Bristol Farms

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8510 Genesee Ave
San Diego, California, 92122
United States

(858) 558-4180 | map

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Added by mithrascruor on 02-28-2007

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3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Stopped in here for the first time yesterday.

Bristol Farms is very similar to a Whole Foods Market. You'll find lots of fresh, local, and organic products, and the beer selection features a lot of high quality domestic and imported offerings. All of the beer is kept in a long reach-in cooler to the left (upon entering).

So what kind of beers can you expect to find? While I didn't spot anything rare, the selection was certainly solid. Here are a few of the notable offerings: Liefmans Goudenband and Kriek; Lindemans Pêche, Kriek, Framboise, Pomme, Cassis, and Gueuze Cuvée René; Russian River Redemption, Consecration, Damnation, and Blind Pig; Firestone Walker Double Jack; Avery Maharaja; AleSmith Speedway Stout, Wee Heavy, Grand Cru, Old Numbskull, YuleSmith, IPA, Anvil Ale ESB, and X. The cooler also boasted extensive selections from Stone, Coronado, and other California breweries. Belgium, German, Britain, and the US were all well-represented in terms of beer styles.

I didn't end up purchasing anything on this first visit, but I may find myself shopping here in the future, and if so, I'll certainly be making repeat trips through the beer aisle.

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4.13/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I'm a pretty big fan of Bristol when it comes to beer. I've been able to pick up a lot of good local (and not so local) beer here and the guy in the beer department knows his stuff. He's definitely worth talking to. They're not always able to, but when they can, they get their hands on some good stuff from Russian River, Deschutes, Ballast, Stone, Green Flash and a lot of other good breweries that can be harder to find at a lot of other grocery stores. This place is definitely worth checking out and I've gotten to try some great stuff thanks to this store.

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%

Located in what used to be the Albertson's across from UTC, this new store (opened approx. Aug. 2006) seems to be a cross between a typical grocery store and something like Whole Foods. Nice-looking place inside. Everyone who works there seems nice, though no beer-related conversations.

Presumably due to space reasons, there are two sections of beer in the store, both in typical open-air coolers. The first (and smaller) one contains mostly single 12 oz. bottles, most of which are generally only available in 6-packs. There's a fairly good selection of American craft and micro brews here, along with some imports.

The larger section has everything else. Here too there is a good variety of craft and micro brews, including local ones. Plus there is a very nice selection of import beers. It overlaps with some other places locally, like BevMo, but also has a bunch of beers that I haven't found elsewhere. A number of obscure Belgian beers, and even (thank you!!) Traquair House Ale... to name a few. They do fall short on their Trappist selection, and on some other things, but it's still very good.

I don't know if they have a somewhat rotating selection or not. I also must confess that the store is a bit pricey. Some of their prices are typical, but some are up to $1 more than I've found elsewhere. Thus I usually just buy things here that I can't get elsewhere.

For a grocery store, this is the best beer selection that I've ever seen. And it beats many beer stores that I've seen too. Will definitely return here.

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Bristol Farms in San Diego, CA
Place rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 6 ratings