Best Damn Beer Shop (Krisp Beverages + Natural Foods)


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Best Damn Beer Shop (Krisp Beverages + Natural Foods)Best Damn Beer Shop (Krisp Beverages + Natural Foods)

Type: Store

1036 7th Ave
San Diego, California, 92101-5302
United States

(619) 232-6367 | map

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Added by SidVicious619 on 07-27-2009

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Photo of Hatebobbarker
5/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Every liquor store in southern California failed me, and then I found this place. Will be swinging by here so much more, great beer selection, mind blowing service.

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Photo of ZX6Chris
5/5  rDev +14.4%

I know this store is in a rough spot downtown and I'm not gonna ding them for that.

First time I went there becasue I saw a coupon in the Reader. Each time I went back was because of their amazing beer seleciton. They have very top notch bottles so take alot of money when you go.

They have some very awesome bottles and the guys there are very knowledgeable and friendly.

Every time I go Sid takes as much time as he can talking to me about beer. He obviously knows what he's doing and his inventory proves it.

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Photo of joshuacavett
5/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Amazing selection with amazing staff, this high class brew show inside of Super Jr. Market is a no brainer to visit when in San Diego. Sid was super helpful and picked out some top of the line brews for me at great prices. I got an Abacus, Russian River Sanctification, Salvation, Blind Pig, Pliny the Elder and the Bruery Cuir. They even helped package the box up in a 12 bottle styrofoam container for us which was a super plus. I will definitely visit this place again when I am back in San Diego.

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Photo of kaseydad
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Best Damn Beer Shop

Came to SD on business and the first day I went searching for this gem. I had no vehicle so I hiked about 12 long, hot blocks and went into a corner market and was totally disappointed. It was hot and muggy inside and basically had only the basic beer selection. Dumbfounded and disappointed I went outside and discovered I was in the wrong "super" market. I crossed the street and entered the correct market, Super Jr. Market, and though I was hot and sweaty, I was in heaven. I was completely blown away by the selection this shop has. Totally unassuming store front houses and incredible array of thirst-quenching beverages.

Groceries are on the left and middle. Stay to the right to experience the beer sanctuary. This place has something for every beer nut. Way too many to list but it is a top notch selection. I was in a stupor about what to buy long enough that a real awesome dude (forgot his name) came by to see if I needed help. I proceeded to banter back and forth on the quality and quantity he had in stock. He was very appreciative of the compliments and gave me a number of recommendations. The store was busy and he even came back to help me with my selection process after manning the register.

I decided on bombers of Sculpin and Lil Sumpin Extra, a sixer of Hop Devil and a foursome of Double Dog. The awesome dude rang me out really quick and I mentioned I was heading back to the Omni Hotel and he said he could call me a cab. Way cool! I took him up on the offer and brought my booty back to the hotel and it was party time.

I absolutely highly recommend this great store. It is a little hard to find but well worth the effort especially if you are near the Gaslamp District. You will not be disappointed.

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Photo of Betolito
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of jws7968
5/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Just placed my first order with them. One of the beers was not included, so naturally I panicked and thought I was getting ripped off. Not the case. I sent an email before I pulled the packing slip out. The beer had not only, already, been refunded, but they threw in a beer in it's place. First rate organization that I will gladly buy from in the future.

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Photo of Ohpl8s
5/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Found their website and decided to take a look. Super awesome experience. Bought 12 bombers and had them shipped to MI at a great price. Sid at the store was awesome. He very knowledgeable and also hooked me up with a super hard to find beer. Will be buying more beers from them. Great experience and recommend. Either in store or online.

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Photo of Johnny4ipa
5/5  rDev +14.4%

As noted by others the place is a bit disguised as a little inner city market. I dropped .25 in the meter and headed into the shop for my 15 minutes of beer hauling. I walked in, grabbed a basket, & found my way to the back right corner of the store. There you will find craft beer heaven. A very nice guy was assisting a few guys as they loaded up with their baskets. He asked if I needed help and my stubbornness denied as I was reading and searching my way around their selection. After the two other customers left the friendly owner asked if I needed any help again and he noticed a blind pig in my basket. He then asked me if I had any interest in Pliny the Elder. He introduced himself as Sid and wow was he a nice guy. The tidal wave of local brews from the shelves and rare brews from the back room ( not on shelves ) started pouring into my cart with his knowledgeable assistance. I left with a free shirt & bottle of "to the 9's" thanks to Sid. What a great experience and highly recommended for anyone in the SD area!

