Walnut Liquorette

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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
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
63
Liked:
63
Avg:
4.58/5
pDev:
8.08%
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Photo of SoCaliC8
3.75/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of ubiq3000
3.75/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of greenspointexas
3.75/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.76/5  rDev -17.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Looks like a regular convenience mart from the outside. Tons of trash in the adjacent empty lot next to it.

Lots of coolers worth of beer, if I recall correctly, all, or a substantial majority of the beer is in the coolers. No help from employees. No offerings of the 'secret' beers.

Selection was decent, saw GI BCS and Mikkeller Brunch Weasel out here, easily the furthest west I've seen that stuff go. Way overpriced though at the same time.

Alpine Nelson I found there was horribly out of date. I find this place to be decent, but overrated on BA.

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Photo of GrumpyJunglist
3.94/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

I like coming in here, they usually have beers that would take me a few stops to find. The only problem is they are usually a few dollars more. That is totally fine sometimes when other stores are sold out and they still have them. Got to make a profit when you can. They have an insane amount of fridge doors dedicated to their beers.
I came in once and wanted to get something on a more fancy scale and i had a friend who came in and picked up a kind of rare bottle of beer. I wanted to get that same sort of treatment but no luck. I have been there 4 times and each time the person working there was clueless. The last time I visited the guy was actually rude. I had asked him if they had any goodies for sale in the back and he just said "no, i just work here dont ask me." Told me to call before i come if i wanted to know what they had in the back if the right people where there. Kinda crappy since i drove 20 minutes one way to get some beer from them.

***Just a warning they charge a $1 to use your debit card, and need to have a minimum $15 to use credit.***

EDIT: I have since been able to meet Joe. and this guy is awesome! He knows his beers, and is willing to help you out so long as you arent a vulture who is looking to buy only to resell beers. I have since adjusted my rating upon his willingness to hook me up when I come in.

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Photo of fthegiants
4/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of mrcraft
4.05/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

I visited Walnut Liquorette after reading reviews here and other sites.

I was disappointed with the selection based on reviews I read. If this place wasn't hyped up then it probably would have been a different experience for me. Virtually all, if not all beers were stored in coolers which is a good thing. They had many common craft beers you would expect from the Los Angeles distribution area. What I didn't see were the more difficult to find shelf beers that I routinely find at my other bottle shops.

The prices were a little higher than other places I shop. Since it's not that close to where I live, I have better selection at bottle shops closer to me, and the prices being higher here means I probably won't be returning.

As disappointed as I was, this is a quality liquor store that is heads and shoulders above your typical liquor stores. It just didn't live up to my expectations, again mainly due to reviews I read beforehand. I will add that I sensed something odd was happening around the time I visited the store, so I may need to re-visit the store again to see if what I experienced was just bad timing.

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Photo of Teen-o
4.08/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of gregmoscetti
4.1/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

I have been dropping into Walnut Liquorette here and there for a while. Joe seems like a nice guy who knows his beers, for sure. My only issue with the place is the consistently rising prices. Since I am a sporadic customer, I could see just how absurd his pricing was. The minute bevmo sold out of a beer, it went up 30%. next time I went by... 60%, Next time double.

The very first time I went in, we talked for a while about how the big stores kill the little guys and the distributors will shut his little store out of good stuff. It made me want to drop in when I can and buy some beers. Recently I dropped by and couldn't help comment on how much he was selling Butte XXIII ($22)and Abyss ($26) for and he just shrugged and said "nobody's got em"

I think that about sums it up. Support local within reason.

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Photo of naven
4.15/5  rDev -9.4%

Was in town for a wedding recently, and stopped by here based on some recommendations I got on this site. The store is your standard Liquor store, but they do have a tremendous amount of beer. Good beers too. What caught me by surprise was the fact that one whole fridge was dedicated to beers that are either hard or downright impossible to get in California. Not really sure how they pull this off - but all I can think of is that they have some kind of inside trading business going on. Knowing the little that I do about distribution, im pretty sure that they shouldnt be carrying DFH, 3 Floyds, Goose Island, Great Lakes and a few others. Beware though, you will pay handsomely for these beers. I bought a six pack of Alpha King for $14. Yikes!

Nick was very friendly and seemed somewhat knowledgeable about the beers he sells. He told me he was trying to try everything he sells. Good luck to him on that one.

