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945 Carlsbad Village Dr
phone: (760) 729-1836
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 35 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
An utterly fantastic alternative to suffering the overcrowded, often understocked bottle shop at Pizza Port a few blocks down. The owner is friendly and seems to live for this moderate obsession. I asked him about Fantome and how hard it is to find the classic Saison of theirs these days and within seconds he was on the phone with the distributor to see what's up. (This was my first time at his shop.)
His prices are NOT exorbitant in the least (about the same as BevMo) and the atmosphere is relaxed and chill. He'll leave you alone to browse or let you know what's he's got in so new it's barely on the shelves. The selection is out of this galaxy as well.
This is easily my favorite bottle shop in San Diego County. Hit it up next time you're in the area. You won't leave empty handed, I guarantee it.
06-10-2011 05:29:42 |
More by bohemiandonut
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Came across this place by accident, when leaving the Pizza Port bottle shop. Didn't look like much on the outside, but what is inside, is golden. Unique set up, some stuff is in coolers, some on the floor, some in this giant wooden display thing.
Quality of the beers on hand is very good. In fact, I picked up more bottles here than I did at the PP shop. Alesmith, DFH, Port, Alpine, Stone, Ballast point, RR, basically all the Socal stuff is here.
Definitely pricey, but worth it on some of the bottles, definitely found lots of stuff here I couldn't down the street. I really only went in here for a bottle of water, don't let the outside of the joint fool you, there is some good shit inside, even if the help don't know much about beer.
05-06-2011 21:01:53 |
More by Beerandraiderfan
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I can't get over the fact that Texas Liquor and Royal Palms had the same scores prior to me reviewing them. They're not even on the same level in my opinion. Maybe I'm missing something...
Texas Liquor has a very large and quality selection, chock full of DIPAs, barleywines, imperial stouts, barrel-aged specialties, and even a few sours. I spotted limited-release ales from Full Sail, Great Divide, Firestone, Russian River, Rogue, Flying Dog, and a host of other American craft breweries. Texas Liquor also boasts nice collections from Mikkeller, Kiuchi, and other non-American breweries. Although the selection may not rival the best beer stores in the greater San Diego area, it's certainly right up there with Pizza Port Bottle Shop.
I can't speak much about the customer service, as I only briefly spoke to the cashier. However, it's worth noting that Texas Liquor posts Beer Advocate scores under som of their staple offerings. They also cater to beer snobs by offering discounts on multiple individual bottle purchases: "buy six bottles, get one for $0.05"; "buy ten bottles, get two for $0.10." I like that!
About half of the beer selection is kept in wall coolers, while the offer half sits on shelves across the aisle. All of the beer is protected from direct sunlight.
With decent (a touch high) prices and a tremendous selection, this is a must-visit... after Pizza Port of course.
03-30-2011 19:15:52 |
More by ThreeWiseMen
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Picked up some 2009 Older Viscosity and a few quads both foreign and local. Was looking for some Lost Abbey Angel's Share but they appeared to be out. Got to the register and there was a lonely bottle of it on the counter display. Asked the older gentleman at the register, he dinged the stocker, and out of a box came a few more bottles fresh from the back.
Don't know if they were holding it back or not (seems like they'd leave it off the counter if that were the case?), but it was nice to leave with one of the things I had on my shopping list.
As for the price, I did a lot of bottle-turning to do some comps with other places in the area (Bev4Less, Bevmo) and found that for every bottle which had a high price, there was another which seemed to be a great deal. For what I purchased, yes, it was pricey, but had I been in the mood for some Sculpin, GDBC Yeti, or Consecration for example, I would have felt I was stealing.
Layout is simple - beer on the left, wine on the right. If I go in there enough I know I'll eventually swing an elbow and end up buying a shelf of broken glass, but that's my problem. :)
01-28-2011 03:30:12 |
More by wattershed
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A great selection of local stuff, so if you're from the area I'm sure it's nothing too special. However, if you're from out of the region, they have all the beers you've ever heard about. It's really a great selection of choices from the west coat. They had a lot of seasonal and quasi-lmited stuff (Angles Share, Black Butte XXI, Bruery seasonals etc), but not a place I'd go to look for 'whales'. Exactly what I was looking for and right across the street from my hotel.
Staff didn't know anything about their selection or more than was on the bottle. You're on your own if you enter, but do enter.
