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 Beerandraiderfan
2.91/5  rDev -36%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5

Decided to do a little driving while in the area for the Beachwood Sour Fest. Hit up this place, just a normal exterior liquor store in not so beautiful Long Beach.

Bright store, cute tall skinny girl behind the counter. Nobody else inside. Stone display. Usual beers, picked up some Stone Cherry Chocolate Stouts, some Telegraph cork & caged stuff. Nothing else really piqued my interest, I had picked up a lot of their good stuff elsewhere already on my trip.

So I bring $30+ worth of beer to the register, pay for it. Really needed to use the bathroom, so I asked to use it before I left. "I'm sorry, restrooms not available for the public." I'm not the 'public' I'm a customer. No dice.

Decent place, shitty service. Use the restroom before you go.

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

Another addition to the chorus of praise for Stearn's, but it really is as good as everyone is saying. They have a great selection and will try to get something if you do not find it. They get plenty of the hard to find releases but have strict limits to allow everyone to get some (something I applaud). And Danny is always there to steer you in the right direction. He is a beer geek just like the rest of us so he has usually tried everything he has and can make good recommendations. You can always call him and he will always let you know if they have something or not. He is active on BA as well and sometimes posts stock alerts here.

Located right off Lakewood Blvd, it is very accessible and parking is a breeze. This is definitely a place worth seeking out and going a little bit out of your way for.

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

I just want to add to the praise of Stearns Liquor Mart by saying that the place is run by the nicest guy I've ever met in a beer store. He secured me one of this Parabolas (1 bottle limit, reasonable and respectable) and was very helpful in pointing me into the right direction of beers that I might otherwise have been missing. I grabbed a supplication, Hair of the Dog Blue Dot DIPA (his recommendation), and I had to restrain myself from buying his available Alpine beers due to diminishing cooler space. The whole time that I was there he talked so enthusiastically about beer; and you can tell he is totally sincere with everything he says. He never tried to sell me on anything, and wasn't pretentious at all about his beer knowledge. I also should mention that I hated the idea of swooping in, grabbing a parabola, and leaving. I mentioned to the owner that I would most certainly browse the store before I departed, but he reassured me it wasn't necessary to get anything but the parabola. Obviously I ended up buying more, but not because I felt obligated to. I bought more because I was intrigued by Danny's (I think it was Danny) recommendations, and because his charisma made for an expectadlly pleasant stop. All of these factors help make my Stearns Liquor experience more than just a beer run; which is in direct contrast with my other LA store experiences (not naming names). I called and stopped in to about 8 stores before securing the parabola, and my wife was reaching a boiling point with me. After the stop at Stearns all we did was talk happily about the experience all the way home. Thanks Stearns!

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

I was first introduced to this place by a friend of mine who used this site to find a new place to buy beer. Upon my first visit i immediately fell in love with the place. The best part is that they do sell pricey beers, but there is no mark up. I am happy i can find some hard to come by beers and not get stuck paying a few extra bucks. Downer is sometimes they are gone by the time i get the chance to stop by, but thats okay.

I definitely enjoy stopping by grabbing a few bottles and talking shop with the fellas there. If you stop by and get to meet Danny, its worth your time to take a few minutes to either let him help you find a new beer to try or the very least pick his brain about some beers.

I look forward to what lays ahead for stearns with Danny running it. He has some great ideas and has some great beers to be released throughout that future, and it makes me wish i lived close to the store.

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Photo of jmgrub
4.86/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Made my first trip down to Stearns Liquor today and was extremely impressed. I called ahead to see if they had any Abacus left, as I had heard they had gotten quite an allotment, and was told they had sold out. I told them I would come down anyways because I had heard good things. When I got there, Danny, the owner, was waiting for me with an Abacus that he had scared up. The rest of the selection was exceptional as well-Alpine, RR, Drakes, Port, Lost Abbey, Bruery etc. were all well-stocked. Plenty of good sours and stouts. Everything was refrigerated except for a few big stouts which were shelved right next to the beer fridges. Danny was more than happy to stand there and talk beer with me for a few minutes, and made some great recommendations. I look forward to hitting Stearns Liquor again sometime soon.

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Photo of gregoryG
4.44/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Stearns liquor near the 405 and lakewood blvd. they have a really nice selection to choose from all the time. always have good examples of the more popular styles on here such as imperial stouts, sours, barrel aged beers. the guy that owns the place always seems really stoked and has a good attitude about his place and his customers. he also gets some of the harder to find beers at times such as pliny the elder, alpine ipa's, and the limited release firestone walker beers, i was able to get 3 bottles of Abacus from stearns liquor.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Visited Stearns Liquor for the first time yesterday. A very nice and organized liquor store/mini-mart. Has a more upscale feel than other places in the LB area. Beer coolers fill up 2 walls in the place. They have a large selection of BMC but an exceptional selection of craft beer from the US and abroad. Everything was fresh and within the dates. All beer that should be in the coolers (IPAs, etc.) was in there, with the stouts and porters out on the shelf. Some rare and harder to find offerings from US and foreign breweries. Cashier was very friendly and helpful. Highly recommended stop in the LB area.

