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 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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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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 cbcrunch
4.05/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

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 GRG1313
3.72/5  rDev -18.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Finally made it to this off the beaten track spot in Long Beach. Decent place that basically looks like your run of the mill liquor store. It seems to have a decent stock but one can easily be fooled in that what appears to be large stock is really multiple rows and/or displays of the same bottle, be it beer or spirits. Still, decent stock.

This is likely a wonderful local shop for Long Beach but has certainly not kept up with the variety selection of the major shops of Southern California such that I suspect most of the very high ratings would be lower in today's world where several stores in Southern California far exceed selection.

Nice staff and worth a trip if in the area. I saw nothing that could not be obtained in dozens of other places around the general Southern California/Los Angeles area. By today's standards with the growing beer craze, this store is very good, at best, it is not world class. Conclusion: not worth a long drive or going out of your way.

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4/5  rDev -12.1%

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 SimcoeKid
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of midlifec
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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 BeerBucks
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of bumchilly25
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.6/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.67/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.07/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of HaoleToYou
4.43/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Danny is phenomenal. Very helpful, knowledgable about beer. Solid beers at all times in this spot.

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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 ivegot3Dvision
5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of DotBier
4.08/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

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