Stuffed Sandwich

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BA SCORE
85.9%
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4.22 w/ 64 ratings
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PLACE INFO

Type: Eatery

1145 E Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, California, 91776-1743
United States

(626) 285-9161 | map
stuffedsandwich.com

Notes:
One of the oldest true specialist beer establishments in Los Angeles. On it's second location (as of 2006), the Sandwich has very strict rules about beer ordering. First, you must order food before you think of ordering a beer. No ifs, ands or buts. Order the cheese sandwich if you must. Second, if you don't want to drink out of a paper cup, bring your own glass or buy one of Sam's collection (extensive).

Call ahead to make sure that the Sandwich is open and enjoy! (Current operating hours are Tues-Sat 11:00am - 8:00pm)

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PLACE STATS
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
64
Liked:
55
Avg:
4.22/5
pDev:
17.06%
 
 
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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

A veritable gem. My 1st visit was with a handful of fellow BA’s at the Stone Brewing “Special Event” held between 24-26 July 2003.

Run by Sam & Marlene. In the corner of a Strip Mall, you enter up a slight inclined concrete ramp & enter through the left of the two front doors. The other door is on the right, and is only accessible from inside, & leads to the outside fenced drinking area. Inside the Bar complete with about 10 taps I think, is to your immediate left. Behind which is a bank of Refrigerators; they contain a goldmine of bottled beers that will make your jaw drop. The bar dog-legs right, this is the Sandwich part. There are two rules here. Rule #1 – No Food > No Beer. So order your Sandwich first, then concentrate on the beer. Quick note about the food, it is excellent, the spicy Polish Sausage Sandwich that I had was quiet simply kick-ass & served with some awesome Pickles.

The beer range is far too large for words to give justice to, suffice to say, not all the beers on Sale are on view. Which brings me to Rule #2 – You have to earn the respect of Sam & Marlene. Sam has a way of being able to read your Beer Karma, like an Astrologist reads your Palm. When, & only when, he thinks you are befitting of some of the specials, will he, just maybe, allow you to try them. I like this system. I was unaware of it, & talked to Sam for some time early on during my visit. Then, hours later, as I had just paid up & was ready to leave for the night, he asked me if I wanted a beer cap for the night, but it would cost me $7.50. I was rather taken aback, but went along with this. Somehow he had heard me talk about my love for a certain beer earlier, & sure enough he gave me a sample of said beer in a cloaked bottle. I instantly recognized it as Alexander Rodenbach, quite something! A genuinely kind & giving Father Beer-Mass.

Someone said about this place, “When I grow up, I don’t want to be a Sandwich Bar, I want to be a Beer Bar.” Well I for one hope that this place does not wish its youth away too quickly. As far as I am concerned it passes as both with flying colors.

An Excellent 5-Star Beer Bar, run by a fantastic Couple who both love quality beer & are true Beer Advocates. This places oozes class & integrity. Bull-Shitter Beer Review Geeks Beware! You have to demonstrate a love for beer in this place in order for you to really synergize here.

I have only been once, but I will most certainly be back again, & again, & again….

Last Visit: 25th July '03

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

I stopped here after finding it on BeerFly. Actually I wanted to stop here on my last 2 trips to LA, but couldn't make it this far north. I'm glad I finally made it.

Sam was a really nice guy but a beer nazi. Other reviews have detailed this so I'll just focus on my experience. He seemed slightly rude but in a way that showed no real harm meant. He just cares so deeply for the beer he has hoarded that he'll only sell it to someone who he's convinced will appreciate it. I think that's an admirable attitude.

I had 2 great beers (Augustijn and 5-yr old Gouden Carolus D'Or) while I ate dinner, and Sam brought out a hidden bonus that I bought to take home. It was such a good experience, the only thing I didn't like was that you have to buy food before they'll serve you beer. Apparently their liquor license is set up that way. But it's worth it just to be entertained by Sam and maybe get a really rare beer after you pass the test.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Let's be clear from the start, most serious beer drinkers who are going to try Stuffed Sandwich for the first time have read about it. Please, go with the proper expectations and your experience will not only be good, it will be great!

