Green Jug


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Green JugGreen Jug

Type: Store

6307 Platt Ave
Woodland Hills, California, 91367-1342
United States

(818) 887-9463 | map

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Photo of GRG1313
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Definitely one of the premium places in the San Fernando Valley for spirits, wine and beer. Large selection and somehow will get a few things that no one else has. Great helpful staff. A must stop if in the area.

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Photo of LPRichard
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

This is my local bottle shop, but also the best bottle shop I have found in the entire Valley. All beer is sold from refers and their stock behind is also refrigerated. They have a very good selection of American craft brews in all bottle and can formats. They seem to have a very good selection of European beers also, which I am just starting to get into.

They buy their stock in small quantities and their inventory is constantly changing. The downside is that they sell out of rare and popular bottles very quickly even with a one per customer limit. The upside is more important to me: they have never sold me a skunked beer or a beer beyond freshness. Other places certainly have.

They have Thursday night beer tastings which are a great way to discover new styles and brands. Their service is excellent in general, especially Matt who has made great recommendations to me on multiple occasions.

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Photo of Modernrickk
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

I live waaaay on the other side of the county, but I do have some family in west hills so this is my go to spot when I venture out this far into the valley. Beer selection is top notch - and it seems to last here since it's soo far away from most beer nerds.
Prices are just like any other place in that they are fair and not over priced at all. They also have reasonably priced glassware section with everything from tulips to nonics to tasting glasses.
Hours are great. They open at 9a and 90% of they're brew is cold so you can drink up without cooling down your stuff when you get home. Open late on weekends and they have beer tastings on Thursday
Staff has always been friendly when I come in. I'm not that talkative and they respect that never lookin over me when I'm the last customer in need of that late night run or their first customer stocking up for a good day off
Over the years of me coming here I've been able to pick up some of the best beers around including Pliny and other russian river brews , Parabola, Eclipse50/50, and Hair of the dog (from the wood) series
I'm giving this place a high rating because the flat out deserve it - you can probably find me raving about this place on hard liquor and wine websites too!

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Photo of Beerbuddy21
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This is a great bottle shop! Nice variety and always fresh beers. The customers that come in know their beer, and thus the bottles get turned-over quickly. I can always trust them to have the newest releases.

They also have a large selection of wine and spirits.

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Photo of mjr2377
4.84/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Matt , the beer guy, knows a lot about beer styles you might be looking for or new ones you haven’t tried yet. He will help you and you will go home happy with the beer he helps you pick out. Trust me.
They always have a great selection of Stone, Lagunitas, Firestone, Mikkeller, Anchorage Brewing, Bootleggers, Ventura Surf, Knee Deep, Belgian beers, etc. just to name a few. Plenty of barrel aged stuff, IPAs, stouts, lagers, etc. whatever the style you want they got it. They do beer tastings on Thursday nights which are very cool.
Beer is ALWAYS cold unlike BevMo or Total Wine.

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Photo of jcomp21
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Helpful staff with a very knowledgeable team.

Atmosphere is very simple and clean. The building is large and cannot be missed. I thought it was a bar before I went inside.

They carry very nice beers, selection is the best in the san fernando valley.

They don't have food here. They carry spirits, wine, beer (esp. craft and European) and cigars.

Prices are pretty good. Last I went Pliny the Elder was going for about $5 per bottle. Way better than most places! They always have discounts on certain beers.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Green Jug is a great bottle shop in the Valley. I stopped by yesterday to check it out again after coming 2 or 3 times in the past. They sell a wide variety of liquor, but the beer is in the back of the store and almost all of it is in coolers. They have a great selection of beer from around the US and from other countries. Some harder to find stuff was available as well (50/50 Eclipse, Fantome). Service was average but that really doesn't matter to me when they have a selection like they do. Overall, this is a great store and I would come here more often if it wasn't so far away.

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Photo of ficklenicholas
4.58/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Probably the best shop in the West Valley. Staff are all very nice and helpful. Ive been here a ton over the years as i grew up in the area, but I just recently started shopping there for my craft fix. Prices are fair. They have some exceptional deals on booze if that is your thing. They have Pliny a lot, but everyone knows when it comes in so it goes fast. I like this store and make it a point to stop by once a week or so.

i just joined their email list so i will see how that enhances my experience with this shop.

