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Best Damn Beer Shop (Krisp Beverages + Natural Foods)


69 Reviews
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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Reviews: 69 | Ratings: 114
Photo of ZX6Chris
5/5  rDev +14.2%

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 +14.2%
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 +14.2%

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 jws7968
5/5  rDev +14.2%
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 Johnny4ipa
5/5  rDev +14.2%

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 +14.2%

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 ike4tay45
5/5  rDev +14.2%

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 ocmpoma
5/5  rDev +14.2%

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 Armand
5/5  rDev +14.2%
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 +14.2%
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 out...it'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 +14.2%

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 KhakCane
4.94/5  rDev +12.8%
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 +12.8%
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 +11.4%
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 +11.4%
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 +11.4%
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 +10.7%

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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Photo of pwoods
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%

Sid is running a top notch beer store here. It's tucked away in a Super J Market with a few bums running around outside, but the beer is the focus here. Everything you could possibly want from SD with everything from RR that is available to the city. Plenty of the better brews available from around the country. The space is a bit limited but the quality of what's on the shelves and the coolers holding the IPAs and more is top notch. I spent so much that Sid tossed in a nice t-shirt. Prices were just fine.

Keep up the great work, bro!

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Photo of ExplosivoSR
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Just started coming here within the past couple of months and I must say that it definitely has the best selection I've seen. A huge selection of locals, and an ever expanding array of top-quality beers from around the world. I live in Chula Vista, so it is a bit of of my way, but I'm always more than happy to go to BDBS because I know I'm going to get something new and delicious. Of course, Sid is awesome. Last time I went in I picked up a couple of bottles and he and I talked for almost half an hour about overcharging for beer and his suggestions. Overall a no-brainer of a spot.

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Photo of GJ40
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Conveniently located in downtown San Diego (though not in the best neighborhood). "Best Damn Beer Shop" is inside a family run market that's undergoing an amazing transformation. It was a typical downtown market (but with an amazing beer section) when I first started going there. But they're improving the decor, expanding the beer displays, adding fresh/local foods and building a homebrew section. It's pretty impressive and there's apparently more to come.

They're strongest in west coast beers (which is the main draw for me) but they have a lot of Belgians and plenty from the rest of the world. They had several from Russian River, AleSmith, Ballast Point and many more. Most are refrigerated but some are not. And the prices are good.

The beer is outstanding but the service equals it. Sid is a real beer enthusiast and a great guy. Be sure to ask if he's in when you visit. He's always got a good recommendation.

This is a great beer store and well worth a visit if you're in the area.

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Photo of rvisual
4.73/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Amazing selection of beer in a small shop. Clean, bright environment . Highly helpful staff.

I was shopping for Old Rasputin, Storm King, Dogfish Head etc. Prices seemed reasonable for the area. No opinion on prices for hard-to-find items. Caveat emptor is always good advice.

If you're shopping for a decent beer, give this place a try. Street parking only. Look for the big "Krisp" sign.

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Photo of Pexkool
4.71/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I had been trying to shop there since I found out about this place here in beeradvocate, and now I just hope I went there sooner!

I live in Tijuana, so downtown San Diego is a little bit far from home, but is totally worth it! The minute I entered and saw a cooler full of a huge variety of beers I was shocked! You could spend the whole day just browsing through their selection!

The staff was constantly stocking products around us, but when they had some spare time they promptly asked us if they could help in any way. I was searching for a stout with chocolate flavor, and they directed my attention to a stand specially for stouts I had by my back the whole time! The clerk knew a lot about the beers they sold and recommended some beers, from which I bought an Aphrodite and a Rogue Chocolate Stout. Heck! Even my girlfriend found a beer that caught her eye, and she doesn't like beer that much! (We're trying to find a beer for her, don't worry) A Samuel Smith's Organic Strawberry Fruit Beer.

I found the prices to be reasonable, or at least compared to previous beer boutiques/stores in which I've bought (all in Tijuana, so yeah, naturally I was gonna find it cheaper). For a little comparison, last year I bought Young's Double Chocolate Stout from a little shop in Tijuana for $66 Mexican pesos (about $5.5 USD right now) and these days its price is around $88 MP ($7.4 USD), while here in the BDBS the price was around $4 USD! (from what I recall) so yeah...

We are definitely coming back, but next time we'll have more money with us!

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Photo of radshoesbro
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%

i seem to always find some sort of gem when i hit up super junior's! being the only good beer shop in downtown san diego they completely deserve their moniker of "best damn beer shop!" sid is a great guy that is knowledgable about his product, and seems to be getting a lot of the harder to find beers quicker than some of the other places around town. they've got a good selection of locals and belgians with many of the beers refrigerated.

if you're around downtown san diego, this is your place! it comes highly recommended!

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Photo of Zerkseez
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%

I've been to sd many times and have usually settled for a vendor that will have your expected labels, Russian river, green flash, lost abbey/port, etc (I.e. Bevmo , local liquor stores) . I after asking around I was turned onto BDBS and called on my way out west to check if they had any Pliny and was greeted by the infamous Sid. Although they were out of the elder he informed me that he would put together a grab bag of rare reserves that might be of interest me. Upon entering the store I observed the attention to detail and focus of the craft beer selection. Once I found Sid he guided me to the side and revealed a box of his greatest hits. Aside from a few he put together a bad ass selection which grew three fold when I inquired for some limited bottles. All in all great service, proud knowledgable staff, well thought out beer selection and a true sense of respect for th product! Prices are what can be expected from my picks but if your going for sessions, they offer a great brands from lawn mower beer to wild ales! In short if you're looking for a solid spot to snag your Belgian and west coast favorites make the drive down town and hit up BDBS!

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Photo of ScottCoffee
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%

I just got chance to stop by the Best Damn Beer Shop on 7th in downtown San Diego. I have to say I'm mightily impressed.

The place only started stocking a large selection of beer about three months ago, so if you'd stopped before be sure to go back. It's inside a small market, but they've removed an aisle of sheleves to add a long beer cooler. A growing selection of about 350 beers is on the self. This is by far the largest I've found downtown and on par with the big boys like Bevmo.

The real reason I love this place however are guys in charge---two brothers with an obvious passion for beer. I met one of the two while he was stocking the shelves...I was looking for a bottle of Pliny the elder or Bling Pig from russian river. There was none on the shelf, but when I asked if thaey carried it a smile came across he face of a fellow beer nut. "I don't have it on the shlef for sale, but I've got a few bottles in tha back"---a private supply he was willing to share.

We talked beer for about a half hour and it was clear this fellow was dedicated to getting a quality stock on the shelf...and he was willing to help a fellow beer seeker with both sage advice and a few bottles from his personal stash.

In retrospect this is easily my favorite beer store in San Diego...the selection is good, but the service make this a place I will make a regular stop on my never ending search for beer.

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