Taps: 7 / Bottles: 150
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Ratings: 57 | Reviews: 57
4.55/5 rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
Let's be clear from the start, most serious beer drinkers who are going to try Stuffed Sandwich for the first time have read about it. Please, go with the proper expectations and your experience will not only be good, it will be great!
Small, insignificant and unimpressive place in the middle of nowhere. Fine-now you know..get over it and be ready to enjoy a new experience with some beers you may never be able to get or try again. You may also learn something.
Food - I'm a food guy. I eat at "nice" places at least a few times a week. I belong to wine and food groups and I'm a food snob. So, having said that, I can still enjoy a huge, regular and tasty sandwich! Gourmet? No; Quirky California cusisine? No; Elegant? No; shiek and trendy? No! A nice size sandwich with quality ingrediants that just plain tastes good? Yep!
There is a wonderful selection of good old fashioned sandwiches on rolls and there is something for everyone. I go with lots of friends, we order a bunch of different sandwiches and share. Ribs are not gourmet but they, too, are simple but tasty. Want something that's acceptable to all, order an Italian sub-you won't be sorry-basic and just what you expect. Want something a bit out of the ordinary and really good? Try the spagetti sandwich-we thought it was crazy the first time we ordered it. Now, we get one every time.
Glasses - bring your own! Period. (Or, you can buy one from Sam and Marlene. They usually have at least one on sale for about $2 if you don't want to splurge on one of the more expensive $5 glasses. Bring your own - they don't care.
BEER! Ok, this is what it's all about. Yes, you have to order food first. So, now you know it. Get over it. Order the food and then go pick out a beer (or more!) from one of the greatest selections in the city....period.
Now, you want the secret? Try to order from and befriend Marlene! Marlene is Sam's wife and one of the nicest people on the planet. She will help "soften the journey" of dealing with Sam. It's worth it. I've tried beer that I could never find elsewhere; and, I've tried older beers that were remarkable, educational and nowhere else available. And, I did it all nicely, calmly and enjoyably by simply working first with Marlene before I ever engaged Sam.
A word about Sam. Yes; he's idiocyncratic. It's his personality (and, let's face it...it's also his place!) I've seen him ignore someone only once and that was when someone walked in and tried to order a Miller Lite. True story. Otherwise, I really do believe that he wants to help you have the best beer experience that you can have. The guy definitely has strong opinions, but who among this group doesn't??
I find that polite deference works well. A well placed comment that shows some knowledge; a decent question that's genuine, etc. all seem to help make dealing with Sam perfectly fine. And, the truth of it is, I have found that the more he likes you the more he may "bust your chops."
Now you know...go enjoy. I go with 10-20 friends every few months and we have a ball. It's one of the few places where all of the wives and girlfriends also like to hang out.
Just my opinion. I like it.
05-24-2009 22:00:18 | More by GRG1313
4.1/5 rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I've lived just up the street from this place for years and haven't paid it any mind until I started getting into craft beer.
Probably the best selection of beer within 50 miles, their standard beer list is huge and their warehouse abounds with hard to get beers as well as vintage varieties from notable breweries.
There is no bar to speak of, more of a counter with 5-6 taps and a vast clear fridge of beers behind it. The owner or his wife will dispense whatever you ask for, but you must be clear. If you ask for "a good beer", the owner (Sam) will go into interrogation mode and give you what ever he thinks you will like. Also if you walk in and ask for a Stone Ruination, but look like you've never had an IPA in your life, Sam will pick up on it and suggest something else. If you don't like drinking out of a paper cup, bring your own pint glass, or buy one from their huge selection of glassware
The Sandwiches are great and makes this place worth a visit even if there was no beer to be had. My biggest warning is for the Polish Sausage, if you don't like spicy (and I mean spicy) don't even think about it. Even for a spicy fanatic like me it feels like a punch in the mouth, 30 minute later a punch in the gut, and a few hours later a kick in the ass with a red hot steel toe. Still, it's a damn good sandwich.
Part of their license dictates that you MUST buy food first, but once you've done that, you are free and clear to buy as much beer as you want to either drink on premises or take home with you.
Overall, it's a great place for lunch and a beer the service can get rather slow during peak times, but as long as you're patient they'll get to you.
03-26-2009 23:23:42 | More by Needsbeer
2.42/5 rDev -43.5%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | $$$$
Listen Folks,I went to this place from Venice Beach,CA about 45min-1hr drive,I was ecxited to buy some Vintage Bigfoots or whatever old barleywines in stock.I walk in,see a line for food,and a line for beer,so i get in the long line for beer,So i see the Bigfoot 6pk $28 line ups from 1998+,but there were a few i couldnt really see the dates on,So im next in line'keep in mind im new to this place and waited 15-20min.Now my turn and the Owner of all people is serving and he says"Did you order food?"i reply no,He Says"Order Food then well talk about beer!then he says "next in line" He totally ignores me and helps the next person,So i was gonna buy food, then i say to myself "F this place im outta here! That owner is a jerk and for him to treat customers like that is Wrong.