Small, insignificant and unimpressive place in the middle of nowhere. Fine-now you know..get over it and be ready to enjoy a new experience with some beers you may never be able to get or try again. You may also learn something.

Food - I'm a food guy. I eat at "nice" places at least a few times a week. I belong to wine and food groups and I'm a food snob. So, having said that, I can still enjoy a huge, regular and tasty sandwich! Gourmet? No; Quirky California cusisine? No; Elegant? No; shiek and trendy? No! A nice size sandwich with quality ingrediants that just plain tastes good? Yep!

There is a wonderful selection of good old fashioned sandwiches on rolls and there is something for everyone. I go with lots of friends, we order a bunch of different sandwiches and share. Ribs are not gourmet but they, too, are simple but tasty. Want something that's acceptable to all, order an Italian sub-you won't be sorry-basic and just what you expect. Want something a bit out of the ordinary and really good? Try the spagetti sandwich-we thought it was crazy the first time we ordered it. Now, we get one every time.

Glasses - bring your own! Period. (Or, you can buy one from Sam and Marlene. They usually have at least one on sale for about $2 if you don't want to splurge on one of the more expensive $5 glasses. Bring your own - they don't care.

BEER! Ok, this is what it's all about. Yes, you have to order food first. So, now you know it. Get over it. Order the food and then go pick out a beer (or more!) from one of the greatest selections in the city....period.

Now, you want the secret? Try to order from and befriend Marlene! Marlene is Sam's wife and one of the nicest people on the planet. She will help "soften the journey" of dealing with Sam. It's worth it. I've tried beer that I could never find elsewhere; and, I've tried older beers that were remarkable, educational and nowhere else available. And, I did it all nicely, calmly and enjoyably by simply working first with Marlene before I ever engaged Sam.

A word about Sam. Yes; he's idiocyncratic. It's his personality (and, let's face it...it's also his place!) I've seen him ignore someone only once and that was when someone walked in and tried to order a Miller Lite. True story. Otherwise, I really do believe that he wants to help you have the best beer experience that you can have. The guy definitely has strong opinions, but who among this group doesn't??

I find that polite deference works well. A well placed comment that shows some knowledge; a decent question that's genuine, etc. all seem to help make dealing with Sam perfectly fine. And, the truth of it is, I have found that the more he likes you the more he may "bust your chops."

Now you know...go enjoy. I go with 10-20 friends every few months and we have a ball. It's one of the few places where all of the wives and girlfriends also like to hang out.

Just my opinion. I like it.

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Photo of mrcraft
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

I've been to Stuffed Sandwich a few times. It's a nice sandwich deli that also happens to stock really nice selection of craft beers in bottles and some months have spectacular tap list.

You do need to order food first before you can buy beer (per their ABC license). This is fine with me. I've had 3 different sandwiches, and they were all good. I didn't care for their spaghetti much though. The staff is very friendly, and they are knowledgeable about beers.

Generally, the tap list is revolved around a theme. Unless you bring your own glassware, they'll serve you in plastic cups. Kinda weird, but okay I guess. They do top it off to the max though, so they'll tell you to take a few sips before walking back to your table.

Now to the beers. In coolers, they carry a nice selection that you typically find in good bottleshops. I hear they have more in a cellar, but I haven't inquired. The one bad experience I had was when I bought a couple of Plinys and didn't check the bottle dates until I got home. It was close to being two months old. Granted they were probably refrigerated the whole time, but most places sell you Pliny that have been bottled within the last ten days. The RR sours were little on the pricey side.

I'll return when they have something interesting on tap that I've not had before, but I don't think Stuffed Sandwich will be my first choice to buy craft beers in bottles.

