Stearns Liquor

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Type: Store

4360 E Stearns St
Long Beach, California, 90815-2535
United States

(562) 597-3984 | map
stearnsliquor.com

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Added by Zerric on 08-02-2010

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Reviews:
35
Ratings:
71
pDev:
10.33%
 
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Photo of Paramecium
5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Stearns is my go to spot. I've been frequenting it for around 5 years now and have gotten to know the owner (Danny) and the rest of the employees fairly well. Someone is usually calling out my name and pointing out something special as I walk in the door. the place is well stocked, laid out nicely and has a great vibe. All the hoppy beers are in the coolers like others have stated. Stouts and the like on the shelves right near a small glassware section that is always worth a look. The prices are very competitive and if you can manage to slow Danny down for a few minutes he's always good for geeking out on some beer talk. Also as others have stated they post most special arrivals on social media so follow them if you want to land those Whalez!

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Photo of EdTheEdge
4.67/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Great place, friendly service and a gem of a store. The person working this past Saturday when I visited was very attentive and helpful. The store had a great selection of crafts and I found numerous beers that I had been looking for in other stores in L.A. but could not find.. The better part of their beer selection is kept in their cooler, which is something I appreciate. Prices are in line with other stores in the Los Angeles area.

The store is somewhat off the beaten path but not hard to find. I had always heard good things about Stearn's but somehow never made over there. Even though this store is a bit out of the way for me I will find a way to visit there regularly. I don't mind going out of my way for good selection, friendly service and cold beers.

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Photo of DNA_craft
5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Long Beach Beer Buying Destination #1. Don't go anywhere else for beer when you're in the LBC. The have what everyone else has, and what everyone else DOESN'T have. Whether you're looking for a new release, and old favorite, or a foreign delight, Stearns Liquor has it. If you're new to craft beer, or a seasoned veteran, this is your spot. Follow them on FB and IG and join the masses that file in for Pliny and others. Danny is the curator of this wonderful world of beer, and continues to look for new and exciting beers to add to his amazing inventory. Prices are in line and sometimes cheaper than other stores in the area, and the customer service is always top notch, as Danny and the other employees know as much about beer as anyone, and enjoy beer as much as any customer. That's the way it should be.

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Photo of mrcraft
4.41/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

I visited Stearns Liquor after playing a round at El Dorado since it was fairly close to the course and heard great things about this place.

They had beers both in coolers and shelves. There were some singles that they allowed a mix-and-match 6-pack. Overall, I think the selection here was very nice. I found some European beers that I rarely see. My visit didn't coincide with any special releases from any breweries, so, as expected, I didn't see any rarities. The prices were not the lowest, but I thought they were fair.

I believe they annouce their beer arrivals on social media, so folks can stop by when something fancies their interest comes in. If I lived closer, I'd definitely make Stearns one of my regular stops.

I bought a bottle of Saison-Brett and left satisfied I made the effort to visit this store. Since I golf Long Beach courses periodically, I'm sure I'll be back.

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Photo of GOARF
5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Ive been A BA member for years,and a Craft beer Drinker for much longer than that. And very few stores have ever reached the bar that I put on those merchants that are responsible for the care and handling of our much desired carbonated nectar. For far to long and far to often I've walked into these merchants that don't know or don't care about the product they sell. Its come to a place in the evolution of the Craft beer revolution that we have proprietors of Supermarket liquor-stores and even Bars that don't properly care for the beer. Not just this but the Money they're asking is rediculas. On some of the beer they're asking so much for you expect them to bring out Loan Papers or ask for your first born. All this because they want to jump on the Craft Beer Ban wagon.

NAY I SAY!!!

I will not longer get Craft beer from a Supermarket, Or a Super Beverage store. i.e. Bevmo, Total Wine. Shopping at the Superstores go against EVERYTHING that the Craft Beer revolution stands for. Nor will I get my craft Beer from that Cheesy little Liquor store that tell me they have a Craft beer section and show me a door with Stone.

NAE I SAY!!!!

I will make the trip to a Proper Beer store that Care for the Beer and care for those who buy it.
That being said Id like to thank Stearn's Liquor for providing us with that place. They care for the Beer and the customers. . Prices are fair if not Low. And their selection will make you Drool in the Isles.
Thank you Stearns

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Photo of rainfairy
4.72/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Located on Stearns, right off Bellflower, next to The Annex.

