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The Olive Tree Marketplace

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The Olive Tree MarketplaceThe Olive Tree Marketplace
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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 Spacegrass
5/5  rDev +11.1%

I visited here twice while in OB. They had a great selection of some of the rare and special edition local brews. They also had a lot of Belgians, micros from other parts of the country, etc.

I visited here to pick up some bottles to fly home with me and I ended up meeting the guy that stocks their beer. I can't remember his name but he was very helpful. I told him my wife really liked the Ballast Points and he went into the back and pulled me one of (if not, his) last Sculpin bottles to take home. Then I tell him I'm trying to find some of the top 50 beers on Beer Advocate, and he pulls out his phone and BA.com is right there on his favorites! He's probably reading this review right now.. To him: thanks for your help, and thanks for hooking up the awesome beers.

On a side note, I also bought a 1/2lb of coffee from here and enjoyed it.

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Photo of whoneeds8
5/5  rDev +11.1%

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 IronKrausen
5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I have never bought anything here other than wine or beer.

Buuut.... ....Mike is the man! Always getting in bottles I want, and pricing them really well.

There are other great bottle shops in north county (HWC and PPBS), and some in south county (SBD), but olive tree really is the best bottle shop in San Diego county. The tasting room they opened is just the icing on the cake.

Mike has done very impressive things with a somewhat unassuming neighborhood market in OB. And is the only reason (sans pizza port) that i'll venture into OB.

keep up the good work.

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Photo of Armand
5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Awesome place. Olivetree is usually stocked up with good beer that flys off the shelf pretty quick. They have a few shelves displaying similar beers with one another. There is one that's usually stocked up with rare releases so grab them once they are there 'cause when it's gone it's gone. A long cooler with lots of nice bottles...too many to go over, but a nice selection. The owner knows what's up and he'll come around to talk to you about beer if he is there. Nice little place not too far from the beach.

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Photo of HopHead84
5/5  rDev +11.1%

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 Chmanzi
5/5  rDev +11.1%

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 buzbuzzer
5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place rocks! For as small as it is, it packs a pretty good punch in terms of experience. Not only are there fantastic beers to choose from, but they also have a tasting room in the back with very good flights of beers to choose from. Also, you get a 10% off your store beer purchase with any flights you buy from the back. so its a good relaxing experience. also during beer week last year, they put a couple of one-off beers out randomly and people were able to get beers that are simply not normally available in san diego.

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Photo of tdawgydog
5/5  rDev +11.1%

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 d0ggnate
5/5  rDev +11.1%

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 nanobrew
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I love this place, especially with the relatively new tasting room. The selection is great. Mike (the beer guy) is very friendly and helpful. Some of the other staff are very helpful too. The selection is a nice range; locals, cali, belgians (including a good number of sours), American wilds, english and german brews. The price might be slightly higher than other places, however if you get anything in the tasting room you get 10% off your entire beer purchase, which makes the beer well priced. You can also get cheese & meat plates in the tasting room, and there is a full deli (closes at 6pm).

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Photo of Sebowski
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I Love this place. So glad it is within walking distance.

Mike has been at this long enough to get anything that ever makes its way to San Diego. The rare stuff goes quick, but it gets there, and it is priced in line with all the other pricing( Read: no price gouging! ) Seems like whenever I think Mike has maximized the space he has for beer, he finds a shelf or cooler he convert over. His most recent being trimming down Cola offering to make way for an all San Diego beer cooler. Awesome move there.

Then there is one of the city's best secrets: The Tasting Room. Rotating beer (and wine) flights priced at retail, not bar, prices. These flights always have interesting stuff from around the world. A great way to get your buddies/GF/Family into craft beer. They also do cheese trays to match your tastings, and special brewery nights (I've had an Abyss vertical and Black Tuesday among others at these brewery nights). The room is pretty small though, so don't bring too large a group. It is more of a nice area to sample some beers than a bar. Go to Pizza Port or Newport Pizza for that.

