Certified Market & Liquor

BA SCORE
91
outstanding

11 Ratings
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

227 E Foothill Blvd
Monrovia, California, 91016-2249
United States

(626) 359-9918 | map
certified.la

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Added by JTahoe on 11-02-2009

PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Ratings:
11
Reviews:
5
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
6.53%
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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of dghuang
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Certified is a small liquor store with a surprisingly good selection of beers. Each time I'm there, there are new beers from local or well rated breweries. Can't really speak to their other offerings such as wine and spirits. But the owner is friendly and the beer is good. From reading old reviews, it seems the place has not always been this way. But I'm glad that it is what it is now. This is my go to store for craft beers when I want something to take home or to friends.

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Photo of FMateus
3.79/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of sheenisgod
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of GOARF
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Its a Cute little market with the same beers you can find in almost any liquor store or Vons for that matter, cant find any hard to get beers here but its a good place for the normal everyday beer .. If you want the Gems and Hard to get beer and your in the Area. House of Spirits is right down the street and you'll be able to get Alpine and Beechwood BBQ Brewing there which is my Favorite Brewery.

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Photo of TATTSNSNAPBACKS
5/5  rDev +16.6%

this is my "go to" liquor store! Always has a great craft beer and wine selection!

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Photo of magallon9
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Stevedore
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Alexanderrobert
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place is great. I swear I had gone here years ago and the selection was average. But now it seems to have a selection on par with Lone Hill. The guys running the place are really friendly too and always seem to want to make sure they have the beer that you want. So if you don't see something, just ask! I see many special releases, belgians, california stuff. Can't really find a bad thing to say about this place. It is in kind of a dumpy parking lot, but that just seems to make it cooler for me.

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Photo of iluvBA4life
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

The best kept secret in the San Gabriel Valley. Anthony and his cigarette smokin dad are doin the damn thing, stocking all the freshest Stone, Port, Alesmith,Bruery,Drakes,Black Diamond and more. Reasonable prices, and Anthony will do his best to order anything not on the shelf. You could go to Bevmo or Whole foods, but you should support this guy. He isn't a terrorist, and he's very receptive to making changes when suggested. For a while, they were putting IPAs on the hot shelf, but not no mo. As for Liquor Stores, only Lone Hill is better in the entire region.

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Photo of JTahoe
4.29/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

UPDATE: Certified has continued to expand their selection and offerings with a constantly rotating stock. They offer the best selection I've seen in the zone between Pasadena and Glendora by far...in fact, they're giving Lone Hill a run for their money. Service is great; run by a true beer advocate! Definitely worth a visit! Certified is my go-to in the area!

This typical corner liquor store/convenience market carries a surprisingly good selection of specialty beers.

The first five cooler doors are temptingly stocked top to bottom with a smattering of Belgians plus brands including (but are not limited to) Dogfish Head, Port Brewing, The Bruery, Allagash, St. Peter's, Bear Republic, Stone Brewing (including growlers), Anchor Brewing, Shipyard, etc. The next three or so coolers are a mixed bag including a smattering of craft beers with a decent sampling of English, and other imports, and a broader than typical range from breweries like Sierra Nevada and the like (update: they offer all of these plus SO much more now).

As you move to the back of the store they also have a shelf with beers stocked at room temp. Of course you'll find the usual macros in the adjacent coolers as you move to the back of the store...but frankly I've never ventured back too far.

The stock seems to be pretty fresh--I have never had a problem with something that has sat on the shelf for too long. Of course you pay a premium to drink the good stuff, but their prices are in line.

Overall a good small beer store. Recommended.

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Certified Market & Liquor in Monrovia, CA
4.29 out of 5 based on 11 ratings.
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