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Photo of Floydster
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The only problem I have with this place is the whole dixie cup idea, you cannot enjoy a good beer out of one, so it is essential that you buy one or bring one from home

Could go to this place once a week for the next fifty years and try something new every time

Have beers from several years ago just sitting in the refrigerators

Possess 50 ounce bottles of every Anchor Christmas beer since 1996 starting around twenty dollars

Large selection of Sierra Nevada vintage bottles

Two huge shelves of specialty glassware

Must buy food before drinking which I did not mind because I can always enjoy a good sandwich, the pastrami is highly recommended

Lady was very nice and told me she would hold me whatever vintage Stone bottles I wanted before they start their Stone Days in a few weeks

Hopefully I can complete my Vertical Epic collection

Cannot wait to make it back to this place, I plan on trying Lagunitas' Brown Shugga next time or maybe a Rogue XS Old Crustacean in one of those nifty 6.4 ounce bottles

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Photo of womencantsail
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I've been here a lot of times. Mostly on Wednesday nights for the weekly beer tasting group.

Always make sure to order some sort of food when you come in, even if it's just a cup of potato salad or a sandwich.

The bottle list is quite extensive and eclectic, so you can easily find something you like or that you haven't tried before. Plus, they tend to have a few interesting beers on tap.

Sam can be a bit rough around the edges, but if you care about the beer, follow his rules, and aren't an ass, you'll be fine. And as much as he dishes it out, he can take it right back too. Though I wouldn't necessarily recommend taking jabs if you've never been in before.

Definitely an institution in the Los Angeles beer world.

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Photo of DrewBeechum
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The Sandwich, how I've missed thee. I recently visited Sam in his new location (All the reviews below are post the move). Sad as it is, the big obnoxious yellow building has been replaced with a more sedate mini-mall location.

The good news about the move is that it's allowed Sam to clean up and re-organize, which given the vastness of his beer cellar is a good thing.

Sam's a packrat, a cellar dweller of the highest varnish. Sure he has his taps and his bottles up front, but hidden in some pocket universe that he hides on site is just about every beer known to mankind.As the Bum put it, you won't know what's in there, but once you've established yourself, there's no harm in asking!

Get a Sandwich and get a damn fine beer experience.

EDITED - A helpful note for all those who are heading to the sandwich.. Unless you like drinking out of plastic and paper cups, it would behoove you to bring your own glass or to buy one of Sam's many glasses for sale. Foruntately, I always travel with a set of pints in my car!

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Photo of rowew
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited this nice deli/beer bar for lunch today. It is located in a strip mall, and is a bit of a hole-in-the-wall. Small patio area, short bar, and deli counter with lots of seating packed into a medium sized area. The food (which is mandatory if you want beer) is mainly deli - with above average sandwiches. The beer selection is huge - all crammed into some coolers behind the bar, and 8 tap selections. When I was there they had the last 5 years of Bigfoot on tap. In addition they had other specialties like Anchor OSA dating back to the late 80's! Also had Anchor magnums, with the oldest being 1994. Beer is available to go as well (again, as long as you order food).

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Photo of t0rin0
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The first time I came here was in July. I walked in and Sam had 1999 Celebration Ale for $1.99/bottle. I was instantly hooked. Since then I've been there every wednesday that they've been open with the exception of the day before thanksgiving. The menu is impressive, its 2 sided and its got tons of beers from all around the world on it. Its not a complete list, if you ask Sam hes got plenty more but wether or not he'll sell them to you is another story.

I've read some of the reviews and seen people complain about the dixie cups the beers get poured in. Everyone should know that you can bring your own glasses. And of course you can buy the collector glasses in the case.

The food is pretty good. The garlic bread is a bit too salty but everything else is good. Very filling and reasonably priced. They also do beers and food to go. The atmosphere is enjoyable, they have music playing and now that its cold out they fired up the heaters on the patio.

Great place overall. Since July I've tried something like 300 different beers at the Stuffed Sandwich.

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Photo of charlzm
2.08/5  rDev -50.7%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2 | food: 1.5

I tried this place out in 2006. They were supposed to be featuring Alesmith on tap. When I arrived, there was no Speedway, no Horny Devil or Lil' Devil, no Old Numskull, no Wee Heavy, no Nautical Nut Brown... you get the idea. Huh.

I ordered a pastrami sandwich and Sam, the owner, informed me several times in his own inimitable fashion that this was not Burger King and I was going to have it his way. Well, his way was stringy and full of fat and grease. Blecch.

