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12 Ratings

Type: Store

79715 Highway 111
Bldg H
La Quinta, California, 92253-4756
United States

(760) 342-3277 | map

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Added by ThreeWiseMen on 09-08-2009

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by Shumista:
Photo of Shumista
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Stopped in here on a recent trip to the Palm Desert area because it was recommended to me in the forums as being the only decent beer store in the valley (Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indio etc.)

The store focuses more on wine and liquor, I think probably in an attempt to cater to the area's older, retired population. I got the feeling that craft beer isn't very big in the valley. Anyways, that the being said, the beer selection was pretty good. I was focused mostly on California beers that I can't get here in Michigan but I remember a decent import and out of state regional selection as well, such as Deschutes from Oregon. They had a range of selections from lots of California microbreweries to choose from like Moylan's, Ballast Point, Firestone Walker, North Coast, Port Brewing, Green Flash and others I wasn't familiar with. Of course Stone and Sierra Nevada were represented as well.

Service was friendly and outgoing by asking if I had any questions, but not particularly helpful in their answers. When asked if I needed any help I told the beer guy I was from Michigan and looking for some stuff I can't get at home and what he reccommends. Unfortunately instead of telling me which of the unfamiliar California breweries were the best he gave me a geography lesson instead. I was informed where each was located in the state but not much else. I asked a few more questions but pretty quickly realized he didn't know much about the actual beer itself. The beer guy also apologized for what he seemed to think was a subpar beer selection compared to the other BevMos. He told me they actually have the worst beer selection of the entire chain at the La Quinta store. He quickly followed this up by saying that they have the best selection in the valley by far though.

The prices were surprisingly low to me but I'm not familiar with alcohol tax in California as compared to Michigan so the prices may have just been lower due to differences there. Also it's worth mentioning they would not break up 6 packs. Overall this is a pretty decent beer store and if you are visiting Grandma and Grandpa or on a golf vacation in the valley definitely your best bet.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Avatar113
2.97/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Photo of MisterKilderkin
3/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of rainfairy
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of brewandbbq
2.4/5  rDev -27.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 3

This Bevmo was fairly obvious to see when passing by on 111 on the way from LaQuinta to the Salton Sea.

The selection is small for a BevMo, but I was still able to pick up six that I hadn't seen before and the ones on sale with the BevMo card were a bit of a good deal.

Customer service here was lousy as I had asked for a couple of wine boxes to ship some beers back home in, but I was only able to have one as "they needed all the rest for wine". I turned around and saw a mountain of empty boxes by the door and thought to myself..Really? He wouldn't even give me any scrap of anything that was being thrown out as it was "all already packed up". Lame.
Also, one of the beers I bought there "Ale to the Imp" had to have been about 50 years old. Horrible.

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Photo of DrJay
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

This place was not far from where I was staying, so at least it had that going for it. Decent selection of standard west coast brews, mostly regular release stuff, with a few east coast offerings as well. There were some interesting German and international brews available. The majority of the beer was kept at room temperature with only a few fridges at the back. Prices were decent, especially with te BevMo! card. Staff were helpful and asked if we needed assistance right away. Certainly not a hotbed for hard to find releases, but it'll certainly work if you're just looking for something decent to drink while out in the desert.

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Photo of Allpe45
2.61/5  rDev -20.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 1 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Nice area, decent parking lot.
Just inside the entrance there is a mountain of wine that makes it difficult to get in. Narrow passages, sharp turns. Beer is on the far right side when you are facing in.

Most of the beer is sitting at room temperature. Check dates if you end up shopping here. Plenty of the beers are past their expiration date. Can't trust anything without a date if it is meant to be enjoyed fresh.

A portion of the beer is near a window, exposed to direct sunlight.

Disappointing that this is one of the only places to buy craft beer in the area.

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Photo of Klym
3/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

As others have mentioned, this is (sadly) one of the best if not the best store to find craft brew in the Palm Desert/Palm Springs/La Quinta area. The beer section is unusually small for a BevMo, and the selection of craft brews is unusually bad, even for a BevMo. Regardless there is the occassional gem-- for example, I picked up a few Abacus from there. It's worth a shot, but unless your greatest love in life is stone normal releases don't get your hopes up.

As far as service, I've had mixed experiences. I had one guy who really felt confident he could get parabola and placed an order (though he didn't get it, I appreciated the effort), but I've also had experiences like a manager who completely blew me off and was convinced he didn't have a beer the website said they had in stock online, and didn't even bother to check.

All in all, good luck if you live in the area, and certainly give this a shot if you're desperate, it might pan something out for you.

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Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +21.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

If you happen to find yourself in the Palm Desert area, this is the best place around to find craft beer for sure. The really nice part is the store stock was exactly as it was listed on their web page.. so you know exactly what you’re going to find on the shelves when you get there. They don’t let you split up the 6 packs and only had about 12 different 12oz beers available as singles. The staff seemed to know about the beers somewhat and the place was nice and clean. Prices were a little bit on the high side, but considering there is no where else to buy good beer in the area it’s not too bad.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%

Stopped in here to get my beer fix while seeing a friend.

This place by far has the best selection I found in a 20 mile range. The craft beer section was much smaller than the wine and liqour section. Although, I have a feeling this is due to the fact that mostly older people live there. I thought the prices were amazing least by what I pay in Indiana. The selection of craft beer was mostly Cali beers and everyday selections. Sadly, I didn't see anything that was a special release that I couldn't get somewhere else. I walked out of there with some pretty good beers and didn't go broke. Isn't that how it is suppose to go though??

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Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Convenient location on the 111 and not far from the Tennis Gardens which draws many people to the area.

This is a smaller than average BevMo, at least by Arizona store standards. Decent selection of California craft beer, but the place had better spirits selection and wine. Beer was a bit lacking, but then again there's nothing in the area (no Whole Foods as of this writing), so there's not really any competition.

Service was friendly. Parking was good, and it was a new, clean commercial area.

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