The only buzz kill was coming back to the car to find a $ 30 parking ticket. 15 minutes is not enough time in this store.

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Photo of skrosch
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Super Jr./The Best Damn Beer Shop is quite the find in San Diego. It's on 7th ave just North of Broadway, between Broadway and C. Sid really knows his beers and has the place stocked with a great selection. Lots of hard to find beers, Belgian, San Diego, Local California and other great micros: Ale Smith, Russian River, Ballast Point, Stone, Avery, Port Brewing, Dogfishhead, Lagunitas, etc., etc.

I've scored quite a few beers here that I have been looking for... Definitely worth a trip if you are in downtown San Diego.

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Photo of double2chin
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of ike4tay45
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Stopped in this past week while I was in San Diego on business. Killer selection, reasonable prices, and a great staff. Sid took over 40 minutes to bs with my buddy and I about beer, hooked us up with a couple shirts, and let us know of other stores and bars to hit while in town. Overall great experience. Definitely a must try. They also have a pretty good deli in the store. A solid selection of sandwich's and heat and serve food. Picked up a decent sandwich for $3.50(which was a special, tuesday and thursday is half price sandwich's).

Highly recommend.

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Photo of jooler
5/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Kimcor
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of ocmpoma
5/5  rDev +14.4%

visited on 30 Mar 2010

An aptly named establishment. I recently moved into San Diego proper from Carlsbad, and was lamenting the loss of Pizza Port's Bottle Shop, which was only a half-mile from my old apartment. The nearest decent beer store to me now is the Servall, which is not bad, but no Bottle Shop.

So, after perusing BeerFly (how I love BeerFly!), I decided to head downtown. Not a bad walk, although if I'm a planning a large haul I'll have to drive or wait until I get a bike.

I was not let down. My wife and I found the market, and wandered back to check out the beer. I was extremely impressed. Other reviewers have noted that small size; and the 'shop' is really one aisle of the market and some coolers in the back. We ignored the coolers, as they were all mainstream stuff. So, no, this isn't BevMo with its many shelves of sixers and cases. But not one inch of shelf space in this place is wasted. Belgian, German, UK, US Craft, it's there. Lots of stuff I haven't heard of or have dreamt of buying. Tons of bombers and 750s. And all of it top-notch.

Sid was there, and spent plenty of time talking to us about the beers he had, what we liked and what would be good to try. It was difficult to walk out with only the four bottles we snagged. We signed up for the mailing list, too, and unless I'm very short on time, I fully intend to bypass anything closer to me and head straight to Sid's. It actually is the best damn beer shop I've yet seen.

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Photo of Bnoise11
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of Armand
5/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

When in San Diego you gotta' try this place. Looks like a small deli-like place in downtown, but the selection of their beers a extensive. You are sure to find some nice bottles here. Usually stocked up on West Coast beers along with some rare bottles you don't see everyday. Making a good purchase give them a call to have it ready for you at the counter. Meter parking sucks, but knowing that you can have your stuff boxed up and ready to go is awesome. They have a long cooler shelf that cools up the beer across the isle. Nicely stored refrigerated place.

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Photo of FARGO619
5/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is awesome. Don't know what the "C" is all about. This person didn't even say what was wrong with the place. Looks like a 'Freddy' thing to me, and I'm sure he had something to do with it. BEV4LESS in Santee sucks. Anyway, check this place out. They have an awesome selection ranging from very hard to find stuff to beers you can't get in other places. They have a long cooler full of good beers that do chill the beers that's placed on the shelf before them. The only thing that sucks is finding a meter near by, but I won't dock 'em for that. Check this place's awesome. You can always call ahead and have your order ready for you to pick up.

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Photo of suzyqueue
5/5  rDev +14.4%

As has been mentioned, the store is hidden in this small, unassuming grocery store (Super Junior Market), which I had been going to for a few years to pick up beer and snacks for our office parties. However, I noticed a few months ago that their selection of local craft beers and hard to find imports had expanded significantly and they had quite an impressive selection. Then, in April, I went in and was able to find a 4-pack of Dogfish Head's ApriHop, which had been sold out in other stores in the area already.

Well, a week ago I went in needing a six pack for a party that I was going to. I met Sid and he was extremely knowledgeable and recommended the Pizza Port 3rd Anniversary (Double IPA) Ale as well as a Lambic that I hadn't tried yet. I also purchased a bottle of Older Viscosity for a good price. I believe this store has the best selection of beers in downtown and probably one of the most impressive in the San Diego area. Sid was a very good guy and really knows and loves his beers. He also mentioned that if I was looking for a specific beer, he should be able to get it in. I would recommend everyone in SD stop by the Best Damn Beer Shop!

