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Beverage Warehouse

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PLACE INFO

Type: Store

4935 McConnell Ave
Ste 21
Los Angeles, California, 90066-6756
United States

(310) 306-2822 | map
beveragewarehouse.com

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39
Ratings:
53
pDev:
8.11%
 
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Photo of bennorthenor
5/5  rDev +19.3%

I hate to say good things about this place, because it's MY little secret shop. I have found on of my favorite beers there and they always have it. It has gotten a very high rating on this website, but I don't want to say what it is... I don't want it to start disappearing before I get there. Hehehe.... I can't say enough GREAT stuff about this place. I was just there yesterday and it really is Disney Land for Adults... You should really stop by, but stay away from MY beer... For the price, I find it a GREAT deal. You will not be disappointed.

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Photo of chadski
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of jwolfe1311
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Nothing is refrigerated but they have just about everything. AND you can look up what they have on their website.

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Photo of Floydster
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%

This place is located at the end of a strip mall in the middle of Marina del Rey off of Culver Boulevard

Have found great beers here from Ballast Point, Lagunitas, Stone, and Rogue XS series

Can find bombers for three bucks which is great, recently bought a Frank Zappa tribute beer called Kill Ugly Radio for that price

Always have specials and the newest products available

They are supposed to get in Stone's 11th Anniversary beer in the next few days

Sales associates know exactly what you are looking for and are always very helpful

If you become a regular here, you will receive amazing benefits, I will leave it at that

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Photo of insomnboy
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%

A veritable "kid in a candy store" kind of place for beer lovers.
They have everything and at very reasonable prices. Beers I read about here on BeerAdvocate that I wanted to try I found at Beverage Warehouse (Arrogant Bastard and Hop Rod bombers fer instance). If you live in West Los Angeles and want to find the best selection of beers, you cannot go wrong at Beverage Warehouse. My only gripe? Most of the beer is room temp. so you have to wait while your tasty purchases chill in the fridge. Unless you're getting a keg, those are always nicely chilled. Probably the best keg prices around the area, got a half barrel of Anchor Steam for $125 there last year.

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Photo of jkaiser150
4.65/5  rDev +11%

took a bus here from the airport on a sunday, had to walk the last mile and a half, sheer torture.
finally got there and two guys said hello, told them i came from orlando for their beer, they took pitty on me and answered my quest for pliny and damnation
it was a tough being in there, i had little time, normally in a place like this i would have spent close to $50-75 but i was on strict budget and time. do you understand what i;m saying, i was so pressed for time i couldn;t look at anything.
the guy got me the beers, double bagged it for me and i was ready to walk again, this time for 6 miles. good god. only did it for the pliny and damnation, never again.
place is on my list for next time if i have a car.

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Photo of PuckLSHS
4.65/5  rDev +11%

Beverage Warehouse is a great place to stock up on some really good beers. The beer guy Rick is a great guy to talk to and will keep you abreast as to what is going on with shipping and what he can get for you. Throw some questions around and you will be sure to get a response from one of the gentlemen who are there.

I have found some pretty great stuff lately. They have the new shipment of Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout, a bunch from Stoudts and Victory Brewing and a load of belgians which I am almost through with trying. They have a generous wall of singles that can be purchased and a large selection of six packs. They have new shipments that come in all the time, so their is a lot of variety in their selection.

This is a great place to stock up. Also, the people make it a place where you want to keep going back to spend your money.

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Photo of Beerbuddy21
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

I love this place! Great selection of beers from the US and international. You can always trust that they'll have the new releases and a huge selection of bombers and sixers. They dont really have 12ers but thats not a problem. This place is sort of hidden in an off the beaten path strip mall. When you find it you'll be pleasantly surprised. My one beef would be that I wish they stayed open a little later on weekdays b/c I cant get there before 6pm from work.

Nice selection of wine and spirits too!

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Photo of DogFood11
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%

I have to start with the fact that I've never had a bad beer from this establishment. It is mainly a wine/soda warehouse. On weekends they have samplings of soda in the front of the building, they have some really wild soda's. I sampled a few and some of them stung my palate into remission.

Huge selection of brews. The usual domestic macro's bud, miller, coors, and some imported macro's, corona, pacifico, heinekin, etc.

Some hard to find imports including some beers from tawain, south korea, china. If you look hard enough you will find beers from all over the world. You really do have to look around the entire beer selection as it can stretch into the next aisle when they are fully stocked. The only downside is in the quality department because there are no coolers for the beer and if there is A/C they don't use it too often as its usually on the hot side. With that being said I haven't had a truly bad bottle of beer so in my book it hasn't been an issue.

Full selection of belgium imports consisting of the usuals and some hard to finds. Fullers vintage 2005 was on sale!

Micros from all the locals that distribute. Moylan's, Marin, Stone, Green Flash, Ballast Point, Alesmith, Pizza port etc etc....the list goes on and on and on. Avery, North Coast, Russian River. Don't forget to ask management whats new coming their way. They will give you the rundown and even the day he expects it so you can get it fresh.

