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$$ - reasonable
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6520 Canoga Ave. #D-2
phone: (818) 340-1548
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4
This is the second of the new BevMo's in the San Fernando Valley.
The store is about a block a north of the BJ's Brewery in Woodland Hills... so you can stop in have a brew and then go do your shopping.
The layout is typical of the BevMo plan. Wine on the the left, spirits in the front right and beer in the back. The selection here in Woodland Hills seems to be a little more complete than the neighboring Van Nuys store and the complex is a bit newer. Still nothing rare, but for the moment here in LA county its the only place to find Bridgeport, Deschuttes, New Belgium and Alaskan Smoked Porter.
Oh and for a funny historical note.. this adult toy shop for the brain replaces a branch of the children's toy shop for the brain, Zany Brainy.
03-20-2004 08:17:07 |
More by drewbage
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Another of the several Bevmo's that are in the San Fernando Valley. This particular one seems slightly larger in square footage than some others, with the tasting area in the center rear of the warehouse.
The beer is located on 6 or so Shelves towards the back and on the right, with some also in the coolers in the back on the left. Sometimes they will have palate stacks of some of the larger 6 to 12 pack seasonals around the store as well.
I use to frequent this location a bit, since it was mere blocks from a buddies house, and we would meet here for their $1.00 beer tastings on some Fridays, or pick up some beer to take home and watch Three Sheets or for a poker game. That was a few years back though, and now we tend to spend more of our dollars at Green Jug, Wades Wines, Northridge Total Wines, or Liquid Wine & Spirts, all of which have superior stock, variety, and rare releases in contrast to most if not all Bevmo's in my experience.
While you may save some money at a Bevmo in contrast to some of the smaller stores, it has been my experience, that the smaller stores provide more consistent quality service and knowledge, and I tend to find fresher stock then some Bevmo's (once found several 4 month old expire Black butte porter 12 packs) but that can also happen at several stores too though, so take that for what it's worth.
Not much else to add that has not already been covered, as most Bevmo's are pretty standard as to what they carry, their general layout, and selection.
07-01-2011 18:41:14 |
More by Retsinis
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Yet another beer store I have been going to for years but have not reviewed.
Having just reviewed the Thousand Oak's BevMo location, I can say a few things differently about this one. This BevMo certainly is quite a bit larger than the aforementioned. The selection, while larger, still is relatively lack luster. As with the other BevMo, there is another vastly supreme beer store damn close to this. With the Thousand Oaks, there is Wades Wines which has a much better selection. With this BevMo, there is Green Jug which is my current go-to spot because, hell, it really does put everything else to shame around the area. That said, this is a good place for "better" deals than some of the other mentioned "smaller" beer stores, on some of the larger things like SA Seasonal packs, etc. The service is okay, but not stellar (the Thousand Oak's staff is more knowledgeable). Haven't been here in about a month, and the reason why is while waiting for the WINTER Sam Adams to be distributed, I saw quite a bit of the SUMMER Ale 12 packs sitting there. They were trying to sell completely out of season beer (okay, I admit this may be the distributors fault, but seriously, this really makes this BevMo look bad). Multiple times since then I have seen out of season beers littering their shelves. Kind of a downer and honestly a reason I haven't been there as of late. But, again, overall cheaper sometimes but selection wise, go to Green Jug.
02-10-2011 03:30:19 |
More by SpdKilz
quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$
BevMo Canoga Park is an exact Twin of the BevMo in Thousand Oaks. Just go North on Canoga Blvd and hang a right after the mall. If you see Vanoween St. you missed your turn.
Same old narrow aisle.
Same as old clueless employees.
Same old sell outs of the good stuff.
Reverse of the last BevMo this time though. Plenty of Hennepin and zero Baltika Number 8.
No reason to go here, the Thousand Oaks store is better.
What more is there to say about BevMo?
At least the stores in Northern California have different floor plans.
But in SoCal they are all the same.
09-16-2005 05:14:35 |
More by Zorro
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is the Barnes & Noble of liquor stores. They have a large variety of good beer, but nothing particularly different or hard to find.
The selection is pretty good compared to anything else the West Valley has to offer. They carry lots of American craft brews from the West Coast, Colorado, Victory and Stoudt's from PA, Shipyard, Utah Brewery, and some new box of cans from something called Colonial Brewery out of Cold Spring, MN- the home of Lawson Creek. The Belgian selection is fine, but it could be expanded to include things like Fantome. Along with the Belgians, you'll find the British, Scottish, Ireland, and Wales section, the Southeast Asia/Oceania section, and a couple of Indian brews. The German section is good sized. Its neighbors are beers from Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and Eastern Europe (No Okocim Porter though). They get all of the Stone special releases, but they didn't have the 10th Anniversary IPA. I was looking for the Lenny Bruce RIPA from Schmaltz, but they didn't have that one either.
You can't break up six-packs, which stinks. There are a lot of beers I would try if I didn't have to by an entire six-pack. The staff is friendly, but I don't bother asking them questions about the beer. The prices are fine and they have a discount card, which is nice even though it takes quite a while to earn the measly 5% savings coupon.
Bottom line: It's good, not great.
09-05-2006 06:26:01 |
More by goschool
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
BevMo is a good place to go when you don't plan on drinking the beer you purchase as soon as you get home, which unfortunately isn't very often for me. They have a great selection, and I would love to hear from someone that can point to a better one in Los Angeles. The only problem I have is that they don't keep the good stuff cold. I'm pretty spontaneous, and I like to go pick out a sixer at night when I'm done with work.
The store itself is bland and cold, and the employees are predictably disassociated with their jobs. You can learn a great deal about a business from the enthusiasm, or lack thereof, of the folks that work there. My conclusion is that the owners and management are douchebags.
Aside from that, they have a waayyy better selection than 90% of the places in LA, and they categorize by country of origin. Their Belgian selection is great, featuring Rochefort, Westmalle, and the usual suspects.
11-16-2006 02:48:03 |
More by jeffjfindley
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is certainly the largest of the Bevmo locations I've been to in Southern California, and as a result has the most room for selection. And it doesn't disappoint. The domestic varieties are on par with their other locations, and the imported brands/styles are considerably more plentiful in this Bevmo.
The staff is pleasant and helpful. There is plenty in stock, and to boot, it has the largest refrigerated section I've seen in any of the Southern CA bevmo locations (that I've been to).
In particular, the German and English variety is much larger here than the other Bevmos I've been to.
01-17-2011 21:27:19 |
More by great7dividers
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
BevMo serves it's purpose. I'll be short in this review because a lot has been covered about this place.
They have a good selection, maybe even very good. Not excellent or spectacular, though. They have good range and carry some really good stuff, but aren't that great for trying to locate rare stuff. You could do worse if it were the only place you had to go to.
Two key points of awesomeness with BevMo.
1) You can see store inventory from their website. Great benefit. You think - hey, I wonder if BevMo has _insert brew name here_. Well, just look it up on the website. They'll tell you if they have it and how many.
2) Setting up pick-up orders. A couple hours before I leave my office, I'll set up my order and just walk in and everything is there for me. A great service for those bigger orders - saves you the time of digging around on the shelves when you know exactly what you want.
I don't know of any other purveyors of the cereal malt beverage that can offer these wonderful features and I love BevMo for that.
03-12-2011 04:48:14 |
More by ghetto90007
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