He also Boasts about being a beer nazi with a hand made poster as soon as you Enter.Dont waste
your time use Bottletrek or liquidsolutions
03-23-2009 13:46:53 | More by barleywineman
3.53/5 rDev -17.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
This is just a sandwich shop with a beer nazi. The beer selection is very impressive but so is the selection in my DBF (dedicated beer fridge).
I like sampling different beers and if bottles are all that's available so be it but, come on.
If I ask for a Rochefort 10 and its available give me the damn beer. I don't need some self proclaimed beer expert telling me that "I" do not really want that beer and just arbitrarily open a different beer and hand it to me like I want to pay for his opinion. And, to add insult to bad beer choice injury, Sam got upset that I did not want to drink or pay for what he opened without me asking. He was pissed to the point that when I went back to the counter he would not help me.
It's a place to go to once to say you've been there but that's enough.
12-15-2008 05:03:24 | More by dalion037
3.4/5 rDev -20.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$
I have to say this is not a place I would like to hang out at. The beer knowledge/quality/selection may be good, but the place is not very good at all. It seemed dirty, you'd never want to sit outside, and/or just hang out.
I'm a bit biased having lived in Portland Or and frequented many great beer establishments that served great beer and were fun to hang out in. I thought the fact that you have to bring your own glass otherwise you get do drink out of plastic cup to be pretty shady and low-quality.
Plus, i never really got straight answer on how much things cost, which is very frustrating. I don't think it is worth more than a 15 minute drive, especially when you can get a huge selection of beer at BevMo or a place like wholefoods when it comes to bottle beers. There weren't that many on tap when I was there and isn't that what you go out for? - To get great beer on tap and enjoy hanging out at the place? If you go, bring a lot of friends to distract you from the actual place.
12-01-2008 22:51:53 | More by nathanm
4.75/5 rDev +11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Headed to Bevmo! before an early arrival last Saturday for glassware and a day at the SS. Turned out to not really be necessary as they sold glassware there, and it was cheap enough. Managed to sneak in early, 10:30 Saturday morning and didn't leave until about 6pm. A long day and time well spent getting to know Sam and Marlene. Both compliment each other, she was super nice and well informed on the brews, and he never hesitated to talk some shit. Good thing for him I can dish it back. Had easily the best selection I've probably seen in LA. Lots of Belgians, Germans, and West coasts. Negatives for me were the lack of a bar (felt really weird chilling by myself at the tables all day while families wondered in and left.) and that at least half of the selection were 750's. Really sucked when I wanted to try mostly new stuff but had to restrict myself to 12-11 oz bottles. Prices, sweet, this place falls somewhere between beer shop and bar, where the prices aren't nearly as high as a bar's typical double markup, but just a few bucks more. I left drinking 8 brews, two sandwiches and a hundred buck tab. Last brew was probably the most unusual, an aged Barley wine from Utah that Sam brought me. Cool. Beware of the polish sausage sandwich... I was tasting it two and three times over. ouch.
08-13-2008 20:31:51 | More by ballewblake
4.9/5 rDev +14.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $
Well, I was in town for Memorial Day weekend visiting my dad and I had a bunch of free time on Friday before the weekend so I decided I would do a mini beer tour of LA. I went to a couple of stores and got some good stuff but then I decided to go over to Stuffed Sandwich. I had read about it here and other places and it sounded like the place to be for good beer in LA.
I walked into the Stuffed Sandwich which is located in a small little strip center and was immediately awe struck by the coolers. There is almost anything you could think of in there from the west coast and more. Not even to mention the cellar down below. You have to order food before buying any beer so I ordered a beef dip which was really big, good and filling and after bantering with Sam for a while I settled on an 05 Stone IRS. He went down into the cellar and grabbed it for me and then threw it in the freezer to chill it down. The only downfall with the serving was the little dixie cups but the beer more than made up for it and next time I will definitely remember to bring my own glassware.
After eating I sat around in the dim room talking to a couple of regulars and they were just some awesome people to have a beer with. When they decided to head off after lunch time was over I stuck around and started talking more to Sam.
I had heard some bad experiences about Sam and him being a "beer nazi" and yadda yadda, but let me tell you once you got past his initial brute force attitude he was a totally awesome guy. He was one of the coolest and most informative people I have talked to about beer in a long time. I could sit for hours and just listen to him talk about the stuff in his cellar. He has got some amazing stuff down there. His wife Marlene was also there and she was great too; playing off his character, she was just an extremely nice lady. I ended up getting some absolute gems from Sam at a total bargain and ended that day a very happy man.
