The Olive Tree Marketplace


47 Reviews
The Olive Tree MarketplaceThe Olive Tree Marketplace

Type: Store

4805 Narragansett Ave
San Diego, California, 92107-3104
United States

(619) 224-0443 | map

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Added by SDBrewFan on 01-02-2008

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Photo of Chmanzi
5/5  rDev +11.6%

I have to say I wasnt sure what Id find in this little market in the Ocean Beach Area, But i Was Very pleasantly surprised. I didnt go in looking for anything in particular, but a little birdie told me they have an exceptional selection. When I walked in I spoke with Mike who was very helpful and extremely knowledgeable about his selection.

There are only a few coolers here which I liked because I know that everything on the shelves was chosen very carefully and I didnt expect to find and funky old IPA's. They have everything that I would expect form a good San Diego beer seller. They have the better Stone brews, the limited release Ballast Point and Coronado bottles, Lost Abbey's finest, and some of the high end Alesmith Brews. Aside from the locals, Mike keeps up on his belgian ales, and has a great selection of lambic, gueuze, and other interesting imports.

Aside from the selection, everything is kept well, limited UV, good temprature and well organized. You can also pick up some good artisinal cheese, bread, and all sorts of other gourmet and local foods. This makes picking something to pair with your beer not only easy, but fun too.

Definitely a good place to spark up a good conversation about the beer you love, and have yet to find.

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Photo of HopHead84
5/5  rDev +11.6%

Considering this is my local beer spot (well, 7 miles away) I might be considered by some to be biased. Olive Tree Market is a small store with a deli that sells wine, food, and also has a great beer selection. Mike is the beer manager and he's a great guy. He's very friendly and is always knowledgeable on upcoming releases. The prices here are some of the best around. Mike has a great mix of locals and imports. $4.19 for Pliny? I think that's the best price I've seen. If you're hungry, the deli has a variety of delicious sandwiches. Just check this place out if you're in San Diego. Highly recommended.

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Photo of gwguest
4.05/5  rDev -9.6%

I drove over to the Ocean Beach area on my trip to SD to visit the Olive Tree.

It's a little grocery store / market with a fair selection of wine, beer and dry goods. For someone local to the area, I would imagine that the selection isn't anything special, but they did have some limited releases from Stone and Lost Abbey. The prices were very reasonable for all of the beers. I even found one of my favorite beers from my metro area for LESS than I can get it at home. Very cool on one hand, yet very stupid on the other.

The woman who was behind the counter as friendly and offered a box for my purchase. I appreciated the offer and she returned with an sturdy box for my walk back to the car. She also gave me instructions on how to get the beach.

They do have a nice selection of craft beer (Oskar Blues and a couple others I can't recall) in cans if you're visiting the beach.

Recommended, but I can't say that anyone should drive a million miles to visit.

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Photo of whoneeds8
5/5  rDev +11.6%

Man, Mike is THE MAN!!!!

My sister was visiting the Marine Depot last week and said if I could get the beer set up for her to pick up, she'd bring it back for me. I thought I'd have to go through Southbay, but it was just too far for her because she didn't have a rental.

That's when I found Mike. And did he hook me up. I was suprised he had all the beers I wanted.
Which were:
Lost Abbey Angel's Share
Lost Abbey Serpants Stout
Lost Abbey 10 Commandments
Alesmith Wee Heavy
Hair of the Dog Adam
Hair of the Dog Fred
Pliney the Elder (He even wrapped this in foam to keep it insulated) 3/20/09 Bottle Date

He even gave her a 10% discount.

I wish I had a job that traveled to San Diego alot, because I know where I'd go for great San Diego Beers.

Thanks again Mike,


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Photo of d0ggnate
5/5  rDev +11.6%

I finally got a chance to stop by Olive Tree today. I had the day off work and thought what an opportunity I have to try some place that I've been thinking of for some time now.

I dropped by just after 3pm. Not busy at all, and I went straight for the beer section. Holy shi... Great selection!! A few fridge doors of quality craft beer. Another few shelves of unrefrigerated liquid gold.

As I perused, I found a large assortment of solid drinkers. A closer look found me with some beer gems. HotD Blue Dot, Avery Brabant, Ommegang Biere de Mars, etc. What a great spot to grab those beers you've been longing to try and just haven't stumbled upon yet. As I checked out, the cashier and I discussed how some of these beers were going to taste and what we thought of other beers in general.

A great atmosphere, quality selection of beer and other goods offered, and all around good times. I was also able to grab a sandwich from the deli and found that to be delicious. I can't wait to make my way back to OB just to visit Olive Tree Market.

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Photo of tdawgydog
5/5  rDev +11.6%

I have to give a shout out to Mike, the Beer guy at Olive Tree Marketplace. While on vaca in San Diego I was looking for some Pliny the Elder. After posting a message in the BA forums, Mike PM'd me to let me know that his store would be getting a case of Pliny the next day. I swung by there and picked up my Pliny and chatted beer with Mike for a little while. He also recommended two other beers. I'd visit this place all the time if I lived in the area, unfortunately I live 2400 miles away:-( Thanks Mike!

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Photo of SDBrewFan
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%

The Olive Tree Marketplace has filled a beer void in the middle of San Diego. No longer does one have to trek to Escondido, Carlsbad or Imperial Beach for a great beer store. This established market has built a great beer selection over the past several years and shows no sign of slowing. It has transformed itself from carrying the basic craft beers and a few imports to stocking a wide range of craft beers and quality Belgian beers. It has four refrigerator cases devoted to crafts and Belgians and two five-racked shelves filled with crafts and Belgians. It also has a separate rack with four special releases, which is now occupied by Holiday beers.

The Olive Tree Marketplace has excellent diversity, from offering Dog Head's specialty releases, to The Bruery, to Telegraph and all San Diego Brewers that bottle except Alpine. It receives all the local specialty releases, including those from Stone, Alesmith, Ballast Point, Green Flash, Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey. It is becoming a beer destination, so its inventory turns over quickly. It has an excellent selection of Belgian beers from sours, to Trappists to golden ales. Most of the employees have a basic to solid knowledge of the beer, but make sure to seek out Mike for specific questions on current or future inventory.

The Olive Tree Marketplace is more than a beer store. It has an excellent deli that offers Boar's Head meats and a wide selection of salads. Its produce is fresh and reasonably priced. It has a wide selection of wines, gourmet sodas and other quality foods. Go to Olive Tree Marketplace for the beer, but make sure to browse around and find some good food to go with the good beer.

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