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3.76/5 rDev -18.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Looks like a regular convenience mart from the outside. Tons of trash in the adjacent empty lot next to it.
Lots of coolers worth of beer, if I recall correctly, all, or a substantial majority of the beer is in the coolers. No help from employees. No offerings of the 'secret' beers.
Selection was decent, saw GI BCS and Mikkeller Brunch Weasel out here, easily the furthest west I've seen that stuff go. Way overpriced though at the same time.
Alpine Nelson I found there was horribly out of date. I find this place to be decent, but overrated on BA.
04-09-2011 22:17:16 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.9/5 rDev -15.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | $$$
I visited Walnut Liquorette after reading reviews here and other sites.
I was disappointed with the selection based on reviews I read. If this place wasn't hyped up then it probably would have been a different experience for me. Virtually all, if not all beers were stored in coolers which is a good thing. They had many common craft beers you would expect from the Los Angeles distribution area. What I didn't see were the more difficult to find shelf beers that I routinely find at my other bottle shops.
The prices were a little higher than other places I shop. Since it's not that close to where I live, I have better selection at bottle shops closer to me, and the prices being higher here means I probably won't be returning.
As disappointed as I was, this is a quality liquor store that is heads and shoulders above your typical liquor stores. It just didn't live up to my expectations, again mainly due to reviews I read beforehand. I will add that I sensed something odd was happening around the time I visited the store, so I may need to re-visit the store again to see if what I experienced was just bad timing.
10-15-2013 07:04:58 | More by mrcraft
3.94/5 rDev -14.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$$
I like coming in here, they usually have beers that would take me a few stops to find. The only problem is they are usually a few dollars more. That is totally fine sometimes when other stores are sold out and they still have them. Got to make a profit when you can. They have an insane amount of fridge doors dedicated to their beers.
I came in once and wanted to get something on a more fancy scale and i had a friend who came in and picked up a kind of rare bottle of beer. I wanted to get that same sort of treatment but no luck. I have been there 4 times and each time the person working there was clueless. The last time I visited the guy was actually rude. I had asked him if they had any goodies for sale in the back and he just said "no, i just work here dont ask me." Told me to call before i come if i wanted to know what they had in the back if the right people where there. Kinda crappy since i drove 20 minutes one way to get some beer from them.
***Just a warning they charge a $1 to use your debit card, and need to have a minimum $15 to use credit.***
EDIT: I have since been able to meet Joe. and this guy is awesome! He knows his beers, and is willing to help you out so long as you arent a vulture who is looking to buy only to resell beers. I have since adjusted my rating upon his willingness to hook me up when I come in.
07-13-2011 02:14:52 | More by GrumpyJunglist
4.1/5 rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$$
I have been dropping into Walnut Liquorette here and there for a while. Joe seems like a nice guy who knows his beers, for sure. My only issue with the place is the consistently rising prices. Since I am a sporadic customer, I could see just how absurd his pricing was. The minute bevmo sold out of a beer, it went up 30%. next time I went by... 60%, Next time double.
The very first time I went in, we talked for a while about how the big stores kill the little guys and the distributors will shut his little store out of good stuff. It made me want to drop in when I can and buy some beers. Recently I dropped by and couldn't help comment on how much he was selling Butte XXIII ($22)and Abyss ($26) for and he just shrugged and said "nobody's got em"
I think that about sums it up. Support local within reason.
12-16-2011 22:17:36 | More by gregmoscetti
4.15/5 rDev -10.2%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Was in town for a wedding recently, and stopped by here based on some recommendations I got on this site. The store is your standard Liquor store, but they do have a tremendous amount of beer. Good beers too. What caught me by surprise was the fact that one whole fridge was dedicated to beers that are either hard or downright impossible to get in California. Not really sure how they pull this off - but all I can think of is that they have some kind of inside trading business going on. Knowing the little that I do about distribution, im pretty sure that they shouldnt be carrying DFH, 3 Floyds, Goose Island, Great Lakes and a few others. Beware though, you will pay handsomely for these beers. I bought a six pack of Alpha King for $14. Yikes!
Nick was very friendly and seemed somewhat knowledgeable about the beers he sells. He told me he was trying to try everything he sells. Good luck to him on that one.
04-17-2007 01:11:31 | More by naven
4.15/5 rDev -10.2%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I finally got to stop by here. This place is in an unassuming strip mall at the end and a little of the main street, behind corner of Pierre and Valley. Make sure you don't go to the liquor store next to the Chevron station. Go behind the Chevron about 40 yards and it's on the right side.
