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3331 Industrial Dr
phone: (707) 528-1161
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
I stopped by Bottle Barn on a trip to Santa Rosa to try Pliny the Younger at Russian River Brewing.
Located in more of an warehouse district than a downtown setting, Bottle Barn is a very good sized warehouse style store, with a great selection of every type of liquor. The beer selection was also excellent. About half the beer is on shelves, the other half is kept in fridges (which they have a lot of).
They carry lots of harder to find beers, including all kinds of Rogue, Stone, Russian River, Deschutes, The Bruery, Alesmith, and others that I don't remember (I waited too long to write this review). An excellent selection. I only wished I knew to ask for their "back room" beers, per other BA reviews. The prices were very reasonable too.
A surprising find. Definitely a must stop if you're in or near Santa Rosa!
02-19-2010 16:58:02 |
More by Falcon91Wolvrn03
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $
Quality- Have never bought a beer here I thought was poorly taken care of. Seeing past date hoppy Stone beers prompts the 4.
Service- Zach the beer guy is always a pleasure. If you know a specific beer you are looking for and ask, there is a chance he has some stashed he will retrieve it from the back for you.
Selection- The selection is pretty good, but lacks somewhat relative to Bay Area stores. Again, the secret vintage stuff is what keeps me returning.
Value- Here is where Bottle Barn excels. Beers here tend to be $1-$5 cheaper than everywhere else. Awesome.
02-13-2010 03:40:11 |
More by MrFootstones
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Got this tip from a friend, thanks James.
We came here after the Pliny the Younger release, an boy were we hammered. I don't remember a lot of it, but I do remember picking up some great vintage bottles.
The guy that helped us out gave us some great vintages of Abyss and Consecration among bottles of Black Butte XX and Beatification. He asked us where we had came from and we told him, thats when he started showing us the craziness. The whole place is a gigantic warehouse where beer takes a good percentage of it. I bought a good amount of beer and was happy when I walked out. I think this place is better than Pizza Ports bottle shop or Holiday Wine in San Diego. This place had friendly staff and great beer. Highly recommended!
02-12-2010 06:06:49 |
More by Jmoore50
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped by here on a recent trip to Santa Rosa. It's basically a huge liquor store with a small beer selection in the back. They have s mall selection of room temperature bottle, mostly from CA and a few imports and a couple of coolers half of which are dedicated to macros. They do however have a couple of coolers that are filled with bombers and 750s of craft. Also, they had Abyss and Mirror Mirror as well as an almost unlimited amount of Temptation and Consecration. Nothing all that rare or impressive though.
01-16-2010 10:14:08 |
More by corby112
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
I've heard great things about Bottle Barn, particularly their fabled back room. At my last trip to Russian River, I made it a point to stop in.
The selection on the shelves is nothing to write home about; it's mostly a wine and liquor warehouse, with some beer that rivals the selection at my local BevMo. However, their prices are downright cheap, the cheapest I've ever seen for beer in the Bay Area.
They have a nice collection of glassware for good prices, as well.
Zak (Zach?), the beer buyer, was quite friendly and willing to pull stuff out of the back room if I could name it. However, there seemed to be a lot of stuff that was "our last bottle," or stuff that was simply out of stock. I don't know if that was his way of enforcing a bottle limit, which is totally cool with me, or if it was the truth.
I wasn't allowed to walk into the backroom though; I get the feeling you have to be a pretty regular local guy to establish that kind of relationship. And that's fine, but as a non-local I guess I can only evaluate the store from the stuff sitting on the shelves.
I'd definitely go back, but if I'm going to drive more than an hour for beer shopping, I'd prefer to stop by Monument instead.
12-28-2009 04:51:42 |
More by Arbitrator
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $
man am i fortunate to live within super manageable driving distance to botswana barn! any beer that should and could be available within my area is there. not to mentioned the best prices that i have ever seen in a bottle store.
always sweet to check out the selection of crazy whiskey too. cant walk out of there without dropping some decent skrilla. all located in a big warehouse.
the help is always good and it's now to now know some peoples names in there. i think maybe i will hit it up this weekend to restock from christmas.