I wound up splitting a bottle of Speedway Stout with a friend on their depressing little patio in order to get away from the noise of the regulars inside.

What a waste of an afternoon and a thirty mile drive. I said at the time I would never go back, and I haven't had the slightest bit of trouble sticking with that vow.

Especially now that the beer revolution in Los Angeles is in full swing, there's no need to subject yourself to this kind of bullshit. There's plenty of other, far better places to have a beer.

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Photo of Devman171
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of OStrungT
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I was comming back from Magic Mountain and decided to make a side trip to the Stuffed Sandwich. I am sure glad that I did. It is located in San Gabriel, in a strip mall on the corner. There is some outside seating with umbrellas. Once I got inside, I was taken aback with the beer selection. I saw 9 coolers, but I think there were a few more in the kitchen. I saw hundreds of boors. The bottle list is an oversized sheet of paprer with small print, both sides. They have beers from many countries. They also had 2 very large cabinets with glassware for sale. The prices on the glassware was very decent. They have a licence to sell beer to go, so I picked up a few Dogfish Head's. You cant even get that brewery's stuff here anymore. They had a small selection of tap beer also. I saw 5 beers currently on tap. The only problem with the beer that I saw was that they only have small paper cups. If you want a cup for your pint, or to pour your bottle into, you either need to bring your own, or do as I did and buy a few of theirs. The food was excelent. They have a deli. The deli sandwiches were huge and cheep. I left feeling very satisfied. The entire inside area was littered with beer stuff. Emptie bottles, pictures, shirts. They carried Stone Brewing shirts, and Stuffed Sandwich shirts behind the counter. All in all, this place is amazing. It is a must stop if you are ever in the area.

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

Made a trip down to the Stuffed Sandwich for a Barrel Tasting. They were pouring things like Parabola, Adam from the Wood on draft to name a few, and Ishared the whole flight that was offered with a friend.

It's a family owned place, and the service comes with a bit of sarcasm ( in good fun) which makes the place unique. The walls are filled with bottles of some Very rare, and old beers. Such as some Hair of the Dog bottles, Batch 7 in a 750 ml! wow!

Fellow BA picked up a mixed six pack of Bigfoot with a 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2003 in there for $30! amazing.

The place is small, and nestled in the corner of a mini-mall, but this is a must try imo.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.6/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

At long last I finally got to the legendary Stuffed Sandwich. A bit of a hole-in-the-wall establishment (only lucky Baldwins may be harder to find), Stuffed Sandwich is set in an older strip mall and tough to spot as you drive by.
Inside, there are spartan tables to eat at and the east wall is dominated by glassware and magnums, 3L and 5L bottles of some great beers. The west wall has coolers housing an amazing assortment of domestic and foreign beers. Sam has a mind-boggling array of beer to select from. The wall leading out to the rear parking lot has a variety of beer-related posters, lithographs and photos.
Did I mention the selection? Belgian ales of all kind, German brews to satisfy anyone, British, French, you name it, it's probably in the coolers. If not, Sam can most likely round it up for you. There's not short supply of domestic beer, either. Sam had SN's Summerfest, Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA, and a couple foreign brews on tap.
The food was decent; nothing fabulous but still good. You have to order food to order beer. The food menu is all about sandwiches with soup, chili, and fries as sides. I ordered a roast beef sandwich and the beer special (Aktien brewery's Pils for $2.50). The beer, unfortunately, was quite old (bottled on 6-8-02!), flat, and like apple cider. I approached Sam, stated my case in asking for a different brew, and Sam was more than happy to exchange my "off" beer for a Stone 8th Anniversary Ale.
I got to talk with Sam some more about beers - Weihenstephan brewery, doppelbocks, Anchor's X-Mas beers, etc - and the guy's just a fountain of beer knowledge. Marlene gave me a heads-up about their upcoming Anchor X-Mas beer tasting and presented me with a poster depicting all of Anchor's X-Mas ale labels. Sam and Marlene are really nice people.
The Stuffed Sandwich is a great old-style deli-beer bar where you can watch the day go by while indulging in some quality time with some awesome beers. I'm already kicking myself for having not gotten here sooner. I'll definitely be going back often.

