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Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1145 E. Las Tunas Drive
phone: (626) 285-9161
One of the oldest true specialist beer establishments in Los Angeles. On it's second location (as of 2006), the Sandwich has very strict rules about beer ordering. First, you must order food before you think of ordering a beer. No ifs, ands or buts. Order the cheese sandwich if you must. Second, if you don't want to drink out of a paper cup, bring your own glass or buy one of Sam's collection (extensive).
Call ahead to make sure that the Sandwich is open and enjoy! (Current operating hours are Tues-Sat 11AM-8PM)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
A veritable gem. My 1st visit was with a handful of fellow BAs at the Stone Brewing Special Event held between 24-26 July 2003.
Run by Sam & Marlene. In the corner of a Strip Mall, you enter up a slight inclined concrete ramp & enter through the left of the two front doors. The other door is on the right, and is only accessible from inside, & leads to the outside fenced drinking area. Inside the Bar complete with about 10 taps I think, is to your immediate left. Behind which is a bank of Refrigerators; they contain a goldmine of bottled beers that will make your jaw drop. The bar dog-legs right, this is the Sandwich part. There are two rules here. Rule #1 No Food > No Beer. So order your Sandwich first, then concentrate on the beer. Quick note about the food, it is excellent, the spicy Polish Sausage Sandwich that I had was quiet simply kick-ass & served with some awesome Pickles.
The beer range is far too large for words to give justice to, suffice to say, not all the beers on Sale are on view. Which brings me to Rule #2 You have to earn the respect of Sam & Marlene. Sam has a way of being able to read your Beer Karma, like an Astrologist reads your Palm. When, & only when, he thinks you are befitting of some of the specials, will he, just maybe, allow you to try them. I like this system. I was unaware of it, & talked to Sam for some time early on during my visit. Then, hours later, as I had just paid up & was ready to leave for the night, he asked me if I wanted a beer cap for the night, but it would cost me $7.50. I was rather taken aback, but went along with this. Somehow he had heard me talk about my love for a certain beer earlier, & sure enough he gave me a sample of said beer in a cloaked bottle. I instantly recognized it as Alexander Rodenbach, quite something! A genuinely kind & giving Father Beer-Mass.
Someone said about this place, When I grow up, I dont want to be a Sandwich Bar, I want to be a Beer Bar. Well I for one hope that this place does not wish its youth away too quickly. As far as I am concerned it passes as both with flying colors.
An Excellent 5-Star Beer Bar, run by a fantastic Couple who both love quality beer & are true Beer Advocates. This places oozes class & integrity. Bull-Shitter Beer Review Geeks Beware! You have to demonstrate a love for beer in this place in order for you to really synergize here.
I have only been once, but I will most certainly be back again, & again, & again .
Last Visit: 25th July '03
07-29-2003 04:07:23 |
More by TheLongBeachBum
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I stopped here after finding it on BeerFly. Actually I wanted to stop here on my last 2 trips to LA, but couldn't make it this far north. I'm glad I finally made it.
Sam was a really nice guy but a beer nazi. Other reviews have detailed this so I'll just focus on my experience. He seemed slightly rude but in a way that showed no real harm meant. He just cares so deeply for the beer he has hoarded that he'll only sell it to someone who he's convinced will appreciate it. I think that's an admirable attitude.
I had 2 great beers (Augustijn and 5-yr old Gouden Carolus D'Or) while I ate dinner, and Sam brought out a hidden bonus that I bought to take home. It was such a good experience, the only thing I didn't like was that you have to buy food before they'll serve you beer. Apparently their liquor license is set up that way. But it's worth it just to be entertained by Sam and maybe get a really rare beer after you pass the test.
05-18-2006 02:48:51 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The only problem I have with this place is the whole dixie cup idea, you cannot enjoy a good beer out of one, so it is essential that you buy one or bring one from home
Could go to this place once a week for the next fifty years and try something new every time
Have beers from several years ago just sitting in the refrigerators
Possess 50 ounce bottles of every Anchor Christmas beer since 1996 starting around twenty dollars
Large selection of Sierra Nevada vintage bottles
Two huge shelves of specialty glassware
Must buy food before drinking which I did not mind because I can always enjoy a good sandwich, the pastrami is highly recommended
Lady was very nice and told me she would hold me whatever vintage Stone bottles I wanted before they start their Stone Days in a few weeks
Hopefully I can complete my Vertical Epic collection
Cannot wait to make it back to this place, I plan on trying Lagunitas' Brown Shugga next time or maybe a Rogue XS Old Crustacean in one of those nifty 6.4 ounce bottles
09-04-2007 06:34:05 |
More by Floydster
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I've been here a lot of times. Mostly on Wednesday nights for the weekly beer tasting group.
Always make sure to order some sort of food when you come in, even if it's just a cup of potato salad or a sandwich.