Might as well mention the market too. Always quality stuff from the produce to the pasta sauce and the cheese to the Bloody Mary mix ( Ballast Point, FTW!) The deli is all Boar's Head too which means always awesome sandwiches.

What I'm saying is, I love this place.

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Photo of gregshead
4.86/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

A: Great deli/convenience store atmosphere. Always clean. Does not feel like your corner liquor store.

Q: This is the first store I've been to that has 99% of the beer that needs to stay fresh is within the fridges. I never worry about quality when I buy here, especially because the majority of the beers fly off the shelves pretty quickly and so if I see it there, I know it hasn't been there that long.

Service: Every time I go in, someone is more than willing to help me find beers or make good recommendations. Even when I'm checking out, 9 times out of 10, the cashier will have some knowledge of the beers I purchase. That to me is pretty amazing.

Selection: The selection is amazing to excellent, the only problem is the selection is also well known and the new selections or Alpine beers will go very fast.

Value: They have great prices, especially on the San Diego specific beers.

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Photo of SDBrewFan
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%

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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Photo of ryannaman
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%

Live and drink in OB, I am so glad that we have one of the best bottle shops in Cali right in our own back yard! Been a customer for most of my time in OB and am thankful for it. The beer selection is pretty damn good and definitely worth going out of your way to check out. The krew here is awesome people and definitely willing and able to help choose or talk about some beer! Olive Tree is one of the 5 bottle shops in san diego worth checking out and for anyone drinking good craft beer in OB... you better get in there soon!!!!

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Photo of paytoplay
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%

A+ job by Mike the man in charge. Selection is superb. Always striving to get in, and in quantity, the good rare stuff. Always willing to chat it up and he himself is always trying the new and the old. Plus i heard... there are some vintage beers aging and will be put out on the self at later dates. Super bonus. The best of the best shops around do this. At least where I shop. Much appreciated. Not to mention the pricing. But more weight in this review goes to the buyer and his / her effort to try all the beers out there. Not just stuff available for them to sell personally. Giving a wide spectrum of knowledge to whats good and for the price. Something that only benefits the end consumer, me. Selection doesn't get a 5.0 because there's always room for improvement.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

I've been going to this market for 13 years now and it's pretty much been the same people working there the entire time. Newman and the rest of the crew at Olive Tree Market hold it down and always have info on any of the beers you inquire about. The beer selection over the past 3 years has improved immensely and they without a doubt have the best international and local beer selection in OB and Point Loma. Their 750ML and 22OZ selection at the present is amazing. A killer deli, good food and solid wine selection as well. Keep it local!

-Blog: http://olivetreemarketbeer.blogspot.com/

-Also, ask about their beer club. Members get discounts, invitations to tastings, a tulip glass and special offers for club members only. Check it!

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

One of the top bottle shops in San Diego proper. Very good selection of San Diego and West Coast craft beers, both year-round, seasonal, and special releases. Good prices. Some single bottles are available to mix-and-match. They publish new arrivals on their frequently updated website and blog. Dedicated parking lot in back. Sandwiches from the deli are delicious.

Their tasting room is open Thursday through Saturday; very reasonably priced; tasting menu rotates frequently so repeat visits are rewarded; very cool that they now have plates of cheeses/meats to go with the tastings. Mike, the guy in charge, is very knowledgeable, super nice guy, and a regular in the SD beer scene.

Loses some points for how quickly the more popular releases leave the shelves (e.g., Pliny, Sculpin).

Pro tips: 5% discount on beer by joining beer club ($20/year); 10% discount on beer when you pay for a tasting (keep your receipt to bring to the register). Check the website before going for new arrivals.

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Photo of Soloveitchik
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of cletusdog
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of aoampm
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of mrkrispy
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I have always been fond of Olive Tree, previously a small "locals" market in OB that offers high quality deli items and is nice change of pace from the dingy beach liquor stores and markets with sub-par food and products.