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Photo of trancesk8er
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I was in here wednesday on one of my random beer trek's. Although you won't find anything old, they had a VERY solid selection. They have an entire wall of colers dedicated to beer as well as isles (At least 15 coolers long). I found some great belgians as well as some firestone 15th. The staff was packed with beer geeks and are SUPER friendly. Also, if you leave your email they go thru the trouble of tracking your purchases. Not for some corporate BS but to notify you when more of those or similar items are in stock. Great people, prices, selection. Go here.

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Photo of mrbubbler
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This is the go to beer store in the valley. Matt is the resident beer guy who is quite knowledgeable about beer. He is also willing to put in the extra effort to get in beers that customers request. The selection is very impressive and they usually get in a lot of the special releases. About 95% of the beer is stored in coolers. My only gripe is the bottle cost of certain beers tends to be a little higher then places like total wine. Though they tend to have rarer beer and it stays on the shelf longer then larger corporate stores. All in all this is my go to shop for beer! Always worth a stop, and i never seem to leave empty handed.

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Photo of SeaOfShells
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is, as far as I'm concerned, the best beer shop in the Valley. They usually always have a fresh supply of Pliny (they get their shipments on Monday), and a constantly rotating seasonal shelf. All of their beers (with few exceptions) are in the cooler. The staff knows exactly what you are looking for, and can give you an honest answer when it comes to asking about something they don't have. I'm honestly in this store about 3 times a week. Everything is seperated by style (for the most part), and country. It's easy to find what you want. While they may charge a little more for certain beers, they certainly don't gouge. My favorite place to shop for brew.

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Photo of Tieman
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I live about 2 1/2 miles from The Green Jug. I moved to the area about a year ago and it has quickly become my "go to" bottle shop. Now, admittedly, the San Fernando Valley can be a bit of a beer wasteland, but places like the Jug are going a long way to change that. This is a pretty big store, well lit with an easy to navigate layout. The big key to the store though, the reason that makes it my first stop, is the fact that probably 95% of the beer in the store is stored in their fridges. It's kept properly cold and out of the light from the moment it leaves the distributor's truck until you carry it out to you car. This is key for a store in IPA heaven (aka California). The service is also top notch. I was first introduced to the store when I called to see if they carried Firestone Walker's Parabola, which had its first bottled release right around when I moved to the area. They didn't have any yet, but the gentleman on the phone took down my cell number. About a week later I got a call informing me that two bottles were waiting for me at the store. This is for a first-time customer, not a regular (although that has definitely changed). Not to sound cheesy, but they had me shortly after I answered my phone and said "Hello". Keep up the fine work!

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Photo of Retsinis
4.58/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Green Jug is about 25 mintutes from me, so I do not get out there too often. However, their service is exceptional for a bottle shop. Why? Rare limited releases. If they know, or are pretty confident they will be getting a case or two of something, and you call and ask, they will put you on a list...a legitimate list. They are not just B.S. Case and point, Abyss 2010. It was way overdue in the SFV, and they called me two months after the release when they finally got some in. Second time, more recently, Abacus. I called if they had any, and they said yes, but what they had was reserved, but they would add me on a list for their next shipment. Same day, a few hours later, they called me back saying they had two bottles free up! Needless to say, I was there that evening, gave them my name, and they brought the two bottles up. Great service, honest, professional, and fair.

The store itself is well stocked for it's size, like a mini total wines. They do tasting events there as well, but I not yet had a chance to attend one. Have picked up some great seasonal, and other limited beers off the shelf here as well, such as Eclipse Evan Williams for example. One of the few gems in the SFV.

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Photo of ghetto90007
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Green Jug is a good alternative to BevMo as they often carry brews that are a little more difficult to find. They have a lot of brews that come with bottle purchase limitations, so that should give you a clue.

It's really focused as a wine store, but they seem to know what they're doing with some of their beer. A good selection of the year-round items available from Russian River, as well as a good spread of Ommegang.

Fairly decent liquor selection also (and cigars), if that's what you're into.

It's not a one-stop shop, but certainly a place I'll hit up about every month or so to fill in the blanks on some beers on my want list.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.86/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

[04-16-2011 edit] I have to update this score to reflect how this place keeps getting better. They get tons of stuff from RR (literally everything they bottle), Sculpin now (first in the valley to carry it), they had Eclipse back in December (picked up Elijah Craig 2009, Heaven Hill 2009, and Evan Walker 2010), and just keep getting more and more special stuff as time goes on. I have gotten to know the staff pretty well and they are always just insanely friendly. I am going to miss this store when I move back to Chicago at the end of May. A definite place to stop if you are around area.