As you walk in, keep walking in a straight line, to the back and you'll be greeted by about 5 or 6 coolers of goodness. The very first cooler has all the great East Coast stuff. I'll list some examples.
60 min IPA
90 min IPA
Raison D'extra (note, not D'etre)
Pride and Joy
*Great Lakes Brewing---
Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
Imperial Brown Goose
XXX Imperial IPA
Yeti Oak Aged Imperial Stout
There's more but i'm getting old and just can't remember.
And some hard to get local favorites
*Port Brewing/Lost Abbey---
Santa's Little Helper
Dry Hopped St Regus Red
I talked beer with the kind lady behind the counter. She got me a box and then out of my way :)
Besides the above, you'll basically find what you need. All the usual suspects are present in addition to their seasonals ie deschutes, alesmith, green flash, fantome, cantillon, rogue, stone, port brewing/lost abbey, russian river, flying dog, unibroue, north coast, lost coast, coronado brewing, duchesse, and many more german, english, belgian, czech and other quality brews. Do yourself a favor and stop here!!!
04-26-2007 21:31:38 | More by SwillinBrew
4.15/5 rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
went to this place when I lived in Southern California. They had a bunch of hard to find stuff like the Jolly Pumpkin/Stone/ Nogne O collaboration beer from Stone that was released a few years earlier. They also had 750ml's of Temptation when everyone else was completely sold out. There were lots of great interesting beers that were tasty. You can find out of date beers here though, so much sure you double check the dates. I really like it for finding older bottles. Service is very good and friendly. Kind of a run down looking place from the outside.
04-23-2011 20:25:41 | More by psiweaver
4.3/5 rDev -6.9%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Wow. Had I known this place was only 15 minutes from my house, I would have been a fan alot earlier. Looks just like your average liquor store until you walk straight into about 7 coolers with top notch brews.
I saw a whole lineup of The Bruery including some of their seasonals and Papier. There was aslo Port, a whole bunch of Alpine, Ballast Point, Lagunitas, Alesmith. I picked up a Pliny the Elder for $4.99.
Also a nice selection of Belgians including St. Bernardus. Many more to list but I got sidetracked by finding Pliny.
I will definately be here more and more. Next time with my credit card.
01-27-2010 22:11:16 | More by snpub540
4.35/5 rDev -5.8%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped by this place for the first time yesterday. It's somewhat off the beaten path, not a place anyone would be passing by unless you lived here or made a special trip just for the beer. Which is exactly why I was here.
From the outside it's just your average neighborhood liquor store. Step inside and head towards the back wall and part of the wall to your right, and you realize it's not. The beer selection takes up a good dozen or more cooler doors, and it's dedicated almost entirely to the good stuff.
I won't go into detail of all the various beers they carry, mainly because my memory isn't that good. Let's just say they had an extremely nice selection of both domestic and import craft beers. Prices were reasonable.
If you're anywhere in the area you certainly should stop by here. It's only about 10 minutes south of Lone Hill Liquors and the selection easily rivals if not surpasses that store's. Highly recommended.
01-27-2010 01:34:39 | More by JBogan
4.39/5 rDev -5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$$
I have been visiting (and patronizing) Walnut Liquorette for the past couple years and have been consistently impressed by the quality and selection.
From the outside (and, frankly, from the inside) it looks like a fairly standard, albeit a bit dingy, liquor store. The beer, however, is all very well displayed and most importantly, is all in coolers in the back.
Selection is about as good as you can ask for. Not only are the standards there (Stone, Russian River, Lost Abbey, et al.), but if you're looking for something special, theres a good possibility that Joe has it hiding in the back.
Speaking of Joe: he's awesome. Always ready to talk beer, sports or whatever. He'll answer any questions you have and will gladly make suggestions.
One one pretty big criticism is the skyrocketing prices of some beers. It's been fairly well established that the prices here are a couple dollars more than other stores, which I'm ok with. You pay for quality. But I take issue with charging $40 for Old Stock Cellar Reserve, $28 for Abyss and overall outrageous prices on other "rarer" brews. It makes it prohibitively expensive to pick these up. I will say, however, that this is more the exception and not the rule to most of the prices.
Overall, I'd say that Walnut Liquorette is one of, if not the best choices to find a consistently excellent selection of beer in the North OC/East LA area. Just check the prices before you buy!
01-19-2012 23:11:19 | More by Barchetta21
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Walnut Liquorette in Walnut, CA
100 out of 100 based on 47 user ratings.