from me. All in all, a good place to stop if you didn't have the foresight or ability to bring beer with you.

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Mammoth Liquor in Mammoth Lakes, CA
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