Started coming here a couple of months ago. Before this I only really went to one other beer store around the area so it was nice to find another close by. In the few short months I have been going to Green Jug their selection has improved quite a bit. They have some decent hard to find beers, along with the other staples one would expect. As of yesterday they still had plenty of Parabola, Cotton, some RR brews, etc. They just got in a few new JP beers also. Essentially, if there is a good beer the distributer has, Green Jug will get it. Matt, the beer guy, is extremely helpful and will give me updates on when certain beers are in stock. I am yet to go to a tasting (was suppose to go this Friday but it looks like I may miss it) but I look forward to going to them in the future. A good beer store (that also has plenty of other types of alcohol).

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Photo of tjensen3618
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%

Edit 11-16-10:
This place has expanded their craft beer section and definitely stepped their game up in terms of quality over the last year. They hold good tastings and strive to get the highest quality craft beers that So. Cal has to offer. It is now one of my go to stores. Good job Green Jug!

Original Review 02-09-10
I went in here on a Tue. night, there was nobody in there at the time. It basically looks like a Bevmo, only half the size, and with Green shelves rather than Red.

All the beer is in the coolers to the back, they have an ok selection including Stone, DFH, some RR, etc. also a decent selection of Belgians.

The thing that really made it stand out to me over Bevmo is the option to break up 6'ers for a mixed 6 pack. It appears nobody before me was aware of this because none of the 6 packs had missing bottles, I double checked their policy with the clerk and went at it. All bottles are priced separately for the mixed 6. Some of the beers don't have single bottle SKU's in the computer so they won't let you break those ones out.

Prices seemed in line or better than most other places, I will be back when i'm passing by, but the lack of a great selection will keep me from going out of my way to come here.

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Photo of augustgarage
4/5  rDev -6.5%

The Green Jug is a good unpretentious local alternative to BevMo and other wine/liquor store chains. While primarily a well priced and well stocked spirit shop (lots of high end bourbon, rye, scotch, tequila etc), they have a decent selection of wine and beer as well.

The walls towards the back are lined with refrigerators, about half of which are loaded up with beer (the other half with soda, mixers, cider, perry, etc). In the very back fridge, you'll find 40s of malt liquor, 24-packs of BMC, etc - and as you walk towards the front of the store, the selection quality improves with each fridge - going from 4 and 6 packs of mostly California beers (Firestone Walker, North Coast, Stone, etc) to 4 and 6 packs of out of state craft beer (e.g. Dogfish Head, Oskar Blues) to single bottles of California beers (e.g. Lost Abbey, Alesmith, Marin, Mission, Bootlegger's, Moylan's, Green Flash, Russian River, Stone, etc) to single bottles of out of state craft beer (e.g. Avery, Hair of the Dog, etc.) before finally hitting the imports which range from novelty selections from Tibet, India, and China to a decent selection of English, German, and Belgian beers (e.g. Corsendonk, Kwak, Trappistes Rochefort). On the ends of the nearby aisles there are also temporary displays of single bottles (including some that should have been in the fridge - which is annoying since the fridge has bottles that don't really require refrigeration), and seasonal offerings. They also have a small but decent glassware selection ranging from Chang mugs to Delerium Noel tulips to Cali pint glasses.

The staff is friendly and fairly helpful, though far from being enthusiastic experts about anything in the store.

Worth stopping in if you are in the area, but not worth going out of your way for unless you are looking for some harder to find spirits.

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Photo of Taylor88
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%

It's a freak'in candy store for beer drinkers (any kind of drinker!)and cigar smokers I love this place! I guarantee you that they have any and everything you want and/or need. You will find things that you never knew existed! A great (and growing!) beer and ale selection. I attended an Oktoberfest beer tasting that was a lot of fun. I hear they are planning a "Holiday" beer tasting in December. These are small events (a couple of secessions with about a dozen people at each) but well worth it

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Photo of Floydster
4.15/5  rDev -3%

Last stop before going back home tonight, another big place, lots of beer fridges in the back, some decent glassware too, immediately found two things I have been looking for, they were Fish Tale's Poseidon Stout and Leviathan Barleywine, each was $4.49 per twelve ounce bottle, they also had four different Hair of the Dog brews that were fairly prices, Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale for four bucks, lots of Rodenbach Grand Cru for $9.99 per 750 ml bottle, this stuff is getting hard to find in the Southern California area, other things consisted of Port stuff, Stone, Floris Apple, Unibroue brews, Rubcion, Allagash, Flying Dog, and many more, probably close to five hundred different bottles, big place, was looking for that banana lambic the previous reviewer mentioned but unfortunately came up empty handed, guy at register was nice but did not know much and was trying to sell me other things I was not interested in, will go back to this place if around here, cool stop!

