So far on my West coast trip I have taken you to a tap house and a brewery tasting room. Now, where to buy the bottles you have sampled! I will highlight three stores that I highly recommend.
Pizza Port Bottle Shop in Carlsbad, Ca. Next to the Pizza Port Carlsbad location. From their website, "Local’s tip: The Bottle Shop has lots of great beers from San Diego breweries that you won’t find outside of the area. Make sure to ask about some of the local rarities!"
There is also a great selection from outside of San Diego, Avery, Russian River, Deschutes, Dogfish Head, and a selection of European labels. I have been to this bottle shop two times. The first time I found everything I was looking for and the guy running the shop was very helpful. The other time the selection was more limited.
Two draw backs: The bottle shop hours are not the most convenient, so check with their website for details. If you want to grab a draft next door at the Pizza Port bar (they do have an awesome selection), it can be a zoo inside with lines for the bar.
Bristol Farms is what I would consider a high-end grocery store. Given their location in La Jolla only supports my claim. Their beer selection is fantastic. And one amazing thing about it, given the price of the food there, the beer prices are very reasonable. My brother cleaned them out of Life & Limb, I bought some Deschutes Black Butte Porter and picked up a bottle of Idiot Imperial IPA from Coronado Brewing Company.
The third place we went to was an unassuming liquor store in Encinitas, Ca. - Royal Liquor There is no website or Facebook page for it, but you can read my review at Beer Advocate here for full location details. My brother and I were very surprised at this place. We had been looking for Pliny the Elder to ship back to the BBA reviewers all trip, and we finally found it here! To save you from reading a lot more, just go to this place and thank me later. It is also very close to our favorite surf break in that area, Beacons!
Since most of the time I was in board shorts, I only have one picture, which is of Royal Liquor.