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BA SCORE
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PLACE INFO

Type: Store

154 Pierre Rd
Walnut, California, 91789-2531
United States

(909) 595-5412 | map

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Added by koolchas on 03-25-2007

PLACE STATS
Score:
99
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
63
Avg:
4.57
pDev:
5.91%
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Photo of scott929
4.65/5  rDev +1.8%

A flashback to the 80's when you walk up to the doors. What an amazing collection of our heavenly liquid. All the usual suspects. Too many to list. You will find whatever your heart desires at this establishment. Huge inventory all properly refrigerated. Joe was really helpful and offered many hidden gems he had available in the secret vault. Few rows of wines, just glanced at them. Typical old school liquor store with quality beer selection. I will definetly be visiting again when my wallet allows it. One stop place to get your fix!

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Photo of snpub540
4.3/5  rDev -5.9%

Wow. Had I known this place was only 15 minutes from my house, I would have been a fan alot earlier. Looks just like your average liquor store until you walk straight into about 7 coolers with top notch brews.

I saw a whole lineup of The Bruery including some of their seasonals and Papier. There was aslo Port, a whole bunch of Alpine, Ballast Point, Lagunitas, Alesmith. I picked up a Pliny the Elder for $4.99.

Also a nice selection of Belgians including St. Bernardus. Many more to list but I got sidetracked by finding Pliny.

I will definately be here more and more. Next time with my credit card.

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Photo of JBogan
4.35/5  rDev -4.8%

Stopped by this place for the first time yesterday. It's somewhat off the beaten path, not a place anyone would be passing by unless you lived here or made a special trip just for the beer. Which is exactly why I was here.

From the outside it's just your average neighborhood liquor store. Step inside and head towards the back wall and part of the wall to your right, and you realize it's not. The beer selection takes up a good dozen or more cooler doors, and it's dedicated almost entirely to the good stuff.

I won't go into detail of all the various beers they carry, mainly because my memory isn't that good. Let's just say they had an extremely nice selection of both domestic and import craft beers. Prices were reasonable.

If you're anywhere in the area you certainly should stop by here. It's only about 10 minutes south of Lone Hill Liquors and the selection easily rivals if not surpasses that store's. Highly recommended.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.8/5  rDev +5%

This is a place of selections that rivals Lone Hill. This may even have a larger selection, having visited both in one day.

Many coolers all jammed with beers from all over the world. Rare and hard to get Belgians, Germans, French and American. Craft beer that is usually only found out of state.

Yes, talk to Joe. He's got the personality of a talk show host although he looks like a football player turned gangster. The guy knows and loves beer and could not be nicer.

This is a place worth a trip; worth a long drive. You'll find things here that you won't find at most places. (I bought a 2007 Stone Russian Imperial Stout, along with 2006 and 2007 Arrogant Bastards. He has a number of dated beers that are that old and sitting in the coolers at regular prices.)

Nice guys; good beer selection; ok prices. Worth the trip.

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Photo of AHebel
4.85/5  rDev +6.1%

Just drove here from Los Angeles and DEFINITELY thought it was worth the trek. This is the only other place I know in the "LA area" that rivals/surpasses Lone Hill Liquors. Joe, the main guy that works there is great, hooking me up with some options from the back. Three beers I've already got my hands on, but was happy to hear him say he had were: Life and Limb, The Abyss, and Firestone 13. He just sold his last 120 Minute just before I got there. Without a doubt, I will be going back to this place! GREAT selection!

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Photo of Jerometry
5/5  rDev +9.4%

This place somewhat saddens me...mainly because I doubt I will ever find a more perfect store! Walnut Liquorette is quite possibly the apotheosis exemplar of all beer places. The place itself is rather clandestine from the outside. One would never know that behind the double glass doors exists column upon column of cold, select brews asking you to take them home. Great selection, great people, and charming surprises up the owners sleeve (or stashed in the back)! Joe if you're reading this, thanks for the White Knuckle! As long as I live in the area, you will always have my business.

