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Taps: 25 / Bottles: 344
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]
6380 Del Cerro Blvd
phone: (619) 286-0321
Formerly Del Cerro Liquor
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Stopped in here for Russian River and Alpine bottles to bring back to Boston with me. They had neither. I was told that they did have some but it's released during big beer release weekends that weren't happening any time soon. This whole idea irked me but hey, it's theirs to do what they want with it.
Despite not having what I was looking for the place has a massive selection of beer, wine & liquor. Don't get me wrong, the beer selection really is good at this place and I bought a couple of nice bottles but after reading all the reviews mentioning RR I was disappointed.
Also had a cheese plate and a pint out on the patio with the wife. This was a nice touch and it's a very nice option for a liquor store to have. The infused cheeses were ok, the Stone Enjoy By IPA was excellent.
Call ahead if you're hunting for anything specific.
04-27-2013 02:24:50 |
More by bkett01
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
This place is a must stop if you have access to a car in SD. Located a bit up the highway near San Diego State, we stopped in at the beginning of a road trip day during our vacation.
Nice looking place, well laid out, easy to find your way around. The selection was outstanding. We maxed out our beer buying budget with great craft selections. Highlights were the Upright 7 and a whole slot full of Damnation Batch 23 (we bought 6).
Service was very pleasant. Stone was making a delivery while we were there and some of the case boxes were blocking the shelves we were looking to check out. The guy was very quick to move the boxes so we could see everything (and buy more).
Check it out!
04-02-2012 13:46:08 |
More by sholland119
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
After a trip in Palm Springs (the liquor store in nearby La Mesa, not the desert city), I thought I had seen it all. Not so. With an never ending itenarary as I crawled closer back to Orange County, the talk of KnB grabbed my interest.
High ceilings and long, tall aisles make you feel small inside this alcohol heaven. It's clean, reasonably lit without burning your eyes, and rustic. There's a bar in one corner of the store with over 20 different beers on-tap, but I wasn't here to drink. I was here to purchase bottles. Roughly half of the beer in bottles are refrigerated, all tagged with pricetags, and neatly displayed. Friendly employees worked the beer as I looked around.
Brands include but not limited to Dogfish Head, Lost Abbey, Ballast Point, Lightning, Theakston, The Bruery, and surprisingly Jester King. There must be at least 500 lables to choose from.
Quiet location, lots of beer to choose from, draft beer available to drink there, and good looking food served. What's not to like?
01-30-2012 04:45:08 |
More by DoubleJ
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped by during a recent trip to San Diego. This place has a unique blend of liquor/wine store, bottle shop, artisan eatery and draft beer bar. It's mostly a liquor store that specializes in wine but they have one long aisle dedicated to craft bottles. One side is room temp bottles while the other is lined with coolers.
The bottle selection is pretty good with some selections from Avery, Loverbeer, Hangar 24, Russian River, Fantome, Drie Fonteinen, Deschutes, etc. Some really good choices but what puts their selection a notch higher is the twenty or so beers available on draft. Lots of cool SD locals as well as some other cool CA offerings, some east coast stuff, Belgians, etc. Lots of variety and the board is separated into styles. Pliny, Sculpin, Hangar 24, Lost Abbey, Green Flash, Rodenbach, etc.
You can sit at the counter and enjoy your beer but they also provide a small seating area where you can enjoy a beer with your meal. I didn't eat her but they offer gourmet/artisan sandwiches and other foods. Everything sounded great and looked even better.
Another great characteristic of this place is the service. I was offered help while browsing bottles and the one guys even looked in the back for certain beers that I didn't see on the shelf. The guy who poured my beer at the counter and the guy preparing the food were both friendly and knowledgeable, offering lots if advice when they found out that I was from out of town. we talked about all of the local breweries and they gave me some great recommendations. Also, one of them was a home brewer and very knowledgeable about beer. He and I had a lengthy discussion about all things beer.
Overall, this place was a lot of fun. A great combination if bottle shop, eatery and bar. I would have stayed a lot longer but had people waiting for me and didn't want a DUI. If I was a local I would spend a lot of time here. Highly recommended!
01-19-2012 01:39:08 |
More by corby112
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
So just got back from this place today as it seems to be the best rated area near me. And yes...they do have a large beer selection, most that I've come across thus far. Overwhelming, but in a good way. Nice dark place well kept temperature. Aisles and shelving are not too enclosed together where you feel like if you pick up one bottle you might knock everything over.
EDIT - there was a little water puddle in the back that I stepped into, luckily I was not holding any bottles, may have been from someone starring at the Miller High Life 24 packs too long?
They do carry many beers including locals like Alesmith, Ironfist, a mix of Russian River, Port, some Lost Abbey. No Alpine or Ballast point that I saw, however they carried their hard liquors. A LOT of imported beers as well including some Japanese ones.