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Photo of SwillinBrew
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Well, I finally got here.... came with OCBrewfish. Oh man, why did we wait so long.


This is a quaint deli nestled right before the foothills. Nice size dining area inside with a small patio. On the wall, there are many killed/drank magnums, double magnums and jeroboams as decor. I saw what looked like a 1.5 liter of Stone 5th anniversay. I would have loved to have drank that one. Clean and quaint this place is.

Ordering is done right when you walk in with the 6 or so tap area to the immediate left. Marlene took our order and Sam was in the back cracking jokes. I had the large pastrami with love. With love means hot and spicey. Damn, half sandwich would have been enough. This thing was huge. I decided to wash it down with a pint of Monks Cafe Flemish Sour Ale. Damn it was good. If you want your brew in a glass, you have to buy one or bring one since they only serve in plastic cups. I knew this but forgot so i bought a 1999 Anchor OSA gold rimmed pint glass.

Behind the bar are many brews in a glass cooler. Very easy for you to see and select for imbibement. My brother had the Rodenbach Grand Cru. I picked one as well and some Pikes Place Stout to go. There were also some Anchor OSA's from 1984 to the present (i bought a 1984) and some SN Celebrations from as far back as 1990 I believe, along with old Bigfoots. There is just so much damn good beer to choose from.

This place is a bit far for me but i'm going to be making the drive at least once or twice a month now. One of the things that i really liked was listening to Sam banter back and forth. Examples of what i heard.

customer 1, "yeah, i guess"
Sam, "you what?"
customer 1, "oh nothing"
Sam, "nothing?... just kidding, i'm just giving you a hard time. It makes me happy"
customer 1, ... silence
Sam, " you want to see me happy dont you?"

My brother and I were cracking up.

Another one after we heard a guy putting a lot of change on the counter.
Sam "what? did you break the slot machine?"

This place has character and Sam and Marlene are great. If you like beer, you need to hit this place up.

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Photo of oggg
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in at about 12:30pm on a Thursday and it was empty. I met Marlene and Sam and they were very talkative. Sam's a bit eccentric but totally cool. I had the pastrami dip sandwich (half size, which is pretty friggin big, for like under $5).

They had 8 taps, so I got the sampler -- Reaper Deathly pale ale, Stone Old Guardian '04, Anchor Old Foghorn '05, Marin Old Dipsea BW '06, Sierra Nevada Bigfoot '02, '03, '05, and Alesmith Old Numbskull '03. 3.5oz tasters x8 for $12.75. My fav was the Numbskell, then the bigfoot '05. All excellent. The Stone one was really strongly bitter, the first of the OGs to be so, according to Sam at least. Several hundred bottles of beer in the coolers against the wall.

Decor is all beer paraphenalia and old large/odd sized beer containers. They also had a table with hand made beer sets -- like a mixed sixer of Bigfoots from different years, Stone AB with the AB glass, etc.

Lots of medical personnel seem to stroll in during lunch, along with a bunch of regulars. Sam and Marlene are nice to everyone. Very cool deal.

On my way out, Marlene pulled out the Old Godfather BW from Speakeasy and I couldn't resist taking it to go. They have alot more beer but much of it is in Sam's 3 warehouses.

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Photo of ubiq3000
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of bigbelcher
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2

Having to buy a glass is one way I guess to increase sales. Having to buy food, even if it isn't much is another quirk, that I figure is more attribultable to their type of liquor license than anything else. If you don't buy a glass you get a paper cup. The beer selection was pretty good, however they were missing a number of beers that were advertised on their website. Met Sam the owner and you could tell that he does love beer. The beers were also served a little too cold but since that is how a number of people think it should be served I guess they just go with the flow.