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Photo of Bladezone
5/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Can't say much about the vibe, since I've never been in the shop myself since I live over on the other coast. What I can say however about this shop, is that the owner, Sid is simply the most affable beer geek I've ever came across anywhere. He always packs his beers like a pro and of those times when I purchased a beer that just sold out, he'd make sure I was covered with something else. I can't say enough how much I love this place, but simply I just keep coming back for more!

No doubt, this is THE beer shop to go to in SD! You won't regret it. Say hey to Sid if you get the chance to bump into him. Thanks for all the beers!

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Photo of KhakCane
4.94/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I was absolutely blown away by both the service and the selection at this spot. The location is great for out-of-towners staying downtown, and it was a reasonable walk from my hotel on J and 6th (even toting a case full of beers purchased at the shop). Sid is unbelievably knowledgeable, and he made this southerner feel right at home in SoCal. I was only in town for three days, and I stopped in everyday, largely because Sid was such an awesome guy... oh, and the killer selection did not hurt. If you are anywhere near downtown, then do yourself a favor and stop in.

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Photo of meintempe
4.94/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Visiting from Arizona and wow this place impressed me. They had so many California beers I had never come across before. I met the guy who does the bulk orders for the beer and he was extremely helpful in showing me Californias finest. Not only that but he invited me out for drinks with him at a local bar called Johnny browns. Class act for introducing me to the San diego scene as well as treat me to some awesome beer tastings. Overall I was happy to spend a lot of money here for great beer! Thanks again omar!

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Photo of crossovert
4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Stopped in here today, and boy was I glad I did. I had been goign to Bottlecraft which is a good place in its own right but stopped by here today and was thoroughly impressed. I first went and bought some food, very nice stuff, lots of organic. Then I went to the other side which is pretty much straight beer. After a few minutes of browsing Fancisco approached me and then it happened a nice 30 minute beer geek out. He told me what was new, what was good, and when the next shipment this week is in. Best of all he offered to drive me to Alpine. I mean how great of customer service is that. Def the best selection I have seen in SD, though ill give it a 4.5 just because the selection isn't mind-blowing on a national scale. The prices were extremely reasonable. They also have everything you could want for a tasting: glassware, cheese plates, fruit, chocoalte, etc.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Corner grocery store meets upscale beer and wine shop. Don't be fooled by the run-o-the-mill urban grocery store when you first walk in. Head to the back.

If you can look past the ho-hum exterior and urban supermarket feel when you walk in, head to the back right and you have one of the best beer shops in the US. First, the quality is top notch. While the selection wasn't colossal, everything they had was exceptional. I appreciated the outstanding collection of SD County beer, particularly the stuff I couldn't get because of the Draconian TABC laws (Alesmith, Russian River, Ballast Point, Alpine, etc.). No shelf filler here. Service was exceptional as well. Sid did an excellent job helping pick things that would challenge my palate. Wound up taking home four bottles (3 Alesmith, 1 Lost Abbey). Prices were reasonable. Definitely worth a return visit. Leave space in your suitcase.

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Photo of Brewzer1010
4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

There isn't much I can add that hasn't already been said. Sid runs the best bottleshop in town, hands down. He is always down to talk beer and will send you in the right direction if you tell him what you are looking for. The selection is fantastic. The email/facebook updates make it easy to reserve some new arrivals, and Sid seems to get good quantities of everything. The prices are very reasonable. Some say the neighborhood is a bit sketchy - it's not glamorous, however I worked across the street for 9 years and I can tell you that the area is safe. If I didn't live 25 miles away, I would be here multiple times weekly. Keep up the good work Sid!

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Photo of aBeerSupreme
4.85/5  rDev +11%

Visited this place while I was in SD for the day, and was pleasantly surprised at what an exceptional selection they had. Its actually located in a place called Super Jr. Market in downtown San Diego.

The selection included a vast array of west coast beers, especially complete was their selection of local to SD brews too. Also, they carried a great selection of Belgians and some hard-to-finds.

Service was great too, I met Sid, who was re-stocking at the time and he suggested some IPA's he thought I'd be interested in, as well as showing me their very complete selection of Lost Abbey, which I pilfered. Sid was great. I'm still a newbie in my career, so his sage advice was a huge help. Prices were very reasonable, too! I'd say if you're in the area, stopping by would be a must! You won't be sorry.

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