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Photo of SwillinBrew
4.15/5  rDev -9.4%

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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Photo of psiweaver
4.15/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

went to this place when I lived in Southern California. They had a bunch of hard to find stuff like the Jolly Pumpkin/Stone/ Nogne O collaboration beer from Stone that was released a few years earlier. They also had 750ml's of Temptation when everyone else was completely sold out. There were lots of great interesting beers that were tasty. You can find out of date beers here though, so much sure you double check the dates. I really like it for finding older bottles. Service is very good and friendly. Kind of a run down looking place from the outside.

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Photo of jaeone
4.24/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of dddddddd
4.26/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of snpub540
4.3/5  rDev -6.1%

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 -5%

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 Barchetta21
4.39/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I have been visiting (and patronizing) Walnut Liquorette for the past couple years and have been consistently impressed by the quality and selection.

From the outside (and, frankly, from the inside) it looks like a fairly standard, albeit a bit dingy, liquor store. The beer, however, is all very well displayed and most importantly, is all in coolers in the back.

Selection is about as good as you can ask for. Not only are the standards there (Stone, Russian River, Lost Abbey, et al.), but if you're looking for something special, theres a good possibility that Joe has it hiding in the back.

Speaking of Joe: he's awesome. Always ready to talk beer, sports or whatever. He'll answer any questions you have and will gladly make suggestions.

One one pretty big criticism is the skyrocketing prices of some beers. It's been fairly well established that the prices here are a couple dollars more than other stores, which I'm ok with. You pay for quality. But I take issue with charging $40 for Old Stock Cellar Reserve, $28 for Abyss and overall outrageous prices on other "rarer" brews. It makes it prohibitively expensive to pick these up. I will say, however, that this is more the exception and not the rule to most of the prices.

Overall, I'd say that Walnut Liquorette is one of, if not the best choices to find a consistently excellent selection of beer in the North OC/East LA area. Just check the prices before you buy!

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.4/5  rDev -3.9%

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 Retsinis
4.44/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Yet another nice bottle shop tucked away in Southern California. This is one of about 3 bottle shops I make a point to check out on my treks between the Bruery in Placentia, and my lair in Northridge, since their along the route and not out of the way, but also carry great stock.

Nearly all of my experiences there have been on a sunny Saturday afternoon, so the place always seemed clean and well lit, and not busy. I'd say about 90% of the beer is kept inside of coolers, which sprawl along the back wall, and there are about 10 or more cooler doors filled with craft beer.

While some of their prices may seem a bit high, I’m typically not going there for stuff I can get for cheaper, before a coupon at Total wine, but more for some of the great gems I’ve picked up here, since they get in some great stuff, and often sell only a few at a time, with a one bottle limit. This includes seasonals, once a year releases, and some newer once only releases. They do keep some of this stuff in the back from my experience, but you have to ask what it is your looking for in that case, and they will let you know if they have it, and the price.

I appreciate this policy here more that at some shops. At some other shops, it seems like it's about knowing the owners, and dropping lots of cash there to get access to a "cellar reserve" or something. I can understand such polices for the shops it works for, it's their shop, but it makes it hard if your not local and don't know, but still want to find great beer to drink that is hard to come by due to both batch size, and small distribution area.

In Walnut Liquorette's case, their method does not seem to be in any effort to hoard or hide stock, but rather prevent just one person from clearing out very rare limited releases, but also from those that don't really want beer to drink, but to re-sell it. Anyhow, in short, clean shop, great stock of craft beer, kept cold, and they limit purchases on the rarer stuff, so that the love is spread.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Finally I made it to Walnut Liquorette, after 5 years of intentions. Most often I don't drive this direction when in LA, luckily I had business in Pasadena this time.

First off, Joe is awesome. Very friendly and helpful in every way. I told him I was from OH and he made a point of asking what breweries I couldn't get back home. Reason being he has some good stuff in back that he has no problem offering to a beer geek.

All the beers are in coolers, separated by brewery. After stopping at a number of other places I was really happy to see several selections from Russian River. Prices were average on some beers and maybe a little high on others, nothing crazy though.

Next time I'm in the area I'll be sure to stop here again (although it might be another 5 yrs).

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%

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 joecast
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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 vince4953529
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Javi_bobby
4.55/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Ive been here a few times and they have great service and a great selection. Joe knows his beer and will help you find what you need. Some of the beer is a bit over priced but yyoi can also find some great deals. If your in the area stop by and check them out

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