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Photo of ballewblake
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Headed to Bevmo! before an early arrival last Saturday for glassware and a day at the SS. Turned out to not really be necessary as they sold glassware there, and it was cheap enough. Managed to sneak in early, 10:30 Saturday morning and didn't leave until about 6pm. A long day and time well spent getting to know Sam and Marlene. Both compliment each other, she was super nice and well informed on the brews, and he never hesitated to talk some shit. Good thing for him I can dish it back. Had easily the best selection I've probably seen in LA. Lots of Belgians, Germans, and West coasts. Negatives for me were the lack of a bar (felt really weird chilling by myself at the tables all day while families wondered in and left.) and that at least half of the selection were 750's. Really sucked when I wanted to try mostly new stuff but had to restrict myself to 12-11 oz bottles. Prices, sweet, this place falls somewhere between beer shop and bar, where the prices aren't nearly as high as a bar's typical double markup, but just a few bucks more. I left drinking 8 brews, two sandwiches and a hundred buck tab. Last brew was probably the most unusual, an aged Barley wine from Utah that Sam brought me. Cool. Beware of the polish sausage sandwich... I was tasting it two and three times over. ouch.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I made my first stop into this place today with a buddy who had been telling me about this place for sometime now. When you first walk in its best to just forget about the beer section and just order your food to get it out of the way because you will more than likely take a few minutes trying to decide which beer you wanna try first.

As far as the beer goes I believe he has about 10 coolers full of beer which is kind of cluttered so make sure you look behind bottle if you can before decided. There were 9 beers on tap all were of the season I believe. There is also beer on display that is shrink wrapped put together so you can buy different years of the same beer. I personally purchased the Bigfoot which came with a 93,94,95,98,01,and 02 to add to the others I have been aging myself. The selection is good and I'm sure if you got to know the owner he would tell you there is far more than the eye can see. The place also has a decent selection of glassware which you will need if you dont want to drink your beer out of a cardboard cup haha great money making idea buy a beer need a glass with that??

The food was not bad if anything it is filling enough so you can suck down a few brews and be on your way. The price for everything seemed to be reasonable and I had no problem paying what I paid for the beers I purchased.

All in all if I didnt live so far fromt this place I would probably make a few more trips a year than I do now which is one. Highly recommended

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Photo of ithacabaron
4.6/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

An unassuming deli, tucked into the corner of a strip-mall shopping center. Looks like nothing special. Oh, but that's so wrong.

Interior is cool, and almost chilly (this is to keep the vintage beers fresh, more on that in a second), with an open kitchen, a few coolers, about 10 taps, some standard deli tables, and some chairs. Outside there are a few umbrella-laden tables. Oh, and there's the Ronald Reagan shrine, but I really can't say more -- you have to experience that for yourself. All in all, a very laid back, very cool, very welcoming place.

Quality is first class, but I had to subtract a half-point or two because all the beers are served in paper cups. Glassware can be purchased, however, and you are encouraged to bring your own (something I didn't know).

Service is fantastic. Be sure to banter a bit with Sam, take some recommendations from his wife Marlene, and wander off the standard sandwich menu to create your own monster. Real friendly folks here, and willing to razz you when you deserve it.

Selection is unparalelled by any deli (and hell, really any retail store I've seen). Choices from around the world, things I had never even heard of (Brazilian Palm Beer, anyone? [Oh, and it was delicious, BTW]), a good decade's worth of Bigfoot, four years of Anchor OSA on tap, and many more in bottles. Vintage beers, in general, as I hinted at above, are plentiful, and dirt cheap.

Food is delicious -- have pretty much anything, although I'd recommend the pastrami "with love." "Love," you see, is a brine of mustard/polish-sausage-drippings/other rediculously spicy, yet delicious substances, and is available on any sandwich. It'll grow hair on your chest. It's delicious. Get it.

As for price...well, the bill was absurdly low...as in I had to double-check to see that I they didn't undercharge me. On our way out, I picked up some vintage Anchor OSA bottles to take home, including a 1989. The price for that gem? 3.50.

Let's just say that I'll be back. Wow.