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Photo of UnknownKoger
4.08/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Decided to check this place out after reading the BA reviews. Fairly unassuming from the outside...just looks like your average liquor store. But then you walk in, and right in front of along the wall is an absolutely amazing craft beer selection. While there I picked up Drie Fonteinen, RR Consecration, Rochefort 10 and 1809 Berliner Weisse.

Another reviewer said this is the place if you're an IPA or sour fan, and I have to agree. All of the standards were there along with some pretty surprising finds. They had all the current RR beers in stock.

Prices were a bit on the upper end, but nothing too outrageous. You get what you pay for. And 10 minutes from CSULB? I'm sold. Great place

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

I've got to take a couple seconds to review Stearn's Liquor. Thanks to my good friend Derrick, I've become quite interested in the craft brew scene. Sorry Coors Light...we had some good times.

This is quite possibly the best hidden jem in Long Beach. One of the co-owners named Danny knows his beer. He's stocking one of the best selections of hard to find brews that I've ever come across. Many beers here you can't find at BevMo. He also posts Beer Advocate ratings for some of his best beers. It keeps you from guessing whether a $10 bottle of beer is going to be a drain pour or not. If the store isn't busy, he takes the time to stand there and chat about his favorites and the different styles. It's nice to see someone who has some knowledge rather than just pointing you to an expensive random bottle.

Store is clean and well taken care of. You can tell they put some effort into this place when they took over. Good to see.

Two thumbs up to Stearns Liquor. My business will continue.

Cheers!

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Photo of tuffbuckets
5/5  rDev +9.9%

I've been living in Long Beach going on five years now and I'm gonna say, best beer selection in the city, bar none. Especilly if you are an IPA lover or a sour afficanado. My only complaint is that I didn't find this place sooner.

The owner, Danny, stocks all the best stuff, and keeps it stored appropriately (IPAs in the fridge, stouts on the shelf, etc.) and is extremely knowledgable about the industry, always on top of new and rare releases.

I love it when a fellow beer geek owns his own store.

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Photo of UncleRev
5/5  rDev +9.9%

Solid beer store, conveniently located a few blocks off PCH, on Stearns Ave. Parking is great, you pull up curbside to the store, and if it's full, ample parking on the opposite side. Nice first impression, clean store, not cluttered, despite having something for everyone (from bud light to supplication), with about 12 coolers dedicated to ONLY craft beer. Danny is knowledgable about his beers, and can quickly become your "go-to" beer guy, when you're looking for a rarity , latest release, or just want to engage in some beer geek talk. Bottles are reasonably priced, and always well stocked. You should definitely check this place out if you're around, worth the stop.

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Photo of fourplayed
4.15/5  rDev -8.8%

So Glad to have another place in Long Beach. Good back wall coolers full of a very good selection of craft and imports.

Owner was on the phone with his beer vendor telling him he'd take all he can get...will have no problem selling it all. They had at least 6 bottles of "Infinium" on the shelf...$19+ very competitive.

Good selection overall, not much to add the others have not mentioned.

Price's are reasonable. Mix and match area to build your own 6 packs are very well priced. I bit farther from Calif Heights liquor for me. But, some selections here are worth dropping in for from time to time to purchase.

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Photo of ebin6
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Just went here for the first time yesterday. Man, wish I had known about this place before! Great selection of IPAs...got to try Alpine Nelson and the Mikkeller 1000 IBU for the first time, and they had many other offerings that were not available elsewhere. The guy in charge, Danny I think, was very nice and definitely knows his shit. Although the range of beers was not quite as extensive as Wine Country, they definitely have a different selection here that will keep me coming back. Prices were very fair, in my opinion. My friend swooped in on a wine deal they had (a $14 dollar wine that was $8, buy one get one for $1) and most beer prices were very reasonable.

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Photo of drewmprs
3.65/5  rDev -19.8%

Solid local beer store with 4 cooler doors of six packs and 22's. Prices are very competitive and usually cheaper than Clarks or Wine Country. This used to be the kind of place where I felt like I was the only beer geek that ever shopped here, but sadly things have changed in the past year. Firestone 12 sat on the shelf here for months, Firestone 13 lasted a couple weeks, and Firestone 14 was gone the day it came in.

