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Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 23
4.08/5 rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
My last stop of my day in Long Beach brought me to this small liquor store/market surprisingly near my in-laws. The outside looks a bit dumpy but inside there are neat rows of liquor, wine, and beer. Most of the beer is out on the shelf but there are a good number of coolers stocked full of great beer as well. This place has a really good selection of beers from around the world including some beers I have never seen anywhere else before. They also have a section of the store with singles so you can build your own 6 pack if that's your think. Service was good with the cashier coming over to talk to me for a few minutes. Prices were a bit higher than other places but I gladly paid them for some beers I found that I had been looking for forever. I recommend this place if you are in the area and are on the hunt for harder to find beers.
04-03-2012 02:29:58 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.8/5 rDev -15.6%
quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | $$
Stopped by this place without knowing it had a good beer list. Everything is kept refridgerated in the back as well.
Raz is an up and coming beer manager. His selection is small but it is all quality. He is really looking to help out is customers and if there is something you want ask him, and he'll buy a case of it. I asked about some Cantillon and he called up his rep immediately and tried to order some for the next delivery. Strong selection of california beer here as well as belgian beers.
12-29-2010 22:22:45 | More by drewmprs
4.7/5 rDev +4.4%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I'm really glad I checked out the directory before heading to Long Beach for New Year's weekend. My uncle and I went to this store twice. Once to stock the fridge for the weekend, the other for our Rose Bowl tailgate. I was surprised to find this place was only a few blocks from where I was staying. We were lucky. Prices were fair, selection was overwhelming, and all IPAs and short-shelf life beers held up well. The PtE and Blind Pig I got was less than three weeks old.
Quality: Great, fresh beer. It had more than I could've possibly been able to try on my trip.
Service: Very nice folks who seemed to have a great report with the neighbors and varying customers. They gladly answered questions and helped me navigate the selection.
Selection: Great amount of CA beers that I can't get on the East Coast (Russian River, Drakes, Firestone Walker). They did have very fresh selections of hard to find brews, but you have to ask the employees for certain beers kept in back.
This will be my continued shop of choice when staying in Long Beach in the future. Great, small, local shop with a selection that challenges the big stores like Whole Foods and BevMo.
01-12-2011 22:32:07 | More by soze47
4.64/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Hit this spot on my little Long Beach beer-buying excursion today. I hit it up right after Stearns Liquor, so it had some big shoes to fill, but it didn't disappoint. All of the CA regulars were well-represented and there were a few highlights (Marron Acidifie, Uinta Crooked Line Series, Black Betty). More than adequate for a neighborhood liquor store, I would definitely say it was worth the 25 minute drive (which is pretty short by LA standards-thanks Mothers' Day!). While the owner didn't necessarily seem like a BA, he was helpful and asked what I thought of the selection and if there were any good beers I thought he should carry. Short of being a BA themselves, it's hard to ask anything more of a store owner. Pleased that I stopped by and would come by again if in the area.
05-08-2011 23:55:33 | More by jmgrub
4.3/5 rDev -4.4%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A small market that appears to have once been a small 1000sq ft home that's been converted to a neighborhood mini-market.
VERY Good selection of quality beers in all sizes and shapes. I could spend and hour plus just window shopping. Beer kept in a refridgerated section as well as a shelf full of many craft brews and imports...Very nice! I'll be a regular here for awhile!
Take a moment to talk beer with these people. Best way to find out what new brews are coming in and more! Worth the time and effort. They'll do special orders or breweries they stock as well.
Prices reasonable. I've also shopped at the wine country over on Redondo where brews are not refridgerated, and are comparably priced.
Southeast corner of Bixby and Orange. Ample parking behind store on Bixby. They also specialize in cigars for those who are interested.