Large parking lot is condusive, especially on the weekends. You will not be dissapointed. Even the veteran BA's would enjoy this venture.

Edit: Nov 1 2006. Making friends with the Rick is a good idea. He has ordered many brews that I made him aware of and he's happy to do it.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of mickeymac
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Wow! I used to live about one mile from this place and didn't know it existed. It's almost worth moving back. In a somewhat run-down commercial park, it doesn't look like much from the outside. What's inside more than makes up for the exterior. This place has everything: wine, cigars, distilled spirits, oh and beer, beer, beer. In addition to the stuff that's pretty easy to find in these parts (e.g., Stone and Alesmith), BW has a good selection of beers I've seen nowhere else in southern California. I finally tracked down Victory Old Horizontal at BW. The prices are good and the service is friendly. Thanks to BA lupulin for pointing me in the right direction.

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Photo of sloejams
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Beverage Warehouse is the easily best liquor store in Los Angeles. The only drawbacks from me is that it's not terribly close to where I love / anywhere I often go and there is extremely limited selection of refrigerated beers. These are small complaints though.

Beverage Warehouse is precisely what the name says - a warehouse. It's not very easy to find so be sure to Google Maps the hell out this place before you head out. It's a large warehouse with ample selection of liquor, sodas and why you're here - beer.

Usually when I'm making my way to the Beverage Warehouse, I'm stocking up. That's exactly what I did today. I took an extended lunch break and headed out to load up on some of the new stuff out. To no surprise, they had everything I hoped they would and some other specialities. I loaded up on the Pizza Port / Lost Abbey stuff - which is still not all that easy to find here, especially the Old Viscosity and Wipeout IPA, which I've never seen stocked anywhere until now. They also already had the new SN Celebration 06, even though it's only the end of October. I'm not complaining. The Belgian selection was looking good. There were some tasty German lagers I've not crossed paths with lately. I managed to stay under my planned budget of $100, though it was difficult.

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Photo of DCLAguy11
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of john0721
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

Got a chance to check out this place on the way back to Long Beach from my girlfriend's family's house near Tarzana.

This is located off the 90 Freeway (take it to the end via the Westbound), and then off a small side street. It's in a fairly industrial area. The "warehouse" itself is located at the back of a series of garage-like similar warehouses, but has a clear sign over the top, and quite a bit of people were there (I went on Christmas Eve).

Somewhat warehouse-y, I guess (appropriately) ambiance. One big open space with a huge variety of wines on the left side stretching to the back, and the beer, spirits, and specialty sodas off to the right. Beer was on the back right hand wall, spread over a very long shelving. There were also boxes of beer stock on the ground, open for purchase, and some surrounding or adjacent to the shelving. Six packs were on one shelf, and bombers generally on the other, with craft and imports mixed in together, for the most part.

Selection was good. It wasn't anything that would blow you away, that being said, but it had a lot of nice offerings. In terms of stuff I had never seen before, I came away with a Uerige Doppelsticke, and they also had some Thomas Hardy's Ale, which I had maybe seen once before in my lifetime. They had bottles of Decadence by AleSmith, also, but I had seen that at The Wine Country in Long Beach, too. They had a great variety of Belgians, with pretty much everything under the sun. Wish I had seen some Pannepot, though. I was happy, however, to find a lot 12 oz (11.5?) bottles of Belgian favorites, such as Bernardus Abt 12 and Brasserie des Rocs Grand Cru. I often don't feel like a whole 750ml, and it seems like it's hard to find the smaller bottles.

The big draw with this place, in my opinion, is the prices. As others have mentioned, they have some really cheap bombers scattered here and there, but in general it had prices, on average, $1.50-$2.00 cheaper per item than where I had seen the same item elsewhere. Some examples: Brasseries des Rocs Triple Imperiale 750ml for $8.50, Prima Pils 6-pack for $8.00, Hop Wallop six-pack for $9.99. Great prices, I think.

Service was very helpful - staff members were ready and willing to help customers, and were doing so for more than a few other people shopping.

Anyway, worth the trip, I think, for the prices if nothing else, and the consistently good stock doesn't hurt either.

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Photo of DaveDLD
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

unfortunately since i'm moving back to st. louis from LA i won't be able to visit beverage warehouse anymore. over time this became my go-to spot for buying beer. i do enjoy bevmo and wine expo (which is right down the st from me) but for some reason i always managed to find something special at beverage warehouse. my best finds generally were allagash, dogfish head, and port brewing/lost abbey. this is the only store i ever found dogfish head. also i got lost abbey carnavale which is quite good too. i got port hop 15 and allagash vicoria and allagash black. good solid selection and a nice rotating/seasonal selection. i strongly suggest trying

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Photo of shalowlou
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

Oh man, a review already mentioned this, but this place is the proverbial "kid in a candy store". Just go to the website and take a look at the selection. I mean, they have a lot of beers.

