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$$ - reasonable
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2229 E Coast Highway
Corona Del Mar
phone: (949) 673-0916
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Korker is in the advantageous position of being in a favorable location (not only is it on the corner of two major streets, PCH and MacArthur/Avocado, but is also the best bottle shop within a 5-10 mile radius); stocking a healthy selection of one-off, seasonal, and hard-to-find craft beers; and, best of all, catering to customers with top-notch service.
For the CdM and points south crowd, Korker is a conveniently located bodega for quality craft beer. With an evolving selection that seems to get better with each stop in, Korker has the potential to become a destination bottle shop, à la Hi-Times or Provisions.
Indeed, Korker's procurement of such rarities as Deschutes Reserve Series beers, elements of the Firestone Walker Proprietors' Reserve Series lineup, the occasional Sculpin shipment, and local specialties such as Knuckle Sandwich make this bottle shop a worthy addition to any craft beer enthusiast's shopping route. While Korker's inventory of these specialties is to be admired, one opportunity for improvement can be seen in the freshness category. With an impressive selection of IPA's, Korker can realize a substantial improvement in quality and freshness by keeping an eye on the shelf-life of their hoppier offerings and rotating out older, hop-centric beers that are no longer at their prime. Perhaps a more limited quantity of IPA's could help keep the stock fresh while Korker increases its craft beer customer base.
As mentioned above, Korker stands out as a beacon of customer service. The ownership takes pride in their establishment and is bent on constant improvement in its craft beer selection. Taking the time to get to know their customer base, Korker's ownership keeps you updated on new arrivals and upcoming specialties and takes note of beers that their customers would like to see on Korker's shelves. A neighborhood feel at a bottle shop is certainly a welcomed extra and keeps me coming back to Korker.
11-26-2011 18:47:32 |
More by RaulMatisse
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Since when did Korker expand their craft beer section? What was nothing more than an "ordinary" beer store 15 months ago has become a reasonable spot to buy liquid bread with alcohol and hops. In the chic neighborhood known as Corona del Mar where wine is the bigger talk, it's good to see a bottle shop stepping up to appease the beer guru.
Korker is not a mere hole in the wall; on the roomier side of things. Much of the beers are refrigerated, with a small section of "limited beer" at room temparture to the left of checkout. Much of the beers have correlating price stickers (a good chunk a dollar more than "normal"), which takes much of the guesswork out. I did see a few beers out of date by several months. The checkout guy was willing to converse in beerinese and talk about personal preferences and make recommendations.
Lots of Stone beer on display, including 2010 and 2011 releases of Double Bastard. Other brands include Tripel Karmeliet, Port Brewing, Franizkaner, Dogfish Head, Rogue, Maui, Firestone, Victory. Also The Stoic, Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Ale, Lagunitas Doppel Wiezen in the "special release" section.
On this side of Newport Bay, this is place to go for bottles.
11-08-2011 07:09:43 |
More by DoubleJ
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Korker Liquors is a liquor store that specializes in wine but has recently expanded to craft beers. The guy that runs the place is really friendly and while he's not a beer guru, he's always interested in getting feedback and learning what customers are looking for. On a recent visit I noticed a number of bottles from Dogfish Head, Stone and St. Bernardus, but also some harder to find stuff such as Sculpin. The location on PCH is a big plus for me as it is close to work and there aren't any other spots nearby that you can get craft beer in bottles (although some good spots to get drink craft beer: Crow Bar, Side Door). Overall this is a great place to get your regular release craft brews from and hopefully in the future they will carry some limited release bottles as well.
07-10-2011 03:02:38 |
More by armenk
Korker Liquors in Corona Del Mar, CA