Brewer's Rendezvous


11116 Downey Ave
Downey, California, 90241-3713
United States

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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.15/5  rDev -4.6%

Not even the heavy downpour in L.A. could defeat my itching to go beer hunting today. I had read about the Brewers Rendezvous and as it’s not that far from where I work, after a half day in the Office I headed down here. Not that far from the 710 Freeway, taking Firestone East and as you start to enter Downey turn right onto Downey and the Store is on your right.

There was adequate parking out front and nearby, or maybe the rain was keeping everyone at home this afternoon. The main purpose of my visit was to try somewhere different and hopefully pick up a few new beers. But this is primarily a Home Brew shop and caters predominantly for the brewer. So as you enter the store, there appears to be lots of randomly located items and ingredients all half boxed or piled high for the enthusiast. It reminded me of an old Electronics Spare Parts Store near where I worked in the UK; they seemed to have everything crammed away somewhere, even if you can't find it!!! Indeed, I noticed a small but very good collection of Belgium Glasses on sale just to my right as I entered.

The beer is all located behind the aisle to your left as you enter, so you have to walk down the stores aisle way until you get to the Sales Counter which is at the back on your right hand side.

This is one of those Stores that concentrates on Home Brew supplies but also has a great selection of beers to complement the Stores appeal. It works. And the beer range is very good. A really varied selection of beers that you don’t often see anywhere else, and one bonus of this store is the fact that it may well have some rarer beers due solely to the fact that not many people come here to stock up on beer. They only recently sold out of Thomas Hardy Ale 1990, damn, but I did walk out with the last Alesmith Stumbling Monk, a long gone brew that I have never tried. In addition I managed to snatch a couple of RogueXS McRogue’s Scotch Ale, which was in dinky 7-ounce bottles. Another great thing about the store is the range of lambics including Cantillon and Hanssens as well as some Oud Beersel Geuze, all were well priced also. Bob, the owner and guy who served me was extremely knowledgeable and we had a pleasant chat and I settled up.

To complement the beers, there is a small selection of Fine Wines, some Ciders and English Mead also. Overall the beer selection is focused on Belgium, English and US Micro/Craft brews and certainly contains some that I have not seen in any other stores in my area at least. If you are bored of your local stores offering, and live nearby – this place is well worth a visit, you may well end up walking out with something different and very special like I did.

As (now Guv'nor) Arnie once said "I'll be back".

Last Visit: 2 Jan. ‘03

Jan 03, 2004
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Boilermaker88 from California

4.35/5  rDev 0%

I managed to stop by this home brewing/liquor store during my lunch hour. As I walked in, I noticed a nice selection of specialty glassware right inside the doorway. Walking further back, the homebrewing items were along the right wall. The place reminded me of one of my favorite bike shops; real cluttered looking but with some real good stuff (if you knew where to look).
The beers were even further back and around the corner to the left. Once I turned the corner, I was confronted with a variety of beers from Central and Eastern Europe. The space for the beers is rahter small, only about 20'x8', but it holds a dizzying array of brews, some quite rare. I gazed on differing vintages from J.W. Lees, Thomas Hardy, Coopers, and Anchors Christmas Ale. Most were located on a top shelf and some were display only. Some are due to come down (for sale) soon, said Robert, the manager. I also saw various Hitachino brews (Nest, 2004 X-Mas, a stout, and weizen), Avery's White Rascal wit, plenty of Stone Old Guardian and Smoked Porter, and some offerings from Lagunitas and Alesmith.
As I snooped through the Alesmiths, I suddenly realized I was looking at their Weizenbock. Robert stated the 12 or so left were all that remained. I hurriedly grabbed one up, my only purchase for the trip. Damn not having more cash!
This store is a real gem. I saw items on the shelves that I doubt are available anywhere else in Southern California. I highly recommend stopping in. It's worth the headache of driving the I-5.

Mar 05, 2004
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twilight from Germany

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Aside from being a homebrew shop, this is one of the best beer selections I've seen in my old area, but then again, I used to live in Rosemead. They carried Rochefort, Corsendonk, as well as tons of other beers I didn't even recognize. There was a whole section exclusively for belgian ales. The beer is kind of in the back, in a semi-secluded aisle of the store. In the front, they had huge bottles, the kind they add locks to so no one will open them in the store, and any place that carries bottles 3L and above gets high marks by me.

The homebrew section, on the other hand, I found a bit dusty and a bit disorganized, kind of like an old uncle that is not altogether there. We did, however, come in the morning just as he had opened, so I gather he hadn't completely tidied up. He did know his stuff, and was kind enough to make a brewkit that had been sold out while we browsed the beer selection. I did get a chance to wander around the small store, and was impressed by the stock on hand, lots of homebrew ingredients just sitting there waiting to be made into delicious homebrew...

Dec 29, 2003
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DrewBeechum from California

4.1/5  rDev -5.7%

Part beer store, part homebrew store.

Rendezvous gets high marks from me on the beer store angle in that Bob keeps an amazing mix of beers out and available for everyone to peruse. (He also has his collection teasingly on display, but out of reach of the common joe.)

The homebrewing supply side of the store is well stocked, but it's a bit like an old musty electronics store. Everything is crammed together is cardboard boxes on shelfs without any real display setups or any life in the store. (This certainly isn't aided by the fact that the store isn't well light and the shelfs are so high you can never see other patrons unless they're in the back hanging out.)

So it's a good store, but it's the kind that would make most people think twice about joining the hobby.

Nov 28, 2003
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oggg from California

5/5  rDev +14.9%

This store is awesome. I got the starter kit and his amber ale kit was my first homebrew. It turned out great. The Mr. Ed's Oatmeal stout kit was really great too. Bob, the owner, is a great source of advice. When my wort boiled over on my second brew, I panicked but was able to get a hold of Bob easily by phone. I always drop off a bottle of my brews at his place so he can give me some feedback. He also has lots of specials, like sales on kegs and used bottles and such. The website is pretty good too.

Nov 25, 2003
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jcalabre from California

4.05/5  rDev -6.9%

This is a homebrewer's supply store w/ a nice selection of micros. I was able to get some hard to find Alesmith & noticed some Rochefort's. If you're in this area, it's worth your time to stop in. It's in downtown Downey, take Firestone west from the 605 to Downy Ave, turn right. It's half a block up

May 24, 2003
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mickeymac from California

4.3/5  rDev -1.1%

Now that I've added this spot, I realize that I should have listed it as a beer store, in addition to homebrew shop. It's a small shop, but it's jam-packed with homebrew gear and has a knowledgeable and friendly owner. If you can't stop in, mail order is fast and has been spot-on each time I've ordered. BR has a pretty terrific selection of beers, especially Belgians. A decent size crowd of homebrewers seems to be hanging out talking brewing on a regular basis.

Bob Johnson, who runs the place, is a hell of a nice guy and will spend endless time talking about all things beer. Bob manages to get his hands on beers that nobody else in southern California can find. For example, he recently had two cases of de Dolle Reserve, unavailable even at the vaunted Hi-Time Liquor. I recently walked out with a wine box full of goodies I've never seen before. Go out of your way to check out BR.

Oct 18, 2002
Brewer's Rendezvous in Downey, CA
Place rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 7 ratings