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Photo of davidsk
4.85/5  rDev +6.1%

One of only two beer stores (the other being Lone Hill) that really blew me away. The selection readily visible in the coolers is excellent as it is; they have something close to the full lineup of many of California's best microbreweries. One of the more interesting things about their selection is that they have quite a few vintage ales you don't see everyday (07 Vintage Gulden Draak, 08 Double Bastard, 08 Autumn Maple, 06 Celebration, 07 Decadence, etc.). Aside from Californian beers, the place also has a great selection of Belgian ales (picked up a bottle of 1882 Girardin Black Label), though I didn't see too many specialty East Coast/Midwest offerings (I did get a bottle of FFF Alpha King).

That brings me to the man who runs the store, Joe. Very helpful, enthusiastic, and has plenty of surprises available if you ask for them. Hooked me up with a couple of treats, though you'll have to find out what they are for yourself. They're worth it, though.

Prices are reasonable; it's not Total Wine, but they've got plenty of beer that you'll be hard pressed to find anywhere else, and the service alone makes up for the price differential. Definitely worth the trip.

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Photo of BenWang
5/5  rDev +9.4%

Good place to buy your beer. Price is a little more expensive, but Joe is very friendly and knowledgeable. He knows a lot of beer and he loves beer, too. The selection is good. You can read previous previews for the stock. Last time, I bought my friend a three philosophers and he immediately fell in love with craft beer. True, this is a good place to introduce your none BA friend into craft beer. All the beer is in good shape and stored in refrigerator. If you can not find particular beer, just ask. They rotate the beer selection in front a lot.

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Photo of DLXSF86
5/5  rDev +9.4%

First impression of the store was this guy knows what he's doing here, and after talking to him (Joe) for a little he definitely knows what he's doing. Joe was very humble and friendly. Respects beer and willing to help out with any questions. Knowledgeable on the beer which is a plus compared to a lot of places that carry quality beer. My first time visiting the store I felt like a kid in a candy store. Just an awesome selection. If you a beer geek at any level I recommend visiting this store.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.85/5  rDev +6.1%

I have been to Lone Hill Liquor and was looking for a store of equal quality that's a little bit closer (I go to school at Cal Poly Pomona). I found this place after a search on here and figured I'd give it a shot; I was not disappointed.

Joe was very friendly and helpful, and we had a good chat.

The selection was great, and this is my main concern. The prices were very reasonable (from what I could tell), especially when you consider some of the beers that are being offered.

I'll be making frequent trips here as I live only a few miles away.

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Photo of alight
4.8/5  rDev +5%

An absolute gem. It's great to find a nice hole-in-the-wall place (that's near a Chick-Fil-A... bonus!) on the way to LA from Vegas.

I finally met Joe the other day and I've gotta say he really knows his stuff. The selection that they have at the store is amazing for what, on the outside, looks like a convenience store. He had some special stuff hidden in the back that he was able to share with me and made some great recommendations of things that I'm not able to get here in Vegas. I wish I had more time (and cash) to hang out in the store and really shop for a while.

Definitely worth checking out. It is my new go-to store when I'm headed to LA.

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Photo of PatronWizard
5/5  rDev +9.4%

OlieIPA found this place on Beer Advocate so we made the 10 minute journey from school (Cal Poly Pomona). Man did it turn out to be a wise decision.

We were both already big fans of Lone Hill Liquor and it turns out these two owners are old buddies. The stores are very similar. Lone Hill may have a slight edge on pure "rarity" beers that you have to specifically ask for, but other than that, Walnut Liquourette is friggin awesome and has become a frequently hit store.

All the awesome beers aside, what makes this place kick ass is my man Joe. I would call ahead and make sure he's there before going. He knows his brews, has no trouble discussing brews with you, is super cool friendly, and will help you get some crazy shit. I won't mention specific beers: that's your job to ask.

I'll be making stops here and at Lone Hill for the remainder of my college time and beyond.

Overall: awesome

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Photo of t0rin0
4.65/5  rDev +1.8%

Finally got off my lazy ass and made the 4 mile trek to Walnut.

Its a very unassuming little place in the middle of no where. Not on a major road and hidden in a little shopping center. Once inside though, its a different story. Lots and lots of fridges full of good stuff. Basically all the same stuff that Stan has over at Lonehill Liquor but a couple less. The cool part is that they have a lot less traffic through there and so you talk to Joe and get some good info about the beer.

