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 BigBeerBitch
5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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

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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5/5  rDev +9.9%

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 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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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 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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5/5  rDev +9.9%

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