Clem's Bottle House & Deli


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Clem's Bottle House & DeliClem's Bottle House & Deli

Type: Store

4100 Adams Avenue
San Diego, California, 92116
United States

(619) 284-2485 | map

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 25
Photo of OhSoHoppy
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

First thought once I walked in was "wow, there are enought beers here for to sample for years..."

Presentation- Every single bottle in this market was placed with label sitting perfectly centered. (Even the potato chips were in Perfect, delicate order) Very clean on the inside and out. No clutter like so many other liquor stores. Great Bar mirrors the lined the tops of all the walls.
All the beers had Review/Ratings labels and general info on the beer.

Selection - By far the best I have ever seen of any market or brewery. they definitely support the local San Diego breweries, as well as all of California.
All the beers they carried didn't go below a B-
Great selection of international beers also. Lots of Belgian, English (Scotland too), and German Beers.
So many beers that are limited release, seasonal, and extremely hard to find beers were in great supply.
Not just beer, Great Wine and Champagne selection as well. Selection of Refrigerated and room temp beers available (so space wasted of duplicates of either)
Also an impressive selection of glassware, Types and brands.

Overall- Awesome Place that I will now recommend to all my craft beer friends. Extreme dedication to the craft beers.
Yes, they did carry your usual suspects of domestic and mass produced beers, but for the most part they were kept separate.
Much if not all of their rating system was based off BA Ratings as well as displaying monthly BA mags(don't think they were for sale though.

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Photo of gerrick
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Paul does a great job of getting beer into the store. Including fresh Pliny and alpine. He has a very nice selection of beer in and out of coolers. the deli inside makes the place smell really good and I hear the food is solid. the prices are good. right around the norm around town for most stores. The parking is kind of janky. the location as decent freeway access. Paul also happens to be a really nice guy in general and loves to talk beer. He really isn't faking it. I recommend you stop by and check it out. you can't go wrong with a great beer store.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Much better selection than you would guess looking at the building from the outside. Very solid selection of craft beer and wine, including some hard-to-get brands like Alpine and Russian River. Probably half of the floor and refrigerator space is dedicated to craft beers, which is considerable but not expansive. If your usual bottle shop is sold out of something, this place is enough of a gem that you can probably find it here.

This feature may also the store's Achilles heel. It's somewhat questionable how much turnover they have, leaving you wonder how fresh the IPAs you are getting. When I last visited, they had RR Blind Pig that was two months old in their refrigerator. Makes you wonder how fresh the bottles are which aren't dated. This criticism obviously isn't as important for brews which don't need to be consumed fresh.

Prices seem slightly higher than other SD bottle shops (maybe 10%), based on some casual comparisons.

They have a small deli, but I didn't get a chance to eat there. Gotta love the proximity to Burger Lounge (next door).

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Photo of mrkrispy
3.56/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Waddled in here to get some water after having lunch at Burger Lounge next door. I happened to see some Bruery beers on a shelf and had a look around. I found a great selection of San Diego beers (including Alpine!), Russian River, and a decent amount of imports. A lot of the beers sitting at room temp, including a lot of IPAs (so beware). A lot of the beers on the shelves were also in the cold boxes, so they rotate them.

Prices seems to be about 20-30% higher than anywhere else I have been in San Diego.

Most of the people working are clueless about beer, but there was a nice guy helping some people find a beer and he seemed to know his stuff.

Prices keep me from going out of my way to shop there, but they have a pretty good selection if you are in the area and need some harder-to-find beers. if you are desperately trying to track down something definitely give this place a look.

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Photo of d0ggnate
4/5  rDev -5.4%

I've driven by and seen Clem's many times. I don't know how or why I haven't stopped by before today. I knew they had beer, and good beer at that, but expected only to find a small section in the back with a few decent offerings from local breweries. Once parked and inside I quickly found out that my preconceived notion of their stock was wrong.

My eyes instantly fixed toward the back wall were there 4-5 cooler dedicated to craft beers. There was an above average selection of 6 packs, but I usually skip that section and head straight for the bombers/750's. Tons of local stuff filled up a few doors. It was nice to see there was still some quality local stuff available, and not just the everyday beers. Some local breweries of which Clem's offered were:

Mission, Ballast Point, Lost Abbey, Port, Stone and Lightning

Beyond the coolers, there was a small section with more beer, particularly what seemed to be featured beers. A few special releases, a few Belgians. Overall, some pretty good stuff to be found. I think I just added another detour on my way home. A stop for great beer is always worth it.

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Clem's Bottle House & Deli in San Diego, CA
4.23 out of 5 based on 25 ratings.
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