Let me tell you I have been to the Kulminator in Antwerp and this place is like the American version. He has got some stuff you wouldn't even imagine. You simply must check this place out if you are in LA.
05-26-2008 07:18:31 | More by thickerfreakness
4.7/5 rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
In the interest of full disclosure, I'm writing this review after having been to Stuffed Sandwich many, many times over the last several years, and had I reviewed it after my first visit, it may have been a little different from this one.
This is one of my favorite beer establishments (I hesitate to call it a bar, because it isn't) despite its many (and after a time, endearing) quirks. No, you may not always to get the exact beer you think you want; Yes, you have to order something to eat in order to be served something to drink; Yes, you will have to take a sip out of a Dixie cup that you won't be allowed to pick up first unless you bring your own glass and No, you will probably not be allowed to order more than one of a special/limited release bottle (maybe even on repeat trips).
At first, I found some of this, along with Sam, the owner's, need for you to know that he's the top dog, a little off-putting, but after a couple of visits realized that the different and unique nature of the owners and in turn, Stuffed Sandwich itself is what make it a worthy destination for beer enthusiasts of nearly every shade.
The second you open the door, it is evident this place is all about the beer. Good beer. Really good beer. Hard to find beer. Vintage beer, etc. Sam is good about storing (some would call it hiding) kegs and bottles to bring out at unspecified future dates and is also able to get brews that aren't always distributed in the Los Angeles area. His wife Marlene is also great about keeping up the website with what's going to be pulled out of the cellar and put on draft, but when it's gone, it's gone. Although something equally as special is probably just around the corner.
The furniture and decor is low-key and purely functional- nondescript tables, chairs and lighting, bottles and brewery promotional stuff on the walls, but it's what's in the coolers that gets your attention. And that's not even the half of it. Literally. There's more storage in the back. In addition to drinking a bottle of something different or rare with your meal, you can also buy bottles to take home. I was recently looking to fill a couple of holes in my Old Crustacean vertical and Sam was able to do it. Sure you'll pay a little more, but in my case, he had been aging a bottle for eight years. I wouldn't even know where else to go for something like that!
The food is fine, but really becomes an afterthought relative to the drink. It's pretty standard sandwich shop faire and decent if not a little on the pricey side for what you get. But really- that's not what this place is about.
A little humility and an open mind goes a very long way here. The people I know who have been turned off initially (like I was) by Stuffed Sandwich seemed to want to fit it into some kind of Beer Bar Nirvanah-type mold, and you just can't. It is a one of a kind and if you accept it on its own terms, you won't be disappointed.
04-03-2008 07:41:01 | More by bnutz
4.05/5 rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 2 | $$
Finally made it to this place after hearing so much about it. It's a bit easy to miss when you're driving by so keep an eye out.
First things first. You do not come here for food! The food is nothing special but it serves as a means to getting great beer. Which is exactly what this place has. A fantastic selection of bottled beers (many of which are quite hard to find depending on your locale). Their tap list is equally as fantastic. It's constantly rotating so you're always in for something new and fresh. The last visit they had many Green Flash brews on tap.
Ordering is a breeze and a bit of patience is rewarded when it's your turn for your pint to be pulled or your bottle to be handed over. The owners are great and are very knowledgeable in the brews they are serving.
The atmosphere is quite nice as well. This place lets you know it's all about beer. Glasses, steins, giant magnum bottles, and the wall decor all featuring different breweries or beers. There's even a small patio area outside for those wanting to feast and imbibe outdoors.
Overall, if you're a beer lover you must come to this place. Don't think of it as a food establishment as it's secondary to the brew!
03-18-2008 19:32:25 | More by Brewlore
2.08/5 rDev -51.4%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2 | food: 1.5 | $$$
I tried this place out in 2006. They were supposed to be featuring Alesmith on tap. When I arrived, there was no Speedway, no Horny Devil or Lil' Devil, no Old Numskull, no Wee Heavy, no Nautical Nut Brown... you get the idea. Huh.
I ordered a pastrami sandwich and Sam, the owner, informed me several times in his own inimitable fashion that this was not Burger King and I was going to have it his way. Well, his way was stringy and full of fat and grease. Blecch.
I wound up splitting a bottle of Speedway Stout with a friend on their depressing little patio in order to get away from the noise of the regulars inside.
What a waste of an afternoon and a thirty mile drive. I said at the time I would never go back, and I haven't had the slightest bit of trouble sticking with that vow.
Especially now that the beer revolution in Los Angeles is in full swing, there's no need to subject yourself to this kind of bullshit. There's plenty of other, far better places to have a beer.
03-11-2008 00:05:20 | More by charlzm
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