Victorville and the High Desert

Discussion in 'Pacific' started by MBoydL, Apr 26, 2013.

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  1. MBoydL

    MBoydL Initiate (0) Dec 22, 2010 Ohio

    I'm heading to Victorville (from Columbus, OH) for a work trip all next week. Obviously, everyone I know wants me to try to bring back some Pliny, Firestone Walker, Drake and all the other west coast "usual suspects". I've gone through the "Places" resource here on the site and it doesn't seem there are a lot of options out there. Does anyone know of some spots in that area where I'm sure to find the good stuff?

    Thanks for any help folks can provide.
  2. tjensen3618

    tjensen3618 Initiate (0) Mar 23, 2008 California

  3. usofar

    usofar Initiate (0) Dec 23, 2010 California

    If you're flying into Ontario then there are places near the airport, but as far as I know Victorville is a desert for craft beer.
  4. cgentzkow

    cgentzkow Initiate (0) Aug 5, 2009 California

    Go to Kern Brewing Company, in my top 3 favorite breweries in CA (1.Russian River, 2. Alpine, 3. Kern). I've never been there, as its in the boondocks, but I hear they have a good brewpub... Victorville may be the closest city to it and it's still a 2 hour drive... You are probably out of luck for good craft beer stores, but Ontario should have them (sorry don't know) and Bakersfield has a place called Imbibe that has tons...
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  5. MichaelGV

    MichaelGV Initiate (0) Apr 2, 2008 California

    Go to Pappy & Harriet's in Yucca Valley. Regardless of what beers they're pouring, you'll have a great time.
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  6. MBoydL

    MBoydL Initiate (0) Dec 22, 2010 Ohio

    Thank you all. I think there is a Bevmo in Rancho Cucamunga on my way from Ontario Airport to Victorville. Going to give that a try. Will be working 10-12 hour days so trips to brewpubs isn't likely.
  7. RashyGrillCook

    RashyGrillCook Aspirant (260) Apr 30, 2011 Florida
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    There is also a Total Wine in Rancho(almost right across route 66 from Bevmo) that is worth hitting up(but don't expect to find Pliny at either). Red Carpet is a small store but usually has better offerings then the big guys. La bodega isn't too far out of the way from Ontario and have a great selection albeit at higher prices. At least once while your here you must make a stop at El Cerrito Liquors. Skip Imbibe and Lone Hill both were highly dissappointing. If you can't make it to Kern River brewery but would really like to try their stuff I could IP you some(as you likely won't see it in any store).
  8. danscott

    danscott Aspirant (238) Jul 15, 2006 California

    El Cerrito in Corona.

    There really isn't any other correct answer to this question. Sure, there are a few places that are closer, but it is stupid to consider anywhere but here. Troof.
  9. MBoydL

    MBoydL Initiate (0) Dec 22, 2010 Ohio

    Again, thanks to all. I've had Pliny before, so no real big dissapointment if I don't get it again. To be honest, as long as I get a bottle of Wookie Jack for myself and a descent assortment of stuff we cannot get in Ohio for some friends....I will consider it a successful trip.
  10. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,188) Mar 18, 2010 California

    The one in Riverside or the one in San Bernardino?
  11. RashyGrillCook

    RashyGrillCook Aspirant (260) Apr 30, 2011 Florida
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    Didn't know there was a La Bodega in San Bernardino.......:confused:
  12. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,188) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Yea, I saw it driving through SB so I asked a worker at the Riverside store. Apparently they were a chain back in the 70s that got sold off one by one. The 2 stores are the only ones left (they are independent from each other) and he said the SB location is horrible and not craft focused at all.
  13. cgentzkow

    cgentzkow Initiate (0) Aug 5, 2009 California

    I agree El Cerrito is the best in the IE, but its an hour in the opposite direction of where he is going. If he's going to take a 2 hour side trip he should go to Kern... He'll be kicking himself 2 years from now for not going...
  14. RashyGrillCook

    RashyGrillCook Aspirant (260) Apr 30, 2011 Florida
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    Interesting information. I really like La Bodega but some things are priced 2-3 bucks higher then surrounding stores. It doesn't keep me from regularly buying things from them. I like to stop there when I head to the More Beer store for my homebrew needs.
    I disagree. Kern brewery is almost 3 hours(one way) from victorville. 2 and a half hours if you don't get stuck behind slow truckers on 395. I'm in Wrightwood(close to Victorville) and have been going to El Cerrito every other weekend for a couple months now. Traveling I-15 all the way it only takes me 40 min(one way) to get to El Cerrito.
  15. dcgunman

    dcgunman Defender (655) Jul 1, 2009 California
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    It's funny you say that Kern is your top three and you've never been there. My top three in order is Alpine, Kern and Russian River. And I've been to all three at least three times each. Kern is a 4 hour drive and I've been there 6 times in the last 3 years. Alpine is a two hour drive and I drive south from HB at least 4 times a year. I was there yesterday picking up bottles and growlers of O'Briens IPA. Russian River I'll fly to no problem. Make it a point to drive to boondocks. It's worth it if it's one of your favorites.
  16. walterfredo

    walterfredo Aspirant (259) Nov 22, 2011 California
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    Thought I'd ask a question in here rather than starting a new thread. Have to work in Hesperia (aka god's country) in a few weeks, will probably need to stay a couple of nights in the area. Willing to drive 30-45 minutes away for lodging/food/beer options. What is my best bet? Redlands?
  17. TraumaRN

    TraumaRN Initiate (55) Mar 5, 2014 California
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    Here are my suggestions, I don't go past rancho but still.
    -Slaters 50/50, good burgers plus good tap list
    -Back Abbey, AMAZING burgers plus great Belgian (klokke roeland) tap list
    the closest bottle shops would be
    -Total Wine (Rancho Cucamonga)
    -Party House Liquor (Chino Hills)
    -Bevmo (chino hills)

    ... el cerrito and la bodega are great but even farther out of the way. All the others are probably 20 minutes away (at most) from ONT.
  18. Black_Rider

    Black_Rider Zealot (502) Mar 26, 2013 California
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    Great place. celebrated my 40th there
  19. walterfredo

    walterfredo Aspirant (259) Nov 22, 2011 California
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    I guess the down side to posting a question in an existing thread rather than starting a new one is that people don't take into account the dates of the original posting. Oh well...
  20. Pzellot

    Pzellot Initiate (0) Nov 17, 2012 California

    There is not much going on in Victorville for craft beer, but its been a few years since I have been there. Try going to Oggies Pizza if you are going out for dinner. They have some house beers that are decent considering the area.
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