Good prices on all the local CA stuff and they have plenty of hard to find stuff. When I was there I saw Founders, FFF, HOTD, Jolly Pumpkin, and even a little Southern Tier. If you get lucky you can find older versions of some Stone seasonals and maybe even some older Alesmith Decadence. Theres something there for everyone. Plus cheap beer, some wine, plenty of higher end liquor, and some tobacco products.

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Photo of joecast
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

really nice lay out and organisation to this place. the good stuff sits straight through the door and past the counter. first couple of fridge doors are US craft beer (which occupied all my attention), then the imported stuff.

quite a few things i had not seem before. southern tier and dogfish head, along with some russian river, moylans, marins and all the local/regional stuff you expect. cant remember seeing any green flash now that i think about it. but honestly the selection of other hard to find stuff is fantastic.

as you would expect the price for some of these beers isnt cheap, but i wouldnt say its unreasonable. wish i could get here more often, but then my bank account is glad i cant.

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.8/5  rDev +5%

Visited this place with PatronWizard while serving a 3-hour break from school....and what a break it turned out to be.

Q: When I walked in...all I could say to myself is, "This is almost like Lone Hill!" After talking to the owner, Joe, I came to find out that he was good buddies with Stan over at Lone Hill. Pretty cool! Anyways, awesome store with quality products.

S: Joe was extremely friendly and talked about beer for a few minutes. Overall, nice guy and more importantly...a man who loves beer!

S: I personally picked up a Fred from the Wood from Hair of Dog (which is delicious by the way) and was tempted to pick up several other things. Too bad I'm a poor college student...:(. This store had about 16 coolers full of beer, all but 2 or 3 were comprised of craft beers. Some of the breweries featured were: Alesmith, Goose Island, Rogue, Stone, Ballast Point, and so on. Simply...awesome!

Overall: One of the better beer stores around So. California. A must visit. Cheers!

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Photo of sweetbrew82
4.8/5  rDev +5%

This little unassuming liquor store is tucked away in what seemed like the industrial district of Walnut (across from Sysco Foodservice, where I used to work). You would never guess that this place is stocked with such a fantastic selection of craft beers, just f*ckin' awesome. This is the only place I shop now, no need to go elsewhere. They got AleSmith, Lost Abbey, Nogne O, Mikkeller, Alpine, Bruery, Victory, Russian River, Avery's, Ommegang, Dogfish, Goose Island, Anchor, a ton of Rogue, Lost Coast, North Coast, Sam Smith's, Moylan's, Paulaner, Port, and Ballast Point just to name a few. My man Joe also has some offerings that I have never seen at any other store in California! That includes 3 Floyd's, Southern Tier, Great Lakes, Bell's, and Founders. Plus, the customer service Joe provides is nothing short of absolutely fantastic! This guy knows his beer and prides himself, and his store, on it. One of the coolest cats you will ever come across! I made visiting this store a weekly tradition to support one of the good guys who's doing it right; making a living selling great beer at a fair price to people like me who enjoy them. Joe is a perfect example of why craft beer has taken off like it has in LA/OC. Visiting this place is such a great personable experience, compared to BevMo where it's nothing but a bunch of 20-year-olds who mostly haven't a damn clue about good beer. Highly, and I mean HIGHLY recommended for any beer lover in the SoCal area! Ask for Joe.

West Coast!!!

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Photo of epic1856
4.85/5  rDev +6.1%

Finally found a store that is relatively close to my pad (La Peunte). Great selection of beer. I was meaning to try the Bruery Saison and they had it along with both of their orchid beers. The gentleman working the counter was very friendly and his eyes gleamed when I told him I found the store from Beeradvocate.com. He appreciated it so much that he gave me a free Founder Red Rye Ale as a new customer.

As stated before in other post it is a bit pricey, but the selection was good and the service was great. Will be back soon.