The atmosphere is that of a fairly spacious liquor store, with spirits (quite a few gift boxes with collectible glasses), wine, snacks, non-alcoholic drinks, macro brews, and the craft beer area, with a little glassware area. Steady stream of locals and a few commuters.
As stated before, some of the beers are on shelves and some are in coolers opposite those shelves. Some bigger (mainstream) micros, cases, and cans are in the back coolers.

I have received excellent service from Danny (the owner) and Aaron. After just one visit, each of them remembered what type of beer I like, pointed out new items, and gave good beer talk. Danny tends to be busy (working to get good stock, so I get that!). He posts popular/rare beer on their Facebook page as soon as it comes in, which makes sense to me. It's fair game to whoever gets there first. Things do sell out.

Pricing is on par with just about every other liquor store that has good craft beer selection. I think the value is awesome especially for selection, service, and high percentage & collectible bottles and rarities.

PS: All the beer I have bought there has a price tag on it. In fact, that's how I can tell where it came from, since other local stores I visit do not mark their bottles.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.33/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Have stopped by Stearns a couple of times in a couple trips to Long Beach. Am happy to say I will get to frequent this place very soon.

Pretty mid sized store. Beer storage area is extremely good. All hoppy beers are refrigerated, while bigger, maltier beers are on shelves. As far as selection goes: Lots of great local IPAs, as well as imports (last trip I picked up a 3F Oude Gueze as well as a bottle of 3F Golden Blend). I could go on, but suffice it to say they have a very expansive selection that covers just about every style you could want. Did not hear much from the store employees, so do not have much to report on that front. Overall, a good store that I will be visiting frequently.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.09/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

I stopped here for some shopping during a week-long trip to LA. During that time I had the chance to check out a LOT of shops from Long Beach to Pasadena, Hermosa to Glendora. So within that one week timeframe I feel I can give a good comparative analysis.

Prices were on par with most other shops. 95% of the selection was the same too. There were some noticeable bottles missing here which I saw in quite a few other places:
Parabola
Seizon Bretta
Several HOTD bottles

I chalk that up to the high regard this shop has in the community, as people make it a point to stop here and likely buy all the very special stuff.

On the other hand there were a lot of European bottles which I didn't see in too many other places. So overall it's worth a stop regardless of the loss of some of the hottest brews.

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Photo of calidelphia
5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Well... I've been frequenting Stearns for about 5 years now and don't normally do reviews. I felt this was well deserved.

Great selection, knowlegable staff (Danny's awesome. Ask for him), competitive pricing, clean store. All IPAs kept cold in the cooler, as they should be. Stouts, Barleywines, etc. line the shelves at room temp. Also has an expansive selection of Ciders and Mead if that's your cup of brew, I mean tea. Plenty of parking as well.

Not sure what the below reviewer is griping about. Danny has bent over backwards to get anything that I've been looking for and has become a great friend over the years. I don't see how that's a crime. He has never held anything for me that another customer has asked for before I arrived. It has always been first come first served since my first visit. I feel extremely lucky that this shop is a 15 minute drive and I have plenty of options closer by.

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Photo of AndrewSmith
4.87/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

This place is a great hidden gem of a liquor store in Long Beach. This is the go to place to find all great craft beers. The biggest selection of beer in town. Staff is very friendly and will assist you in finding the right kind of beer for you. I love supporting local places so I will shop here, even if BevMo has a couple things cheaper every now and again. Great selection of liquor as well.

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Photo of eazlyamuzed
4.78/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great selection and knowledgeable staff. They treat their regulars well!
There are several coolers on the back wall filled with a huge selection of craft beer. All their IPAs are in the coolers. Stouts are on the shelf at room temp. There is the ability to build your own 6 pack, although the selection of beers for this is limited.

Prices for the most part are reasonable, although, I've seen a couple of beers that are significantly cheaper at BevMo. I'd much rather come here and support a small local business than BevMo though.

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Photo of jefftheduke
5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This store is amazing, the owner really knows his beer and is a beer geek himself. He makes great recommendations. The atmosphere was great, I was practically dancing to the music and the beer geek talk is flowing all the time. The selection is great and you will never leave the store disappointed. I used to go to hi-time, but find the selection here as good or better. If you are within a few hours of the store it is worth a visit. To the previous reviewer, try taking a piss at the in-n-out down the street, it's a bottle shop not a restaurant.

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Stearns Liquor in Long Beach, CA
Place rating: 4.55 out of 5 with 71 ratings