10-11-2010 21:33:38 | More by fourplayed
3.35/5 rDev -25.6%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
I drove by this place probably 50 times after starting a new job near by and it's on my to and from home. I never noticed it as it appears to be just a ghetto, smelly, ugly, dirty liquor store. Then one day I was stopped at the traffic-signal outside of the store and noticed a small sign with a pink elephant on it! Needless to say I pulled out my smart phone and looked up the store on BA at once. All of the stellar reviews helped me to decided to stop by the next day on my way home from work. And what did I find when I walked in? A ghetto, smelly, ugly, dirty liquor store...with a decent selection of craft and exotic beer. No one said hi to me, the place smells like the stuffy incense burning typical liquor store, and they had Delirium right next to the Steele Reserve. They had a lot to choose from, some hard to find stuff, but it was pricey. Lots of stuff I can find at my local Bev-mo for 20% cheaper. One of the beers I bought (a single 12oz bottle for 9.99) was rotten when I opened it up at home, caked up, chunky sediment floating around, no carbonation to speak of, etc.
An okay place that I still will stop at, but only because it's so convenient. Otherwise I'd just as soon hit up Wine Country or my local Bev-Mo.
Don't avoid, but don't go out of your way.
07-28-2011 16:40:07 | More by bierkoning
4.65/5 rDev +3.3%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Fairly new to the beer craft scene but happy I just found this place so close to my work. I will echo what others have said. A fairly good selection of craft brews. I believe there were three full coolers of single craft bottles, as well as at least two more of six- and 12- packs (of craft and some macro breweries). Also several shelves that are not refrigerated with even more selection. Overall a very good amount for such a small place. It is obvious the owner is really trying to focus on crafts.
Speaking of the owner, he was on the phone for the first few minutes when I walked in and as soon as he got off he apologized for being on the phone and spent the next 15 minutes or so helping me with suggestions and asking me what I liked and what I was looking for. He definitely seemed to know his stuff and was very helpful and made some good suggestions.
Overall I was very pleased. I will definitely be coming back. It's nice to find a seemingly typical corner liquor store with this kind of focus and I feel good that my money is going to someone involved in the hobby and not to a bunch of guys in expensive suits making decisions in a huge meeting room.
09-28-2010 16:48:48 | More by romwarrior
3.6/5 rDev -20%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
BA helped me find this place a couple months ago and I had to stop by again last week.
First time I went I was able to secure beers that weren't that easy to find, (most of which aren't available where I live) some Lost Abbey/Port offerings that I'd been dying to try. I was even able to score a Pliny which was pretty cool.
Second time around I ended only getting a few brews two of which were Pliny and Blind Pig (sadly the Blind Pig was 2+ months old).
Overall, not a bad place to go if you are ever in the area. Please do keep in mind this place is tucked into a corner in a mostly residential area, don't blink or you'll miss it. A bit pricey, as some of their stuff is marked up a bit, but, not a bad little place with the most unexpected beer selection.
08-25-2011 19:42:00 | More by MarkVegas
4.65/5 rDev +3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
Came across CA Heights Market on recommendation of a co-worker. I love this place! I stop in about once a week to browse and look for some new tasty brews. I would stop in more often if it was closer to my house... or work, it is closer to work than home, but I do make that effort to stop in... it's worth it!
They have the best selection, by far, of craft and import beers I have seen in one place. I can not stress enough to go in and talk to the cashier, which is usually the Owner... and he knows his beers. And he is proud of what he carries. I told him about some brews I enjoy and he gave out some excellent recommendations.
05-25-2012 03:36:37 | More by Diesel76
4.15/5 rDev -7.8%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is a relatively new beer destination. The owner is really making it a premier stop to pick up great craft beer. He has all of the big players Sierra Nevada, Stone, Deschutes as well as a great selection of hard to fing craft beer. His selection of European beers is also quite extensive, with a good selection of Belgian beer to anchor them. He will also take requests to get you what you would like.
His pricing is quite reasonable. Definitely cheaper than Bevmo.
I would definitely recommend that you stop by and support this shop. He is working hard to make a great craft beer selection.
08-07-2009 21:44:48 | More by Jajoro67
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California Heights Market in Long Beach, CA
97 out of 100 based on 23 user ratings.