It has the usual california fare: Stone, Sierra Nevada, Bear Repub, and some alesmith, plus a few Rogues (Shakespeare Stout) plus beers from around the world including Chiamays, La Fin Du Monde, Duvel, Paulaner, St. Bernardus. As you can see its got some really great stuff.

The thing I don't like is that it's a Warhouse (they weren't kidding) so nothing is refridgerated. So therefore you can't really be sure of any freshness because quite simply, they have so much stuff. So be wary of some of those bottles. But getting past that, it truly is a wonderful place and one of my favorite places to be. If you live anywhere near the area, check this place out.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

Most of the reviewers have nailed the important details of this place but I'll summarize:

- Very difficult to find. Yes you are on the right road but you won't see it from the road. It is in a "warehouse" industrial park so just head all the way down the parking lot, its at the end.

- Rick is very helpful and talkative, but not usually there on the weekend. If Rick isn't there, the service drops off dramatically. Rick is the beer guy so any questions pertaining to incoming beers need to be directed to Rick.

- A consistent selection of west coast brews (meaning that they will never run out of the beers you expect them to have). New beers are usually put to the front of the beer selection so one doesn't need to hunt and peck to find whats new.

- Absolutely great selection of Belgians.

- Ability to break up sixpack and purchase singles.

- Massive amounts of domestics, soda, wine, etc. This is a warehouse, so its built for speed and purchasing in bulk.

- Last but not least...they do not give you itemized receipts. What does that mean? It doesn't show you what items were purchased on the receipt. See, my company does not allow the usage of company money to be spent of booze. But you can purchase food, soda, etc. BW will ALWAYS get our business because of this reason.

This is a solid beer store. I usually visit BW once a week to see whats new.

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Photo of illidurit
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

Luckily I lived in Culver City for a year, otherwise I would have been in trouble locating it. Turning from Culver onto McConnell it'll be near the end of the road, at the end of a driveway on the right.

The next hardest thing to do after finding the place is choosing from the huge selection of high quality stuff. I was happy to finally find some Victory and Avery brews in California but I nearly jumped out of my shoes when I saw a couple YuleSmiths. AleSmith and Stone are very well represented, and the Belgian selection is great. Plenty of trappists and St Bernardus, as well as some rarities like the black label Girardin Gueuze 1882 and a Fantome or two. Saw some neat Port Brewing beers there too.

As the name states, this place is a warehouse, so don't expect the staff to be waiting on you very much. In fact the only people I saw working there were at the cash registers. Not a big problem if you know what you're after.

The prices were the most reasonable I've seen for several beers. The big AleSmith beers are cheaper than at Whole Foods or any San Francisco location I've been to. I found a St. Bernardus Pater 6 that was in a pallet under a shelving unit and the cashier said he couldn't find it in the system so he gave it to me free! He knew his beer too.

Only con here is that the beer is not refrigerated. It sits on shelving units on the back wall to the right of entrance, well out of the way of sunlight. Luckily the warehouse doesn't get warm due to the cold concrete floor.

Great place, I'll can almost guarantee I'll be stopping there whenever I'm in Los Angeles.

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Photo of SwillinBrew
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

I almost missed this place. It's way in the back of an industrial stip mall. The front is unassuming with a normal door to the right and a rollup warehouse door to the left. I walked in the warehouse door. Shopping carts to the right with wine straight ahead. Beer is in the far back right side of the warehouse, cornered by the wine, spirits and craft soda. It's rather cool in here, very large, high warehouse ceilings.

The selection is very impressive. Actually only bested by Hi-Times yet still some beer here that's not at Hi-Times. All the west coast micros are here along with a solid selection of germans, english, belgians, scottish, czechs, canadian, and latin brews. Some brews that stood out were Port's High Tide Fresh Hopped IPA, RR's Tempation, Victory's Old Horizontal and others i hadnt seen before. The beers are on shelves and in cases on the floor... look at all the cases because you may find something that's not on the shelf. There's also a decent selection of mead here. The prices here are the best i've seen anywhere!!! Almost all bottles are $1-$2 cheaper here.

As i checked out, the man i took to be the owner commented on my high tide. We started talking about pizza port and stone festivals then the temecula homebrew fest, homebrewing and all things beers. Quite the nice gentleman he was. Reminded of an old salty sailor with tales from the sea. He even game me the latest edition of Beer Advocate (which i read when i got back to my office).

If i lived closer to this place, i would be here weekly.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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Photo of GRG1313
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This place is a real sleeper. Extensive mailings with adds for wine, champagne, and the like but never beer! Huge spirit and wine selections, as well a a large soft drink and water section.

However, the beer selection is also one of the best in the city, as long as you don't expect too much help or too much in the way of service. Huge selection-Belgians, Germans, English and, of course, domestic craft. Good prices with a constant change in stock.

I recommend a periodic visit to this place. I've met some real beer aficionados, home brewers and just some very interesting people roaming the beer aisles. Worth a visit!

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Beverage Warehouse in Los Angeles, CA
Place rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 53 ratings
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