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Photo of charlzm
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%

I used to live in Woodland Hills and this was my primary liquor store.

They are fairly near the BJ's in Woodland Hills and the Maltose Falcons hangout, but, as others have noted, they have a only a good (not mind-blowing) selection. They do occasionally have something off the beaten path, like a Chapeau Banana Lambic (I had consumed at a beer tasting and found myself wanting another bottle).

They had a decent little walk-in humidor last time I was in, but I cannot vouch that it is still there.

So, not worth going out of your way for, but, if you live in the San Fernando Valley, this should be your first stop.

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Photo of blashyrkh
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Pretty decent beer selection for the L.A. area. It is mostly a wine store, but that's par for the course here outside of the Stuffed Sandwich.

What I appreciate is the owner's willingness to special order beer. I couldn't find a place that carried Petrus Aged Pale Ale (besides Lucky Baldwin's on occasion) and this was the one place that got it for me out of the 6 or 7 places I asked to find it.

I am really into Belgian beers and it's tough to find any stores with a decent selection, so it was a big deal to have someone go out of their way to get what I was looking for, when most stores didn't bother.

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Photo of jeffjfindley
3.85/5  rDev -10%

Impeccably clean store, with acceptable service. I have heard a lot about this store, and frankly I was expecting a lot more in terms of inventory. The only surprises were Oaked Arrogant Bastard and Firestone's 10th. They had all of the usual suspects, but aside from the exceptions listed above, nothing that surprised me. The beer selection was basically confined to about 20 to 30 feet of fridge space.

For my money, the best selection in LA is Vendome in Studio City, with Valley Beverage in Sherman Oaks running a close second.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%

This place seemed very clean and nice. Big ceiling on inside which made it seem bigger. They had a decent selection. Not to amazed besides a finding of Stone Old Guardian, which I was very happy about. Didn't seem like it had anything to different from the norm. Quite a bit of Moylan's though. Prices were pretty good. About a dollar cheaper than some beers in Vegas and other stores, while other beers were a couple more. I would go back saying it's just down the street from friends house so if I need to pick up anything it would be a handy store.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Interesting architectural building with a stone facade, huge dark windows, tiny porthole windows, a marquis (sp?) listing some notables.

It's not a huge place, but the inside is spaced well and not crowded even though they carry a sizeable selection of beer, wine, hard liquor and soda.

Their beer selection was decent if not mind blowing. There was a cooler of Belgiums and German beers, about 2 or 3 coolers for American craft with English ales mixed in. About 2 coolers had six-packs of Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, Firestone, Stone and Rogue. There were also a few coolers of macros in cases and six-packs. The prices were uniformly on the low side. 22s of Chimay for $5-$6, Alesmith and Bear Republic for under $3, for example.

Although I didn't need any help, all of the employees were very welcoming and friendly.

If you're in the west part of the San Fernando Valley this is a decent place to check out.

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Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%

Executive summary: The Hi-Time of northern LA.

Easy to find store look for the white building with GREEN JUG in big green letters.

Moderately tight parking here about 15 parking spaces and almost impossible to make a left turn when you leave.

Inside you will find a very clean medium sized shop. Beer is on the right side of the store and sodas in the coolers over on the left. Good wine, tobacco and spirits are available also. There is a small tasting area in the middle of the store; they were tasting wines when I was there.

No beer is out in the warm zone here it is all in the coolers. Found several hard to find beers here and a few British pale ales in clear glass I would never risk from storage at room temperature like Hen's Tooth.

Speaking of that "Hen's Tooth" the staff had no problems at all with getting me a bottle from the back end of the cooler as far away from fluorescent lighting as possible.

Prices are a pleasant surprise here, the actually beat Beverages and More on price on several items!

Must have passed this store by 100 times headed to other destinations down the 101. This place does not have the selection of Hi-Time but it is about 100 miles closer to where I live too.

A very highly recommended store and a must try store for anyone passing through on the 101.

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