Lone Hill Liquors is a beer store in Glendora, CA. This is the east end of LA county, and about halfway between where I live and where I work. This makes it somewhat convenient for me to stop in on my way home from work.
Now, I didn't find this due to some exhaustive searching of beer stores in the San Gabriel Valley, it came highly recommended over on BeerAdvocate. I've heard those guys like beer, so I made the trip out one faithful night.
Now, you may notice that I have a couple of pictures, both of them of beer racks. That's because this liquor store is...well, normal. It's in a strip mall right next to a Stater Brothers. It's got racks and racks of candy, snacks, a bunch of hookahs, liquor, basically all the stuff you'd find at a regular liquor store. Then you walk to the beer shelves, and you've got about 10 doors full of awesome craft beer. There's a decent selection of Belgians and a few other imports, but you can tell the passion here is American Craft Beer...in my humble opinion, the greatest beer in the world.
Now, I'm a little bit spoiled by having a Total Wine right by my house....I'll talk about Total Wine in a future installment, but that beer store owns. But Lone Hill has nearly all the things I'd get there, as well as a ton of interesting rarities. Stuff I've picked up here includes a 2 year old Rogue Crustacean Barleywine, and a bottle of 3 Floyd's which I've never seen anywhere in California.
Holding it all together? Stan. Stan The Beer Man had a reputation on the forums, and it was well founded. He was friendly, knowledgable, and seemed to have a secret stash in the back with all sorts of goodies in it. Don't see something you want? Ask him. He's probably got it. This store isn't that big, so I can only assume he's got a bag of holding or the door to the back goes into the "beyond" section.
Overall though, a great little gem in an area without a lot of options. It can be a little pricey, but if you're willing to spend the money, there's gold here.
See ya next pint!