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Photo of joecast
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

so i cant believe i went to high school just a few miles from here. its places like this that would have kept me from leaving the country in the first place.

pretty easy to find using the google map. looks kind of small from outside, but only semi-small inside. the front outside patio area has four or five tables with maybe eight tables inside. no bar seating here.

very relaxed atmosphere. while they serve some serious beer (more on that later) they dont seem to take themselves too seriously. very easy to feel at home the first time in. not too sproty, or fancy, just "homey".

quality is high. dont let the paper cups and styrofoam bowls fool you. the food came fresh and tasty, and the beer was, well, wow.

no table service. well, none that i saw. order your food and beer at the bar. should probably get the food first since, as the sign says, "no food. no beer."
im guessing it was sam the owner behind the bar. "you know its all stouts on tap?" he asks. just making sure i know what im getting myself into. seems pretty friendly as he spent quite a few minutes talking to other customers about the beer selection.

and what an impressive selection. just slightly below hollingsheads (though if i hadnt been there, this place would get a 5.0), they have eight taps and a couple of large glass front fridges full of bottles. plus quite a few other bottles along the walls around the dining area (many of which are specialty 1.5L+ bottles).
the tap selection, for winter, being full of stouts. '04 stone, speedway, old rasputin, you get the idea, check the website as they change pretty often.
and being southern california, winter means mid 70's. however now i have to give this place credit for teaching me that stouts arent only cold weather beers. i had no idea drinking a 10%abv stout outdoors in this weather could be so enjoyable.

the food was nice, also on their website. my wife had the clam chowder, and i the turkey sandwich. both were very good, fresh, and of high quality.

i listed value at $$$, though i am a cheap skate. they serve in two sizes of paper cups. im guessing 4 and 8 oz. $3 for the small and $6 the large. not too bad for the quality of the selection, but i stick by my rating. seriuously a good place, and easy to think highly of from the first visit. get there.

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4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The Sandwich has by far the best selection of hard-to-find beers in the LA area. Sam and his wife are exceptional people and they've put together a great place to drink a beer. They take the time to get to know their customers and their likes and dislikes when it comes to beer. Every recommendation I've had from Sam is always spot on.

The bottom line is that these folks know beer very very well. The only way they could improve the place would be to provide glassware with their beers, but that isn't going to happen, so make sure to bring your own glassware for whatever you plan to drink that night.

Also, Thursday nights they do wine tasting in case anyone is interested. If you only have time to drink at one place in the LA area, make sure you stop by and see Sam at the Stuffed Sandwich.

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3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

i've finally had the chance to stop in stuffed sandwich the other day since i had a meeting in l.a., the traffic on the 10 at 5:15pm was enough for me to point the gps to this location to have a bite and brew while traffic died down.

stuffed sandwich is a interesting place. luckily, i was at meeting and just happened to keep a guiness glass from the hotel i was at. the place was not busy. just a few locals who i can tell frequent the place often. all the taps were stone brews but, was very happy to see that stone 10th anniversary was available! man, that was some tasty brew and sam had no issue pouring it into my large guiness glass. of course, you MUST order a sandwich first. but, hey, the sandwiches are as the name implies, stuffed! not only stuffed and very good but, cheap! something hollingshead's in o.c. should take note of.

the staff there is very friendly. sam (the owner) is a great person as i was able to have a good conversation with him. the locals there were very nice. a group of guys came in with a growler of brew from sequoia brewey from fresno, ca and knew sam very well. after i finished my glass of stone, they were nice to fill up my glass with their growler brew (which was also tasty). so, a good warm, friendly place with good conversation. also loved all the reagan photos.

lots of bottles offered. my only wish is that sam had a few more taps. as i write this, stone is still on the taps and next week or so sam mentioned changing out to oktoberfest brews with 50+ kegs waiting to be tapped!

hands down the best place for a sandwich/brew combination!

just remember, i you PLAN on going here, bring a glass.

cheers!

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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Stopped in the other day for a bite and a brew or 2. It was my first time and I was blown away by the bottle selection that they had available. Way too many to name but all styles of beer from many different countries were represented. On tap they had some goodies such as 2002 Double Bastard, Stone 10th Anniversary, 2006 Stone RIS, and 2006 Stone Old Guardian.

The sandwich I had (Submarine) was great and quite large. Prices were fair and I got my moneys worth in both the food and beer department.

The service was friendly and great. The only complaint I would have is the serving with paper cups, but I guess I could have used that as an excuse to get a new Stone glass, oh well. I will definately be making a stop here more often.

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