They claim to sell the most stone beer in long beach and will give case discounts if you ask nicely. Surprisingly, there is a decent selection of glassware opposite the cooler door that houses the 220z bottles. Also, they have some sort of relationship with the distributor of Asombroso tequila (based in long beach) and it is $10 less than anywhere else.

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Photo of Ambiorix
4.65/5  rDev +2.2%

Stopped in twice during a recent business trip to Long Beach. Not a huge selection, but what is there is of the highest quality. The customer service is noteworthy. Oscar was a great help on my first visit and Danny, the owner was terrific during my second visit. I mistakenly told Danny I'd seen his store on both BA and the other site, but I was incorrect. I'll be adding an entry to help spread the word on a fine establishment. Thanks guys! I was able to add several bottles of Russian River, a Lost Abbey, and a bottle of Firestone Walker 14 to my cellar collection.

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Photo of Alatorre
4.7/5  rDev +3.3%

Great Store! I've been buying beer here for years and have yet to be disappointed. I live right down the block and continue to be impressed every time I go in there. Danny definitely knows what he is talking about. I've been turned on to various new craft brews because of him. In addition they always carry the usual suspects, Stone, Dogfish Head, Chimay, Unibrou, Duvel, etc. What can I say, its a little local beer mecca. I look forward to my next visit to Stearns Liquor. Great place to grab a few cold ones and talk beer!

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Photo of ArizonaPat
5/5  rDev +9.9%

danny and his wife are amazing, never had a store owner that truly cared about what his customers were getting their hands on. i feel more like a friend than a customer really, the best selection in the area, and the knowledge and connections to back it. any of you people think you are on this sight a lot, think again. dan the man probably spends a quarter of his day here researching everything you can think of. miss you bro, youre the best. i'll send you some hop slam just as soon as i can get my hands on it at my place....

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Photo of Curry767
4.85/5  rDev +6.6%

I visit LA every two months as a result of work and Stearns Liquor is always my first stop for US beers I want to take home.

Danny has a great knowledge and is always willing to help out with suggestions. Every time I drop by his range of great craft beer has expanded. I suspect that as more beer geeks get word of the store and start buying that he will end up with a massive range.

I have no hesitation in recommending this store to anyone in the area or out of towner like myself.

Very accessible of the 405

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.05/5  rDev -11%

I met someone over at Beachwood BBQ on Sunday who worked at Stears and thought it might be fun to check that place out. Well, the person I spoke to wasn't there, but it still was a fun trip. Right as you walk in, you see a huge display of Firestone Walker, DFH Punkin Ale, and Drifter Pale Ale. Nearly all the beer is refrigerated and well organized, with six of the doors holding craft beer. There's Caldera, Russian River, The Bruery, De Ranke, Cantillon Classic Gueuze, Dieu du Ciel, Speakeasy, Dogfish Head, Ballast Point. One of the sections has single bottles where you can mix your own six-pack.

One unique thing are the shelf talkers for some of the beers. Expect highly rated beers to see one, and if there's a rare beer on display, expect one to tell you there's a bottle limit. Some bottles are priced, some are not. $5.59 for Pliny the Elder is a little more than I'm used to paying, on the other hand you get a unique selection of beers to choose from at Stears Liquor.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.85/5  rDev -15.4%

This liquor store is just east of the 19 (Lakewood Blvd.) on a cramped section of Stearns Street, only street parking that I saw. Pretty open inside, it was nice to see everything refrigerated aside from some Firestone Walker 12-packs.

The selection is quite good, they have the Stone, Sierra Nevada (they have Bigfoot though), Anchor that you're going to find anywhere. Lots of Marin and Moylan's too, refrigerated which is a lot more than I can say for BevMo. I also saw some stuff that isn't too common. Sculpin (1 per customer), Kern River Just Outstanding and Class V, Supplication, Saison du Buff, Ten Fidy, Consecration, all the Rocheforts, Delirium Nocturnum, and Orval which was cool to see in corner liquor store.

Selection is solid, nothing super rare though. Prices are tough to tell, because I didn't really see any price tags, but the 6er of Dale's I picked up was over $12, so that should tell you something.

In the end it's a nice store if you're by the legendary Traffic Circle and its proximity to The Wine Country makes for a nice 1-2 stop, but there's nothing here to make a crazy drive for.

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Photo of Hawes0094
5/5  rDev +9.9%

This place truly has the largest and best beer selection in Long Beach. They have beers that you cannot find at Beverages & More. The are reasonably priced and the staff is very knowledgeable when it comes to the different types of beer they carry. Also, if they don't carry the type of alcohol or beer you desire, they will do everything in their power to find it for you. They have the entire Stone Brewery collection along with several micro-brews you cannot find elsewhere. I highly recommend Stearn's Liquor.

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