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Quality Liquor Store – Online Store Review

Quality Liquor Store, located in San Diego, has quickly gained a reputation as a great source of western US beers for the online shopping community. They also carry a large selection of other US and international craft releases. Quality Liquors originally opened as a convenience store in the early 1990s and has expanded their beer selection as the craft industry has grown, to include other US and international releases.

My purchase is good example of the breadth of Quality Liquor’s offerrings. From the West Coast, I ordered Firestone Walker‘s XVI and Bear Republic‘s Racer X. From Europe, I ordered Samuel Smith‘s Chocolate Stout and HaandBryggeriet‘s Odin’s Tipple. Lastly, from the Eastern US, I ordered Flying Dog‘s Barrel Aged Gonzo (a lucky find) and Ommegang‘s Duvel Rustica.

Quality Liquor Store
I had been looking at this store for a while, but for no particular reason, I hadn't pulled the trigger on an order. When I saw that Firestone Walker's XVI was available, I knew I had to act quickly. The breadth of the selection is well matched with the depth of the western US beers available for order.
With all online shops, the prices are expensive once you average in shipping and handling. However, each person needs to determine what value they place on the beer available. Since I am looking for specific beers, I will often pay more that I would normally if the beers were local. That being said the prices and shipping & handling charges are in line with other stores.
Quality Liquor used the egg-crate bottle carriers that many stores use. Each bottle lays flat in its own compartment and doesn't touch any other bottles.
It is very easy to sort the beers to beer see what is available. The search bar can also be used to find a specific beer or brewery. The only downside is that beers that are either sold out or not available for online orderings still show up on the site.
The beers shipped quickly and arrived in great shape. I really like the updates that I received as the order progressed through the ordering process: order placed in the system, credit card processed, order sent to fulfillment, and, finally shipment information. I would definitely use Quality Liquor Store again.


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Written by Bob Pack

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