Olive Tree expanded to offer craft beers and they recently opened a Tasting Room and have really knocked it out of the park. They have a great selection of the better craft beers good enough for any beer geek, as well as a good group of Alpine beers that are hard to find around San Diego. I think if you had to pick one negative for the place it is that it is simply too small to offer a huge BevMo-like amount of beers.

If you need help the entire staff is very friendly and willing to assist. The go-to guy for beer is named Mike, be sure to ask for him if you need something. He won't follow you around and try to get you to buy 10 bottles of stuff you aren't interested in. He won't try to force a bunch of old stale beers on you or try to convince you to drink the latest over-priced over-hyped beer. Thankfully this isn't one of those places that makes you feel like you are buying a used car. Care is also given to the proper storage of the beer, i.e. IPAs are kept in the cold box, not sitting out in a 90 degree store.

Olive Tree added a small Tasting Room that is awesome, a nice selection for every taste and a great addition to the experience. Who doesn't love tasting some great beers during Beer Shopping Day(s)??? They recently added a meat&cheese platter to the tasting room, hoping to try it out soon.

A fantastic store, if you are looking for hard-to-find bottles during your trip to San Diego make Olive Tree your number one stop.

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Photo of BigDub
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Well, I travelled here just the other day armed with quite the list of beers I can't find in my home state of Missouri. Walked through the door and was surprised by a friendly staff that was kind of excited to have "travellers" in search of beers. So after a few minutes of talking turkey I got down to business and found some great selections. The staff were nice and looked through the back for some of my rarer requests. I left there with two large boxes of selections and a silly grin . Knowing that you can find hard to locate beers in a single location was cool. Also the Ocean beach area is kind of a nice throwback to simpler times in life. A really nice vibe relaxed and kind of detached from the bustle of the daily grind .

Pliny the elder was super fresh and scored some great selections from Alesmith, Maui brewing and too many others to mention.

Long of the short. Great place that will make you smile and a great staff to help out the beer nerd on a quest.

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Photo of FARGO619
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Been in here a few times and I feel like a kid in a cool candy store. They have a little of everything and sometimes stocked with hard to find gems. Always looking forward to coming back. When the owner is there he is always out to help out and answer questions. Fresh Pliney is nice and usually have it in stock, and it is fresh so that's a bonus. They have their beers stocked up in a cooler and usually keep a nice rack with limited releases that will go quick. When in San Diego check this place out...you will be happy.

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Photo of radshoesbro
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%

went in here once a few months ago and was pleasantly suprised to find as big of a selection as they had! everything was within freshness and they had some rarer stuff that definitely makes me want to hit this place up a little more often than i already do.

their staff is very nice, but i feel like they're not super knowledgable about all the beers. after all, it's a grocery store, i don't expect them to know a lot of the questions that i might have for them.

any time that i'm in ocean beach i will definitely swing by to see what they've got!


Been in here a few times and their service is out of control good! Plus, their prices are some of the best in the county. If only they had a bit of a bigger selection I would consistently be in here every week. They update their beer blog every time they get new brews, so I'm gonna be sure to make sure I head down any time they get something cool!

EDIT (another one!):

This might be the best spot in San Diego to get beer. Yes, their selection is small, but they always have very good beer for such a limited selection. Plus, they've got a tasting room now!

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Photo of PlinyTheYoungest
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%

Finally made it out to check this place out, thanks to the manager Mike messaging me about a bottle of FW XIII he had left. While their selection isn't huge, they get a good variety of beers. I was most impressed by the random special releases they still had that a lot of stores seem to be sold out of. Also their prices seemed very reasonable, definitely on the cheaper end of the SD bottle shop spectrum. And thanks to the special service and help that Mike provided me I am sure to become a return customer there.

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The Olive Tree Marketplace in San Diego, CA
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