Hacienda Liquor

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670 South Brea Blvd
Brea, California, 92821
United States

(714) 529-1593

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Added by DoubleJ on 01-05-2008

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Photo of GrumpyJunglist
4.58/5  rDev +28.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

the place is now called hacienda beverage, and from the previous reviews this definitely must be new management or new business concept. Because from the first time I stepped foot inside you could definitely tell they are trying to vamp up their beer selection. The guy running the show, Frank, is a real stand up guy. cool guy to talk beer with, and always trying to get goodies in for his customers. If you are in the area, and don't feel like hitting up the local crap hole in bevmo or total wines, support some local small business and check out his beer selection. He also posts new arrivals on his facebook page. When i do my beer rounds, i always have to stop by here.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Located on Brea Blvd. in the same shopping center as the Guitar Center and a Goodwill thrift shop (a little-known hidden gem which is a treasure trove for unlogo'd beer glasses). Across the street is a place called Brea's Best, a nice little spot to grab a tasty hamburger should the mood strike you. As for the store...

This place is kind of dark and dingy-feeling, not to mention pretty humid in the summertime. Right away, you notice that the middle of the store is a humongous, disorganized clusterfuck! The aisles are barely wide enough to walk through, and the shelves look as if a packrat is having a garage sale. As you walk past the counter on the left hand side, you will notice that the whole wall is filled with bottles of wine. A pretty darn impressive selection of wine for a liquor store. On the back wall is where you will the beer cooler. They've got a pretty standard selection of craft beer that includes: Stone (13th Anny which was surprising), Green Flash, Port, Rogue, Bear Republic, Avery (fresh Maharaja, June 2009) Sam Adams, Kona, North Coast, Samuel Smith's, Young's, Alesmith, Warsteiner, Paulaner, Unibroue, Duvel, etc. Although, they only had 1 or 2 offerings from each of these breweries at the time of my visit. I will say, however, that all of the beer was very competitively priced. Most of it was even cheaper than the Brea BevMo located about 5 minutes away.

What concerns me about this place is the conditions in which the beer is kept. The cooler was a mangled-up disaster, and needed some serious TLC. Whoever is in charge (if anyone) of maintenance and housekeeping should be fired! There was beer all over the place, with random bottles of beer being found in different six packs. For example, there were 2 GF Hop Head Reds in the BR Racer 5 pack, 3 Racer 5's in a Stone IPA pack, etc. From what I understand, they offer mixer sixers, but Jesus! It looked like the beer hadn't been organized in months! That, or someone came in right before me and ransacked the joint like they were looking for loot that they thought was hidden in the beer cooler! There were random bottles laying on the floor of the cooler, some standing upright while others lay carelessly strewn about like long-forgotten antiques. As if this wasn't bad enough, the bottles were filthy. They were covered in a thick layer of dust that almost looked like cobwebs. Seriously, I would be willing to bet that they hadn't been wiped off for months! The beer across from the cooler was even worse. The whole vibe of this store just kind of turned me off from buying any beer here. Buyer beware! I think the cleanliness (or lack thereof) in this place lends itself to having the quality of their products be put into question.

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Photo of joecast
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

only had a short stop here but was certainly worth it. the organisation through the middle of the store could use some help. there was a "specials" table up the middle aisle that i didnt get to look through so not sure if it was only wine/sprits or if any beer was there as well. other wise, beer was kept in the fridge along the back-left wall and the aisle adjacent. looked to be mostly the same stuff outside the fridge as inside.

not a huge selection of craft beer but managed to pick up pizza port old viscosity and 2nd anniversary. also saw a six pack of barons from australia that was a surprise. a few bottles of sam adams chocolate bock and your standard selection of english and other imports make up the rest.

not as big a selection as the nearby bevmo (for obvious reasons) but may be worth a visit as some hard to find beers may last here a bit longer due to less traffic from like minded beer geeks.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%

Ladies and gentlemen, this is your standard BeerFly liquor store: a rock solid selection, pretty good quality, and competent service.

The beer is kept cold inside a refrigerator which sits out and to the left from the door as you walk in. You can expect to find the staple beer which you can (hopefully) find at any BeerFly store, such as popular craft brews (Stone, Anchor, Firestone Walker, Kona, Green Flash, North Coast), a few Belgians (Duvel, Chimay, Belgain-styled Unibroue), some English brews (Young's, Samuel Smith's), German beer (Spaten, Paulaner), and a few random beers (Coopers, Luau Lager). What I found most surprising of the bunch were several boxes of the Samuel Adams Patriot Collection in the fridge, and the boxes were in excellent condition despite being released in the middle of 2006 and purchased in December 2007. There are many good beer stores in the area, and you can chalk this one up as another that's worth a visit.

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Hacienda Liquor in Brea, CA
Place rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 4 ratings