Also picked up the following to give you an idea of the selection (i was craving some hops =) ):

Dogfish Head 60 Min IPA
Ballast Point Big Eye IPA
Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye
Moyland's IPA
Sam Adams Longshot 4 pack

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Photo of vince4953529
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Located in a bizarre neighborhood, could have been straight out of a James Ellroy's novel. On the way there I've witnessed California's sad suburbia at its most decadent and perverse. Anyhow I digressed.
Great selections, some highlights that I do not usually see around so cal: Rogue Imperial lineups (the Old Crusty, Imperial Stout, Imperial Red, IIPA), the Allagash Hugh Malone, FFF Behemoth Blonde, great selection of lambics, Mikkeller Draft Bear, Fish Tales Baleywine and RIS, Two Brothers Cane and Ebel... etc. Awesome selections but nobody is perfect, a little lacking on the Full Sail and Detschutes specialties. But you could hardly complain at all.
A little pricey with the big beers, that's why I bail out on lots of them. But it's understandable.

Service: kind old woman at the register.

Great store in the middle of nowhere, and prepare to shell out some respectable amount of cash shopping here.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.4/5  rDev -3.7%

Getting to Lone Hill Liquor was a victory in itself, so I was really excited to stop in at Walnut Liquorette, which is like a Lone Hill clone. On second thought, it really is! I talked to Joe, the guy who runs the beer here, and found out this is a sister establishment to Lone Hiil. Good for me, because I can cut out 6-8 minutes of extra driving from my home.

Tons of beer to be found here; they had AleSmith Decendance, the full line of Moylan's and Marin, single bottles of seven or eight Victory products, gift sets, and too many more beers to name off. The fudge and whipped cream topping to this selection is the availability of several unavailbale brews in SoCal, which are Founders, some Dogfish Head, Great Lakes, Three Floyd's, Southern Tier, and I think a couple others. When I came to the cash register to pay for my beer, Joe threw in a bottle of Great Lakes Commodore Perry for free, which was the last bottle available in stock. I gave the Selection a 5.0 for one reason: the scale doesn't go any higher.

I've had a couple bottles that were outdated still being sold, so be careful what you pick out. Other than that mild criticism, you're going to love this place.

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Photo of charlzm
4.85/5  rDev +6.1%

First visited on 02/10/08. Ambiance: it's a liquor store and convenience market, an old school version of 7-11 without the steam tables, soda fountains or hot dog rollers. Service: Joe is da man. He spotted my Stone T-shirt before I was even fifteen feet inside and was very helpful and talkative. I could tell this is a guy I would love to share a few beers and afternoon with at a backyard BBQ. Selection: awesome. Worth the 25 mile drive from where I live. Lots of Dogfish Head, Great Divide and some Three Floyds were the hard-to-find-in-California highlights. Also fully stocked on Stone, Alesmith, Sierra Nevada, etc... Everything is refrigerated. Neck and neck with Lone Hill Liquor as best beer retail in the greater L.A. area.

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Photo of PhiloPsych
4.7/5  rDev +2.8%

From the outside Walnut Liquorette looks like just any old liquor store. But the beer selection is really amazing. They have several different beers from all the good California brewers. Their selection of AleSmith, Stone, Ballast, Green Flash, Port/Lost Abbey, etc. is the best I have seen at any one place. They had the most recent Vertical Epic and Anniversary ales from Stone; while at other places these have been long gone for months. They also had sixpacks of SN Bigfoot Barleywine. I had resigned myself to having missed out on Bigfoot for this year, so I was happy to pick up a sixpack. Overall, they do no have quite as much beer in stock as Hi-Times, and maybe not quite as many imports as Hollingshead, but as others have noted, what really sets Walnut Liquorette apart is that they have beers that you can't usually get on the West Coast--that is what makes this place a destination for So Cal beer connoisseurs. I picked up a few offerings from Dogfish Head (they had at least five different DFH selections). They also had a couple from Three Floyd's (though I didn't get either this time). It is slightly off the beaten path for me and as others have noted, you do have to pay the price for hard-to-acquire brews. But if that's what you're looking for, this is a great place.

