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945 Carlsbad Village Dr
phone: (760) 729-1836
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quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
I popped in here once before, but a recent visit to the Pizza Port at Carlsbad to meet up with fellow BAs Xlperro, RoyalT and a fleeting visit of AkaBeerNinja, gave me the opportunity to revisit here as I had arrived early and had some time on my hands.
From the outside it looks like a standard 7-11, or any other small store. Inside, it is basically one large long thin room with the Counter near the door. There are rows of Coolers on the left land side and back wall. A center isle contains beers, and the right hand wall contains shelves full of Wines, Spirits, Liquors and Whiskys, etc.
The beer selection is not the focus of this Store, but it does have a rather good selection for a small Liquor Store. BAs from Out of Town that visit the Pizza-Port will be very happy with the Southern Californian offerings from Stone, Alesmith and Bear Republic. Other US micros are on offer, along with their macro counterparts. In addition, it has a reasonable selection of Belgium beers, some in 75cl bottles. Small smatterings of weird beers from other countries, such as Carnegie Porter from Sweden, make up the selection. I stocked up on a few Ruination IPAs and a couple of Alesmiths.
The prices are reasonable and the service is friendly and amiable, ask if you have any questions, they have all the answers!
If you get to the Pizza Port in Carlsbad and do not fancy traveling too far to stock up with a few beers, turn right out the Pub and head about 3 or 4 blocks towards the I-5, and its on your right hand side. If you are staying at the Motel6, as most BAs do when attending the Beer Festivals at Pizza Port, its right opposite the Motel6 on the other side of the road in a small Shopping Mall complex.
10-05-2003 02:09:45 |
More by TheLongBeachBum
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
A collegue told me about this place a while back, but since I don't normally travel around Carlsbad, earlier today was my first real chance to give Texas Liquor a try.
Located off the I-5 in a small shopping center anchored by an Albertson's, Texas Liquor can hold its own with its selection of beer. There's a long shelf that runs in the middle of the store that seperates the wine and spriits from the beer. Beer is located on the left side as you walk in, half of it refrigerated, half sitting at room temp. Bottles are tagged with pricetags, which leaves out a lot of guesswork that I hate to do for myself. Two store clerks waited at the register as I looked through the generous selection: Kiuchi, Avery, Ballast Point, Gouden Carolus, Duvel Tripel Hop, Samuel Smith's, Fruli, Old Dubh 40, Alpine (no IPA's though!), and lots more. Most of the items I found to be a little more expensive than what I would normally find.
The hours at the nearby Pizza Port Bottle Shop are whacky, so at the very least (no disrespect) you could use Texas Liquor as a backup plan when you are craving to take home beer. Still, this is a very respectable store to drop by.
06-24-2011 02:07:14 |
More by DoubleJ
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
underated bottle store. Great selection of the locals, displaying their complete available product lines, and harder to get Califormia beers. Plus a very good Belgian selection. Priced at the going rate, with hours much more convenient than the Pizza Port bottle shop. Head here earlier in the day for the main stock, have some beer at the Pizza plant, and then hit the Pizza Plant bottle shop. Not much in service, just a lot of choice. An unusual discount if buy 6 or 12 but they take care of it at the cash.
01-18-2012 13:29:39 |
More by Sammy
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3
Right up the street from the Pizza Port in Carlsbad, this small store is ideally located near the freeway and has a good amount of off-street parking. Though the beer selection is moderately OK it is not nearly so good as some of the nearby BevMos and large box locations. The bulk of beers here are kept cooled so that is a real plus in its favor, but the selection remains fairly limited. Decent pricing and helpful enough service make this a decent, if not superior, stop.
The supply of beer does show effort at quality as the bulk of Southern California brews are represented. Limited numbers of import and non-import brands noted.
12-12-2003 04:28:42 |
More by AtLagerHeads
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Got off at Carlsbad Village Drive and drove only about a block or two, stopped here for one reason alone yesterday and that was the fact that they had Black Butte XX and 20th Anniversary Wit from Deschutes, could not find this stuff anywhere and was relieved to finally see some when I walked into this place, they had it in fridges and advertised out on the floor, location was literally right down the street from Pizza Port Carlsbad, huge selection but not really compared to the bottle shop or Holiday, still a nice surprise, spent twenty dollars on some change on those two bottles, this place had a lot of beer and mostly everything from down south in that area, even some older Lost Abbey beers, newer Belgians that recently made it into the United States, all the Bruery's bottles, Stone, Green Flash, Alesmith including the past two years of Decadence, Coronado, Lightning, Russian River, Firestone, Alpine, etc., place looked like a pretty standard liquor store with the cash register at the front, it was very clean which is expected more so in this area, lots of beer and I cannot emphasize that enough because i did not expect to see such a gigantic selection, will be stopping here from now on, especially when I go to Pizza Port, guy at the front was pretty cool and did not say much but friendly at the same time, a little expensive but worth it with the variety and rarity of some of the beers they are carrying
07-22-2008 06:16:14 |
More by Floydster
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Great location down the road from Carlsbad Port Pizza place. Good but not great selection, on the pricey side a little, and some of my beers that aren't supposed to have floaties in them have floaties. Grrrr.
Pleasant service overall, and parking wasn't a problem. They were actually open during the day, unlike the "bottle shop" adjacent to the Port Pizza.
Not all of the stock is necessarily on the shelf or refrigerator, so ask if there's more in the back. Also I'd refrain from purchasing the ones up at the register counter getting all of the outside light.
04-02-2010 03:20:06 |
More by yemenmocha
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Very nice beer place. The selection is extensive, with a quite complete local lineup, good regional offering and a scattering of national standouts, including Dogfish Head and Victory from the East Coast. The store devoted as much as half its shelf space to beer, with a long series of cold coolers on one side and room-temperature shelves on the other. Nice balance between bombers and sixpacks. Prices seem reasonable for the area and the wine and liquor selection, to the extent I studied it, seemed pretty good. A must stop if you are in town.
02-15-2012 04:52:43 |
More by Seanibus
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Visited 8.11.11 while sourcing beers for weekend tasting.
Located a few blocks from Pizza Port San Clemente in a parking lot shared with a grocery store, Texas Liquor offers what they claim to be the best craft beer selection in San Diego County. While that may be debatable, they certainly have a top notch selection, my guess is about 500 beers.
The help was pretty tied to the lone cash register, so I was left on my own to roam the narrow aisles looking for goodies. About half their craft offerings where refrigerated, with a significant amount on tall shelves opposite the cold box. While I struck out on my intended goal (Ballast Point Sculpin, evidently there was a distribution 'issue) I was able to score a bottle of Alpine Exponential Hoppiness, which while on the tres spendy side was a very pleasant surprise.
Given the funky hours of the Pizza Port Bottle Shop, the (still) closed South Bay Liquor, this is the best alternative in north county, though you should expect to spend 15-20% more than you would at Total Wines and More. However, the allure of Alpine products, more than makes up for the rather pricey offerings. Worth a stop, but after being spoiled by Beervana's bottle shops, no world beater.
08-21-2011 21:19:39 |
More by jdense
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