The bottle list is quite extensive and eclectic, so you can easily find something you like or that you haven't tried before. Plus, they tend to have a few interesting beers on tap.
Sam can be a bit rough around the edges, but if you care about the beer, follow his rules, and aren't an ass, you'll be fine. And as much as he dishes it out, he can take it right back too. Though I wouldn't necessarily recommend taking jabs if you've never been in before.
Definitely an institution in the Los Angeles beer world.
01-14-2010 17:58:11 |
More by womencantsail
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
The Sandwich, how I've missed thee. I recently visited Sam in his new location (All the reviews below are post the move). Sad as it is, the big obnoxious yellow building has been replaced with a more sedate mini-mall location.
The good news about the move is that it's allowed Sam to clean up and re-organize, which given the vastness of his beer cellar is a good thing.
Sam's a packrat, a cellar dweller of the highest varnish. Sure he has his taps and his bottles up front, but hidden in some pocket universe that he hides on site is just about every beer known to mankind.As the Bum put it, you won't know what's in there, but once you've established yourself, there's no harm in asking!
Get a Sandwich and get a damn fine beer experience.
EDITED - A helpful note for all those who are heading to the sandwich.. Unless you like drinking out of plastic and paper cups, it would behoove you to bring your own glass or to buy one of Sam's many glasses for sale. Foruntately, I always travel with a set of pints in my car!
11-27-2003 18:02:41 |
More by drewbage
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Visited this nice deli/beer bar for lunch today. It is located in a strip mall, and is a bit of a hole-in-the-wall. Small patio area, short bar, and deli counter with lots of seating packed into a medium sized area. The food (which is mandatory if you want beer) is mainly deli - with above average sandwiches. The beer selection is huge - all crammed into some coolers behind the bar, and 8 tap selections. When I was there they had the last 5 years of Bigfoot on tap. In addition they had other specialties like Anchor OSA dating back to the late 80's! Also had Anchor magnums, with the oldest being 1994. Beer is available to go as well (again, as long as you order food).
02-23-2005 22:52:22 |
More by rowew
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The first time I came here was in July. I walked in and Sam had 1999 Celebration Ale for $1.99/bottle. I was instantly hooked. Since then I've been there every wednesday that they've been open with the exception of the day before thanksgiving. The menu is impressive, its 2 sided and its got tons of beers from all around the world on it. Its not a complete list, if you ask Sam hes got plenty more but wether or not he'll sell them to you is another story.
I've read some of the reviews and seen people complain about the dixie cups the beers get poured in. Everyone should know that you can bring your own glasses. And of course you can buy the collector glasses in the case.
The food is pretty good. The garlic bread is a bit too salty but everything else is good. Very filling and reasonably priced. They also do beers and food to go. The atmosphere is enjoyable, they have music playing and now that its cold out they fired up the heaters on the patio.
Great place overall. Since July I've tried something like 300 different beers at the Stuffed Sandwich.
12-04-2007 03:55:42 |
More by t0rin0
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2 | food: 1.5 | $$$
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
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I was comming back from Magic Mountain and decided to make a side trip to the Stuffed Sandwich. I am sure glad that I did. It is located in San Gabriel, in a strip mall on the corner. There is some outside seating with umbrellas. Once I got inside, I was taken aback with the beer selection. I saw 9 coolers, but I think there were a few more in the kitchen. I saw hundreds of boors. The bottle list is an oversized sheet of paprer with small print, both sides. They have beers from many countries. They also had 2 very large cabinets with glassware for sale. The prices on the glassware was very decent. They have a licence to sell beer to go, so I picked up a few Dogfish Head's. You cant even get that brewery's stuff here anymore. They had a small selection of tap beer also. I saw 5 beers currently on tap. The only problem with the beer that I saw was that they only have small paper cups. If you want a cup for your pint, or to pour your bottle into, you either need to bring your own, or do as I did and buy a few of theirs. The food was excelent. They have a deli. The deli sandwiches were huge and cheep. I left feeling very satisfied. The entire inside area was littered with beer stuff. Emptie bottles, pictures, shirts. They carried Stone Brewing shirts, and Stuffed Sandwich shirts behind the counter. All in all, this place is amazing. It is a must stop if you are ever in the area.
12-31-2005 01:00:23 |
More by OStrungT
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Made a trip down to the Stuffed Sandwich for a Barrel Tasting. They were pouring things like Parabola, Adam from the Wood on draft to name a few, and Ishared the whole flight that was offered with a friend.
It's a family owned place, and the service comes with a bit of sarcasm ( in good fun) which makes the place unique. The walls are filled with bottles of some Very rare, and old beers. Such as some Hair of the Dog bottles, Batch 7 in a 750 ml! wow!
Fellow BA picked up a mixed six pack of Bigfoot with a 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2003 in there for $30! amazing.
The place is small, and nestled in the corner of a mini-mall, but this is a must try imo.
10-07-2010 18:38:15 |
More by Retsinis
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Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, CA