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Photo of Floydster
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%

Stopped here on the way back out to the Inland Empire last night and this place was amazing

The owner was super cool and even picked a beer out of his own private stash for me and I was stoked to grab a bottle of Russian River Temptation

The place has twelve fridges of microbrews and imports=craziness

The first fridge is filled with 6 different Ommegangs, 7 Three Floyds, some Founders, 3 Great Lakes, 5 Victory, some Great Divide, Goose Island, and a few Russian Rivers

Next to this was most Stone brews from the past year as well as 8 different Rogues and a ton of Belgians

I got some Hop Wallop and a Gumballhead bomber to go along with my RR for about 25 bucks total

The owner gave me a free lager from Great Lakes Brewing because it was my first time there

Not the nicest area at night, but totally worth a stop

Most 3 Floyds are 15-25 for a bomber, six packs of Alpha King are 14 dollars

This place is the mecca for hard to find brews from back East

I cannot wait to get back to this place and stock up big time, the only problem is that I can expect to pay 200-300 dollars when I do this

Expensive, but everything else is pretty much perfect, not a nicer guy who is also a beer aficionado, talked to him for over an hour

Go here ASAP

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.45/5  rDev -2.6%

A little jaunt up the 22/57/60, takes me to Walnut Liquorette. It's a little bit of a drive, but worth it. It is set up in a little unassuming shopping center, but once you walk in through the front door, you see the giant wall of beer and know you have come to the right place. As many have said before, this place has the elusive East coast and Midwest brews - Selections from DFH, FFF, Great Lakes, Great Divide, Founders, and Goose Island are here. In addition, they have a huge selection of U.S. micros and world beers that could rival Hi-Times, even some rarer local stuff, like Yulesmith, Bigfoot, and Celebration in the summer. The rare bombers are very expensive about $12-15, but the smaller singles are more reasonable from $2.99-$4.99. I can get most of my regular beer locally, but this is a great place to try the rare out-of-state beers that you can't get anywhere else. Great selection, this is LoneHill South, and only 25 miles from my house. Oustanding. Plus, the drive up the 57 is fun, you can see Angel Stadium from the freeway, a nice bonus.

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Photo of chelovek
4.65/5  rDev +1.8%

what an unassuming area for a great beer store. The city of walnut is the last place I would assume would have a decent beer store let alone a gem. A wonderful selection much like the one at Lone Hill in that they carry a wide array of east coast beers that are hard to get if not impossible to find on the west coast. Some of these beers are broken into singles so one can try more assorted beers for less cash. Management is super friendly, he spoke of his desire to start carrying a great selection of kegs in addition to his great bottle selection, I cant wait to see what he gets.

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Photo of SwillinBrew
4.15/5  rDev -9.2%

I finally got to stop by here. This place is in an unassuming strip mall at the end and a little of the main street, behind corner of Pierre and Valley. Make sure you don't go to the liquor store next to the Chevron station. Go behind the Chevron about 40 yards and it's on the right side.

As you walk in, keep walking in a straight line, to the back and you'll be greeted by about 5 or 6 coolers of goodness. The very first cooler has all the great East Coast stuff. I'll list some examples.

*DFH---
60 min IPA
90 min IPA
Raison D'extra (note, not D'etre)
*Founders---
Red Rye
*Three Floyds---
Rabbid Rabbit
Gumballhead
Dreadnaught
Alpha King
Pride and Joy
*Great Lakes Brewing---
Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
*Goose Island---
Imperial Brown Goose
XXX Imperial IPA
*Great Divide---
Hecules DIPA
Yeti Oak Aged Imperial Stout

There's more but i'm getting old and just can't remember.

And some hard to get local favorites
*Port Brewing/Lost Abbey---
Santa's Little Helper
Judgement Day
*Marins/Moylans---
Hopsickle
*Avery---
Maharaja
*Rogue---
Monks Madness
Dry Hopped St Regus Red
*Stone---
10th Anniversary
*Ballast Point---
Dorado DIPA
*Russian River---
Supplication

I talked beer with the kind lady behind the counter. She got me a box and then out of my way :)
Besides the above, you'll basically find what you need. All the usual suspects are present in addition to their seasonals ie deschutes, alesmith, green flash, fantome, cantillon, rogue, stone, port brewing/lost abbey, russian river, flying dog, unibroue, north coast, lost coast, coronado brewing, duchesse, and many more german, english, belgian, czech and other quality brews. Do yourself a favor and stop here!!!

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