09-24-2010 17:44:15 |
More by gwguest
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Texas Liquor has the 2nd best selection in North County Coastal area. It is open during the day, which the PP bottle shop is not. The selection is good, and the prices are very reasonable. This is especially true if you buy a decent amount of beer. As we all know, craft beers aren't ever the cheapest. Texas usually has deals posted that give you discounts on your 7th 22oz bomber or your 11th & 12th 22oz bomber. If you're resourceful, you can put together a nice craft brew package. The service is available, but not overly insightful. There is always plenty of parking since it is adjacent to the Albertsons. I always recommend stopping in on your way to PP, especially if you're buying more than just a few bottles.
05-03-2010 23:00:49 |
More by i630
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Great location down the road from Carlsbad Port Pizza place. Good but not great selection, on the pricey side a little, and some of my beers that aren't supposed to have floaties in them have floaties. Grrrr.
Pleasant service overall, and parking wasn't a problem. They were actually open during the day, unlike the "bottle shop" adjacent to the Port Pizza.
Not all of the stock is necessarily on the shelf or refrigerator, so ask if there's more in the back. Also I'd refrain from purchasing the ones up at the register counter getting all of the outside light.
04-02-2010 03:20:06 |
More by yemenmocha
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Having seen the big sign on the wall, "BEST BEER SELECTION IN SAN DIEGO", I had to stop and check things out. The bottle shop was a bit empty too, so I would have been leaving Carlsbad empty handed.
I first noticed the stocked cooler of Scuplin, (which was nowhere to be found at the bottle shop). Then I noticed the buy 5 get one for a nickel, and the buy ten get two for a nickel. They had this sign in every door except where the Sculpin and others were so I figured I was outta luck. I asked, and he confirmed that all the singles were on that deal.
Their prices seemed reasonable to me too, unlike the earlier review from a couple years ago. The sculpin was $7.99 a bottle, which is the same price down at BP I believe. I also got a bottle of Victory at Sea (which I had earlier on draft at Stone) for $7.99, and a Sea Monster as well for the same price.
All said and done, I got 8 sculpin, the sea monster, victory at sea, and two other IPA's, one from Shipyard, and one from Oggi's for $86 with tax and CRV. Right around seven dollars a bottle for all those seemed like a great deal considering what I would normally pay for them.
02-17-2010 06:18:19 |
More by schuey1010
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
visited on 23 Jan 10:
Stopped by today to poke around. As a side note, they've got a broad selection liquor.
On-topic, I was impressed with their selection. Lots of Belgians, plenty of crafts. Six packs as well as singles; however, a definite problem is that the singles are all larger bottles. So, if I wanted to mix-and-match some 12oz, I'm not sure if that's doable. They did have several beers that I haven't seen around, and I grabbed a Stone Bitter Chocolate and a Ballast Point Victory at Sea.
As others have noted, their prices are a bit high. A good reference point for me is Old Rasputin XII, which I usually see for 20 or maybe 22. They had it priced at 24. So, it's not outrageous, but it does cost more. Final assessment: A good place to go if Port's Bottle Shop isn't open and I'm pressed for time.
01-24-2010 04:37:47 |
More by ocmpoma
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I work up here a few days a week in Carlsbad, and stopped by here on my lunch break. The element of surprise was definitely in effect, and I was pretty excited to see the rare beers they stock. Lots of Allagash, La Chouffe, Deschutes, Stone, some Russian River (Consecration, Temptation, Pliny/Blind Pig) good Belgians, large six pack selection, and really just a lot of harder-to-find brews all really nicely shelved and stocked.
My excitement was a bit curtailed, however, by the prices. I don't have a ton of money to spend, so I only buy a bottle or two of nice stuff at a time, and their single-bottle prices are steep. Chimay Blue, which is a nice bench-mark beer, is 14 bucks, whereas it's 11 in many other places in San Diego. Pliny and Blind Pig are 7 a bottle as well, which is more than most anywhere else.
Their saving grace may be their buy 5, get the 6th for a nickel, or buy 10 and get 2 for a nickel a piece, which ain't half bad, IF YOU HAVE IT.
I will be stopping by here again to pick some stuff up, just since it saves me the drive. I will probably only do so when I am buying in bulk, however. Still, quite a cool find and worth checking out for a big haul.
09-09-2009 02:11:59 |
More by nomomentwasted
Texas Liquor in Carlsbad, CA
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