As for price, they same to be not marked up a dollar or two more like some other places I've been too. The service was great, workers there are not hassling you and are not like "what do you like, you try this? it's on sale, but 3" (most of you would know who and where I'm referring to)
Didn't get to try the food yet, but will as I saw they had many beers on tap I'd would have liked to have.
Overall I'd say I like this store this best, second Palm Spring Liquor, and third the Bottle Shop on Fletcher (keep in mind this is for me who lives in Santee) Would I come back? Definitely.
09-06-2011 03:41:27 |
More by dimce
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
We stopped here only because we were in the area...but boy am i glad we did so!
Atmosphere: basically its a high end wine/liquor/craft beer store with a small bar and outside patio. it is very upscale looking.
Quality/Selection: might have been the best beer store I have ever been to. I groaned a lot as i viewed so many beautiful beers that my wallet could not afford. the tap list was quite impressive. there were a lot of offerings from Firestone, Lost Abbey, Bruery, etc....i was very impressed.
Service: extremely helpful and enthusiastic.
All in all, i just loved this place. if i had the money, this would be my hang out spot. don't get me wrong...the place itself doesn't mark up the beers, but rather they just sell some extremely rare and sought after beers...Fantome...3F....etc..
08-20-2011 22:04:14 |
More by AdamBear
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Very impressed with this place. It took me a while to venture out to check this place out and glad I did. Brought home a nice bottle to cellar and found some nice gems while I was there. They have a long shelf stacked with a wide selection of good craft brews. Cooler is stocked with some rare bottles that you just don't see in some other stores. Check this place out-you will be happy. The girl behind the counter was very nice and helpful. Mentioned their Wednesday happy hour on beers. Will be sure to go back.
08-16-2011 18:42:31 |
More by Armand
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
KnB Wine Cellars is located north of SDSU on the 8 East, off College Avenue. This place is right next to Windmill Farms.
The atmosphere as you walk in is like any normal liquor store until you glance to your right and notice the lounge area and open kitchen area. They have a medium to average selection of beers on tap and have flights available for the undecided....
Their selection of beer is moderate to good, but with bottle prices ranging from mid's to high's I would recommend shopping around..cough, cough, next door, WINDMILL FARMS, for local beers, and holding out for your standard selection of San Diego standards (Balast Point, Pizza Port, Firestone Walker, etc..)
They do have a fair selection of Belgians and one off's but be prepared to pay a premium...$16.99 Supplication..?!
Overall a good selection of beer and the food is ok, just a little high for what you get, be prepared to leave with spending around $20-$30 for a couple beers and a meal.
05-05-2011 03:04:30 |
More by Dankbeers619
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
On a Sunday - Monday period in Mid October, I did a tour of San Diego breweries, brewpubs and beer stores. All the bottle shops I visited received A+ ratings with a significant number of reviews. My goal was primarily Russian River brews (Pliny, Blind Pig, Supplication) and then WC IPA's that I can't get in Ohio (Alpine, Kern River).
The places I visited in order of ranking...
1. 3 Way tie - KnB Wine Cellars, Beverages 4 Less, Best Damn Beer Shop
2. Holiday Wine Cellar
3. Olive Tree Marketplace
4. Pizza Port Bottle Shop
KnB would have probably come in at #1 for me if I would have gone later in the day when they were serving beer. I hit it early in the day on Monday as they were opening. Huge, outstanding collection of beers. Had all the beers I was looking for including Kern River (which I didn't see anywhere else) and DFH Bitches Brew.
10-16-2010 22:50:47 |
More by Yetiman420
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Good selection of local, import and a few hard-to-find beers. Many are in the coolers while even more are on the shelves. This place doubles as a beer/wine/tapas bar. The food was pretty damn good for a while, but has been lacking a bit as of late. Order the sandwiches and you'll be fine.
The place is usually poppin' off for $3 pint nights on Wednesdays, and may be a little hard to find a seat. But the drafts are usually pretty diverse. I have noticed a bit of rotation of the draft beers that sometimes leads to an older IPA being served, hopefully they'll get out of that habit and serve all their IPAs as fresh as possible.
Service is pretty good. Adam and Matty P. are both rather knowledgeable about beer, especially local craft and hard-to-find beers. And the selection is pretty good too. They get their fair share of limited-distribution beers and hard-to-finds, bith on draft and in the bottle. They are also one of the only stores locally that sell Pretty Things and Upright.
Anyways, good food and good service at great prices. The beer selection is good and the managers know their way around a bottle of beer. The prices are a little steeper than some of the other stores, but they have gotten a lot more down-to-Earth in the last couple years.
09-15-2010 04:35:52 |
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K'nB Wine Cellars in San Diego, CA