12-23-2009 01:14:54 |
More by juhl31
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Another spot to check out in the Russian River area. I'd heard great things about this place, so I made sure to make a stop before heading over to the RR Brewpub.
They had a great selection of west coast and CA beers, like you would expect. They had quite a bit of FW13, Deschutes special releases (including allowing me to take home a case of Abyss). The selection of beers from other parts of the US was quite good too, especially some DFH beers that we don't often see out here in CA.
The service was not bad, but you need to take the initiative if you need some help. This isn't a problem for me, and something I generally prefer when it comes to beer shopping.
The prices are also great, at least a dollar or two less than other retailers (Mirror Mirror for example, was $10.50 instead of the usual $13).
11-28-2009 20:26:50 |
More by womencantsail
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I heard of Bottle barn through beer fly and a waiter. Being from Chicago it was my goal to purchase as much Russian River and Deschutes as I possibly could. Upon entering it was half wine and half beer. Most of the beer was in coolers. They had a pretty impressive collection of Belgians, I even saw Cantillion. Bust as I said I was on a mission for Russian River and Deschutes. As I was walking around I got my Pliney and only saw 2 bottles of Mirror Mirror which I picked up. I then saw an employee wearing a Bear Republic shirt and asked if they had any Deschutes. This is my fun began. He said he had Black Bute and the Abyss in the back (I totally pick those up). They guy was very helpful. All in all great place if you are in the Santa Rosa Area.
09-09-2009 20:26:43 |
More by Srodri10
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I was not hip to bottle barn until after I joined BA, so let me start off by saying thank you Beer Advocate and BeerFly for helping me find a gem in my own back yard!
I had been a frequenter of the Santa Rosa BevMo for many years seeing as I went to Sonoma State. I had no idea of Bottle Barn's existence until about 6 months ago. upon walking in, I made my way through a few aisles of wine, whiskey and some nice, unbranded glassware. Upon reaching the beer section, it was as though the heavens opened up and the finger of god braised my rouged cheek... ...ok, that may be a bit of a stretch.
the Bottle Barn is a liquor store, make no mistake about that... but they absolutely pay more attention to their beer stock than any other liquor store within a 50 mile radius... maybe more. In fact, if you call in, you've got the option to punch in an extension to speak directly with their beer buyer. The selection is a solid showing of NEARLY all things california. No Alesmith, no port, no lost abbey, minimal ballast point and minimal green flash. Don't think though that their selection isn't lengthy enough. They have quite the belgian selection along with a good sized english section and an admirable all out import section. The domestic craft selection is quite extensive with nice sized ommegang and allagash sections. The name of the game at bottle barn isn't so much quantity as it is quality. They always seem to have a goodly amount of seasonal offerings from everywhere around, in fact a friend of mine went in no more than a month ago and still got a few bottles of the abyss after asking if they had any left.
They also do kegs and while they aren't super cheap and they do have a rather steep deposit ($100), they can get a solid array of beers. I'm going to call in this afternoon and request a 5gal keg of death and taxes from moonlight as it's listed on their keg list for I believe $88.
The bottle barn absolutely has a selection that you aren't going to find anywhere else around. The friendly staff and competitive prices make this my go to bottle store, even if it is a solid 35-40 minute drive from my front door.
07-10-2009 22:55:53 |
More by EliottJW
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
This spot in Santa Rosa is fairly close to world-class breweries and I would imagine a locals favorite. Pretty busy even on a weekday, and kind of a " bevmo " type atmosphere, but quite a bit better selection and some staff that had some good knowledge.
Service was mixed. Teenage girl at the counter not too friendly, then another fellow who was really friendly, but not super knowledgable. Overall fine.
Had some good northern cali beers such as russian river, mad river, north coast, that aren't available everywhere. Also some other good names like mikkeller, stone, nogne O... you get the idea.
07-07-2009 04:13:12 |
More by bret27
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